Top horror movies on Amazon Prime Video UK (2016)
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.
James Wan’s old-fashioned horror moves from the fascinating – a pair of paranormal investigators with a roomful of scary MacGuffins – to the familiar – a haunted house – but the cast and Wan’s direction ensure that there is enough creepiness to balance out the conventions.
Final Destination 5
You’d think that four movies in a row of extended death scenes would get old, but Final Destination 5 comes up with an inspired twist that makes this a surprisingly smart marriage of blood and brains. The best of the series? Go on then.
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.
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson plays an alien sent to Earth to drive around Glasgow in a van, with which she picks up a range of unsuspecting men to do… well, who knows? Jonathan Glazer’s mysterious sci-fi adopts a curiously alien perspective on the human race, creating a haunting, moving and stylish masterpiece. A film that sticks with you, to your insides, for an inhuman amount of time. (Read our full review.)
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.
The scariest movie ever made? The Exorcist just might be, not because it’s a story of possession, but because it’s a study of one troubled priest’s faith, as it comes up against an extremely powerful dark force.
I Am Legend
THe monsters may be underwhelming, but Will Smith’s charismatic turn as a scientist trying to find a cure for a zombie epidemic gives this last-man-on-earth horror an unsettling, moving intimacy.
Tim Burton mixes his Gothic sensibility with stunning stop-motion to spooky effect in this darkly comic tale of a man (Johnny Depp – who else?) who finds himself accidentally betrothed to a dead woman.
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.
Interview with the Vampire
Neil Jordan’s seminal vampire flick, based on Anne Rice’s novel, sees Louis (Brad Pitt) tell the story of how he got his fans to an eager biographer (Christian Slater, from the death of his family in the 18th century to his life-changing meeting with Lestat (Tom Cruise).
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.
David Bowie stars as an ailing centuries-old vampire whose fanged-lover, Catherine Deneuve, seduces a mortal while seeking a new partner.
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.