Best Amazon Prime Scary Movies

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Looking for a good fright but don’t know where to begin? The good news is that Amazon Prime has a lot of terrific horror movies, even if the suggested title algorithm doesn’t always bring the best of the best to the front. Whether you’re searching for zombies, witches, horror-comedy, or pretty much anything else, there’s a lot to choose from.

The best horror films of all time crawl under your skin with unique plots. They heighten your paranoia so that it can crawl into your brain. They seize your heart with iconic imagery—no matter how hard you try, you’ll never forget Freddy’s claws. Like the majority of the big streaming platforms, Amazon takes spooky, scary shows very seriously. So turn down the lights, grab a blanket, and cuddle up with your closest loved one—these streaming horror flicks are here to flood your mind with nightmares. Have a good time!

1. Master

Master follows two Black women as they embark on a new academic year at the fictitious Ancaster College. Jasmine (Zoe Renee) is a wide-eyed freshman from Tacoma, bashful and coltish with her natural hair and basic clothing. Gail (Regina Hall) is an accomplished academic member who has recently been selected as the college’s first Black “Master” – the institution’s ancient designation for the head of the house and a word with unsettling connotations.

Genre: Horror

Stars: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Talia Ryder

Directed by: Mariama Diallo

2. The Vast of Night

Strangely, The Vast of Night is structured like an episode of a Twilight Zone-style 1950s anthology program, with a Rod Sterling-style opening, bookends showing the picture playing on a TV, and intermittent shots that draw back to the false screen. It’s a strange error for an otherwise confident debut, adding nothing but distanced sarcasm to a picture that works best when it’s genuinely serious. The narrative of The Vast of Night is nothing out of the ordinary. The storyline, on the other hand, is outstanding.

Genre: Horror, Drama

Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer

Directed by: Andrew Patterson

3. A Quiet Place

This compelling, inventive monster film is one of those rare genre delights that take a basic, distinctive premise and executes it so flawlessly and succinctly that it inspires rewarding squeals of joy. It’s directed and co-written by Krasinski, who is most known for his work in comedy but uses his skills in that genre to expertly create and release tension in this film. A Quiet Place is similar to a protracted classic horror movie scenario in The Birds or Aliens, in which the protagonists must avoid disturbing groups of resting creatures.

Genre: Horror, Drama

Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski

Directed by: John Krasinski

4.  A Cure for Wellness

Dan DeeHan gets caught up in a shady business and is given the opportunity to redeem himself — all he has to do is fly to a “wellness resort” in Switzerland and bring his company’s CEO back to New York to preside over a deal. This mission proves to be more difficult than he imagined. Nobody ever exits the hilltop fortress.

This picture is technically outstanding, especially in terms of production design. DeHaan’s sun-kissed skin tone contrasts with the duck-egg blue of the institution’s walls; the structure itself is ominous, with its bristling turrets and forceful crenellations. Lockhart finds himself deep in the rumbling innards of the structure, plagued by moans and gurgles he can’t quite place.

Genre: Suspense, Horror

Stars: Carl Lumbly, Jason Isaacs, Ivo Nandi

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

5. The Manor

In The Manor, a gothic story of dread with a modern twist, a terrible spirit preys on the occupants of a tranquil nursing home. When a small stroke impairs her capacity to care for herself, Judith Albright (Barbara Hershey) transfers to Golden Sun Manor, a reputable assisted living facility.

Genre: Horror

Stars: Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davidson, Nicholas Alexander

Directed by: Axelle Carolyn

6. Black Box

“Black Box,” Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.’s interesting directorial debut, is about the lifeblood of memory and one man’s loss of it. Mamoudou Athie plays Nolan, a photojournalist who survived a car accident that killed his wife and left him with amnesia, making it difficult for him to bond with his daughter.

Genre: Science fiction, Horror

Stars: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine

 Directed by: Emmaneul Osei-Kuffour, Jr.

7. Madres

Diana and Beto, a young Mexican-American couple expecting their first child, go to a tiny hamlet in Northern California, where Beto has been offered a position as a farm manager. Diana investigates the derelict business property where she and Beto dwell, isolated from the town and troubled by scary dreams, and discovers a horrific talisman and a box holding the possessions of the previous tenants. Her discoveries will take her to a more weird truth and more dangerous than she could have imagined.

Genre: Horror

Stars: Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez

Directed by: Ryan Zaragoza

8. Nocturne

With its more direct approach to horror, this narrative of a classical pianist’s passionate quest for greatness stands on its own yet also evokes the pleasure of being dragged into “Whiplash” and its musical approach to psychological trauma. “Nocturne” is not only the finest installment in the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series, but it is also one of the best Blumhouse films in years.

Genre: Suspense, Horror

Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon 

Directed by: Zu Quirke

9. Black as Night

“Black as Night” is about a really vampiric force that has been feeding on the area’s homeless, as evidenced by a pre-credits scenario in which one guy is pushed to the ground by three others, their teeth tearing into his skin as he cries.

Genre: Suspense, Horror, Drama

Stars: Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Craig Tate

 Directed by: Maritte Lee Go

10.  Shutter

When photographer Ben (Joshua Jackson) lands a major project in Japan, he and his new bride, Jane (Rachael Taylor), convert their honeymoon into a working holiday. They collide with a lady who emerges in their path as they drive up a mountain road at night. Ben and Jane carry on without finding her body. When Ben sees ghostly images in the pictures, he develops disturbing recollections surface.

Genre: Suspense, Horror

Stars: Rachael Taylor, Joshua Jackson, Yoshiko Miyazaki

Directed by: Masayuki Ochiai

11.   10 Cloverfield Lane

Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) awakens in an underground bunker alongside two guys after surviving a vehicle accident. Howard (John Goodman) informs her that a large chemical attack has turned the air unbreathable and that the only way to survive is to stay indoors. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s dominating and frightening personality drives Michelle to flee. The young woman ultimately finds the reality about the outside world after taking issues into her own hands.

Genre: Horror

Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

12.  Bingo Hell

A strong and persistent group of elderly friends refuses to be gentrified in the Oak Springs neighborhood. Lupita, their leader, keeps the community and family together. However, their beloved bingo hall is going to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.

Bingo Hell is a guaranteed bet if you want your horror flicks to be both entertaining and terrifying. It’s a boom-pow late-night horror film full with visual humor and practical effects.

Genre: Horror

Star: Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Joshua Caleb Johnson

Directed by: Gigi Saul Guerrero

13.  The Grotto

In a coastal property, a lady uncovers an ancient book of demons and the spirit of a 10-year-old kid who has been dead for 40 years; she gets possessed, and it is up to her boyfriend, with the assistance of a demonology professor, to halt a ceremony.

The producers describe the film as “a narrative where pain, joy, and music bring about minor miracles.” The Grotto follows Alice, a 40-year-old woman who inherits a stake in a long-forgotten nightclub in the Mojave Desert from her recently deceased fiancé.

Genre: Suspense, Horror

 Stars: Carolina Ferraz, Arthur Vinciprova, Nayara Justino

 Directed by: Arthur Vinciprova

Wrapping up!

Nobody wants to get lost in the endless streaming scroll, so we’ve made it simple to distinguish the best from the rest with our frequently updated list of the top horror movies now streaming on Amazon Prime. Prepare some popcorn, get out the blanket, and sit in for some frightening fun.