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rying to put together the ultimate scary movie marathon in 2022 can be a nightmare in itself. With horror classics scattered across different streaming services, simply finding your favorite scary films can require a serious time commitment – let alone watching all of them before you run out of candy corn.

Don’t worry – this year, we’re helping you out. We’ve tracked down some of the best and scariest horror movies available to stream for spooky season this year and compiled them into one convenient list. So go ahead, find your old favorites or maybe some new inspiration for your next movie marathon.

But be warned – the titles on this list aren’t for the faint of heart!

Stay tuned for:

  • The best horror movies on Amazon Prime
  • The most nefarious films on Netflix
  • Monstrous movies on on Hulu
  • Pulse-pounding jump-scares on HBO Max
  • Movies on other services or that we can’t find for free this year

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

We hope you <3 the horror movies on this list as much as we do. All of them were independently selected by our writing team because we think they’re some of the best in the genre. Just so you know, as an affiliate partner we earn a share of sales or other compensation from qualifying purchases if you decide to shop from some of the links on this page.

As of this writing, the locations of these movies are accurate. If you notice something has changed, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll update ASAP!

All the Best Scary Movies on Amazon Prime

The horror movie selection on Amazon Prime isn’t getting a lot of love right now – with big releases like The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power and the addition of Thursday night football to Prime Video, these spooky faves seem to have fallen through the cracks. But rest assured, there are still tons of your favorite scary movies on the streaming service this Halloween.

Right now the best horror movies on Amazon Prime include titles like:

  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Carrie
  • Halloween
  • The Babadook
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • And more

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

1hr 58 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (16,139)

Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lechter is one of the most famous (and creepiest) killers in all of cinema – which is why it’s no wonder The Silence of the Lambs is still at the top of many people’s must-watch list as soon as the air starts to pick up that autumn chill.

The film follows Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee portrayed by Jodi Foster, as attempts to pick the brain of deranged but brilliant psychiatrist and convicted killer Doctor Hannibal Lechter in an attempt to stop a serial killer before he strikes again.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime Video on Amazon to watch The Silence of the Lambs and other must-see famous horror movies.

Paranormal Activity (2009)

1hr 25 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (6,063)

Marriage? Check. Baby? Check. Cute starter home that’s definitely not haunted? Maybe not. One of the giants in the found-footage horror genre, Paranormal Activity is the movie that started a franchise of eight movies and counting.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime Video on Amazon to watch Paranormal Activity and other must-see thrillers.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

1hr 42 min | PG-13 |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (8,229)

High school can be scary, especially when your annoyingly hot best friend’s body gets snatched by a bloodthirsty demon. Starring Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox as best friends Anita (“Needy”) and Jennifer, Jennifer’s Body flopped when it was released but has since reached cult classic status.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime Video on Amazon to watch Jennifer’s Body and other must-see cult classic scary movies.

Carrie (1976)

1hr 38 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4,761)

Based on the beloved Stephen King novel of the same name, Carrie follows the struggles of a telekinetic teen who endures torment from her mother and cruelty from her classmates until she finally snaps. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of Carrie is still considered one of the great performances in the horror genre, but the film was remade in 2013 with updated effects, among other differences, which is also available to stream for free with an Amazon Prime membership.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime Video on Amazon to watch Carrie and other must-see horror movie classics.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

1hr 20 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (9,106)

Considered THE found-footage horror movie, The Blair Witch Project famously follows an ill-fated group of teenage filmmakers as they document their attempt to track down the titular Blair Witch of local folklore. Considered one of the greatest horror movies of the 1990s, The Blair Witch project has been credited with changing the way we think of horror movies (and horror movie marketing) forever.

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Children of the Corn (1984)

1hr 32 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (1,305)

A young couple stranded in a rural town – what could possibly go wrong? Based on the cult classic Stephen King story of the same name, Children of the Corn follows the two unlucky protagonists as they encounter a mysterious religious sect of children… and the terrifying secret behind their prospering crops.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

1hr 37 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (7,011)

In the horror movie genre, every town has a secret, and London is no different. Despite locals’ claims that all is well, a werewolf is on the loose in London. When the creature attacks two American students on a walking tour, they learn that the legends are all too real.

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The Descent (2006)

1hr 38 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4,125)

Ever wonder what movies are technically the scariest of all time? The good folks over at Broadband Choices UK have, and that’s why they put some of the scariest movies out there to the test with their annual #ScienceOfScare study. The Descent, which follows a group of friends on an ill-fated caving expedition, clocks in at #12 on the list for last year.

As if caves weren’t creepy enough on their own, the tight quarters and strange creatures the group encounters on their journey may have you sleeping with the lights on for a while.

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Host (2020)

1hr 5 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3,770)

If the Science of Scare Study piqued your interest, don’t worry – the list’s #1 ranking for the scariest movie out there is available on Prime Video, too 👀 Just over an hour in length, Host tells the story of six friends who inadvertently invite a demonic presence into their lives when they conduct a seance over Zoom.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Prime Video on Amazon to watch Host and other pulse-pounding scary movies.

Halloween (1978)

1hr 31 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (27,264)

There is a reason that John Carpenter’s horror classic Halloween is still on most people’s must-watch list every fall even now, nearly 50 years after its release. It’s an example of what happens when the horror genre gets it right, capturing the unsettling feeling of being watched that comes with living in the close quarters of suburbia… with a healthy dose of slasher thrills, to boot.

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The Babadook (2014)

1hr 33 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (9,114)

As so many other moms and dads in scary movies know, parenting can be a nightmare. Widowed Amelia (Jennifer Kent) struggles to discipline her 6 year-old son Samuel, whose behavioral issues are so bad that she finds herself struggling to love him. The monster lurking under Samuel’s bed? A spooky creature called The Babadook, who may just be haunting Amelia as well.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

1hr 23 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5,420)

To say the five young people on a carefree weekend getaway run into some trouble in Tobe Hooper’s grisly post-war tale of American horror would be an understatement. Based on a number of true stories stitched together to create a masterpiece of the genre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre tells the story of a depraved family of cannibals and the unsuspecting victims who fall into their clutches.

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Saw (2004)

1hr 43 min | R |  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (1,312)

Trapped by a deranged serial killer called Jigsaw, victims are forced to participate in a gruesome game in order to survive (while their loved ones watch the torture via closed circuit tv).

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All the Best Scary Movies on Netflix

Netflix may not have a lot of horror movies online this fall – they seem to be focusing on other projects, like their recent collaboration with Ubisoft – but the titles they do have bring some classic scary stories to life.

Right now some of the best horror movies on Netflix include:

  • IT
  • Insidious
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

IT (2017)

2hr 14 min | R | 🍅 86%

Children are disappearing in Derry, Maine, and they aren’t just staying late after school. The first volume of the modern IT movie franchise (originally released as a TV movie in 1990), this film follows a group of schoolchildren as they band together to fight back against the terrifying, shapeshifting monster preying on their hometown.

Watch Pennywise terrorize the streets of Derry in IT, now streaming on Netflix.

Insidious (2010)

1hr 41 min | PG-13 | 🍅 66%

Remember that study we mentioned earlier, that used science to determine the scariest movies ever made? Well Insidious clocked in at #3. Following a pair of parents desperate to protect their comatose son from the malevolent entity that’s haunting him, Insidious is sure to give anyone the heebie jeebies.

Follow along in the fight against evil in Insidious, now streaming on Netflix.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

2hr 14 min | PG-13 |  🍅 77%

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series has been freaking out elementary school students since 1981, but it wasn’t until 2019 that we finally got a film adaptation of some of the classic ghost stories. Critics and fans agreed it was a good start to a Scary Stories universe… beginning with the tale of three friends who meet a mysterious drifter in 1968.

Watch as the Scary Stories universe comes to life in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, now streaming on Netflix.

All the Best Scary Movies on Hulu

Hulu is known for its Halloween spirit after launching the month-long scary movie streaming extravaganza “Huluween” in 2021. They’ve got plenty of family-friendly spooky shows and movies, but there are also plenty of options for the horror movie junkies among us as well.

The best scary movies on Hulu include:

  • The Omen
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Scream
  • And more

The Omen (1976)

1hr 51 min | R |  🍅 84%

After experiencing a stillbirth, an American diplomat (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick) adopt a child named Damien (Harvey Stephens) to begin a new chapter in their life. Unfortunately from the family, their trouble is far from over – as people around Damien continue to die under mysterious circumstances, Robert comes to believe they may have adopted the Antichrist.

Watch The Omen and other must-see scary movies now on Hulu.

The Amityville Horror (1979)

1hr 57 min | R |  🍅 30%

Looking for a bargain on a new home, a young family moves into a house in New York State that has been the scene of some seriously spooky goings-on – like a mass killing, and 18th-century Satanic rituals. As they struggle with the paranormal and demonic presence in their home, a local priest helps them try to exorcize the evil forces.

While critics were equally unimpressed with the 2005 remake and the original rendition of The Amityville Horror, audiences had much higher opinions of both, coming in at a 52% rating in both cases. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, some argue that the updated version (also available on Hulu) is a marked improvement over the original.

Watch The Amityville Horror and other classic horror movies now on Hulu.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

2hr 16 min | R |  🍅 96%

It’s not often that critics and fans agree on the quality of a horror movie, but Rosemary’s Baby is one very notable exception. Everyone seems to be entranced with the tale of Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), her struggling actor husband (John Cassavetes), and their otherworldly offspring.

Watch Rosemary’s Baby and other horror movie classics now on Hulu.

Final Destination (2000)

1hr 37 min | R |  🍅 35%

Can you cheat death? After having a premonition that his flight for Paris would end in disaster, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and a few of his fellow passengers disembark. They avoid dying in a fiery plane crash, but how long can the evade the grim reaper’s grasp?

Watch Final Destination and other must-see thrillers now on Hulu.

Scream (1996)

1hr 51 min | R |  🍅 79%

What happens when your horror movie villain has seen one too many scary movies? Scream. The now classic 90s scary movie follows a group of small-town friends as they’re stalked by a psychotic slasher.

Watch Scream and other cult-classic horror movies now on Hulu.

All the Best Scary Movies on HBO Max

Launched relatively recently at the beginning of 2020, HBO Max has quickly become one of the major players in the streaming game with titles like Game of Thrones and Zach Snyder’s cut of the Justice League. Unsurprisingly, HBO Max has some pretty awesome horror movie options as well.

The best scary movies on HBO Max include:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Shining
  • Poltergeist
  • The Conjuring
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • The Exorcist
  • And more

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

1hr 31 min | R |  🍅 95%

Bad dreams can’t hurt you… or can they? In the movie that kicked off the franchise, a group of teenagers is terrorized by Freddy Krueger, who can reach (and kill) them through their dreams.

Watch A Nightmare on Elm Street and other popular scary movies now on HBO Max.

The Shining (1980)

2hr 23 min | R |   🍅 82%

Struggling writer Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker of the remote Overlook hotel to support his family and secure some time to work on his book. However, once the roads to the hotel have closed for the season, the spirits trapped inside the hotel begin to get restless.

Watch The Shining and other horror movies now on HBO Max.

Poltergeist (1982)

1hr 54 min | R |   🍅 87%

Scary movies come to life for the Freeling family when ghosts start communicating with the family through their television. When their daughter disappears, the family enlists the help of parapsychologists and priests to get to the bottom of things.

Watch Poltergeist and other horror movies now on HBO Max.

The Conjuring (2013)

1hr 51 min | R |   🍅 86%

When a supernatural presences makes itself known at the farmhouse they call home, the Perrons and their five daughters call on paranormal investigators Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren for help.

Watch The Conjuring and other scary movies now on HBO Max.

IT (1990)

3hr 7 min | TV14 |   🍅 68%

Originally released as a multi-part television movie, the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s IT brought Pennywise and the kids of Derry, Maine to the screen for the first time.

Watch IT and other cult-classic horror films now on HBO Max.

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

1hr 28 min | R |   🍅 20%

At its heart House of 1000 Corpses is the story of a family… a family collecting bodies for their sick human menagerie. The fist in Rob Zombie’s trilogy of horror movies, House of 1000 Corpses follows the story of two unlucky couples who fall into the family’s clutches.

Watch House of 1000 Corpses and the rest of Rob Zombie’s horror films now on HBO Max.

The Exorcist (1973)

2hr 2 min | R |   🍅 84%

When a young girl (Linda Blair) starts behaving strangely – speaking in tongues, levitating, and worse – her concerned mother calls on the church to help.

Watch The Exorcist and other masterpieces of the horror genre now on HBO Max.

Scary Movie Classics That Aren’t Available for Free on the Main-Stream (haha) Sites Right Now

We’ve done our best to cover the major titles on the big names dominating streaming right now, but there are plenty of other services out there. If you’re lucky enough to be on your mom’s coworker’s AMC+ account or Great Aunt Helen’s Paramount+, you can check a couple more fan-favorite horror movies off your list.

For the rest, we haven’t found a free option (Yet! Don’t worry we’re still searching), but the link to rent or purchase from the available service(s) are included below.

(Except for the original Evil Dead, which apparently isn’t streaming anywhere as of this writing. I’m sorry Sam Raimi stans, I’m disappointed too 😔)

There you have it – our ultimate guide to streaming all your favorite horror movies this year.

Whether you prefer slasher flicks or psychological thrillers, we’re sure that the movies on this list will make organizing your next scary movie marathon a cinch. Don’t see your favorite? Drop us a line and we’ll make sure to add it in our next update. Happy haunting! 👻

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Sep 12, 2022
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