Horror is one of the best movie genre to explore at the moment, as it seems to be the genre where filmmakers are taking the most risks and creating the most interesting movies. It's no wonder that a search for horror movies on Amazon Prime Video reveals more than 10,000 results.
So, we decided to narrow down these results to the absolute best horror movies currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video - 8 to be exact. We've selected the best movies in this list based on their ratings over on Rotten Tomatoes and based on the user reviews on Amazon Prime Video. These movies may be psychological horror, survival horror, or just plain old ghost movies. You can also watch a few of these movies on Amazon Prime with a free trial, here is the list:
A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is a movie is exactly what it says in the title. A post-apocalyptic world invaded by creatures that are sensitive to sound, so you better keep quiet or else you would be pulverised. It is like watching Bird Box, but instead of eyes, the sound is the weak point which may result in death. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve watched both if you’ve watched one. Both movies have their own way and concepts, and in this movie, John Krasinski has done a great job of directing it.
It’s very difficult to ignore the cultural impact of The Shining because it’s still referenced a lot in TV shows and movies, especially that “Here’s Johnny!” reference. It’s hard to doubt a horror movie which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stephen King and had Jack Nicholson as the main actor! This movie is about how a family makes the biggest mistake of their life by visiting a hotel as caretakers, which has a history of violent acts.
Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) is a writer and takes a job interview to become the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, which is situated in the mountains of Colorado. He is warned by the manager about the hotel’s violent past when the previous caretaker, Grady (Philip Stone), killed his family and then killed himself. He ignores that and agrees to live in the huge hotel with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd). Everything was normal in the beginning, and Jack was working on his writing material while living in the hotel. He goes through writer’s block, so things are a little hard for him. Meanwhile, Danny has telepathic ability, called “The Shining”, which allows him to see the haunting past and future of the hotel, and thus he sees disturbing visions.
Carrie is another movie written by Stephen King. The title has a year because there is a newer version of this classic movie, and one of them is not liked much by many people (I won’t tell you which one, it’s better to see both of them by yourself and come to your own conclusion). This movie shows a glimpse of the aftermath of bullying a shy and quiet person, someone you quite don’t understand and know yet.
I’m sure most of you have heard about IT, probably because of memes or because of the fact that it is relatively new compared to the list above (except A Quiet Place). This movie takes place in the summer of 1989, and is yet another story by Stephen King.
Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Martell) is a kid living in the small town of Derry. His younger brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) disappeared when he went out to float his paper boat in one rainy day. Bill is haunted by Georgie’s disappearance. He is part of a group which is called “The Loser Club” by others. He and his whole group was always the target of a bully gang led by Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton). Meanwhile, the local kids from the town keeps disappearing and this became a matter of issue.
The continuous haunting of Georgie’s disappearance and the disappearance of other kids led Bill to discover that an evil clown is the reason behind all this. He goes by the name Pennywise, and is a shape-shifting demon who can take the form of anything his victim fears the most. Also, based on the clues, Bill believes that Georgie may be alive and may have been flushed to a wasteland, The Barren. The group of seven kids, “The Loser Club”, decided to go the wasteland to rescue Georgie and find out all of the things about Pennywise and kill him.
If you want to feel what PTSD does to a person, Jacob's Ladder may be the movie for you. While this may not be an accurate representation of what a person goes through when he goes through a trauma, this is still a good way to experience things from their perspective.
Jacob (Tim Robbins) is a postal worker living in Brooklyn with his lover, Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña), in a small apartment. He is a veteran of Vietnam War, and is always terrified and haunted by the flashbacks. He also suffers from the flashbacks to his first wife, Sarah (Patricia Kalember), and his beloved kid, Gabe (Macaulay Culkin), who died in an accident, something Jacob blames himself for.
As days go by, his level of insanity grew more and more. He started hallucinating things, started seeing terrifying visions, and having more flashbacks. It’s like he was going through a nightmare, except, it is reality and his mind is playing games with him. The line between reality and terrifying visions became very blurry and he started losing it.
Hereditary is a film from Ari Aster, who after only a couple of great horror films has managed to establish himself as one of the most exciting filmmakers currently making movies within this genre. Aside from Hereditary, he also made Midsommar (also available to stream on Amazon Prime), another critically acclaimed horror movie. Hereditary stars Toni Collette, and is about a family finding out strange things about their ancestry. We'll say no more than that!
Directed by James Wan, The Conjuring was the first film that really cemented Wan as a great film director (and bagged him jobs like Aquaman). It's a pretty straightforward horror/thriller movie, and it's available to watch on Amazon Prime Video right now
Scream is a cult classic horror movie that spawned a massive franchise of films in the same vein - young kids, small town and mystery murderer. This movie has one of the highest Amazon Prime Video user rating scores in this entire list, with an average of 4 and a half stars from almost 700 reviews. It's a true classic and well worth checking out.