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40 Best Horror Movies On HBO Max [August 2021]

Video rental stores may have gone the way of the dinosaur, but you can still capture that giddy sense of rifling through garish VHS covers when you flip through your local streaming service. Ah, the agony of choice — the horror fan's dilemma. Do you settle in for a sin-filled slasher or something more heady and psychological? Do you opt for the cynical self-awareness of the 1990s or the ghostly stuttering of silent cinema? There's oodles and oodles of horror fare to choose from on HBO Max. And we're here to make that sometimes stress-inducing decision-making process a little easier.

We've combed through HBO Max's library and identified the best of the spine-tingling best for your viewing pleasure. Below you'll find 40 excellent horror titles currently streaming on the service, each with the power to titillate and terrify. From heavy Hollywood hitters to international gems, there's something spooky for everyone. So have a look and see if anything in particular catches your eye. Who knows? Maybe a devious double bill is in order.

Updated on July 27, 2021: HBO Max is constantly updating its selection with new, scary titles that'll have you gasping in fright. So please note that this article is updated monthly to reflect changes to HBO Max's streaming availability.

The Brood

Frank is in the throes of a messy divorce from his mentally unwell wife, Nola, a permanent resident of the Somafree Institute. Disturbed to find bruises and scratches on their five-year-old daughter's body, Frank desperately attempts to gain sole custody. But the institute's strict visitation policy and the stubborn head psychotherapist prevent Frank from settling the matter quickly. During his attempts to invalidate Somafree's methods and protect his daughter, Frank uncovers the dark, fleshy truth behind the institute and its effect on his estranged wife — a truth that could only come from the mind of director David Cronenberg.

  • Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Carnival of Souls

Mary Henry is the sole survivor of a fatal car accident, though how she survived is something of a mystery. Mary's attempts to put the accident behind her seem to only invite more and more strangeness. Desperate for a fresh start, she moves to Utah and takes up a job as a church organist. There, she finds herself hounded by visions of a ghoulish, white-faced man, whose presence in the periphery of her life becomes more and more frequent. As the lurking, otherworldly visions consume her, Mary feels drawn towards the dilapidated, deserted carnival on the outskirts of town, which may hold the secret to her dark past.

  • Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
  • Director: Herk Harvey
  • Year: 1962
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Conjuring

The year is 1971. Husband and wife duo Ed and Lorraine Warren are faced with the most dangerous case of their careers as seasoned paranormal investigators. The Perrons and their five daughters recent move to a remote farmhouse has been plagued with supernatural occurrences, that while benign at first, have become increasingly violent. Tasked with discovering the root cause of the terrifying spectral encounter, the Warrens must find a way to lift the curse before its too late, resulting in some of the scariest scenes in modern-day horror.

  • Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
  • Director: James Wan
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Constantine

"Constantine" got a bad rap back in the day (as it's middling Rotten Tomatoes rating proves). But Francis Lawrence's debut feature is in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance. Is the film the most accurate comic adaptation out there? Hell no. But on its own terms, this theological/action-horror/neo-noir has style and spunk in spades. The film follows a hard-boiled freelance exorcist named John Constantine who's quite literally been to Hell and back. His near-death (well, death-death) experience has left him with the ability to see Earth for what it really is: a war zone of heavenly and demonic forces vying for the hearts and souls of humanity. With serious Satanic shenanigans on the horizon, Constantine and an LAPD detective named Angela team up to get to the bottom of the looming threat.

  • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf
  • Director: Francis Lawrence
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Cronos

A unique spin on the vampire mythos, Guillermo del Toro's feature film debut is as touching as it is tragic. An elderly antiques dealer happens across a strange golden machine concealed within a statue. Created four centuries ago by an alchemist hoping to crack the code to eternal youth, the "Cronos device" grants its user everlasting life ... at a price. When the kindly grandpa begins to use the insect-like machine to turn back the clock, he's initially overjoyed at his newfound energy and good looks. But finding himself increasingly dependent on a device turning him into a monster, the old man must fight temptation in order to cling to what's left of his humanity.

  • Starring: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Year: 1993
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Crow

One year after the brutal murder of a young rock star and his fiancée, the deceased Draven — under the guidance of a watchful crow — claws his way back from the grave to exact his revenge. A visual feast and inarguably one of the most metal comic book adaptations to date, "The Crow" is a must-see for anyone who wishes more superhero movies were made for goths. 

Dark Water

Dahlia, a young mother in the throes of an unpleasant divorce, relocates to a rundown apartment building with her young daughter. It's all she can afford, and it's near a great school district, and that's what matters. Unfortunately, from the moment they arrive, it's clear that something isn't right. And the mysterious occurrences seem to have something to do with the constant and eerily black drip in Dahlia's daughter's bedroom. A hidden gem misunderstood in its time as a cheap J-horror remake, "Dark Water" is a slow-burning atmospheric terror trip carried by a strong central performance. Don't let the critical response dissuade you.

  • Starring: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth
  • Director: Walter Salles
  • Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Deerskin

Part "The House That Jack Built" and part "Fight Club", "Deerskin" tells of a troubled man named Georges in the midst of a mid-life crisis. While literally running for the hills, Georges purchases a fringed, deerskin jacket at an embarrassingly high price. Steadily, the jacket consumes his fragile mind and takes over his identity. Armed with nothing but a finicky camcorder and a frozen bank account, Georges decides to rebrand himself as a filmmaker-criminal in a desperate attempt to acquire as many deerskin articles of clothing as possible. Darkly comic and surprisingly sweet, "Deerskin" goes to show that sometimes killer style is worth ... well ... killing for.

  • Starring: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy
  • Director: Quentin Dupieux
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 76 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Diabolique

Based on the spine-tingling novel "She Who Was No More," this psychological horror staple is the best film Alfred Hitchcock never made. When the cruel and sadistic headmaster of a second-rate boarding school is murdered by an unlikely duo, his killers become increasingly unhinged by the series of strange events that take place after their victim's corpse disappears. Anxiously paced and brimming with atmosphere, "Diaboliques" is a meticulously crafted and thoroughly unsettling meld of the mystery and horror genres.

  • Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
  • Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Year: 1955
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Empty Man

A local girl is missing. And a retired cop named James is looking into it. But what he finds defies explanation — an apparent plague of teen suicides, a terrifying local legend, and hushed tones of a cult attempting to manifest a sinister entity. Part Lovecraft, park J-horror, part '70s paranoia thriller, "The Empty Man" was done dirty by its mid-pandemic release, and has mercifully found its audience as a modern cult classic. 

  • Starring: James Badge Dale, Owen Teague, Marin Ireland
  • Director: David Prior
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 136
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Eraserhead

From a shrieking, mutated lamb-faced baby to convulsing roast chickens, "Eraserhead" is an absolute must for anyone looking to see what all the fuss is about with this David Lynch fellow. An experimental body horror film that's dreamlike in both structure and in tone, "Eraserhead" loosely tells of a man named Henry Spencer as he grapples with his unexpected role as a first-time father. While navigating his oppressive industrial environment and the unbearable strains of modern life, Henry crawls his way through the unsettling, violent maze of young adulthood.

  • Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Year: 1977
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Eve's Bayou

Blending the humid horrors of the Southern Gothic tradition with voodoo practice, Kasi Lemmons' directorial debut is an underseen gem that will readily reward the patient viewer. As the summer heat beats down on a well-to-do Louisiana town, the Batiste family does their best to manage the fallout of their once well-kept secrets. Eve, the family's young daughter, is especially distraught by the revelations surrounding her father and turns to her magic-practicing aunt for solace and resolution. A mesmerizing meld of melodrama and the supernatural, "Eve's Bayou" offers an eerie and unsettling portrait of the unreliability of memory and the totalizing power of grief. If you're more drawn to "the gothic" than to "horror," this one's for you.

  • Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Kasi Lemmons
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Eyes Without a Face

The brilliant Dr. Génessier is wracked with guilt after inadvertently causing an accident that disfigures his beloved daughter, Christine. Her once beautiful face now a mangled, raw mess, the good doctor spreads rumors of his daughter's demise. Meanwhile, with the help of his complicit lab assistant, Génessier kidnaps young women in a desperate bid to right his wrong and restore Christine's face. If you think a film from the 1960s can't make you squirm, guess again!

  • Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Édith Scob
  • Director: Georges Franju
  • Year: 1959
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Freaks

A charismatic and conniving trapeze artist named Cleopatra seduces Hans, a little person and the leader of the circus' side show, much to the chagrin of his fiancée, Frieda. However, unbeknownst to Hans, Cleopatra intends to murder him for his sizeable inheritance. At the wedding reception, Cleopatra's malicious intentions can't help but bubble up to the top, revealing her mean-spirited attitude towards the tight-knit community of self-styled "freaks." Humiliated and furious, the denizens of the side show rally together to exact a decidedly gruesome revenge for Cleopatra's cruelty.

  • Starring: Wallace Ford, Olga Baclanova, Leila Hyams
  • Director: Tod Browning
  • Year: 1932
  • Runtime: 61 minutes
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Funny Games

Two psychotic and deeply disturbed young men hold a mother, father, and their young son hostage in their idillic lakeside vacation cabin. Peppered with horrifying fourth-wall breaks that implicate the audience in the resulting horror show, the two boys force the terrified family to play sadistic and humiliating "games" with one another for their — and our — amusement. 

  • Starring: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Frank Giering
  • Director: Michael Haneke
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Gremlins

Hoping to procure a unique gift for his son, Billy, a gadget salesman purchases an odd, intriguing animal from a shopkeeper in Chinatown. Known as a "mogwai," the creature comes with a laundry list of mysterious rules — no bright light, no water, and no food after midnight. Despite his best efforts, Billy inadvertently breaks all three rules, unleashing a devious and wildly violent horde of gremlins upon his town on Christmas Eve and giving us an '80s holiday-horror classic.

  • Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Year: 1984
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Haxan

Grave-robbing, possessed nuns, medieval torture, "Häxan" has got it all! Part dramatized documentary, part early entry in the folk horror canon, Benjamin Christensen's masterpiece sets off to chart the historical roots and modern consequences of witchcraft from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. An arguably forward-thinking (and decidedly creepy) meditation on superstition's mangled misunderstanding of mental illness, the film fittingly offers a veritable witch's brew of vignettes, ranging from the grotesque to the darkly humorous.

  • Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan
  • Director: Benjamin Christensen
  • Year: 1922
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Horror of Dracula

Re-titled in the States to avoid confusion with 1931's "Dracula," this blood-curdling tale sees Jonathan Harker not as some consummate everyman but a covert vampire hunter. After securing an invitation to the titular count's castle under false pretenses, Harker's assassination attempt doesn't quite go as planned. In turn, Dracula seeks revenge on those Harker holds dearest. 

Directed by the great Hammer Films mainstay Terence Fisher (of "The Mummy," and "The Curse of Frankenstein" fame), "Horror of Dracula" boasts an unprecedented sensuality and gothic eroticism. Chock-full of resplendent technicolor and featuring multiple monolithic genre performances, "Horror of Dracula" is an oldie must-watch for genre fans.

  • Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough
  • Director: Terence Fisher
  • Year: 1958
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

House

Sure, you've heard people call movies "trippy" before. But "House" is in a league of its own. Part arthouse horror-comedy, part bananapants fever dream, "House" tells of Gorgeous, a young girl who takes a trip to the country to visit her aunt at their ancestral home. Joined by six equally ridiculously named friends, Gorgeous soon discovers that the titular house has a mind of its own. An absolutely wild ride from start to finish, "House" is like "Evil Dead II" on acid — a joy-filled and utterly surreal viewing experience with no parallel.

  • Starring: Kimiko Ikegami, Ai Matsubara, Miki Jinbo
  • Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
  • Year: 1977
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Kwaidan

No horror anthology can hold a candle to the masterpiece that is "Kwaidan". Meaning "ghost story" in archaic Japanese, the film adapts four traditional folk tales, realizing their haunting visions of icy vampiric women, cursed husbands, and undead armies with transfixing ferocity and uncompromising style. Trance-like and visually stunning, "Kwaidan" is truly haunting in every sense of the word.  

  • Starring: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Tetsurô Tamba
  • Director: Masaki Kobayashi
  • Year: 1964
  • Runtime: 183 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Little Shop of Horrors

Quite possibly the best horror musical ever made, "Little Shop of Horrors" is a toe-tapping hoot about the intertwined fates of a man-eating plant and a meek florist whose new "discovery" promises to turn his life around and win him the girl of his dreams. A darkly comic big-screen adaptation of the hit off-Broadway musical (itself an adaptation of a Roger Corman B-movie), "Little Shop of Horrors" is transportive and bloody, with a fantastic score from future Disney duo Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Watching a giant alien plant massacre humanity is rarely this much fun.

  • Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin
  • Director: Frank Oz
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

M

A murderer is on the loose — Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, and his crimes trigger an unprecedented police manhunt. Children stay home from school, and the cries of distraught mothers fill the streets. An atmosphere of fear and anxious vigilance disrupts normal city life not just for normal citizens but for the denizens of the seedy underworld, who find themselves equally horrified by Beckert's repellent compulsions. Realizing he's being pursued by cops and outlaws alike, the cornered killer panics. Relying not on buckets of blood but nerve-shattering pacing and a powerhouse performance by Peter Lorre, even at nearly 100 years old, "M" is sure to get under your skin.

  • Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Year: 1931
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Man Bites Dog

There are very few "funny moments" in the realm of New French Extremity, let alone full-blown dark comedies. And this makes the existence of "Man Bites Dog" all the more miraculous. Viscerally unnerving and undeniably hilarious, the film tails a charismatic serial killer named Ben as he raises hell to the shock and awe of the complicit documentary team. But it's all fun and games until the crew members start participating.

  • Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel
  • Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel
  • Year: 1992
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: NC-17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

The Mummy

Plucked from a Cairo prison to assist in the excavation of the lost city of Hamunaptra, swashbuckling legionnaire Rick O'Connell reluctantly leads his fellow explorers to the supposedly cursed city. Indeed, entombed beneath the sand is the disgraced high priest Imhotep, who suffered a fate worse than death for his affair with the Pharaoh's mistress. Naturally, the party unwittingly resurrect the rightfully pissed-off mummy using the Book of the Dead, and Imhotep sets about his reign of terror as he reconstitutes his withered body, resulting in a movie that's "Indiana Jones" meets Universal monster.

  • Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
  • Director: Stephen Sommers
  • Year: 1999
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Night of the Living Dead

Iconic and blood-chilling to this day, George A. Romero's 1968 film reanimated the zombie genre with a fresh, politically charged sense of purpose. A group of strangers are forced to work together when they seek refuge in a rural Pennsylvania  farmhouse. The undead, risen from their graves for unknown reasons, wait outside, hungry and patient, resulting in a thriller that launched an entire genre, inspired filmmakers like Jordan Peele, and packs a devastating punch.

  • Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
  • Director: George A. Romero
  • Year: 1968
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Onibaba

While her son fights in a far away war, a woman and her daughter-in-law make a living by killing samurai who wander into their bog and selling their valuables. Upon learning that the son has died, the daughter-in-law begins an affair with Hachi, their neighbor. Disapproving of the romance and unable to woo Hachi herself, the mother attempts to frighten her daughter-in-law with a terrifying mask stolen from a deceased samurai. Needless to say, this does not end well.

  • Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô
  • Director: Kaneto Shindô
  • Year: 1964
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Poltergeist

The Freeling family lives in a planned community in Southern California, and life couldn't be better. That is, until the youngest daughter begins to converse with the television and the dishes begin to warp and self-destruct. As the odd paranormal occurrences continue to mount and intensify, the distraught family calls in for expert help to assess the situation before it's too late. With some truly impressive (and nauseating) special effects and one of the most iconic lines in horror history, "Poltergeist" will definitely haunt you long after the credits roll.

  • Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight
  • Director: Tobe Hooper
  • Year: 1982
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Return of the Living Dead

The dead have risen, and they are ready to party, baby. When a bumbling pair of employees at top-secret military supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the noxious vapors have the unexpected side effect of raising the dead. As they crawl back into the land of the living, the zombies have one thing and one thing only on their minds: brains. One of the most assured directorial debuts of all time, "The Return of the Living Dead" is one of the rare horror comedies that's genuinely horrifying.

  • Starring: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
  • Director: Dan O'Bannon
  • Year: 1995
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Scanners

An antisocial derelict named Cameron Vale is recruited off the streets by the mysterious ConSec research agency. Under sedation, Cameron learns that he's a "scanner," an individual born with remarkable and potentially deadly telepathic and psychokinetic abilities. Tasked with eliminating a sadistic, power-hungry scanner named Darryl Revok, Cameron steadily uncovers the truth about his mental abilities and ConSec's own ominous involvement in the "scanner" phenomena. On top of that impressive plot, "Scanners" features one of the greatest gore moments ever put on film.

  • Starring: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Year: 1981
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Scream

In the sleepy little town of Woodsboro, the teens are dropping off an alarming rate. Why? There's a killer on the loose, and whoever they are, they've seen their fair share of horror films. As the masked maniac slaughters their way through the town's young folks, using conventional slasher rules a part of their sick game, one teen named Sidney can't help but notice the murders are taking place on the anniversary of her mother's death. A fantastic send-up of slasher films from one of the most iconic slasher directors, "Scream" is equal parts horrific and hilarious.

  • Starring: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Year: 1996
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

The Shining

Looking forward to a quiet retreat where he can finally write his book, family man Jack Torrance accepts a seasonal caretaker job at the remote Overlook Hotel. However, when Jack, along with his wife, Wendy, and their son, Danny, are isolated in the dead of winter, disturbing visions and a gripping madness begin to creep into their psyches. As Jack's madness intensifies, he sets his violent sights on his terrified family. Cold and haunting, "The Shining" is one of the greatest horror movies ever made — nay, one of the greatest movies ever made period.

Shock Corridor

Obsessed with the prestige of a potential Pulitzer Prize, investigative reporter Johnny Barrett is willing to do anything to set himself apart from his peers to win the cherished award. When Johnny learns of an open homicide committed at a local psychiatric hospital, he plots a scheme to crack the case himself. Admitted into the institution after coercing his girlfriend and a psychiatrist, Johnny begins his investigation ... only to steadily lose his grip on reality.

  • Starring: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans
  • Director: Samuel Fuller
  • Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Sisters

Grace, a plucky young journalist, accidentally witnesses her neighbor violently murder a Black man. When the police arrive on the scene, they dismiss her claims and assert that nothing is amiss, forcing Grace to take matters into her own hands. After hiring a private eye to help her learn more about her neighbor's past, the pair are surprised and horrified when they start seeing double. With a heavy debt to the Giallo tradition and one of the most jaw-dropping climaxes of Brian De Palma's career, "Sisters" is a sinfully slick psychodrama with body horror to spare.

  • Starring: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Year: 1972
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

The Skin I Live In

Haunted by the tragic death of his beloved wife, gifted plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard has made it his life's work to develop a new form of indestructible form of skin graft. His test subject is Vera, a beautiful and mysterious woman held hostage in Dr. Ledgard's mansion against her will. After Dr. Ledgard's experiment proves a success, Vera plots her escape. Hailed as "wonderfully bizarre" and "objectively oddball," this Spanish horror flick features an all-time performance from Antonio Banderas.

  • Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes
  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Stoker

When India Stoker's father dies in a car accident, she sinks into a deep depression. The sudden arrival of Charlie, a charming uncle she never knew existed, only adds to her emotional turmoil. When Charlie moves in with India and her increasingly unstable mother, India begins to suspect her "uncle" has ulterior motives. To her surprise, India finds herself drawn further and further in to Charlie's orbit, infatuated with a darkness she begins to recognize within herself.

  • Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

A crime wave grips the city, and all signs point to the criminal genius Dr. Mabuse, a psychopath and a gifted hypnotist. But how is the good doctor orchestrating the criminal rackets from behind bars? And what should the police make of the conflicting reports on his whereabouts? Mired in shadowy expressionism and inventively surreal, "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" melds the police procedural with a ghost story, offering an untouchable blueprint for all genre-melds to follow.

  • Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Oscar Beregi, Otto Wernicke
  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Year: 1933
  • Runtime: 121 minutes
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

The Witches of Eastwick

During an especially raucous girl's night, three unfulfilled single women flippantly describe their ideal man. When the devilishly charming, if probably ill-intentioned, Daryl Van Horne enters their lives, their prayers (or is that nightmares?) seem to be answered. Daryl begins to court each of them in turn, informing the trio that they are witches. And after watching "The Witches of Eastwick," you'll never look at cherries the same way again.

Trick 'r Treat

Darkly funny with a fiendish sense of the macabre, this modern horror anthology unravels four interlocking stories that take place on Halloween night. We've got a high school principal with a double life as a serial killer, a virginal college girl searching for the man of her dreams, a group of malicious teenagers on the wrong end of a mean-spirited prank, and a bitter recluse who's visited by an uninvited, pint-sized guest. It all adds up for good, ghoulish, gory fun.

  • Starring: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker
  • Director: Michael Dougherty
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Vampyr

Straddling the line between a sound and a silent picture, "Vampyr" tells of a student of the occult who finds himself embroiled in a wealthy family's struggle against a predatory, blood-sucking presence. Living shadows swarm a castle, and a mysterious illness spreads throughout the estate after one of family's daughter's is bitten. In order to break the curse, the terrified survivors must locate the physical body of the original vampire and plunge a steak through its heart.

  • Starring: Julian West, Henriette Gérard, Jan Hieronimko
  • Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Year: 1932
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Willard

"Willard" tells of a repressed, sensitive mama's boy who befriends the colony of rats who've set up shop in his family's home. Not only does Willard find solace and companionship in his new fuzzy friends but a powerful swarm of allies to exact his revenge on those who've wronged him. If you're not into rodents, well, you might want to cover your eyes, but for horror fans, "Willard" is definitely worth a watch.

  • Starring: Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester
  • Director: Daniel Mann
  • Year: 1971
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%