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55 Best Horror Movies Streaming [May 2022]

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 May 3, 2022: 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!

28 Days Later - HBO Max

When London bicycle courier Jim wakes up from a month-long coma, all hell has broken loose after a group of overzealous animal rights activists unwittingly released an experimental zombie-like virus called "Rage." With little hope and few supplies, he teams up with a small group of survivors in search of hope. As The Hollywood Reporter noted, this film has been critically praised as creating a renewed interest in the zombie genre, which has enjoyed something of a revival over the past two decades.

  • Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston

  • Director: Danny Boyle

  • Year: 2002

  • Runtime: 112 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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 - Peacock

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.

  • Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne

  • Director: John Landis

  • Year: 1981

  • Runtime: 97 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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The Babadook - AMC+

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%

Black Sunday - AMC+, Shudder

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 - HBO Max

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 - Paramount+

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 Burning - Tubi

A cult classic that should be on every classic horror lover's watch list, "The Burning” is a summer camp slasher film based on the New York urban legend of Cropsey. When a seemingly harmless prank goes awry, horrifically mutilating camp caretaker Cropsy, a violent serial killer is born — one who begins picking off local campers with garden shears. Featuring a musical score written and performed by progressive rockers Yes and the film debuts of Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander, the story is a perfect example of a fun summer camp horror flick, even if it isn't the most original in the genre.

  • Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer

  • Director: Tony Maylam

  • Year: 1981

  • Runtime: 90 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - AMC+, Shudder

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%

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%

Carrie - Amazon Prime

Life as a teenager can be hard under the best of circumstances. But it's even harder when the teen in question is a horrifically abused telekinetic with a religious fanatic parent and whose only escape is a high school full of vicious bullies. In other words, sweet, homely Carrie White has got it pretty rough, and things only get worse on prom night ... much, much worse. Adapted from Stephen King's first published novel, "Carrie" is a terrifying and heartbreaking film that has just as much relevance today in the age of internet bullying and rampant spiritual abuse as it did in 1976.

  • Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie

  • Director: Brian De Palma

  • Year: 1976

  • Runtime: 98 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

The Changeling - Peacock, Tubi

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 - 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%

The Conjuring - Netflix

Loosely based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators connected to the famous Amityville case, "The Conjuring" follow the Warrens as they investigate a Rhode Island farmhouse haunting where the creep factor runs amok at 3:07 each morning. With its atmospheric storytelling and paranormal themes, "The Conjuring" is a thrilling ghost story in the spirit of supernatural classics like "The Omen" and "The Amityville Horror." It's also the first film in the "Conjuring" universe, which is quite the franchise for fright fans.

  • Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston

  • Director: James Wan

  • Year: 2013

  • Runtime: 111 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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 - 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 Evil Dead - AMC+, Shudder, Tubi

Giddily blending black comedy, camp, and horror, "The Evil Dead" is a cult classic and a horror masterpiece, thanks in no small part to Bruce Campbell's performance as Ash Williams. While on a camping trip in a remote cabin, five Michigan State students accidentally unleash a demonic entity, causing all hell to literally break loose. As the gang are gradually taken over by the evil force, Ash finds himself taking a crash course in ancient Sumerian demonology as he fends off dark and evil forces.

  • Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker

  • Director: Sam Raimi

  • Year: 1981

  • Runtime: 85 minutes

  • Rating: NC-17

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Exorcist - Netflix

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%

Halloween - AMC+, 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 - AMC+, Amazon Prime, 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 - FuboTV, Kanopy, Showtime

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 - 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 - Amazon Prime

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%

Kwaidan - Criterion Channel, HBO Max

The 1965 Japanese anthology horror "Kwaidan" is adapted from the 1904 collection of Japanese folk tales "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things." The film presents four stories, delving into gorgeous yet haunting tales like the ballad of a blind priest who performs for ghosts. There are terrifying icy women and haunted tea cups, complete with strange, surreal, beautifully imaginative images that are rooted in folklore or superstition.

  • Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentarō Mikuni, Tetsurō Tamba

  • Director: Masaki Kobayashi

  • Year: 1964

  • Runtime: 183 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Let Me In - Netflix

An unusual U.S. remake of the Swedish horror "Let the Right One In," "Let Me In" is a romantic teen vampire horror film that doesn't include glitter vampires. Set in 1983 Los Alamos, the story follows bullied 12-year-old Owen, who befriends neighbor girl Abby, communicating via Morse code through their apartment walls. As they become closer and Abby reveals her monstrous identity, their bond only grows stronger ... and bloodier. If you're a fan of director Matt Reeves ("The Batman," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), you should definitely check this one out.

  • Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Elias Koteas

  • Director: Matt Reeves

  • Year: 2010

  • Runtime: 115 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Let the Right One In - Hulu

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 - HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock, Pluto, Roku, Tubi, Vudu

"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%

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Netflix

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is a classic slasher film that everyone should see at some point, as it's responsible for giving the world one of its most iconic horror villains: Freddy Krueger. The blade-fingered vengeful spirit and psychopathic child-killer gets his kicks from trolling teenagers while they sleep, but the physical harm he does in their dreams is all too real. To escape his murderous urges, teens Nancy and Glen must outwit him in the dreamworld and the real one.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror - AMC+, Pluto TV, Shudder, Tubi, Vudu

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%

Paranormal Activity - Amazon Prime, Paramount+

Using a found-footage storytelling format, "Paranormal Activity" sees San Diego couple Micah and Katie as they deal with a demon infestation that's plagued Katie since she was a child. After Micah installs cameras throughout their home to capture the supernatural activity, the haunting gradually escalates from low-level scares to possession and violence. To add to the sense of realism, the filmmakers used a technique called "retroscripting" where the actors were asked to improvise around an outline, juxtaposing a sense of the mundane against the paranormal to add to the terror and suspense.

  • Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs

  • Director: Oren Peli

  • Year: 2007

  • Runtime: 86 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Parasite - Hulu

"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 - Netflix

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 a Miꞌkmaq burial ground that reanimates the dead, the 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 - HBO Max

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%

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%

Re-Animator - AMC+, Kanopy, Shudder, Tubi

A comedy-horror film based on H.P. Lovecraft's novelette "Herbert West – Reanimator," "Re-Animator" finds medical student Herbert West dabbling in Frankensteinism. Unfortunately for West, these things don't usually work out like they're meant to, and things get pretty weird ... and gory. From telepathic corpse control to reanimated cats, this film has something for every zombie lover. 

  • Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton

  • Director: Stuart Gordon

  • Year: 1985

  • Runtime: 86 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

The Return of the Living Dead - Kanopy

A 1985 quasi-sequel to "Night of the Living Dead," "The Return of the Living Dead" is a comedic horror flick that's notable for developing the brain-eating aspect of the modern zombie mythos. "The Return of the Living Dead" finds medical warehouse employees inadvertently bringing about an undead apocalypse when their workday shenanigans result in the release of a toxic gas that reanimates corpses and turns them into flesh-eating zombies. With a soundtrack that features several L.A.-based punk and death metal bands and punk characters, the film is as much a comedy as it is a horror flick.

  • Starring: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa

  • Director: Dan O'Bannon

  • Year: 1985

  • Runtime: 91 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

The Ring - Netflix

"The Ring" is one of those horror films that resonates through pop culture, where it is endlessly referenced and parodied. When a cursed videotape that kills anyone who watches it pops up in Seattle, one woman decides to uncover the mystery behind the murders. While it's not the scariest horror flick on streaming video, "The Ring" — along with the original 1998 Japanese film — gave the world one of the most iconic horror images in the form of a vengeful spirit with long, stringy wet hair. And the film does feature some fairly creative deaths. 

  • Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman

  • Director: Gore Verbinski

  • Year: 2002

  • Runtime: 115 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Rosemary's Baby - Paramount+

Based on the 1967 Ira Levin novel of the same name, "Rosemary's Baby" is a slow-burn psychological terror trip that should be on every horror lover's must-see list. The wonderfully aesthetic film explores the relationship between gaslighting and paranoia in a chilling meditation on women's bodily autonomy. 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.

  • Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon

  • Director: Roman Polanski

  • Year: 1968

  • Runtime: 136 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Salem's Lot - Tubi

Based on Stephen King's 1975 horror novel, "Salem's Lot" centers around a small Maine town where the locals are all turning into vampires under the looming shadow of Marsten House. Writer Ben Mears has recently returned to this little village, and he quickly deduces that a bloodsucker is at work. But can he rally the town in time? Part "Dracula," part "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," this made-for-TV movie will make sure that you never look outside your window at night again ... especially if you're in a second-story bedroom.

  • Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin

The Shining - HBO Max

Inspired by Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, "The Shining" is a psychologically terrifying horror film that plays on perception and reality as much as it does the supernatural. It's also one of the most referenced and parodied horror films of all time. Recovered alcoholic and struggling writer Jack Torrance accepts a winter caretaker gig at a remote historic mountain hotel with his wife and son in tow, hoping to use the opportunity to work on his novel. When the family is left alone in the vacant hotel, Jack's mental health gradually unravels as his clairvoyant son Danny has horrifying visions of the hotel's dark past.

Signs - Amazon Prime

If you find alien abduction utterly terrifying, "Signs" should definitely be on your watch list. M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi horror flick finds the rural Pennsylvania Hess family responding to crop circles and apparent ETs on their property. When the signs go from fun to menacing as the aliens launch a full-scale invasion, the Hess family –- along with the rest of humanity –- must fight for their lives, all while they grapple with the loss of the family matriarch and the father's loss of faith. Come for the aliens, stay for some of the greatest jump scares ever put to film.

The Sixth Sense - Amazon Prime

The film that gave the world the phrase "I see dead people," "The Sixth Sense" is an atmospheric psychological horror film that centers around the relationship between a child psychologist and a boy who claims to sense the post-living. At first, young Cole is terrified of these supernatural encounters, but eventually, he comes to realize he can use his ability to help others. As psychologist Malcolm gradually comes to believe Cole is telling the truth, he realizes the child has an even darker secret to learn.

Sleepy Hollow - Paramount +

Loosely based on the 1820 Washington Irving short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" reimagines Ichabod Crane as a 1799 forensic-minded police constable rather than a superstitious headmaster. Like its source material, "Sleepy Hollow" deposits Crane in the eerie titular village, where he comes face to face with the legendary Headless Horseman and the lovely Katrina Van Tassel. Despite its characteristically Burtonesque humor, the film's darkly artistic dreamlike atmosphere and visual effects come together with an eerie screenplay to create a satisfyingly spooky gothic horror.

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%

The Texas Chain saw Massacre - Amazon Prime, FuboTV, Shudder, 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 - Amazon Prime, Crackle, Hulu, Peacock, Shudder, Tubi, Vudu

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%

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie - HBO Max

"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%