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55 Best Horror Movies Streaming [January 2023]

There's nothing like a well-written horror flick to offer the catharsis of a good scare. From complex psychological terror to good old-fashioned jump scares, there's something purely delightful about getting goosebumps over a movie monster. And with more than a century of horror films to choose from and dozens of subgenres from vampire horror to supernatural demonic thrillers, there's something for everyone. Whether you love a good slasher film or you prefer your horror more subdued, there are some fantastic frightening films available for your enjoyment. We're sharing the 55 best horror movies you can catch streaming right now so you don't miss out on a single chill.

Updated on January 3, 2023: Streamers like Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Shudder make regular changes to their catalogs each month. We'll be updating this list regularly to reflect those changes, so be sure to check back each month for more great horror!

American Psycho - HBO Max

Set in 1987, "American Psycho" is a blacker-than-black comedy adapted from Bret Easton Ellis' satirical 1991 novel about Manhattan yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman. Bateman prides himself on his outward appearance of affluence and utter normalcy, measuring his worth in the material details — like the quality of his facial routine — and salivating over the tastefulness of his colleagues' business card fonts. But Bateman's greed extends beyond the material as underneath his cool, blank expression lurks a sadistic murderer who delights in others' suffering, picking off strangers and colleagues alike.

An American Werewolf in London - Plex, The Roku Channel, Showtime

When American backpackers Jack and David are warned by Yorkshire tavern-goers to stick to the road and stay off of the moors, they immediately do the opposite and get themselves attacked by a werewolf. Jack, who is killed but cursed to live on as long as the werewolf's bloodline does, begs the bitten David to take his own life. Instead, David moves in with a cute nurse and goes full werewolf while his undead pal gradually rots in this witty comedy-horror film. Both hilarious and upsetting, "An American Werewolf in London" features perhaps the greatest sequence in the history of practical effects, with a werewolf transformation that's pretty much unrivaled to this day.

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  • Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne

  • Director: John Landis

  • Year: 1981

  • Runtime: 97 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

The Amityville Horror - Amazon Prime

While critics may not have loved this film, "The Amityville Horror" is a classic haunted house film that has had a lasting impact on the genre, grossing upwards of $80 million at the box office during its original run. The film was based on Jay Anson's controversial 1977 book claiming the Lutz family was terrorized by supernatural forces during their short tenure as owners of a New York Dutch Colonial where family annihilator Ronald DeFeo Jr. had murdered six people in 1974. While the storytelling and acting are uneven at times, overall the film spins a genuinely dark and terrifying yarn that will make even the most hardened skeptics feel just a little less warmly about Dutch Colonial architecture.

  • Starring: Margot Kidder, James Brolin, Rod Steiger
  • Director: Stuart Rosenberg
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

The Babadook - AMC+, Kanopy, Pluto

A gloomy, artful Australian psychological horror flick, "The Babadook" finds grieving widow Amelia struggling to raise her 6-year-old son Oskar alone after losing his dad in a car accident on the day she gave birth. After reading Oskar a frighteningly Burtonesque pop-up story called "Mister Babadook," Amelia finds herself plagued by mysterious occurrences resembling details from the book. This beautifully dark story offers layers of symbolism as a metaphor for grief. And in an interesting twist, Mister Babadook has even emerged as an unlikely LGBTQ+ icon, with Vox calling the top-hatted Jack White dupe "queer in the most empirical sense."

  • Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney

  • Director: Jennifer Kent

  • Year: 2014

  • Runtime: 94 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Barbarian - HBO Max

One of several recent films to fall under the growing subgenre of Airbnb nightmare horror, "Barbarian" taps into the growing public awareness that trips booked in this largely unregulated sector of the hospitality industry should come with a caveat emptor warning. When Tess Marshall rolls into an Airbnb located in Detroit's troubled Brightmoor district, she's dismayed to learn it's been double-booked, but short on options, she decide to share the rental with Keith — a man who's almost trying too hard not to act suspicious. As the night goes on, Tess will make a frightening discovery that may extend her stay ... whether she wants to stick around or not. The completely absurd horror that follows is a heckuva ride.

  • Starring: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long
  • Director: Zach Cregger
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

The Birds - Criterion Channel

Widely considered one of the most influential and iconic horror films, as well as a crucial entry in suspense master Alfred Hitchcock's catalog, "The Birds" follows complicated socialite Melanie as she pursues lawyer Mitch Brenner to his coastal hometown after a pet store flirtation, using a gift of love birds as a ruse for her somewhat stalkery pursuit. Upon her arrival in Bodega Bay, she encounters a mysterious avian affliction that spreads through the community's bird population, causing them to violently and arbitrarily terrorize the locals. Using cutting-edge special effects for the time and an eerie lack of score that highlights the growing dread, the film establishes just how terrifying the natural world can be while exploring themes of sexuality, gender relations, and our dangerous relationship with the natural world.

  • Starring: Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Bird Box - Netflix

"Bird Box" explores one of the most terrifying prospects in the horror and sci-fi genres — trying to keep kids alive in the post-apocalypse. Set in the aftermath of civilization's collapse, the story imagines a world where invisible entities cause anyone who sees them to become infected and die violently by their own hands. In this madness, we follow the pregnant Malorie, who eventually gives birth and must keep her family alive in a world where one wrong glance can lead to death. "Bird Box" blew away Netflix streaming records upon its release, and it's easy to see why (assuming you aren't wearing a blindfold). It's a creepy apocalyptic survival story, one filled with dread, and certainly worth watching thanks to Sandra Bullock's lead performance.

  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson
  • Director: Susanne Bier
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

The Black Phone - Peacock

When Denver child serial killer "the Grabber" kidnaps a bullied child named Finney, a supernaturally charged phone and his sister's psychic visions are the only things standing between him and the Grabber's dark plans. The film is adapted from a short story by Joe Hill and bears the influence of his horror master dad, Stephen King, in the storytelling craftsmanship. In an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz explained he used a limited but not desaturated color palette that adds a dark, nostalgic feel to the storytelling. It's a perfect fit for a rare presentation of the late 1970s not as the upbeat simpler time it's often portrayed as in film and television today but as the uncertain period when bullies ruled their schools and many American communities were plagued by rampant crime and an uptick in serial killers.

Black Sunday - Kanopy

A Italian gothic horror film, "Black Sunday" follows a 17th-century curse into the 19th century after the vampiric witch Asa vows revenge on the descendants of her tormentors. In 1830 Moldavia, Asa is resurrected and begins to wreak havoc on the community. With lots of creepy black-and-white chiaroscuro, "Black Sunday" is full of vintage scares, even if the view of witches is a little dated and problematic.

  • Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi

  • Director: Mario Bava

  • Year: 1960

  • Runtime: 83 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Blair Witch Project - Plex, Pluto, Redbox, Tubi

When "The Blair Witch Project" was released in 1999, it was something of a game-changer for the horror genre. Using a bare-bones script, minimal natural sets, a handful of cameras, and some improvisational acting, the film was instrumental in pioneering the found-footage technique with absolutely chilling results. Told through the supposedly "recovered" footage of three film students who went camping deep in the woods in search of the legendary Blair Witch, the story relies on dark images, unsettling sounds, shaky cameras, and strange artifacts found in the woods to tell its tale. Menaced by unseen forces, the students become lost, seemingly trapped in the supernatural snare of the Blair Witch.

  • Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

  • Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

  • Year: 1999

  • Runtime: 87 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Bram Stoker's Dracula - Pluto TV

Based on Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel, this Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of the classic is a decadent example of a gothic horror film. Set around the turn of the 19th century, the film finds young Jonathan Harker crossing paths with Vlad the Impaler, who's rebranded himself as the Transylvanian gentleman Count Dracula. When Dracula becomes convinced that Harker's fiancée, Mina, is his late bride Elisabeth reincarnated, he attempts to use his vampiric abilities to manipulate her and bring down anyone who stands in his way. Gary Oldman's performance as Dracula stands out against the film's sumptuous visuals to create a truly popcorn-worthy horror flick.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - AMC+, Kanopy, Shudder, Tubi

A 1920 German silent film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is a German expressionist horror story centered around the dirty deeds of Dr. Caligari, a deranged hypnotist who possesses an unwitting sleepwalker in order to carry out his murderous machinations. The film is a master class in chiaroscuro and had a clear influence on modern horror filmmakers like David Lynch and Tim Burton.

  • Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher

  • Director: Robert Wiene

  • Year: 1920

  • Runtime: 74 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Candyman - Amazon Prime, Paramount+

A direct sequel to the 1992 slasher "Candyman," this supernatural horror film boasts a writing team that includes Jordan Peele and a cast that includes DC Universe's Black Manta, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, MCU's Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo of "Fear the Walking Dead," Vanessa Williams, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett of "Misfits."

When a Chicago artist encounters the urban legend of Candyman that states anyone who says the word "Candyman" five times while looking in a mirror will summon the supernatural killer's evil spirit, he laughs it off, dismissively performing the ritual himself and then creating an art piece based on the tale. As he becomes increasingly obsessed with the Candyman, he physically and mentally undergoes a dramatic transformation as someone else plots to bring back — and weaponize — the Candyman's hive. The film is exceptional in its genre as one of the few horror films to have been up for Oscar consideration over its score, penned by composer and electronic musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.

  • Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Cargo - Netflix

While surviving on an Australian houseboat after a zombie virus wipes out most of the human race, the Rose family runs into trouble after going ashore on a food run. After his wife his bitten and impaled, the also-bitten Andy must find someone to care for their infant daughter, Rosie, before turning with the help of an Aboriginal child named Thoomi. The Australian setting and emotional story bring a fresh perspective to the zombie genre, with Martin Freeman's lead performance further elevating the storytelling. 

  • Starring: Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Anthony Hayes

  • Director: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 105 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

The Changeling - AMC+, Peacock, Plex, Shudder, Tubi, Vudu

A film that's absolutely brimming with spooky atmosphere, "The Changeling" is a haunted house film for the age. When composer John Russell leaves Manhattan for a Seattle mansion after unexpectedly losing his wife and child, he begins to encounter the resident spirit, which leads him into the heart of a mystery, one involving a high-profile politician and an enigmatic child. If you're a fan of stylish ghost stories a la "The Haunting of Hill House," then "The Changeling" is the perfect movie to send shivers up your spine.

  • Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas

  • Director: Peter Medak

  • Year: 1980

  • Runtime: 107 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Children of the Corn - Amazon Prime, AMC+, The Roku Channel, Shudder, Tubi

Don't be fooled by the terrible Rotten Tomatoes rating — "Children of the Corn" falls under the horror film sub-category of "so bad it's good." Based on the 1977 Stephen King short story of the same name, "Children of the Corn" has a pretty terrifying premise: A town full of rural Nebraska kids have created a cult under the deity "He Who Walks Behind the Rows," and their religion involves a whole lot of human sacrifice that kicked off with the mass murder of every adult in their town. There's just something utterly chilling about the idea of feral children riled up under a cult of personality, even if the acting does get a bit corny at times. Pun intended. 

  • Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong

  • Director: Fritz Kiersch

  • Year: 1984

  • Runtime: 93 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Crimson Peak - Netflix

If you're craving "Bridgerton" but with more ghosts and wanton violence, "Crimson Peak" is a solid bet. This film has everything a gothic horror lover could want — a dreamy but haunted manor tucked away in the remote hills of Edwardian England, a murder mystery, Tom Hiddleston, disturbing family dynamics,  and plenty of delightful gore. Joe Hill called "Crimson Peak" a "blood-soaked 'Age of Innocence,'" while his dad Stephen King tweeted that the film was "gorgeous and just ... terrifying."

The Dark and the Wicked - AMC+, Shudder

Shortly after Texas siblings Michael and Louise return to the family farm due to their father's failing health, their mother amputates her own fingers and hangs herself. They soon begin to realize that a dark, demonic force is lurking on the property, tormenting the family to madness and taking lives. If you're looking for a good old-fashioned demon possession flick with plenty of solid thrills, "The Dark and the Wicked" is a solid bet.

  • Starring: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley

  • Director: Bryan Bertino

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 94 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Dead Zone - HBO Max

Based on the 1979 Stephen King novel that would later be made into a TV series, "The Dead Zone" is about a schoolteacher who wakes up from a coma with brain damage and psychic visions. Needless to say, this doesn't lead to a happy life. Instead, he can see disasters and murders before they occur, and while that might be able to help him catch a serial killer, it won't do him any good if people won't heed his predictions ... or if his visions are so devastating that he doesn't know how to stop them. This is one of the best Stephen King adaptations thanks in large part to Christopher Walken's outstanding performance as the haunted psychic, Johnny Smith.

  • Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt

  • Director: David Cronenberg

  • Year: 1983

  • Runtime: 103 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Eraserhead - Criterion Channel, HBO Max

"Eraserhead" is David Lynch's surrealist horror trip through fatherhood. More of a Kafkaesque nightmare than a traditional horror film, this black-and-white film finds Henry Spencer struggling to accept responsibility for a monstrous child he has with his girlfriend. Like everything Lynch creates, the film is meant to be engaged with and analyzed but seems to indicate that the true horror is getting saddled with a family.

  • Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph

  • Director: David Lynch

  • Year: 1977

  • Runtime: 89 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

The Exorcist - HBO Max, Pluto TV

Adapted from William Peter Blatty's bestselling 1971 novel of the same name, "The Exorcist" would quickly become a horror classic, with the chilling theme "Tubular Bells" and the exorcism scenes becoming some of the most iconic motifs in the genre. After an archaeological dig unleashes the demonic force Pazuzu, it takes up residence in 12-year-old Regan, menacing her actress mother and the priests who come to help. This film is widely regarded as one of the scariest films of all time, with many audience members reportedly throwing up or having to leave the theater during its original run, according to a 1974 New York Times report. Even now, the scares and the film's underlying emotional arc still hold strong.

  • Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow

  • Director: William Friedkin

  • Year: 1973

  • Runtime: 122 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Eyes Without a Face - Criterion Channel, HBO Max

Psychological and body horror come together in the French-Italian "Eyes Without a Face." When Christiane is disfigured in a terrible car accident, her father goes full mad scientist and tries his hand at DIY facial transplant surgery. Haunting and understated, this film proves that some of the best horror can be executed without drenching the screen in gore.

  • Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob, Alida Valli

  • Director: Georges Franju

  • Year: 1960

  • Runtime: 84 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 - Netflix

Xennials who loved the R.L. Stine "Fear Street" book series as teens will find the Netflix trilogy a fitting tribute with its poppy slasher feels, but it's a fun ride in its own right even sans nostalgia. The final installment in the series following "1994" and "1978," "1666" takes viewers back to the origin of the "Fear Street" saga through the tale of accused witch Sarah Fier, who lived in the Union colony before it split into Sunnyvale and Shadyside. Grab an extra-large popcorn and binge the entire series, which was dubbed "'The Crucible' meets 'The Witch' meets 'It' meets 'It' Follows meets the trilogy's ultimate overarching influence 'Scooby-Doo'" by The Guardian's Benjamin Lee.

  • Starring: Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs

  • Director: Leigh Janiak

  • Year: 2021

  • Runtime: 114 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Final Destination - Tubi

Fans of "The X-Files" may recognize "Final Destination" director James Wong from writing many of the series' best episodes, as well as the prestigious honor of becoming the first Asian-American to earn an Emmy nomination for directing. In fact, according to an interview with film creator Jeffrey Reddick in Bloody Disgusting, "Final Destination" originated as a script for the paranormal sci-fi series. Originally titled "Flight 180," the story was expanded into a full-length feature film about a group of teens who initially seem to cheat death thanks to their pal's pre-flight premonition, but they find out they can't outrun fate in the end. While short on any kind of cinematic depth, the story serves its purpose as a teen scream horror film replete with decent thrills, jump-scares, and surprises.

  • Starring: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith
  • Director: James Wong
  • Year: 2000
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Friday the 13th - Amazon Prime

 A classic summer camp slasher film, "Friday the 13th" introduced the world to masked serial killer Jason Voorhees. His murderous shenanigans target the doomed inhabitants of Camp Crystal Lake, who are hunted down one by one in terrifyingly memorable fashion. Though it's more beloved by fans than by critics, this film would be the beginning of a successful franchise, which includes a "Nightmare on Elm Street" crossover. 

  • Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby

  • Director: Sean S. Cunningham

  • Year: 1980

  • Runtime: 95 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Halloween - AMC+, Redbox, Shudder

The first film in the long-running Michael Myers series, "Halloween" is John Carpenter's classic slasher film. It might not have been the first slasher, but it definitely put the subgenre on the map. After 6-year-old Michael kills his older sister on Halloween, he spends 15 years in a mental institution before escaping. Free to wreak havoc, Myers dons a white William Shatner mask and sets out to kill a bunch of unlucky teens, including Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. As he menacingly stalks down our young cast, we're treated to a film that set the bar for what a slasher should be — lean, mean, and white-knuckle scary.

  • Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle

  • Director: John Carpenter

  • Year: 1978

  • Runtime: 91 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Hellraiser - Amazon Prime, Pluto, Shudder, Tubi

A fairly disturbing supernatural horror thriller, "Hellraiser" is film that gave the world Pinhead, the iconic, otherworldly demon. When sadomasochist Frank Cotton purchases a mysterious puzzle box in Morocco, he unlocks the portal to Hell where the Cenobites dwell. The Cenobites, who cannot differentiate between pleasure and pain, are part of a religious order that specializes in sadomasochism. And eventually, they cross paths with Frank's innocent niece, Kirsty, a poor young woman who also has to deal with Frank when he comes back from the dead. With its themes of torture and degradation, this film is one of the more controversial and divisive on the list.

  • Starring: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Andrew Robinson

  • Director: Clive Barker

  • Year: 1987

  • Runtime: 93 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Hereditary - Pluto, Tubi

A terrifying exploration of parenting, family, and grief, "Hereditary" follows the Graham family as they suffer a series of unbearable losses and learn about a dark secret while struggling to cope with the family history of mental illness. Shocking and disturbing throughout, the film features a standout performance from Toni Collette and more than its share of surprises, which we won't even hint at here.

  • Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd

  • Director: Ari Aster

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 127 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

House on Haunted Hill - AMC+, Amazon Prime, Kanopy, Shudder, The Roku Channel, Tubi

"House on Haunted Hill" finds eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren throwing a party for his fourth wife, Annabelle, in a haunted house. To make things interesting, he invites five strangers, offering them each a cool $10,000 if they can make it through the night in the house. When someone turns up dead and the house starts to get freaky, the guests start to believe the house may truly be haunted. The film is a ton of fun, largely thanks to the master of fright himself, Vincent Price.

  • Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Elisha Cook

  • Director: William Castle

  • Year: 1959

  • Runtime: 75 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

The Invisible Man - Freevee

A modern interpretation of the classic H.G. Wells novel, "The Invisible Man" reimagines the story through the lens of domestic abuse. Not long after escaping from her controlling partner, Cecilia Cass is notified of his death, receiving an inheritance from his estate. But she begins to suspect that she isn't alone and that her ex faked his own death, using his optics genius to become invisible and torment her. A brilliant performance from Elisabeth Moss takes this sci-fi thriller to the next level.

  • Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

  • Director: Leigh Whannell

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 124 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

It Follows - Netflix

"It Follows" is about the ultimate high school horror — a sexually transmitted evil entity. After she and her new boyfriend go "parking," high schooler Jay learns that her guy has passed a shape-shifting supernatural creeper to her when they did the deed. If the spirit catches Jay, it will kill her and then work its way backward through the chain of past partners. To boot, no one can see it but the afflicted, and the creature is practically invulnerable to damage of all kinds. Ripe for subtext analysis and brimming with suspense, "It Follows" is one of the best horror films on the list when it comes to legitimate white-knuckle scares.

  • Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto

  • Director: David Robert Mitchell

  • Year: 2014

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Let the Right One In - Amazon Prime, Hulu, Kanopy, The Roku Channel, Showtime

Adapted from a 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, "Let the Right One In" is one of the all-time vampire horror movies — a dark and disturbing romance horror set in Stockholm in the early 1980s. The film centers on a bullied 12-year-old-boy who develops a close bond with a young vampire. But as the two grow closer, our troubled protagonist finds himself being drawn deeper and deeper into the vampire's bloody world. But hey, at least he doesn't feel so alone anymore. The result is cinematically beautiful, visually frightening, and never pulls its punches.

  • Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

  • Director: Tomas Alfredson

  • Year: 2008

  • Runtime: 114 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Midsommar - Kanopy, Showtime

"Midsommar" is a trippy, beautiful, folk horror freakshow of a film. Haunted by the death of her loved ones, Dani joins her not-so-great boyfriend and his buddies as they journey to rural Sweden to attend the communal midsummer festival. They end up shrooming with the locals and quickly realize they've stumbled into a violent pagan cult where human sacrifice is part of the summertime festivities. More gory than terrifying, "Midsommar" is a vivid, intelligent head trip through gorgeous Nordic scenery.

  • Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper

  • Director: Ari Aster

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 145 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Night of the Living Dead - Freevee, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock, Shudder, Tubi

"Night of the Living Dead" is considered by many to be the first modern zombie film and the genesis of the genre as we know it. One of a few hundred films that have been added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry for its cultural significance, "Night of the Living Dead" finds a group of survivors under siege thanks to an undead epidemic, with the recently deceased reanimating and transforming into ravenous flesh-eaters. Dark and terrifying, the film offers up a gritty realism that was rarely seen in horror films at the time.

  • Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Marilyn Eastman

  • Director: George A. Romero

  • Year: 1968

  • Runtime: 96 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Nope - Peacock

Written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Peele, "Nope" is a beautifully filmed psychological sci-fi horror story that weaves the strange, surreal qualities of a David Lynch tale into a wild yarn with big Amblin energy. Filmed in the Agua Dulce desert, the 2022 horror film follows OJ Haywood Jr., a man who trains horses for Hollywood films. When his father is mysteriously killed, OJ believes a UFO might be to blame, so he teams up with his sister, Em, to film the craft and make a truckload of money to save their failing business. As you might expect, nothing goes according to plan. Funny, whimsical, and exactly the right amount of scary, "Nope" is a reminder that good horror doesn't have to be overly disturbing to pack a punch, and like everything Jordan Peele does, it's intelligent and layered without being didactic with its nuanced analysis of the relationship between audience and spectacle. 

  • Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
  • Director: Jordan Peele
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror - AMC+, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Shudder, Tubi

The unofficial German expressionist adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," "Nosferatu" is a 1922 silent film that would serve as the genesis of the vampire film genre and popularize much of the vampire lore we know and love today. Set in 1838 Germany, the film recounts many of the details from Stoker's story, replacing the names of Jonathan Harker with Thomas Hutter, Count Dracula with Count Orlok, and Mina with Ellen. However, where it really shines is its monstrous depiction of Orlok, from his rodent-like facial features to his long, eerie shadow stalking through hallways.

  • Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

  • Director: F. W. Murnau

  • Year: 1922

  • Runtime: 94 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Oculus - Hulu

A decade after siblings Tim and Kaylie lost their parents under strange and possibly supernatural circumstances, the now-grown pair are still struggling to cope with the loss. While Tim, who spent years in an institution, has come to believe he was responsible for his parents' deaths, Kaylie is obsessed with a mirror that she believes to be otherworldly and the cause of their parents' demise. To prove her suspicion –- and her brother's innocence –- she decides to collect evidence of the mirror's paranormal powers, erroneously believing she can maintain control with the help of cameras and a rigged "kill switch" that will destroy the mirror if things go wrong. She can't, and the mirror slowly begins to unravel their sanity and quite possibly reality itself.

  • Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff

  • Director: Mike Flanagan

  • Year: 2014

  • Runtime: 105 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

The Old Ways - Netflix

When L.A.-based Mexican-American reporter Cristina Lopez visits her hometown looking for a story on witchcraft — after watching her own mother perform an exorcism as a child — she ends up getting closer to the story than she intended. After arriving near the La Boca ruins near Veracruz, Cristina is kidnapped by locals, including a Nahua bruja, who believe her to be possessed. A horror metaphor for second-generation Americans' experience balancing the complexities of heritage and identity, "The Old Ways" is as beautiful as it is terrifying.

  • Starring: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés, Julia Vera

  • Director: Christopher Alender

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 90 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Pale Blue Eye - Netflix

"One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture — a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold." This famous line from gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" was the inspiration for Louis Bayard's novel "The Pale Blue Eye," which imagines a serial killer on the campus of 1830 West Point and an investigation involving contemporary West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe. Something of a melodramatic police procedural embedded with supernatural elements, the tale will be enjoyable for most fans of crime stories, gothic horror, or just a generally chilling atmospheric horror ambience.

  • Starring: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson
  • Director: Scott Cooper
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Parasite - Hulu, Kanopy

"Parasite" is a black comedy horror film that serves as a keen commentary on South Korean class conflict, late-stage capitalism, and wealth disparity. When the penniless Kim family scheme their way into legitimate jobs for the affluent Parks at the expense of others, things seem to be going swimmingly at first. But as the story unfolds, we begin to learn some disturbing truths about this home, and things take a violent turn. To say anymore would be to spoil the game, so check out the film that made history by being the first foreign-language film to win a Best Picture Oscar.

  • Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

  • Director: Bong Joon-ho

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 132 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Pet Sematary - Amazon Prime, Paramount+

Adapted from the 1983 Stephen King novel, "Pet Sematary" transplants the city-dwelling Creed family from Chicago to a farmhouse in the quiet town of Ludlow, Maine, where their perfect home is situated right next to a busy trucker route. After a friendly neighbor shows them an old burial ground that reanimates the dead, they find out too late the things that come back aren't quite right. Despite its low Rotten Tomatoes rating, this film is a campy horror classic that should be on every Stephen King fan's must-watch list.

  • Starring: Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff

  • Director: Mary Lambert

  • Year: 1989

  • Runtime: 103 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Poltergeist - Tubi

Real estate developer Steven Freeling and his family are living the American dream in their suburban home when they begin to experience some unexplained phenomena, beginning with daughter Carol Anne speaking to a static TV screen. At first seemingly innocuous, the occurrences quickly escalate until Carol Anne is pulled into another dimension through a portal in her closet. With the help of some parapsychologists and a medium, the Freelings learn that sinister forces have taken their daughter, and they'll have to fight hard to get her back, resulting in a classic '80s horror flick, full of satire, genuine frights, brilliant practical effects, and one of the most iconic lines in horror history.

  • Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke

  • Director: Tobe Hooper

  • Year:1982

  • Runtime: 114 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Prey - Hulu

The long-awaited prequel to the "Predator" franchise, "Prey" depicts the early arrival of the Predator on Earth, where he comes into contact with a tribe of Comanches and a handful of French voyageurs. Set in 1719 in the North American Great Plains, the story is told from the perspective of Naru, a young healer who longs to become a hunter, surpassing contemporary Comanche gender roles. Released in English with a Comanche dub, the film is a stripped-down story featuring a strong female hero with a firm grounding in the "Predator" mythology. As David Fear of Rolling Stone put it, "It's something close to a B-movie masterpiece, a survivalist thriller-slash-proto-Western-slash-final-girl horror flick that, like both its iconic alien and its indigenous Ripley 2.0 heroine, is extremely good at what it sets out to do."

  • Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush
  • Director: Dan Trachtenberg
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Prometheus - HBO Max

A prequel to the "Alien" saga, "Prometheus" is by no means the most gripping or well-formed tale in the series. But what it does well is expand the worldbuilding of the "Alien" universe while establishing a more clearly outlined explanation of the lore behind the Xenomorphs' physiology and purpose. 

The story centers around the Weyland Corporation-funded expedition to a remote moon in search of answers about the Engineers, which archaeologists believe may be the progenitors of humanity. Their curiosity leads them into an ancient civilization of biotech-wielding planet builders comfortable with destroying and replacing entire worlds as easily as one might wipe a hard drive. Against a backdrop of beautifully dark imagery, "Prometheus" delves deeply into existential and mythological themes and is a must-see for any fan of space horror or the "Alien" series.

Psycho - Criterion Channel

"Psycho" is one of the most iconic horror films ever made, with an immeasurable influence on films, television, and pop culture in general. It begins with Marion Crane, a secretary who rashly decides to take off with $40,000 she's meant to deposit for her employer. While on the run, she finds herself at the Bates Motel, a roadside joint run by a friendly but troubled young man named Norman. Norman claims to live with his controlling mother, but as Marion discovers, there's more to their bizarre situation than meets the eye. Anthony Perkins' haunting performance as Norman Bates still resonates, all these decades later.

  • Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock

  • Year: 1960

  • Runtime: 109 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

A Quiet Place - Paramount+

Intelligent, tense, and emotional, "A Quiet Place" explores the frightening premise of parents simply trying to keep their children alive when danger is all around. The film follows the Abbott family's struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world where a violent invasive species of bulletproof alien predators has somehow taken up residence on Earth, wiping out most of humanity. The improbably fast but sightless creatures use echolocation to find and quickly eliminate humans who make even the smallest sounds. Having survived partly through their use of ASL to communicate with deaf daughter Reagan, the Abbotts face a frightening challenge as they plan for the birth of a new child.

  • Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

  • Director: John Krasinski

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 90 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Rental - AMC+, Netflix

There's nothing quite like taking some time out from the hustle and grind of daily life to chill out on vacay for a few days. But despite the countless Instagram posts and YouTube videos sharing dreamy vacation rentals, there have still been a handful of horror stories fueling paranoia about these types of getaways, and that's the world explored by "The Rental." The film finds a pair of couples and their dog checking out for a weekend getaway — only to immediately get caught up in a web of their own relationship drama, which is worsened by some bad molly-fueled decision-making. Shortly afterwards, the group discovers the rental is wired up with peeping Tom cameras, and that's when the body count starts to stack up. Although the mythology is still a bit fuzzy by the end of the film, it's a decent slasher with loads of potential for a sequel or even a franchise.

  • Starring: Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White
  • Director: Dave Franco 
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Rosemary's Baby - Paramount+

Based on the 1967 Ira Levin novel, "Rosemary's Baby" is a slow-burn psychological terror trip that should be on every horror lover's must-see list. Plus, it's an excellent reminder that getting to know the neighbors isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Soon after Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse take up residence in a gorgeous historic Manhattan apartment, their eccentric elderly neighbors quickly become a little too familiar, taking an overzealous interest in the young bride's pregnancy. As Rosemary begins to suspect there's a Satanic conspiracy afoot, she learns just how truly hellish the price of New York housing can be. The wonderfully aesthetic film explores the relationship between gaslighting and paranoia in a chilling meditation on women's bodily autonomy.

  • Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Year: 1968
  • Runtime: 136 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Silence of the Lambs - Tubi

The critically acclaimed psychological horror that gave rise to dozens of meme-worthy quotes like "hello, Clarice," "fava beans and a nice chianti," and "it rubs the lotion on its skin," "The Silence of the Lambs" cleaned up at the 1992 Academy Awards with a whopping five Oscars. Based on the bestselling Thomas Harris novel series and scored by acclaimed composer Howard Shore, the film details Quantico student Clarice Starling's acquaintance with serial killer Hannibal Lecter. A gifted psychiatrist with a taste for the finer things in life and the other, other white meat, Lecter proves useful in the investigation of serial killer Buffalo Bill but at great cost to Clarice's own personal and psychological security.

Smile - Paramount+

Adapted from Parker Finn's 2020 short film "Laura Hasn't Slept," this psychological horror film follows the mental unraveling of a therapist named Rose. A troubled patient tells Rose that there's an evil entity stalking her — one that causes its victims to eerily smile right before forcing them to commit suicide. And then, that's exactly what happens in Rose's office. Traumatized by her patient's death, Rose begins seeing horrific visions herself, with the lines between reality and imagination become blurred in a confusing, insomniac haze of psychological trauma and terror. Playing on the pay-it-forward curse trope explored in films like "It Follows," "Smile" is a dread-filled — if occasionally formulaic and jump scare-laden — and suspenseful example of a fresh take on a time-honored horror trope.

  • Starring: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner
  • Director: Parker Finn
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

The Stepford Wives - Tubi

Based on Ira Levin's 1972 novel, "The Stepford Wives" is a satire about a suburban community where the wives seem to be just a little too perfect. After photographer Joanna moves from Manhattan to Stepford, Connecticut, for her husband's new job, she is quickly taken aback at the stark gender roles in the community, with her own husband joining up with the exclusive Men's Club. As for the women, they only want to cook and talk about cleaning, and slowly but surely, Katharine suspects something is very wrong ... and she starts fearing for her own safety. Eerie and offbeat, this film is still just as relevant today as a feminist commentary on misogyny and gender constructs.

  • Starring: Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson

  • Director: Bryan Forbes

  • Year: 1975

  • Runtime: 115 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Tales From the Darkside: The Movie - Amazon Prime, Paramount+

"Tales From the Darkside: The Movie" is a super campy fright film that no horror lover should overlook. And like some of the best horror, it's more of a fun ride than an award-winning masterpiece. With a surprisingly prestigious cast and George Romero on the writing team, this comedy horror anthology film based on the "Tales From the Darkside" TV series finds a witch's young victim telling her three horror stories to stall as she cooks him for dinner. Each of the three stories-within-the story are from a different piece of horror literature, with the first from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lot No. 249," the second from Stephen King's "The Cat from Hell," and the final story from Lafcadio Hearn's "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things."

  • Starring: Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi

  • Director: John Harrison

  • Year: 1990

  • Runtime: 93 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - AMC+, Freevee, The Roku Channel, Tubi

The first film in the long-running franchise, "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" introduced the world to the human skin-wearing serial killer Leatherface. A fairly straightforward slasher film, albeit one that hits ridiculously hard, "Massacre" follows a group of teens who wind up crossing paths with a cannibalistic family. The film is pure terror through and through, and it exploits the frightening setting of the Texas woods at night while offering up plenty of blood, gore, and shocking levels of violence.

  • Starring: Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A. Partain

  • Director: Tobe Hooper

  • Year: 1974

  • Runtime: 83 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Train to Busan - AMC+, Amazon Prime, Peacock, The Roku Channel, Shudder, Tubi

What could be more terrifying than a zombie apocalypse? Dealing with a zombie apocalypse while trapped on a speeding South Korean train. Workaholic finance manager Seok-woo and his daughter are en route to Busan for the girl's birthday when the zombie outbreak kicks off, spreading through the train rapidly. But after attempting to disembark, they quickly realize that things are even worse outside. Dark and frightening, "Train to Busan" is a gleefully frightening ride.

  • Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi

  • Director: Yeon Sang-ho

  • Year: 2016

  • Runtime: 118 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

X - Showtime

Set in 1979 and drawing influences from a broad range of beloved classic psychological horror and slasher films, "X" follows the story of aspiring star Maxine Minx, who, along with her film producer boyfriend and their actor pals, decide to get in on the profitable 1970s porno industry with their own production. Upon their arrival at a Texas farm to shoot their film "The Farmer's Daughters," the crew's interactions with the elderly farm owners, Howard and Pearl, juxtapose youth and vitality against regret and yearning, a volatile mixture that culminates in a desire-fueled murder spree. Goth plays dual roles as Maxine and Pearl, reprising the latter role in a prequel shot back-to-back with "X," and her double performance is absolutely mesmerizing.

  • Starring: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson
  • Director: Ti West
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%