I’m a horror movie fanatic. New ones, old ones, color, black and white, foreign, American. I love ’em all!
If you’re like me (a little disturbed, perhaps?), you’re spending a lot of the Halloween season on the couch watching horror flicks.
Here are 10 of the best scary movies on Amazon Prime right now. If you’ve seen them before, maybe it’s time for a repeat viewing. Prepare to get creeped out!
1. Carrie (1976)
Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel is still extremely spooky. Adolescence is tough enough, but this tale takes it to another level. Sissy Spacek plays the troubled teenage title character, and her (extremely) God-fearing mother (Piper Laurie) really ratchets up the tension. The climactic scene at the prom is absolutely incredible. Carrie is still a classic and still unnerving.
2. Chopping Mall (1986)
Okay, okay. It’s not a great film like the previous entry on this list, but Chopping Mall is a lot of fun, especially if you love B movies of the cheesy and gory variety. Teenagers camp out in a shopping mall overnight and are stalked and killed by malfunctioning, deadly robots. Need I say more?
3. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
The opening sequence in this film is one of the scariest in recent memory. From there it moves into creepy monster trying to finish a feeding ritual, but it’s still pretty damn good. I can’t vouch for the sequels, but the original was a nice horror movie surprise.
4. My Bloody Valentine (2009)
This remake of a 1981 Canadian horror film was actually much better than people expected when it came out almost 30 years after the original. A slasher is loose in a small town on Valentine’s Day and it just might have something to do with the local coal mines. Pretty good, if you ask this guy.
5. Pet Sematary (1989)
I remember seeing this one opening night at the theater when I was 11 years old. Thanks Mom! There’s something very creepy about the local pet cemetery in the small town of Ludlow, Maine. A doctor moves his family to Ludlow from Chicago and things spin out of control pretty quickly. Based on a novel by the master of horror himself, Stephen King.
6. The Woman in Black (2012)
Daniel Radcliffe stars in this classic ghost story that marked the return of the legendary Hammer Films in England. Radcliffe is a young lawyer who finds out a ghost is terrorizing the locals of a small village.
7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The birth of the modern horror film starts with George A. Romero’s 1968 masterpiece. A group of survivors try to escape zombies that have seemingly taken over the country. A landmark film. You have to see it at least once if you are a film geek or a horror fan.
8. Jaws (1975)
It might be an obvious choice, but Steven Spielberg’s film is an absolute masterpiece…and it’s legitimately scary. A killer shark is on the loose off the coast of a small town and the sheriff enlists a salty old seafarer and a marine biologist to help him catch the deadly beast. An amazing film.
9. Child’s Play (1988)
A killer doll with the soul of an executed serial killer goes on a killing spree while trying to get into a human body. Sound ridiculous? The premise may be, but the original Child’s Play is actually scary, so it works. And Chucky’s one-liners are pretty hilarious.
10. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
This movie is not for the light of heart. In fact, it’s downright disturbing. But it is a great horror film, and for those looking for a brutally realistic movie, it doesn’t get much better than this. Based on the life and crimes of serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole, the film takes place primarily in Chicago as the two killers team up to terrorize anyone who happens to cross paths with them. A truly unsettling movie experience.
These are only 10 of the many solid horror movies currently available on Amazon Prime. Enjoy the spooky season!