The 10 Best Scary Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime (Updated 2022) – Screen Rant

Get straight spooked with the best scary movies to stream on Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime have one of the most extensive libraries of movies out there. It is stuffed with movies to stream, with thousands of titles that are well worth the watch — and subscribers have a vast array at their fingertips (and that's not even to mention the horror-genre books that are available). Amazon Prime covers many genres, including one of our favorites, horror. Scary horror movies are a great choice all year round, but we are fast approaching Halloween, so the timing could never be better to dive into the gory side of Amazon Prime. There is no better time to choose a scary movie or two to watch and hide away from the chilly October weather. If you have an affliction towards all things spooky then perhaps a horror video game may do it if you’re needing extra spooked. It has never been a better time to get your ghoulish kicks!
One of the best things about Amazon Prime is the extensive range, but what are the best scary movies to stream on Amazon Prime? Too much choice can sometimes be suffocating, and we have all been in the position of scrolling through pages and pages of menus looking for a flick that everyone is going to enjoy. A great movie may be staring you right in the face, whilst others are hidden in the depths, but we're here to help. We have done all the scrolling on your behalf and compiled a list of the 10 Best Scary Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime.
Sequels are quite tricky, especially if the original movie was a well-rounded success but A Quiet Place Part II has succeeded when a lot of others have fallen. John Krasinski is the returning director and unlike in the first film, has sole writing credits whereas last time he shared the writing credits with Bryan Woods. Most of the original cast has also returned and the Abbot family are still led by Evelyn (Emily Blunt) in A Quiet Place Part II, the family discover that there are more creatures than those who hunt by sound and that there are other things out there that may cause them harm. Like the first film, Part II was very tense and very suspenseful thanks to the terrifying creatures who use sound to hunt, which in itself is a brilliant plot for a horror movie.
The overall plot is quite simple, in the sense that the Abbott family are trying to get to a particular spot, whilst others are also doing the same, but Krasinski's execution is effective because of this. Due to the nature of the Aliens that hunt by sound, the cast has to communicate through facial expressions and subtle movements and this is played very effectively with a particular mention of Cillian Murphy. A Quiet Place II also looks great, the movie was filmed in 35mm, and you can tell as it looks absolutely brilliant and every scene pops, which is impressive considering the subject. The only slight criticism one can have is that the end is quite abrupt and doesn't elicit as much emotion as you feel whilst watching the Abbot family throughout.
The Silence of the Lambs is an award-winning movie, it was decorated in accolades upon its release in 1991. The psychological-horror is one of only 3 movies to have achieved the 'Big Five' at The Oscars picking up the Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture in one night. The movie was adapted by director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally who transformed the original novel written by Thomas Harris in 1988. The movie follows main protagonist Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a young up-and-coming FBI agent who has been drafted in to track down the manic serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). Do achieve this, Clarice seeks out the help of psychiatrist, and convicted cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins), what better way to get in the mind of a twisted serial killer than to team up with one? Apart from the obvious questionable past times and dietary preferences of some protagonists, perhaps the most unsettling thing about The Silence of the Lambs is the close-ups. There are some real uncomfortable moments of dialogue where the male characters are staring directly down the lens whilst talking. This was an unnerving choice by Demme, and although quite a subtle and simple effect, we are able to share a lot of Clarice's discomfort. Perception is key in this film and Tak Fujimoto's cinematography is bleak and gritty with a perfectly accompanied score. If you are looking for a scary movie to make you unsettled, you won't go wrong with The Silence of the Lambs. Also, if you enjoy it, the prequel 'Hannibal' is also free to stream for Amazon Prime members.
Children of the Corn is now in the pantheon of classic horror movies and there is a lot to like about it. Based on a Stephen King short story of the same name, Children of the Corn is a supernatural slasher set in the fictitious town of Gatlin, Nebraska a small rural town which is surrounded by huge and devious cornfields. The Children of Gatlin are convinced by a particularly evil child, Isaac Chroner, that they need to kill all the adults in the town to appease the gods after a terrible harvest. Isaac, with help of his right-hand dude Malachi, indoctrinates the children into an evil cult that centers around an evil deity called 'He Who Walks Behind the Rows'. Three years after the initial slaughtering of the town's adults, the town is provoked back into action as Vicky and her boyfriend Burt stumble into Gatlin after mauling a child with their car whilst on their way to Seattle.
Released in 1984, Children of the Corn is quite a low-budget slasher so don't go into it expecting a huge blockbuster production, but there is a lot to love about it and at times, it is genuinely scary. The film is concerned with the loss of innocence and aspects of religious fanaticism which is a little on the nose considering most of the towns children have biblical names but different twists and turns as the story progresses really drive the point home. The corn fields are a constant reminder of the complete isolation and accentuates the loneliness and danger that Vicky and Burt have found themselves in.
Clive Barker's directorial debut Hellraiser was released in 1987 and introduced the world to Pinhead, a rather striking looking character who actually played quite a diminished role in the original movie. Barker adapted Hellraiser from his very own novella, The Hellbound Heart, which he had written and released the year prior in 1986. The original movie was met with divided opinion, but it has since grown into a cult classic and has a large following largely thanks to the 9 sequels that followed the initial release in 1987. Click here to see all Hellraiser movies, from best to worst. Chance are there is also going to be a new generation of Hellraiser fans thanks to the reboot that has just been released and directed by David Bruckner where Jamie Clayton portrays Pinhead, the first time a actress has done so. Hellraiser is centered around a wee mystical puzzle box that has the capabilities of summoning the Cenobites, who are a group of sadomasochistic, extradimensional beings who straddle the line between pain and pleasure to a rather deadly outcome. Frank Cotton stumble upon the mystical puzzle box whilst is Morocco and takes it home. Whilst home he solves the puzzle box in his attic which summons the Cenobites, and they tare Frank to shreds, poor guy and take him to their dimension.
Frank's brother Larry moves into the house and incidentally cuts himself whilst in the attic, which resurrects Frank back into the real world. Frank looks rather worse for wear, but is nurtured back to health by Julia, Larry's wife, who was actually having an affair with Frank when he was living. Things twist and turn and eventually The Cenobites find Frank and take him back, thanks to Frank's niece Kirsty, who tells The Cenobites of her uncle's where about, don't worry he's a pretty lousy guy. Looking past the gore and the genre icon that Pinhead is, there are some seemingly identifiable themes in the first Hellraiser movie. Clive Barker's motif seems to be 'dangerous' sexuality. Barker subtlety conveys this in Hellraiser through forbidden sex acts, visual metaphor and sexual symbolism. This may be informed by Barker's experience in the gay scene during the 1980s in London, which was largely confined to the underground and wasn't as we know it today. So there is a lot to digest in Hellraiser if you look past the violence and gothic costumes.
The Descent will make your skin crawl and convince you never to go near a cave in your life. Directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers and Hellboy), The Descent follows a group of 6 friends who decide to explore cave systems in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this trip down the Appalachian caves is not going to end well, it is evident through the tone of the movie as it starts with a devastating car crash which kills the main protagonist Sarah's family. After a day of hiking, the group find a suitable cave to descend into and once all in the cave, it collapses and the entrance behind them is closed off. What goes on after this is a terrifying ordeal where a lot of people get killed off quickly by creatures that make Gollum look appealing and friendly. Without wanting to give too much away, the group quickly depletes as they try and navigate their way through the pitch black cave system.
The pacing of the movie is quick, with real distress and gore at every turn, and it adds to the already claustrophobic nature of being stuck in a dark cave system. What also makes The Descent a great horror movie is the fact that the cast chooses the right decision in every situation and doesn't follow the boring horror trope of bad decisions being made by the main characters. This is definitely worth the watch if you are after a high paced, gorefest.
If you're particularly squeamish, Hostel isn't going to be up your street. However, perhaps not as gruesome some make out to be, Hostel deserves a little more credit than it often gets. Whilst much of the movie's torture goes on behind closed doors, Hostel conveys gruesomeness through suggestion, sound, visuals, and atmosphere. However, when we see blood and gore, director Eli Roth pays close attention to detail, and it quite quickly gets repulsive.
The movie follows 3 friends who travel across Europe on a road trip, and they eventually follow quite a dangerous road which leads them to a pretty fatale end partially due to their own naivety and stupidity. The 3 friends eventually end up trapped in a sadistic club in the middle of Slovakia, where the rich pay to mutilate unsuspecting victims, either to satisfy their own fantasies or to chase adrenaline high. Pretty gnarly stuff! The characters aren't particularly likable, and although that doesn't make you root for their grizzly demise, it does make it a little less impactful when terrible things end up befalling them. Watch at your own risk.
Nia DaCosta's remake of Bernard Rose's 1992 original Candyman is well worth the watch. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you should consider Candyman if you want to watch a scary film with a haunting atmosphere with a suitably impressive sinister score. It is a solid attempt at a slasher and DaCosta impresses in only her third feature-length film with some brilliant direction that creates quite a haunting atmosphere. It will be fascinating to see what she will work on next and if Candyman is anything to go by, it will be an enjoyable watch. The cast has been well put together and there are some strong performances, particularly by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who plays Anthony.
Candyman is a supernatural slasher film, which is based on a short story by Clive Barker who also wrote the novella which inspired Hellraiser. DaCosta's Candyman is a direct sequel to the original 1992 film of the same name, and it centers around the legend of the Candyman, who can be summoned by repeating his name in the mirror five times over. Candyman tackles many different issues such as gentrification and the structural basis of police brutality. Perhaps the story may have benefited from a longer run time to flesh out the ideas it is trying to convey. This movie conveys fear in a slightly different and less grotesque manner than most other on this list and is a good choice if you prefer a more subtle slasher over blood, guts or scary monsters.
A24 are one of the most exciting production companies releasing movies today, and they have been behind some of the most interesting and unnerving horrors of recent years. Hereditary is the first movie by director Ari Aster, who then went on to produce another spectacular A24 folk horror a year later, Midsommar. Hereditary is a supernatural horror film that follows the Graham family and after the death of Annie Graham's estranged mother, supernatural forces start messing with the family to disastrous consequences. Hereditary is a tense watch all the way through and there aren't many scary films that keep up the same level of uncomfortableness so strictly.
Hereditary delivers on some truly terrifying stuff and there are scenes that will leave you speechless including a decapitation, Ari Aster is not afraid to leave the audience uncomfortable. Toni Collette has never played a more convincing role, and she plays the distraught mother to perfection and does at least 4 different things in this movie that will leave you in awe. There is a lingering supernatural feel as the movie crawls along, and the initial set up is slow and considered. The other characters are both superbly acted and directed, and they paint a brilliant picture of a mysterious family who have plenty of issues. The characters are fully realized, which makes their demise all the more effective. Although the set-up is slow and deliberate, the finish is anything but. The film crescendos in a full-frontal limb bending possession, without going totally over the top. The placement of horror in the dark make these scenes particularly creepy.
When it was first released in 2020, Spell went under the radar of a lot of film fans, and they definitely missed a trick. Directed by Mark Tonderai, Spell is an American supernatural horror/thriller film which follows the demise of Marquis and his family. Marquis is a pilot and whilst flying home for his father's funeral, he loses control of the plane which is carrying himself and his family. Unfortunately for Marquis, his plane crashes in the midst of the Appalachian mountains and in the bed of Ms Eloise who claims she can nurse him back to health with a hoodoo figure that she has crafted from Marquis's blood and skin, nasty. Talking about Ms Eloise, Loretta Devine delivered a brilliant performance as the menacing hoodoo practitioner and in every scene, she is captivating and a little unnerving.
Quite surprisingly, there are quite a lot of cringes, and toe-curling moments and there is a decent amount of blood and gore. There is a particular scene when protagonist Marquis is eating a bowl of soup when he quickly realizes it is made out of his son's hand. Although the storyline isn't the most original, it feels like a mashup of The Skeleton Key and Misery, but if you enjoy voodoo-related thrillers which are performed well by a very capable cast then you should add this to the list of scary movies you're going to watch on Amazon Prime.
The Taking of Deborah Logan is another entry in the found footage horror film category and is the directorial debut of Adam Robitel. Set in Virginia, the film is about a young documentary crew who are producing a documentary about the effect of Alzheimer's disease. Deborah Logan is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, so the documentary crew has decided, with consent, to film Deborah going about her day-to-day life. However, this is a supernatural horror film and spooky stuff eventually starts happening to Deborah. Although her doctor explains that erratic behavior is quite normal for a patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease cameraman Luis becomes suspicious as a lot of Deborah's actions cannot be explained by normal logic.
A lot of tense and supernatural things start happening, and the movie culminates in a jaw-dropping ending which you will have to see if you are into this type of movie. We don't want to give much away, but that scene alone makes this movie worth the watch. Although the plot starts to get pretty thick towards the middle of the movie, there is a lot to love about this film, and it offers a lot to the genre of found footage films. Particularly the performance of Jill Larson who is rather spooky and unnerving. However, she plays the character well, and we do really feel sorry for her regardless of the tense atmosphere she creates, which is largely due to the creepy supernatural forces that are controlling her body.
Streaming has become the norm, it is the most accessible way of watching film and most of us are signed up to, or have access to, multiple different streaming platforms. This is a great thing, having access to film and other forms of visual art at the touch of a button is a cinephile's dream, also very helpful if you can't usually sit through a film at the cinema without having to take six separate trips to the bathroom. However, with the boom in streaming services, there is more and more media being uploaded to various different platforms and sometimes the flooding of content can saturate your choice and make it difficult to select a great movie without hours of scrolling.
With so many movies competing with one and other trying to make it onto the home screen of your streaming app, the good stuff can be pushed aside and lost in the ether, after all, the algorithm isn't going to help you out all the time! This is particularly relevant to scary movies because let's face it, there are some terrible scary movies out there that you don't want to waste your time watching.
If you're like us at Screen Rant, Amazon Prime will be one of the first places you go if you are wanting to watch a decent movie. Furthermore, there are a lot of great scary movies to choose from if you know where to look. Sticking to the movies on this list will not only keep you occupied for hours and hopefully satisfy your darker side, but it also should allow Amazon Prime to start recommending similar movies. There is something on this list that covers most of the different scary movie genres, the supernatural, found footage, gore and suspense. Happy streaming!


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