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12 Horror Movies You Can Watch Online

February 17, 2018
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We understand that cinema lovers might sometimes feel the pocket pinch at watching films at multiplexes. Furthermore, sometimes our schedules are so busy that even if a film that we really want to watch is released, we just cannot make time to watch it. Does that mean that we won’t get to see those films at all? Not so, and while we here at this page do not in any way condone piracy, there are plenty of legal avenues, that is, streaming sites through which one can watch films. Horror movies being one of the most popular genres of mainstream cinema, it is understandable that people might want to stream them and we have come up with a list of horror movies that you can watch online without downloading.

12. The Invitation

Where to watch: Netflix

This 2015 horror film directed by Karyn Kusama is an incisive study of the human psyche and possible paranoia. Will played to a degree of wonderfulness, by Logan Marshall-Green begins to suspect that the members of the dinner party that he is attending are actually part of a cult. The devolving of the human mind under the weight of suspicion and paranoia, accentuated by the uncharacteristic acts of the other dinner guests makes for great psychological horror and the culmination of the film in its violent climax that spreads across the entire city of Los Angeles seems like a symbolic outflow of the repression that the entire narrative seeks to maintain.

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11. Train to Busan

Where to watch: Netflix 

Directed by Yeong San Ho this film might be more of an action film than a horror movie. However, set against a zombie apocalypse, the director uses all creativity to pile on flesh-eating zombies onto a train, making remarkable use of blood and gore to make this film an effective horror movie. However, what is even more striking about this film is the human bond and character development between a father and his disillusioned daughter. An emotional and action filled train ride, this film will leave you agape and in tears.

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10. The Host

Where to watch: Netflix, Shudder

This 2006 monster movie went on to become the highest grossing South Korean film of all time. A classic tale where chemical dumping in a river leads to the creation of a monster that eventually begins attacking people, the film sets the bond between father and daughter in the foreground of this monster attack. While the horror in this film is overstated in the form of a gigantic creature out for vengeance, the sublime moments of horror are in the silent seconds before the action bursts forth. The film intersperses silence with noise excellently to portray the tension that is the characteristic of any good horror movie.

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9. Under the Shadow

Where to watch: Netflix

This international Persian horror film marked the directorial debut of Babak Anvari. A finely made film set in a war-torn Tehran, the plot follows a mother trying to hold her family together while her husband is away on duty. The daughter however seemingly gets possessed by a djinn and the mother believes that the djinn wants her body too. A harrowing horror experience accentuated by the horrors of the war and the supernatural entity plaguing them, this film ends with a dark note when even after the apparent escape of the mother and daughter from the clutches of the djinn, it is shown that the creature still possesses Shideh, that is the mother’s, medical book and as long as the djinn has a personal possession the harassment is likely to continue.

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8. House of the Devil

Where to watch: Shudder 

Directed by Ti West, this film is a homage to the 80’s filmmaking style. The narrative is a cross between a slasher and horror film as the plot follows a woman who accepts a babysitting job in a remote mansion. However, things start to go awry as she discovers several discrepancies in facts and details. The old school horror aesthetic and the tension builds up to a climax that is anticipated and yet leaves the audience with jitters. A nod to the Satanic cults of the 1980s is made part of a major motif in the movie. This film truly gets to you for its trip down the memory lane when horror was all about jump scares and devil babies.

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7. The Babadook

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix 

This Australian psychological horror was directed by Jennifer Kent and is about a single mother raising a child. The child takes a strange liking to a book titled The Babadook and strange things begin to happen. Interestingly, Babadook is an anagram for ‘A Bad Book’. The horror is in the fact that this monstrous manifestation feeds off the fear of the family and their negative emotions. Thus the creature is eventually overpowered by the mother’s courage and determination and while this creature still remains with the family for it is impossible to rid oneself of one’s fears, the message is that fear can be controlled if we face up to it. A stunning watch that was critically acclaimed, this film is an excellent example of modern day horror.

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6. It Follows

Where to watch: Netflix

A supernatural psychological thriller, this film made its debut at the 2014 Cannes. A horror film that bears Tarantino’s seal of approval has to be by all logical understanding, a well-made film. The content lives up to the reputation and has a brilliant character development and a slow steady building of tension accentuated by the soundtrack and the very ambiguous ending. The plot follows a metaphorical monster that stalks victims and kills it and this can be transmitted to another victim through sex. The film has often been seen as a symbolism for sexually transmitted diseases but the true horror of the film sparks from the nightmarish quality where escape simply is not an option.

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5. Creep

Where to watch: Netflix

This 2014 film is shot as an independent found footage. The horror is more psychological than supernatural as Aaron, a videographer who responds to a craigslist ad meets Josef a weird man with an apparent brain tumor who wishes to record some messages for his unborn son. Mark Duplass gives a chilling performance as Josef, the man with the peculiarities, which seem slightly awkward but tenable at first but soon devolve into utter horrific obsessive behavior. The plot introduces character developments which are untenable for any sane person as it shows the titular creep begin to take shape and the climax of the movie will remain etched in your memory for some time to come.

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4. Suspiria

Where to watch: Amazon

Directed by Dario Argento this film is based on Thomas de Quincey’s essay and is one of the finest horror films to emerge from the Italian body of films. It is also considered as one of Argento’s finest works and has gone on to win critical acclaim globally for the stylistic flair and vibrant colorization that underlies the film. The plot itself follows an American ballet student who joins a prestigious academy in Germany before she realizes that it is a front for something supernatural and sinister. Amidst the murders that take place, this student must try to survive the horror of the academy. Handled finely, the elements of horror are pervasive throughout the film and Dario ensures that the visuals itself are delectable. Together, these aspects go on to make Suspiria an extremely pleasurable watch.

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3. Audition

Where to watch: Shudder

This Takashi Miike directed film is a chilling example of Japanese horror. Based on the novel of the same name, the film follows the relationship between Shigeharu and Asami. Shigeharu stages an audition to try and meet a potential life partner. Asami catches his eye and she responds rather well initially. However, the audition begins to go very very awry as Asami’s dark past returns to shadow this potential relationship. A psychologically racking film, the less you know about this film before going in to see it, the more its impact. One of the finest horror movies of all time, this film demands to be watched and remembered.

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2. Rosemary’s Baby

Where to watch: Hulu

Roman Polanski’s masterpiece is about a couple who move into an apartment and befriend their old neighbors. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary and she begins to notice strange things happening in the apartment and eventually believes that her child is Satan’s child. A thoroughly gripping tale about a Satanic cult and smarmy husband who sells his wife’s uterus to the devil, the film is a testament to feminist narratives and bodily autonomy. Polanski’s film weaves the horror effortlessly with very few supernatural references and when the supernatural bits do appear they are overwhelming in their inevitability.

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1. The Shining

Where to watch: Netflix 

Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece is based on Stephen King’s novel and expertly interweaves themes of horror with sexuality, family bonds, loneliness, and psychological madness. The film follows the Torrance family who is in charge of a tourist lodge in an offseason. The father suffers from writer’s block and begins to communicate with dead people while the young boy, Danny keeps seeing dead twins in terrifying visions. Kubrick’s use of the Steadicam to create an immersive horror experience sets this film apart as a step forward in movie making and a major landmark in the genre of horror.

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