If you’re looking for a list of horror movie recommendations to get in the Halloween spirit, look no further. We recommend 10 scary films currently streaming on Prime Video:
Bingo Hell (2021)
A mysterious stranger (Richard Brake) sets up a bingo hall in the sleepy town of Oak Springs, offering thousands of dollars in prizes. What’s the catch? This horror film utilises gory imagery to great effect, eventually illustrating the dangers of gentrification.
Six friends get on a Zoom call to host a seance, only to inadvertently summon a demonic entity. The film, shot entirely through screens, makes smart use of the failures of technology to deliver well-crafted frights.
Black As Night (2021)
The theme of gentrification recurs in Black As Night, in which high-schooler Shawna (Asjha Cooper) takes on an army of vampires preying on the homeless in New Orleans. Come for the crash course on vampire lore, stay for the well-illustrated commentary on marginalisation.
Married couple Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) adopt nine-year-old Esther (Isabelle Furhman) from a local orphanage, gradually discovering that she’s not who she seems to be as her cruel nature leaves behind a trail of destruction. The film’s chilling twist is one of the best in horror history.
The Babadook (2014)
Amelia (Essie Davis), grows increasingly frustrated after she can’t adequately care for her young son following the death of her husband. Her worries are only compounded after a frightening spectre begins to terrorise her home. The Babadook is scary, but also a moving testament to a mother’s love.
It Follows (2015)
Teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her boyfriend (Jake Weary), becoming the latest victim of a curse passed on through sexual contact. The film unfolds at a deliberately controlled pace, steadily building up an atmosphere of slow-creeping terror.
The Manor (2021)
Seventy-year-old Judith (Barbara Hershey) decides to move into a nursing home, only to fall prey to its controlling staff and a shadowy creature that crouches over her bed at night. The film deploys its jumpscares smartly, relying more on psychological terror as the higher-ups at the facility begin to gaslight her about what she sees.
Train To Busan (2016)
Set largely inside the confines of a Busan-bound train, the film follows a group of passengers attempting to fight off a zombie invasion. Brisk, gory and claustrophobic, the film doesn’t lack emotional heft, anchoring its scares in a moving father-daughter relationship.
Married couple Beto and Diana (Ariana Guerra) move from Los Angeles to a farming community in 1979s California ahead of the birth of their first child. It isn’t long before spooky visions and talk of a local curse begins to terrify her. The film blends together supernatural horror with more nefarious man-made frights taken from the pages of history.
Director Darren Aronofsky grafts a Biblical allegory onto this home invasion thriller in which a pregnant young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and her celebrity husband (Javier Bardem) find their peace disrupted by the constant arrival of strangers to their remote home.
Recommendations in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video