34 Seriously Spooky Horror Movies on Amazon Prime
When you're a horror movie fan, spooky season can be any time of year! If you're on the hunt for chilling ghost stories, gory murders, and scream-worthy thrillers, Amazon Prime has all of those and then some. This mix of tried-and-true classics, blockbuster favorites, and quirky indie films covers every scare level, so there's something for everyone — from the scaredy-cats who want just a few scares to the hardcore horror aficionados who want to do some serious screaming. Whether you want your blood to run cold or you're trying to get your heart rate up, these Prime picks will leave you chilled to your core. Get the popcorn ready and start prepping your next movie night, because Amazon Prime has all your scary-movie needs covered. Read on for the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Freevee.
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— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Kalyn Womack, and Victoria Edel
"Knock at the Cabin"
M. Night Shyamalan's thriller is about a family on vacation at a cabin who soon learn they must make a terrible choice to stop the apocalypse. The cast includes Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Ben Aldridge.
"Black as Night"
"Black as Night" follows a teenage girl who decides to spend her summer in New Orleans — fighting vampires. She and her friends ultimately come together to defeat the threats around them.
"Orphan: First Kill"
"Orphan: First Kill," released in 2022, is a prequel to 2009's "Orphan," and it ramps up the horror and camp. It dives into the history of "Esther," the 31-year-old woman who poses as an 9-year-old and leaves havoc in her wake.
"Smile," released in 2022, is about a doctor who starts to have horrifying visions after surviving a traumatic incident. As her own mental health deteriorates, she wonders if there's something bigger going on.
"My Best Friend's Exorcism"
"My Best Friend's Exorcism" stars Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller as teenaged best friends in the 1980s who accidentally encounter a demon. As the demon's possession tests the bonds of their friendship, only their love for each other can save them.
"The Black Phone"
This horror film follows a teen boy who gets abducted by a neighborhood serial killer. His only chance at survival is a supernatural phone that lets him communicate with past victims. It all leads to the movie's terrifying ending.
"And Soon the Darkness"
Amber Heard and Karl Urban star in this intense thriller about a woman (Heard) who teams up with an American ex-pat (Urban) to help her locate her missing friend in Argentina before night falls. It's a classic vacation-gone-wrong movie, but it still serves up plenty of moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
"Cockneys vs. Zombies"
Sometimes, we just need a silly horror comedy in our lives, and "Cockneys vs. Zombies" is the best kind of silliness. A group of young criminals team up with members of a retirement community to not only save the older people's home but also to fight off the undead — hilarity and creative zombie kills ensue.
Alicia Silverstone stars in this 1993 film about a 14-year-old whose crush on an older man leads to her lashing out. And by lashing out, we mean burning his life to the ground.
"Children of the Corn"
Like many horror movies, "Children of the Corn" spawned lots of less-than-stellar sequels. However, the first film remains as chilling as ever thanks to its winning combo of creepy kids and small-town paranoia.
"Ginger Snaps" is a feminist werewolf story about two sisters in a boring suburban town whose lives are changed in an instant when one of them is bitten by a werewolf on the night of her first period. This smart coming-of-age horror film is a unique exploration of sisterhood, female power, and the werewolf mythos.
This French horror film is not for anyone who is easily frightened. It starts out as a somewhat standard home-invasion film about two students, one of whom is kidnapped, leaving the other to find her. But this movie has twists aplenty and lots of blood as the other woman's quest to save her pal takes some unexpected turns.
Ti West is one of the horror genre's most inventive directors, and "The Innkeepers"is a great example of his creativity. Two bored inn employees decide to prove there are ghosts in their workplace before it shuts its doors for good, but things get creepy as they begin to find more evidence of supernatural happenings than they ever imagined they would. This one is a slow burn, but trust us, it's worth it.
"House on Haunted Hill"
This 1958 movie starring Vincent Price relies on a killer score and clever tricks to scare viewers. Price stars as an oddball millionaire who challenges five strangers to spend the night in a haunted mansion for a cash prize — which they'll only receive if they survive the night.
Shark-attack movies aren't just scary during swimsuit season. Queue up this tale of four friends whose sailing trip ends with them being stalked by a great white shark to remind you why sweater weather will always trump a day at the beach.
This 2018 documentary horror film stars Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley as themselves as they dive into the Ammons haunting case, an alleged haunting and demonic possession that occurred in Indiana in 2011.
This 2018 horror movie tells the tale of a woman who decides to befriend a woman who cleans houses and has burn scars on her face. Things seem to be going well, until, well, they don't.
This Amazon exclusive about the (very) dark side of a dance company is a visual stunner. At every turn, the movie throws imagery at us designed to make us feel as unsettled as the members of the dance troupe.
"The Neon Demon"
Elle Fanning's performance as a budding fashionista who becomes increasingly dangerous as her fame level rises will make you realize that the former child star is all grown up. Her character's descent into darkness isn't just compelling, though; it's also beautifully rendered thanks to the movie's standout cinematography.
To say too much about "Triangle" would spoil the fun of this twisty story. But here are the basics: bad weather forces a group of people on a yacht trip to take refuge on a seemingly abandoned ocean liner, and they soon find themselves being stalked by a killer on board the ship.
"Night of the Living Dead"
Where would zombie movies be without "Night of the Living Dead"? This famed horror film is just as shocking and relevant now as it was when it premiered in 1968.
You'll never want to pet a dog again after you watch this twisted film. When a group of friends go to a cabin for a weekend getaway, they're besieged by ravenous dogs — and it's pretty much all downhill from there.
This 2017 drama will grip you until the very end. When an army veteran returns home, she finds an abandoned boy in the woods. She wants to learn more about his identity, but the more she learns, the scarier things get.
"When a Stranger Calls"
A 16-year-old babysitter gets tormented by an anonymous caller, who threatens to kill her and the children she's sitting.
Kirsty Cotton and her family move into an old family home. However, they are tormented by the risen corpse of her uncle, who feeds on human flesh.
A father loses his wife and memory in a tragic car accident. He undergoes experimental treatment to gain his memories back but almost loses himself in the process.
"Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh"
In the follow-up to the first "Candyman," the ghoul chooses his next victim: a teacher in New Orleans whose students fear the legend of his wrath.
Three sailors get shipwrecked on an island with four residents. After questioning the history of the island, the sailors must fight for their life as its truths come to the surfac
"He's Out There"
The 2018 horror film tells the story of a mother and her two daughters who are vacationing at a lake house when things suddenly take a turn for the worst. While playing outside, her daughters fall victim to a trick of an ax-wielding psychopath that sucks them into a living nightmare.
In "Hostile," a woman struggles through the remains of a world destroyed by a deadly pandemic all by herself. When a trip out to forage for supplies goes wrong and she breaks her leg, she has to evade hunger, thirst, and a horde of creepy creatures that only come out at night on her way back to camp.