It’s the most horrifying time of the year. Actually, it’s more like Christmas if you’re a horror movie fan. Streaming horror movies is a year-round activity if you’re a proper aficionado, but it’s easier to convince people to watch them with you in October.
So FlashRouters has taken the initiative to compile all of the best streaming horror movies on assorted streaming channels. We hope you discover some new favorites. Or, at the very least, we hope to clue you in to where your favorite horror movies are available. Dig in!
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FlashRouters Halloween Guide to Streaming Horror Movies
Generally speaking, we are not trying to have the most eclectic list. It’s a lot of classics, new classics, and maybe the occasional under-the-radar or oddball choice. Around this time of year, it’s best to stick to what works, don’t you think?
Top Streaming Horror Movies on Netflix
The Babadook – Streaming Horror Movies (Netflix)
Netflix Horror Classics
Corpse Bride – First of all, let’s start with one for the kids. Unless you’re also itching to satisfy your Tim Burton jones early in your horror marathon. In that case, it’s time for Corpse Bride, the stop-motion-animation musical from the increasingly hit-and-miss auteur. Fortunately for you and your kids, Corpse Bride finds Burton in hit mode, spinning a fun and creepy tale about a young husband-to-be who ends up on the world of the dead.
Re-Animator – Time for your Halloween streaming marathon to hit one of those great, needlessly gory ’80s classics? Then there’s no better candidate for your dollar than the hilarious, fiendish, and perfectly over-the-top Re-Animator. The plot is about a medical student who tries to reanimate dead tissue (echoes of Frankenstein), but it’s really just an excuse for a lot of bloody fun.
New Horror on Netflix
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – Did Re-Animator turn off your horror marathon crowd? Want something a little more eerie and artsy? In that case, you can’t do much better than A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour sets this immaculately shot black-and-white vampire movie in the fake Iranian town Bad City, and it’s about as cool as horror movies get. Give it a fully attentive view or throw it on in the background of your Halloween party for mood.
The Babadook – This one, released in 2014, falls squarely in the new classic category. A mother haunted by the death of her husband is barely maintaining her sanity, and her deeply troubled child isn’t making things any easier. That’s enough for a compelling movie in and of itself. But things go from bad to worse when a supernatural demon out of a children’s story begins tormenting the family.
The Invitation – Netflix is hiding some seriously unnerving gems in their library. To wit, The Invitation, which is destined for a cultish devotion after an inauspicious release. A man is invited to a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house and quickly starts suspecting that his hosts have ulterior motives. Then again, a recent trauma might just be the source of his paranoia. Not convinced yet? The Invitation also features a perfectly mysterious performance from the great John Carroll Lynch.
Streaming Horror Movies on Amazon Prime
An American Werewolf in London – That great mixture of deadpan humor, absurdity, and genuine spookiness that so many horror films attempt to achieve? John Landis absolutely nailed it with An American Werewolf in London. Suffice to say, the title tells you everything you need to know about the plot. Just dig in and enjoy.
Misery – That Rob Reiner would direct one of the most suspenseful Stephen King adaptations is, to say the least, surprising. But what can we say? Misery is a thoroughly tense and entertaining movie, starring James Caan as a writer abducted by his most, shall we say, fervent fan (Kathy Bates, in an Oscar-winning role).
New Horror Gems on Amazon
Let the Right One In – If you’re in the market for artisanal horror, then the lyrical, elegantly spooky Let the Right One In is the movie for you. The plot is this; a shy young Swedish boy develops a friendship with a new neighbor girl. Innocent enough, right? Now’s probably the time to mention that the girl is a vampire tormented by her condition. Another visually arresting horror movie that works just as well as background entertainment as for seated, attentive viewing.
Under the Skin – This is the closest we come to fudging the intent of this list to add a movie we love, but it is one of the more unnerving movies of the century. Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien (?) sent to lure men off the streets and kill them for a reason never made clear. Not strictly a horror movie, but it’s not strictly any kind of movie. We’ll say this: it’s sterile sci-fi visuals, uncomfortably real scenes set on the streets of Scotland, and utterly nightmarish score from Mica Levi make it a fantastic off-kilter choice for Halloween.
The Witch – Amazon Prime added The Witch a month ago. Here’s what we said then.
One of the year’s best and most chilling movies…The Witch is a remarkably detailed, patient, and thoroughly unnerving horror movie set in 17th century New England. The film follows a family living in isolation and potentially beset by deadly forces. And there may or may not be (SPOILER) an evil goat.
We’ve re-watched since and are only more convinced of this movie’s mastery.
Streaming Horror Movies on Hulu
The Silence of the Lambs – Streaming Horror Movies (Hulu)
Horror Classics on Hulu
The Others – The Others ingeniously stacks the deck with horror movie cheats: stately mansions, pianos in echoey rooms, pale children with allergies to the sun. That none of it feels like a cheap list of tropes is a testament to the skill of writer/director Alejandro Amenábar. And, of course, Nicole Kidman’s shivery performance as a damaged woman who may be just as much of a threat to her children as a protector deserves a shoutout.
The Silence of the Lambs – The iconic characters, quotes, scenes, etc. in The Silence of the Lambs have been so fully picked over by audiences that it feels redundant to describe them. We all know them: Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling, Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lector, Ted Levine’s Buffalo Bill. We’ve probably already conjured enough horror just listing the characters. Tells you all you need to know about why this should be included in any good horror marathon.
The Blair Witch Project – The Blair Witch Project was fairly controversial when it was initially released. Some appreciated the filmmakers ingenuity in making an unconventional horror movie on the cheap. Others objected to the lack of traditional scares. Whatever your opinion, there’s no denying the affect it had on the horror filmmaking landscape, as found-footage films are undeniably common. Give it a stream and decide for yourself.
Carrie – People largely remember Brian De Palma’s Carrie for its bloody final act. Allow us to remind you what a creepshow it is up to that point. Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is psychologically tortured by her fellow classmates and physically tortured by her nutjob mother (Piper Laurie), to the point that Carrie’s murderous revenge practically feels like a relief. Carrie is more than just a memorable ending, folks.
Newer Streaming Horror Movies on Hulu
The House of the Devil – Ti West’s 2009 throwback horror filmThe House of the Devil is already a classic in some circles (among my friends). It’s easy to see why. The film is a masterful exercises in extended tension building. A college student (Jocelin Donahue) takes an incredibly fishy babysitting gig because she badly needs the money. That’s all you get. Okay, one more detail. Tom Noonan plays the man who offers the job. Surely now you understand why taking the job is a bad idea.
Streaming Horror Movies on Showtime / HBO/ Starz
Now let’s check in with a few premium cable movie channels to see what we can’t scare up for a stream.
Halloween Horror on Starz
The Evil Dead/Army of Darkness – There’s something obvious missing from this dual entry. So whatever you must do to fill in the gap left by Starz featuring The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness but not Evil Dead 2, do it. In the meantime, start with the comparatively austere, but still wild, original. Then find the brilliant, gonzo sequel (which is basically a remake). Close out with hilarious and fun Army of Darkness. If you’re up for it, Starz is also the home of Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
Stream Scary Movies on Showtime
The Descent – Is your horror movie marathon lacking badass, capable women? How about movies in terrifyingly claustrophobic settings? In that case, The Descent is what your Halloween needs. A group of friends go spelunking in an unexplored cave. They soon discover that it’s full of assorted horrors. Anything more would spoil the fun.
It Follows – One of the finest entries in the emerging great-new-horror-movies-set-in-Detroit genre (see also: Only Lovers Left Alive, Don’t Breathe), It Follows is a slow-motion nightmare. Essentially, a teenager (Maika Monroe) is passed a supernatural sexually transmitted curse. She has to pass it along or be killed by slow yet utterly relentless ghosts. Inventive and haunting.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – For sheer unrelenting terror and a lifetime of nightmare material, it doesn’t get any better than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Again, the title spells out the whole plot. But the title doesn’t clue you into Leatherface, the hulking, masked butcher who wields the instrument of death of the title. The sight of him twirling around with his chainsaw in the early morning light is maybe the iconic image of horror moviemaking.
Willow Creek – Bobcat Goldthwait’s foray into found-footage horror tells the story of a couple who head into the woods to discover evidence of Bigfoot. Willow Creek takes a while to get going, but when it reaches it’s lengthy final act, it finds an unbelievably tense and scary gear.
Best Horror Movies on HBO
28 Days Later – This isn’t the place to get into the are-they-or-aren’t-they-zombies debate that always comes up during a discussion of 28 Days Later. Except to say they definitely aren’t. London is beset by rampaging humans infected with a contagious rage virus. Watch it again and we’re sure you’ll agree.
Poltergeist – What movie comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “they’re here”? Either you said Poltergeist or you’re messing with us. Tobe Hooper’s 2nd entry on our streaming horror movies guide is the gold standard in the family-moves-into-the-wrong-house genre. You’ll never look at TV static the same way again.
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