Horror movies are a great way of passing the night, especially when its cold and chilly. Why do we love to be scared? Honestly I don’t know. But what I do know as a fact that over the years horror has proved to be the most commercially viable genre of them all. That’s why you will notice that not a month passes by without a horror release. Are all of them good? Certainly not! That’s why we are here. To help you select the best out of hundreds of options that you have.
With the emergence of online streaming services, nowadays, people prefer watching movies sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs, but Amazon Instant is not far behind. Today, we are going to list down the top horror movies on Amazon Prime. This list consists of all kinds of horror films: from ghost stories to paranormal incidents; from witches to maniacs. Try not to be scared when you watch these really good scary movies on Amazon Prime. Of course, these are also your options when you are looking to watch Halloween movies on Amazon Prime.
20. The Innkeepers (2011)
Yankee Pedlar Inn hasn’t had any customers for a long time and is about to be shut down. In its final weekend, before it will end its run for good, Claire and Luke are the only ones working there. Question: Why would anyone want to work in a place that is about to be shut down? Because that place has a notorious history of haunting sights and the employees are paranormal enthusiasts who want to unravel its mystery while they have the chance. However, tinkering with things that are supposed to be left alone has rarely been a good idea. It doesn’t take much time for Claire and Luke to figure that out.
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19. Behind the Mask (2006)
By now, we have seen a lot of films and TV shows that have taken us through the lives and crimes of all sorts of serial killers, real or imaginary. This film is set in a world where all the imaginary killers, the ones that you must have seen in the slasher films, are very much real. And more importantly, we see this world in a documentary style. A female journalist is prepping, along with her cameramen, to document the life of Leslie Vernon, a budding serial killer. She wants to understand what makes him what he is, what motivates him and what methods he employs in his work. However, soon, she discovers that indulging a psychopathic killer is not a good idea.
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18. The Canal (2014)
Paranoia is rarely a good thing. The problem with it is that once it settles, it keeps building up and there is no way one can shake it off because it is too hard to break the spell. David has the same problem. Too many things, bad ones, happen all at once for him which lead him to a path that produces devastating results for everyone around him. The first thing is that his marriage is in shambles. He suspects that his wife is cheating on him. The next thing is that a new information about his house comes to light. Turns out, it was the site of a murder back in 1902. After he witnesses an apparition and his wife turns up dead, David decides to uncover the truth about the murder.
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17. Barracuda (2017)
Inclining a bit more on the side of a thriller than horror, ‘Barracuda’ is the story of two sisters or half-sisters, so to speak. When her father, who was a country-musician, dies, Sinaloa decides to find her half-sister, Merle who lives in Texas. At first, intimidated by her presence, Merle is wary of Sinaloa and her intentions. But there is something about her half-sister that awakens a sense of music in her. However, things soon start to take a chaotic turn and Merle finds herself in the middle of it all.
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16. The Last Man on Earth (1964)
It has been three years since the whole world fell prey to a plague that turns people into vampires. Robert Morgan’s family fell to the same thing while he was left alive because of his immunity to the plague, owing to another incident that had happened previously in his life. With everyone dead or turned into a vampire, Morgan spends his days gathering food and weapon and killing vampires, if he can find any. At night, however, he finds it best to barricade himself in his house so he can live to see another day.
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15. The Woman in Black (2012)
Based on the book of the same name, this film tells the story of a man named Arthur Kipps. His wife dies in childbirth which makes him a distraught man. A couple of years later, he is sent to a remote village to get some documents and start proceedings of the sale of an estate that has been deserted for a long time. Arriving in the village, he feels unwelcomed and discovers that there are stories surrounding the estate that he needs to sell. Furthermore, he has to stay in that house which doesn’t turn out to be such a good idea.
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14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
There are a handful of films by this name, but the one you really want to watch is this 1968 classic. After a space probe blows up, it contaminates the Earth’s atmosphere by radiation. This results in a mass frenzy which makes people kill each other. Barbara had been unaware of this event when she visited her father’s grave with her brother. There they are attacked by a man who kills her brother and pursues Barbara, relentlessly. She finds refuge in a house and finds out that only corpses reside there and everyone walking about outside cannot be trusted. She soon finds a man who helps her stay alive as the infected people close in on them.
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13. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A lot of horror films, these days, have employed the technique of filming in a ‘found footage’ style. ‘Paranormal Activity series’ is the best-known example of this. This formula, however, is the invention of Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez who made ‘The Blair Witch Project’. This film tells the story of three amateur filmmakers who are inspired by the local legend of the Blair Witch and decide to make a documentary on it. They spend a few nights in the forest that are known as the haunted grounds in which many before them met a fateful end. This film is definitely on a different tone than most others of the genre, and perhaps, for this reason, it doesn’t cater to everyone. But, there is an ominous ambience to this film that will not allow you to sleep soundly at night.
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12. The Loved Ones (2009)
It is a well-known fact that ghosts are not the only ones capable of haunting people. Humans, in their evolution, have mastered the art of terrorizing each other and are quite capable of horrendous acts that inflict unforgettable pain on someone else. How do you explain such behaviour? You label them as mental! High-schooler Brent comes across a couple of such people on his prom night. Unable to deal with the death of his father, for which he blames himself, Brent has fallen to drugs and self-harm. However, none of this comes close to the pain he receives at the hand of Lola Stone and her father. Lola was a fellow classmate who asked him to prom, but he refused because he was already going with his girlfriend. Quite obviously, Lola didn’t take it well.
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11. Green Room (2015)
When we see bands performing gigs in various parts of the world, we can’t help but wonder how awesome it would be for them to be loved by a crowd that has travelled from places near and far to listen to their music? As the audience, we leave once the band packs up on-stage. Every fan wishes to attend the after-party or have backstage passes to get a glimpse of what goes on back there? It all feels quite good to hear. But what happens when the band stumbles across a place and a crowd that shouldn’t have been their audience in the first place. A punk band of young musicians is just starting out and is on a tour. When one of the shows gets cancelled, they are invited to perform at a bar owned by neo-Nazi skinheads. The problem arises when one of the band members discovers a dead body in the green room.
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10. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
After a fungal infection turns severe, most of the humans are turned into mindless flesh-eating zombies. Only a handful of people remain, including a scientist and a teacher, along with the military personnel, who try to find ways to counter their situation and bring the world back on wheels. Their only hope is the children. Mind you, these are not your normal human kids. These are second generation, a hybrid between zombies and humans. They need to eat flesh but are not mindless. Out of all these kids, Melanie is the one who shows exceptional abilities. However, her abilities might not work in favour of the humans as much as they had expected. A bit different from your usual horror, ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ is sure to make you uncomfortable by the time it ends.
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9. Afflicted (2013)
Everyone wants to travel the world with their best friend and post great videos about it on their social media accounts. That’s the dream, right! While most people have the liberty to shelve this dream for another day, the case is a bit different, and rather urgent, for Derek. He is suffering from a disease that will kill him sooner or later. He doesn’t want to spend his days waiting for death, so along with his friend Clif, he sets out to travel the world. While visiting Paris, he comes across a woman and spends the night with her. When he wakes up in the morning he finds the woman missing and himself turned into a vampire.
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8. We Are Still Here (2015)
When Anne and Paul’s son dies in a car accident, Anne falls into depression. In an attempt to change her surroundings to help her heal, Paul decides to move to the countryside. He buys an old house and hopes that the nature around the place will help Anne. However, Paul should have researched more before buying a place that used to be a funeral home and whose owners had a dark history. As soon as they move into the house, Anne believes that her son is there with them and tries to contact him. Soon it becomes clear that her son may or may not be there, but there are literal skeletons in their house’s closet and their ghosts are coming for them.
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7. I Saw the Devil (2010)
This Korean film plays with the genre of thriller and horror, but it is a good film nonetheless. A psychopathic murderer comes across a woman in the deserted road. He offers to help fix her flat tire but mercilessly kills her. When one of the pieces of the woman’s body is discovered, it turns out that she was the fiancée of a secret service agent. The man decides to find her murderer to bring his own sense of justice upon him. This quest leads him on a path that challenges him emotionally and psychologically.
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6. The Monster (2016)
Kathy isn’t particularly good at parenting. Her alcoholism has turned her into a bitter person and this has driven her daughter, Lizzie, away from her. Lizzie has decided that she’d rather live with her father and Kathy is escorting her to his house. On the way, their car hits a wolf who seems injured owing to deadly wounds inflicted by something else. They call for a tow-truck and an ambulance, but there is something in the woods that is watching them, ready to attack at any point. How will Kathy and Lizzie escape this vicious creature?
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5. Train to Busan (2016)
If it comes to describing the main plot of ‘Train to Busan’, it turns out to be just another film set in a world overrun by zombies. However, it is not the plot that makes it thrilling, it is the execution. A man is consumed by his work so much that he doesn’t have time for his daughter. In order to make things right with her, he decides to travel with her to Busan where the girl will then live with her mother. As they commence their journey, it turns out that an outbreak has consumed the world and everyone has turned into a zombie. The survivors realise that as soon as the train stops, they will meet their end.
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4. It Comes at Night (2017)
The world that Paul and his family live in is not the same as ours. It has been devastated by an outbreak that is highly contagious and has already victimized human population. Paul, along with his wife Sarah and son Travis, lives in a remote location within a forest. They take great measures to ensure that they are not infected and live as normally as they can by following a set of fixed rules. When another family finds them, it feels like staying together would be a better course of action as it would mean more safety. However, in times like these, whom can you trust?
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3. Let the Right One In (2008)
12-year-old Oskar is bullied at school. Weak to do anything about it, the boy can only take revenge in his fantasies. When a man and his daughter move in next door, Oskar’s life takes a dramatic turn. Eli is a rather pale and quite a mysterious girl. Oskar is instantly taken by her and wants to be friends with her. However, he is warned by her father to stay away from her. Despite these warnings, Eli and Oskar grow close to each other where Oskar shares his problem being bullied. Meanwhile, a string of murders takes place in town and Oskar soon discovers that they are connected to Eli.
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2. Demon (2015)
Piotr and Zaneta are to be married in a rural estate owned by Zaneta’s family. Before the wedding, while he is digging in the yard, Piotr stumbles upon a skeleton. Although petrified by the discovery, he decides to keep quiet about it as he doesn’t want to spoil the wedding mood. Soon, he starts having visions of a girl in a wedding dress and on the day of his wedding is possessed by her spirit. As Zaneta’s family tries to get him out of it, dark secrets come to light about the estate.
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1. Nosferatu (1922)
A loose, if not true, adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, ‘Nosferatu’ is an expressionist horror film that has its own place in the history of films. Sued for being based on the titular novel without any consideration to the copyrights, the film was doomed as all of its copies were supposed to be destroyed. Lucky us, some copies survived and that Amazon is showing it to you means you are in for a ride. The story of Dracula is known to pretty much everyone so I can’t say that there will be an extraordinary thing on that part. For some people, this might not be the film that lives up to expectation. But for cinephiles who understand the art of filmmaking and consider that it was made almost a hundred years ago will realise the true measure of this film. And no matter what you think of the rest of it, Max Schreck’s iconic performance as Count Orlock will leave you unsettled.
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