Top horror movies on Amazon Prime Video UK (2017)
Ivan Radford | On 29, Oct 2016
If you’re looking for something spooky to stream this Halloween, Amazon Prime Video definitely has you covered. For £5.99 a month, the site’s horror line-up is scarily diverse, covering everything from recent remakes and cult comedy to modern and old classics. If subscription VOD services are meant to be missing all the movies from before the 1990s, Amazon’s team clearly didn’t get the memo.
We round up the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video, some spooky, some silly – all of them perfect for Halloween.
Ethan Hawke stars in this horror about a true-crime writer, who discovers a cache of videotapes depicting several brutal murders that took place in the house he just bought. A man in a dark room watching spooky movies? This is genuinely scary stuff.
When a group of teens cheat death, death starts to claim back their lives one by one. The result is a string of enjoyably far-fetched death scenes in this innovative horror that kick-started a franchise.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce star as the parents of a young girl who finds the family’s new mansion is also home to critters in the basement that only come out when the lights are off. Guillermo Del Toro’s co-written script keeps the kids’ perspective creepily convincing, while Troy Nixey’s direction plays on moving shadows with genuinely spooky tension.
Rubber (Quentin Dupieux)
If anyone was going to make a film about a rubber tyre blowing people up, it would have to be Quentin Dupieux. He’s French, he did that Flat Eric thing, and he’s clearly bonkers. With Rubber, he’s made a movie that’s as much about a killer tyre as it is about watching movies. It’s an unusual approach for a modern B-Movie, but one that gives it a unique edge.
Should it be left as a 20 minute short instead of stretched out to 82 minutes? Perhaps, but that’s partly the point. One debate halfway through about whether an on-set corpse is actually dead or not (depending on if there’s an audience watching) is full of knowing wit – even the film’s smug self-awareness ends up as part of the joke. That and you totally get to see a tyre blow people’s heads off.
The Mist (2007)
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella gives the word “bleak” a whole new meaning. A group of small town locals get trapped in a supermarket by a strange mist, leaving them contemplating to what lengths they will go to survive. Gripping, dark, chilling stuff.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Even seen a film and wished you skipped the ending? The Last Exorcism is one of those. Up until its misjudged finale, this is a superbly executed idea, following a sham priest who performs fake exorcisms to make money – and to help the affected heal psychologically. Or so he tells us. Breaking the fourth wall with its found footage presentation, the gradual shift from fly-on-the-all comedy to immediate terror is very effective.
Karen Gillan stars in this inventively shot horror flick about an evil mirror. Trust us: it’s way better (and scarier) than it sounds.
From REC to The Orphanage, Spain is responsible for some of the best horror films in recent years. If you’ve never seen a Spanish scarer, though, Julia’s Eyes is a good place to start: a thriller about a woman who loses her sight… only for her heightened senses to detect something lurking in the darkness of her home.
This 2008 horror about a couple (Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender) who find themselves hounded by a group of kids by a lake offers food for thought – and a showcase for director James Watkins, who has gone on to helm The Woman in Black and an episode of Black Mirror.
This Aussie horror about some tourists who find themselves captured and tortured by a sinister bushman is graphic, brutal, horrifying stuff.
John Carpenter’s They Live
Professional WWF wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, an unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that, when worn, reveal a world run by upwardly mobile, capitalist, yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race sedate and brainwashed through advertising and the media.
Tobe Hooper’s 1980s classic follows the close-knit Freeling family, who find their house invaded by otherworldly forces, transforming it into a supernatural sideshow.
Ben Wheatley put himself the map with this breakout horror, which boasts disturbing performances from Michael Smiley and Neil Maskell. The final third is divisive, but there’s no denying how unsettling the experience is.
Michael Keaton delivers a career-defining performance in Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy fantasy, which follows a couple haunting their former house (home to a new family, including Winona Ryder). Not bad for a turn lasting only 17 minutes.
Tired of haunted house movies? Try a haunted son movie. James Wan’s horror isn’t any more original than all the other possessed-children genre flicks, but there are some solid scares to be found here.