Audiences no longer think that horror movies are just reserved for Halloween. Instead, spine-chilling stories and creepy creatures can be enjoyed on the big screen at any time of year. Amazon Prime has a wide and constantly-changing selection of terrifying horror movies.
From absolutely terrifying classics to psychological horrors, Prime’s selection of horror movies runs the gamut. If Prime subscribers are looking for a great horror movie night, they don’t have to look far to find hit releases like Nope, The Black Phone, and Paranormal Activity 2.
Jordan Peele has become a master horror director in recent years with hit releases like Get Out and Us, and 2022’s Nope is no different. Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings OJ and Emerald, who work on a horse ranch. One day, they happen upon an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the sky. A small metallic object falls from it and instantly kills their father. Months later, strange things begin to happen to the remaining family members and their horses.
The situation gets more complicated and bizarre from there when Emerald and OJ sell some of their horses to a man running a Western-themed park called Jupiter’s Claim. With an original, unnerving, and ambitious premise, and plenty of scares throughout, Nope is a great horror option for Prime subscribers.
A creepy psychological supernatural horror movie, Smile follows Sosie Bacon’s Rose, a therapist who witnesses her patient’s suicide. After seeing the patient’s unnerving smile before she died by suicide, Rose begins to experience a series of strange events. Soon after, the situation turns deadly.
From having a gift replaced with her dead cat to hallucinations of people smiling, Rose can’t figure out what’s happening to her, and no one will believe her. Smile hurtles toward its jump-scare-fueled ending, and critics praised the unsettling but captivating imagery. The horror movie deals with complex issues like trauma, grief, and mental health, all of which elevate the story to frightening heights.
Halloween Ends (2022)
Halloween Ends is presumably the end of the iconic slasher franchise, Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who now knows she’s Michael Myers’ sister. Her vicious, murdering brother is back, and while Laurie has always been the franchise’s final girl, she’s had enough of his terror. To protect her daughter and granddaughter, Laurie goes up against the masked killer one last time, but she discovers that someone else might be trying to take over Myers’ reign.
The Halloween reboot trilogy didn’t get everything right, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing Laurie finally kill Michael Myers after 45 years. As a seemingly definitive end to the iconic series, Halloween Ends is sure to entertain horror and Halloween fans.
Pennywise: The Story of IT (2021)
Pennywise: The Story of IT isn’t a typical horror movie; instead, it’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the 1990 miniseries, IT, was made. Pennywise: The Story of IT is a documentary that examines how the creators adapted Stephen King’s novel of the same name and how Pennywise became such an iconic horror villain.
Pennywise is a creepy and sinister clown who preys on children. He pulls his victims into the depths of sewers to perform horrifying crimes. The Story of IT is a different look at horror, as it delves into how horror movies are directed, thought out, and created. Pennywise: The Story of IT will delight avid horror fans who want to know more about the filmmaking process or enjoyed the IT film series.
The Black Phone (2021)
The Black Phone is a supernatural horror movie and an adaptation of the 2004 short story from Joe Hill. In the film’s opening minutes, viewers meet Finney, a young kid who suffers bullying at school and abuse from his father at home. Soon enough, a renowned child abductor known as “the Grabber” begins kidnapping various children, including Finney.
The Black Phone takes place largely in a dark, soundproofed basement where all Finney has is a disconnected black rotary phone. However, the phone rings and Finney discovers he is talking to the Grabber’s previous victim, Bruce, who gives Finney useful tips on how to escape. Plenty of scary moments come when Finney desperately tries to escape the Grabber’s clutches.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Jeepers Creepers is a classic road-trip horror movie. It stars Gina Philips and Justin Long as siblings Trish and Darry, who are driving home from college when they spot a man hiding dead bodies. Soon after, the man begins to pursue Trish and Darry in his car and tries to run them off the road.
Surprisingly, Trish and Darry decide to investigate the dump site and end up risking their lives as the creepy, terrifying killer taunts them and hunts them down. Jeepers Creepers begins with plenty of suspense and uses the titular song to further the tension. Jeepers Creepers eventually reveals their attacker – a terrifying “Creeper” monster, which is one of the most disturbing creatures ever put to screen.
Hellraiser is easily one of the most iconic supernatural horror movies of all time. Based on Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser focuses on a mysterious puzzle box that, when assembled, summons extradimensional beings known as Cenobites. These terrifying and sinister beings can’t distinguish between pain and pleasure, which makes them especially dangerous.
Although the franchise has amassed a total of nine sequels, including the 2022 reboot of the franchise, the original Hellraiser is by far the scariest. The movie swaps excessive gore to build dread and suspense wonderfully, and when paired with the Cenobites’ disturbing appearance, Hellraiser is a spine-chilling watch.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
Paranormal Activity shocked viewers when it released in 2007 and forever changed the horror genre. Just like its predecessor, Paranormal Activity 2 follows a series of paranormal events in the Rey household, which fans see through the found footage format. When the Rey house is burgled and every room torn apart except the infant son’s bedroom, Kristi and Daniel begin to think that the house is haunted by evil spirits.
Kristi and Daniel can’t figure out what to do to stop the paranormal happenings. The movie is not gory or especially graphic, but the use of black-and-white scenes, camera angles, and deafening silence have the audience jumping out of their seats.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
For those who prefer horror with a more comedic twist, Shaun of the Dead will fit the bill. The movie is more of a comedy than a horror, but it does feature some frightening zombies and jump scares. Salesman Shaun lives an ordinary life, but his world changes when he happens upon a zombie invasion while nursing a hangover with his friend and friend, Ed. Together, they try to survive, reach their loved ones, and hide away until the zombie outbreak is over.
Shaun of the Dead has developed a huge cult following and has been hailed as the best movie of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Critics praised Frost and Pegg’s comedic talents and the movie’s satire. Shaun of the Dead is the perfect zombie film for horror fans to sink their teeth into.