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40 Best Horror Movies On Amazon Prime [September 2021]

Amazon Prime is a treasure trove of streaming options, whether you're talking about classic TV series from your childhood or new releases arriving straight to your living room. And it's a particularly great place to find genre films, including those of the scary variety. In recent years, the streaming service has added hundreds of horror options spanning decades, from low-budget creature features to arthouses exercises in terror and everything in between. If you want to program a horror marathon for yourself, you can put something incredible together based entirely on Amazon Prime's scary movie options, and you can start today. These are the 40 best horror films on Amazon Prime right now.

Updated on August 27, 2021: Every month, Amazon Prime makes changes to its streaming service offerings, adding some films while removing others. As a result, we've updated this list to keep you posted on the best scary movies you can find on the service at this moment, and we'll continue to update to reflect the horror options in the future. 

30 Days of Night

Based on the comic of the same name by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, "30 Days of Night" kicks off with an incredible hook: What if vampires came to a northern town where it happens to get dark and stay dark for a whole month? With that setup, the film becomes an entertaining exercise in sustaining tension, as the vampires and the surviving humans play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

  • Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston
  • Director: David Slade
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Angel Heart

In 1950s New York City, a streetwise private investigator agrees to take a new case from a mysterious client, and what starts as a journey to find a missing man soon morphs into a descent into darkness. Violent, sexy, and anchored by Mickey Rourke's effortless charisma, "Angel Heart" is a hardboiled horror film packed with style and building to a beautifully orchestrated third act pivot that some viewers still can't see coming decades after its release.

  • Starring: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet
  • Director: Alan Parker
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

April Fool's Day

After "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" became hits, every holiday needed its own slasher film, and eventually, April Fool's Day got its version. Like most slashers, there's a simple setup, following a group of college students who head to a friend's mansion for a spring break getaway, only to find that their host has set up a series of increasingly elaborate April Fool's pranks for them. As the pranks get more complicated, they turn deadly ... or is it all just another part of the joke? It's a premise that played surprisingly well in a decade crowded with other slasher films, and it's still fun today.

  • Starring: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Jay Baker
  • Director: Fred Walton
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Arachnophobia

Frank Marshall is best known as one of the most successful producers in Hollywood history, having worked on everything from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to "Poltergeist." With "Arachnophobia," Marshall decided to take his turn in the director's chair for the very first time, with the tale of a small town infested with an invasive species of spider that slowly begins to kill the citizens. With an ensemble cast and its tongue tucked firmly in cheek, "Arachnophobia" uses creature feature roots to become one of the great horror-comedies of its era.

  • Starring: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman
  • Director: Frank Marshall
  • Year: 1990
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Before he blew our minds with "Mandy," director Panos Cosmatos launched this sci-fi chiller about a woman with strange mental abilities who wakes up in an institution where malevolent forces are trying to control her and her gifts. Simultaneously futuristic and retro, "Beyond the Black Rainbow" is a haunting introduction to Cosmatos' unique brew of horror, packed with unforgettable images that will lodge in your brain well after the credits roll.

  • Starring: Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands
  • Director: Panos Cosmatos
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 109 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Big Bad Wolves

The story of a group of men who decide to get revenge on a suspected killer, "Big Bad Wolves" garnered significant acclaim upon its release for its darkly comic tone and searing storytelling. Quentin Tarantino called the Israeli thriller his favorite film of 2013, and he wasn't the only one impressed by its power. The film was one of the projects that helped director Navot Papushado make the leap to Hollywood with action projects like 2021's "Gunpowder Milkshake." Be warned — this film is ... intense.

  • Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad
  • Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

The Boy

If creepy doll movies are your thing, then you definitely want to make time for "The Boy," William Brent Bell's eerie descent into a very strange house dominated by a haunting title character. Lauren Cohan brings all the horror prowess she learned on "The Walking Dead" to this tale of an American nanny who moves to the U.K. to care for a young boy, only to find that she's been tasked with babysitting an eerie porcelain doll instead. It's not the most surprising horror film out there, but the doll itself will definitely live behind your eyes when you're trying to fall asleep.

  • Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton
  • Director: William Brent Bell
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Children of the Corn

Based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, "Children of the Corn" follows a couple who find themselves stranded in a seemingly deserted Nebraska town, only to find that the town only looks deserted because the children murdered all the adults in service to a bizarre, corn-based religious cult. The creepy kid terror of the film alone was enough to spawn a franchise, including more than half a dozen sequels and a remake, but the original is still the best. Don't let the bad critical reviews scare you away.

  • Starring: Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, John Franklin
  • Director: Fritz Kiersch
  • Year: 1984
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D. stands for "cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers," and that's exactly what you'll encounter in this unabashedly over-the-top creature feature. Set in New York City, the film begins with a series of mysterious disappearances, and soon, it evolves into a full-on horror show as it becomes clear that something beneath the streets is on the hunt. One of the great '80s B-movies, "C.H.U.D." remains a great film to chuckle along with while holding a bowl of popcorn after midnight.

  • Starring: John Heard, Kim Greist, Daniel Stern
  • Director: Douglas Cheek
  • Year: 1984
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Come to Daddy

A musician used to a rather cushy lifestyle gets a letter from his estranged father, complete with an invitation to visit him at his secluded home. The musician agrees to visit, but what he finds when he arrives isn't just a strange waterfront home in the middle of nowhere but a man who feels very unlike his father. Tense, darkly hilarious, and packed with twists that take full advantage of Elijah Wood's ability to convey wide-eyed terror, "Come to Daddy" is a quirky masterpiece of suspense.

  • Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Martin Donovan
  • Director: Ant Timpson
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Creepshow 2

It might not live up to the reputation or quality of the original film, but the sequel to "Creepshow" is still very much worth watching for a number of reasons — despite those negative reviews. Like the first film, it's got a darkly comic tone, a great ensemble cast, and stories from horror legends Stephen King and George A. Romero. Most memorably, though, it has "The Raft," a gruesome staple of 1980s horror cinema that every kid who ever watched this film in their VCR remembers to this day.

  • Starring: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Tom Savini
  • Director: Michael Gornick
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Dead & Buried

One of the quintessential horror films about a small town with a dark secret, "Dead & Buried" follows a local sheriff who investigates a series of mysterious deaths in a seaside village and finds that something very, very strange is going on. The film catches you off guard right away with a sense of unpredictable menace, and the gore effects by the legendary Stan Winston do the rest.

  • Starring: James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson
  • Director: Gary Sherman
  • Year: 1981
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

The legendary horror hostess landed her first feature film in this wild journey in which Elvira inherits a house from a dead relative and suddenly finds herself the misfit in a stuck-up Massachusetts community. More horror-comedy than outright horror, "Mistress of the Dark" is nevertheless a must-see for its revelry in spooky camp and for Peterson's gleeful leading performance.

The Fog

After the success of "Halloween" made him into a horror household name, John Carpenter turned his attention from crazed killers with knives to good old-fashioned ghost stories with "The Fog." Written by Carpenter and his "Halloween" collaborator Debra Hill, the film brings together an all-star cast of Carpenter mainstays for the tale of a seaside town, the ghosts of its past, and one terrifying anniversary. The tension-laden opening sequence alone is worth the price of admission.

  • Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Year: 1980
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Hellraiser

Horror icon Clive Barker's directorial debut is an iconic vision of sex, death, and demons. The story of a man obsessed with intersection of pleasure and pain, demons who control a magical puzzle box, and the poor young girl caught in the middle of it all, "Hellraiser" introduced millions to Barker's particular brand of horror storytelling, and it created an unforgettable, iconic movie monster in the form of the pale Cenobite known as Pinhead.

  • Starring: Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Andrew Robinson
  • Director: Clive Barker
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

The follow-up to Clive Barker's demonic classic is perhaps not as beloved as the original film, but there's still a lot to enjoy about "Hellraiser II." The film follows the heroic Kirsty as she tries to rescue her father from hell after the events of the first film. As a result, director Tony Randel plunges the story into a full-on pandemonium, delivering a wild vision of hell dominated by Doug Bradley's unforgettable Pinhead, a new villain in the form of a devilish psychologist, and Kirsty's stepmom, returned from the dead and hungry for flesh.

  • Starring: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins
  • Director: Tony Randel
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

House

In this bizarre gem, a troubled writer, beset on all sides by personal problems, decides to move into his late aunt's mansion to finish his next novel. He sets out to write a story about his time in Vietnam, hoping to purge that trauma from his mind, but the house around him won't stop waking up with fresh horrors of its own. It sounds like the plot of dark drama, but "House" effortlessly pushes itself into spooky laughter at every turn, creating a dark comedy cult classic.

  • Starring: William Katt, George Wendt, Kay Lenz
  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Year: 1985
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

House on Haunted Hill

One of the legendary Vincent Price's most memorable films, "House on Haunted Hill" casts the spooky icon as an eccentric millionaire who offers guests a $10,000 prize if they can stay all night in the title mansion. Shot on a low budget and fueled by director William Castle's legendary knack for horror gimmicks, "House on Haunted Hill" is a camp classic that still packs some of the most memorable scares in the history of the genre.

  • Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
  • Director: William Castle
  • Year: 1959
  • Runtime: 74 minutes
  • Rating: 16+
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

I Know What You Did Last Summer

After the success of "Scream," 1990s audiences were hungry for a new wave of slashers, and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" fit the bill. Loosely based on the Lois Duncan novel of the same name, and perhaps even more inspired by urban legends about a hook-handed psycho, the film follows a group of teens who finds themselves targets of a vengeful killer after covering up a murder. Though it's certainly a product of its time — just look at the cast — the film does still carry a certain weight, thanks in no small part to the script by "Scream" writer Kevin Williamson, who used the film as a chance to make a straightforward slasher movie after his satire hit.

  • Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe
  • Director: Jim Gillespie
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

I See You

You might not associate Helen Hunt with horror films, but the Oscar winner proved she can work in the subgenre with this 2019 thriller about a woman in a troubled marriage whose home life is plagued with unexplained events in the wake of a series of child abduction. Driven by Hunt's performance, the film was one of the breakout successes of SXSW 2019, and even if you can see its twists coming, "I See You" is worth watching for its execution.

  • Starring: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis
  • Director: Adam Randall
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Though Don Siegel's 1956 version is also on Amazon Prime and worth a watch, it can't match Philip Kaufman's remake for sheer atmospheric terror. You know the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" story — aliens are growing duplicates of humans in "pods" to replace them — even if you haven't seen the film, but Kaufman's knack for building tension will get to you anyway. A stellar lead performance from Donald Sutherland does the rest, along with some truly disturbing effects work.

  • Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy
  • Director: Philip Kaufman
  • Year: 1978
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Jaws

The film that launched the blockbuster as we know and made Steven Spielberg into a household name, "Jaws" still strikes fear into the hearts of moviegoers nearly 50 years after its premiere. The story of a Massachusetts town and the massive shark that preys upon its beach, the film is commanded by not one but three unforgettable lead performances. Throw in John Williams' legendary score and Spielberg's incredible command of tension, and you've got one of the all-time great summer scary movies.

  • Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Year: 1975
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Jennifer's Body

After the success of her Oscar-winning debut, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody decided to move to the horror genre next with this dark comedy about a popular girl, her best friend, and a ritual gone horribly wrong. Direct with measured ferocity by the great Karyn Kusama ("The Invitation"), "Jennifer's Body" was underappreciated following its initial release. However, time has been very kind to it, and it stands today as one of the great horror films of the 2000s, a tale of how society chews up pretty young women and spits them out again.

  • Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons
  • Director: Karyn Kusama
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

The Lighthouse

A new lighthouse keeper arrives at the title location to team up with the veteran keeper, and they're only meant to be there for a relatively short assignment. A few long nights of storms, vicious birds, booze, and visions of sea monsters later, and time starts to get away from them. Robert Eggers' slow descent into seaside madness is a singular, deeply strange vision of terror, and it's one you won't forget, even if you don't fully understand it.

The Loved Ones

Lola wants a prom date, but the boy she wants to go with turns her down, so what does Lola do? She kidnaps him, takes him to her house, and crafts her dream date with a little help from her crazed father, of course. Full of squirm-inducing tension and intensely realized character work, Sean Byrne's "The Loved Ones" is one of the best horror films of the 2000s thanks to an absolutely relentless atmosphere of danger.

  • Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Jessica McNamee
  • Director: Sean Byrne
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Midsommar

Ari Aster's stunning follow-up to "Hereditary" follows Dani, a woman reeling from personal tragedy, who takes a trip to Sweden with her distant boyfriend and his classmates. What she hopes for is a break. What she gets is a life-changing experience in ways she never imagined. One of the most visually brilliant horror films in recent memory, "Midsommar" is terror in broad daylight, anchored by a transcendent Florence Pugh performance.

  • Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
  • Director: Ari Aster
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 147 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

The Monster Squad

Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Gill Man, and Frankenstein's Monster are reuniting in present day, and Dracula's ready to rule the world. All that's standing in his way is a group of kids who love monster movies and just happen to have a magic amulet that they have no idea how to use. A love letter to classic monster movies, "The Monster Squad" is as funny and heartwarming as it is scary, and it still ranks as one of the great horror cult classics of the 1980s.

  • Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht
  • Director: Fred Dekker
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Monsters

Before he brought an iconic giant monster to life with "Godzilla," director Gareth Edwards helmed this stripped-down, inventive sci-fi horror film set in a world where a crashed space probe has birthed a zone of alien monster activity between Mexico and America. As an unlikely pair of people struggle to make it across this no man's land, they find a world changing faster than they might be able to accept.

  • Starring: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides
  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Phantasm

One of the greatest and most influential independent horror films of all, Don Coscarelli's "Phantasm" packs a creepy mythology, an intense atmosphere, and a classic horror villain all into one dreamlike cinematic experience. The story of a boy who discovers something very strange going on at the local mortuary, it looms as one of the most influential horror films of its era, thanks in no small part to Angus Scrimm's terrifying work as the Tall Man and the film's truly creepy soundtrack.

  • Starring: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm
  • Director: Don Coscarelli
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Piranha

After "Jaws" became a runaway box office hit, a string of imitators followed, but perhaps none were more successful than "Piranha." The story of a school of mutant fish who are accidentally released into a river and therefore unleashed on unsuspecting humans, it's a classic creature feature that marked a breakthrough for director Joe Dante, who earned praise from Steven Spielberg himself for the film and went on to make "Gremlins."

  • Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy
  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Year: 1978
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Pumpkinhead

After making a name for himself as one of the greatest creature effects creators of all time, Stan Winston took his turn in the director's chair with "Pumpkinhead," the story of a grieving father who seeks revenge for his son's death, summoning the title monster in the process. Part creature feature, part folk-horror, the film features both a powerhouse performance from Lance Henriksen and some unforgettable monster designs.

  • Starring: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino
  • Director: Stan Winston
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

The Ruins

An underrated bit of 2000s horror, "The Ruins" begins as classic fish-out-of-water vacation horror story, following two couples on a trip to Mexico as they run afoul of the natives while exploring the title structure. But what starts as something very realistic and raw soon descends into supernatural terror and adds in a squirm-worthy dose of body horror along the way.

  • Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey
  • Director: Carter Smith
  • Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Slither

Before he was one of the go-to superhero blockbuster filmmakers, writer/director James Gunn cut his teeth on the horror genre, scripting a remake of "Dawn of the Dead" and then making his directorial debut with this horror-comedy creature feature. The story of a South Carolina town overrun with alien parasites, "Slither" packs plenty of dark laughs, sick thrills, and gore into its runtime, and looking back on it now, it's easy to see why Gunn seemed like the perfect fit for movies like "The Suicide Squad."

  • Starring: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Survival of the Dead

Though most people tend to stick to the original trilogy, the great George A. Romero actually managed to produce six films in his zombie "Dead" series, and though he had more planned, "Survival" was the last he could make before his death. Though the film doesn't carry the same cultural cache as its predecessors, "Survival of the Dead" is an essential for zombie and Romero completists, and it packs some impressive undead gore.

  • Starring: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Walsh, Kathleen Munroe
  • Director: George A. Romero
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Suspiria

Dario Argento's "Suspiria" is one of those films that seemed like it shouldn't, and couldn't, ever be remade. Somehow, though, Luca Guadagnino not only pulled it off, but he delivered another classic in its own right with his terrifying vision of a dance school and the new student plunged into a world of occult horror. Sumptuous, sexy, and gorgeously dark, "Suspiria" lives up to its predecessor by honoring it, then going its own way.

  • Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 152 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

It took director Tobe Hooper more than a decade to make a sequel to "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," and when he finally did, audiences got not another bleak all-out horror film but an unabashed black comedy dripping with parody and unhinged joy. The story of a radio DJ lured into Leatherface's family home and a vengeful Texas lawman on the trail of the saw-wielding madman, it pushes everything from the original film over the top and then some.

  • Starring: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson
  • Director: Tobe Hooper
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

The Wailing

One of the most universally celebrated horror films of the 2010s, the South Korean supernatural epic "The Wailing" is steeped in creepy atmosphere, incredible performances, and unforgettable storytelling. The story of a man investigating a town where a strange infection has driven people to murder their families, it's a terrifying blend of folk horror and supernatural drama, full of devilish moments that will burrow into your brain and stay there.

  • Starring: Kwak Do-won, Jun Kunimura, Hwang Jung-min
  • Director: Na Hong-jin
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 156 minutes
  • Rating: 16+
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

We Are Still Here

A grieving couple move to an old farmhouse while mourning the death of their son ... and they find more waiting for them than just their own personal darkness. As strange things happen around the house and the residents of the nearby town start responding accordingly, the family finds that something in their new home is waking up again. Packed with great performances, homages to classic 1970s horror, and great effects, "We Are Still Here" ranks as one of the best ghost stories of the 2010s.

  • Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie
  • Director: Ted Geoghegan
  • Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Rating: 18+
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Centered on a captivating performance by the great Tilda Swinton, Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" derives its horror not just from the brutality of its title character but from the weight that brutality places on the shoulders of his mother. Through nonlinear storytelling and a sense of constantly building tension, we learn what it's like to shoulder the burden of birthing a villain and the existential dread of knowing you can't change what you created.

  • Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
  • Director: Lynne Ramsay
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

When a Stranger Calls

You might think you know where this '70s horror classic is going because it hinges on the classic "the calls are coming from inside the house" urban legend, but you'd be wrong. "When a Stranger Calls" is a fantastic case of what happens when filmmakers start in recognizable territory, then branch out into something else altogether, and the result is a terrifying unpredictable experience.

  • Starring: Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst
  • Director: Fred Walton
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%