The Best Horror Movies You Can Watch on Amazon Right Now.
If you’re a newbie to the horror genre - dipping your toes into the blood filled pool, maybe clinging to an intestine pool noodle, then it can be difficult to know where to start with such an eclectic genre.
In the first place, I generally turn to Amazon to see what’s available, and what other people are watching. Netflix is generally a little lacklustre when it comes to horror content, but since you can buy directly through Amazon, it gives you a much broader scope of what you can choose to give yourself nightmares with.
With that in mind, here are the 6 best horror films that you can currently buy, rent or stream on Amazon right now:
Midsommar - Available on Amazon Prime, or to buy or rent.
Ari Aster exploded onto the horror movie scene with the dark and powerful Hereditary (2018), but his follow-up Midsommar (2019) brought a lot more to the plate. We follow Dani, Florence Pugh (Malevolent), after a murder/suicide that resulted in the deaths of her whole family. In a one-sided relationship with her partner Christian, Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), she is desperately alone. She decides to accompany Christian’s friends to visit a small township in Sweden, home to Christian’s friend Pelle, Villhelm Blomgren, on a thesis research trip.
Aster’s Midsommar is almost a direct contrast to Hereditary, in as much as the former could be said to be oddly empowering, whilst the latter is not. This manifests itself both within the plot, and within the film style itself - seriously it’s hard to remember any horror film that has a colour palette that is quite so light and vibrant as Midsommar.
This vibrant feeling beautifully contrasts the darker points scattered throughout the film, which contributes to the triumph in cinematography by Pawel Pogorzelski. Alongside some great performances, the film feels refreshing and unique - if bleak at times.
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A Quiet Place - Available to buy or rent on Amazon.
One of the Platinum Dunes originals, following the success of The Purge (2013), A Quiet Place (2018) was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. John Krasinski directs and stars alongside Emily Blunt in the post-apocalyptic horror flick.
Aliens have invaded, and they’re partial to anything that makes sounds. So, naturally, Squirrels are gone. Birds are gone. Most People are gone. Evelyn, Blunt, and Lee, Krasinski, try to keep their family alive in the post-apocalyptic wastes as they avoid the aliens. To make it all the more difficult, Evelyn is pregnant, which leads to some very serious predicaments for the family.
The film plays into its niche rather well, in the same way that Hush (2016) had previously. Both films make a feature of the deafness of one character, and understand the importance of silence within this context.
For those that enjoyed Hush, or indeed the Cloverfield franchise, this film is a must-watch.
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Misery - Available to buy or rent on Amazon.
It seems like every horror film released at the minute is a Stephen King adaptation, but the peak of King movie adaptations was Misery (1990). (I'm going to go hide for a bit after that comment).
King’s Misery is not only beautifully written, but the film adaptation continues this magic onto the screen, largely due to outstanding performances by Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes, and James Caan as Paul Sheldon.
Sheldon is a writer, famous for largely his work on a book series called Misery. On a trip back from the hotel he stays at to finish his book, he crashes off the road but is rescued by superfan Annie Wilkes. Confined to a bed with two broken legs, everything is not as it should be as Wilkes’ tumultuous character becomes apparent.
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Cabin in the Woods - Available on Prime, or to buy or rent.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon famously penned the screenplay for The Cabin in the Woods (2011) in three days. The short creation time clearly had little impact on the quality of the overall film, which sought to shake up the formula of the Slasher genre in the most beautifully subversive and parodic way imaginable.
This quirky and offbeat film is a testament to the power of ‘outside the box’ thinking and stands alongside Scream (1996) as an example of what a ‘genre criticism’ film can be.
A group of teen friends head up to a Cabin in the Woods, supposedly owned by Curt’s (Chris Hemsworth) cousin. But all is not as it seems as a terrible evil is unleashed upon them.
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Mother! - Available on Prime, or to buy or rent.
Mother! (2017) may seem like an odd choice for this list, but there is a lot to commend about it, alongside the controversies. Director Darren Aronofsky has flirted with controversy throughout his career, including the sex scene in Requiem for a Dream (2000), the biblical epic Noah (2014) for numerous reasons, and Mother! itself for it’s depiction of violence, and parallels to the bible.
Despite this, Aronofsky manages to capture a truly claustrophobic and disconcerting experience that leaves any audience feeling overwhelmed - which is kind of the point. Throw in some great acting by Jennifer Lawrence, and Javier Bardem, and Mother! deserves to be one of the best horror films you can watch on Amazon right now.
Bardem plays a Poet struggling with writer's block. His wife, Jennifer Lawrence, is renovating the house in which they live. When a couple enters their house, the very house itself starts to change and brings a negative change to Jennifer Lawrence’s character’s life.
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), available on Prime, or to buy or rent.
The Slasher classic found its way onto Amazon. There’s a lot to respect about Tobe Hoopers the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), from the iconic mis-en-scene, to the distinctly minimalist soundtrack.
When it comes to the American Slasher genre, Texas Chainsaw is probably the most important. It captured the essence of what Slasher films would become - the good and the bad - but portrayed it in a somewhat artistic way.
A group of teens travel across the country to investigate stories of vandalism and grave robbing of Sally and Franklin Hardesty’s, Marylin Burns and Paul A Partain respectively, Grandfather. They pick up a hitchhiker who will change the course of events for the worse.
For the Slasher fan, this film is not just a ‘must-watch’, it’s a ‘why haven’t you watched it yet?’
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Are there any great films that I missed (probably), if so, let me know and I’ll be sure to feature them in upcoming lists of the best of Amazon!
Please note that these films are all available on Amazon US as buy, rent or Prime video options as of the time of writing, and may not remain so forever.