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The Best Horror Films You Can Stream Right Now: Get Out, The Exorcist III, M3GAN & More
You've got dozens of horror streaming options, and these are some of the best.
We're closing in on the home stretch of 2023, and we've seen a lot of great horror, from major theatrical releases to new drops on various streaming services. But for fans who really crave a scary movie, the current crop of releases is never enough. You want to build yourself a list that's as long as possible, sit down on the couch, and move through the best horror films you can find as often as possible. So, where do you find the very best streaming horror movies out there right now?
The Best Horror Films Streaming Right Now
Get Out (Peacock)
Jordan Peele's Get Out capped off its extraordinary run of theatrical and critical success with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, a rarity for horror films, and a sort of coronation for Peele himself. The Oscar helped bring the film to an even wider audience, but even without it, Get Out would stand as arguably the best horror film of the 21st century so far. The story of a young Black photographer who visits his white girlfriend's family and finds much more than awkwardness waiting for him, it's timely, scary, hilarious, and full of wonderful attention to detail.
American Psycho (Peacock)
Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name is frightening for a multitude of reasons, but the clearest indication of its greatness is the way it seamlessly and mercilessly blends satire and all-out terror. We can see the dark comedy in the unraveling of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) and understand that he's living in an exaggerated, heightened world. But we can also see just how dark things get when blood starts to spill, and that means we're left shaken.
Day of the Dead (Peacock)
The third film in George A. Romero's original Dead trilogy of zombie films, Day of the Dead turned out to be far from the last movie in the series, but it remains the most relentless. Set in a stage of the zombie apocalypse when the living are hanging out in underground bunkers to escape the dead, it's a study in paranoia, cruelty, and the slow breakdown of a community built on brute force, featuring one of the most unforgettably gruesome climaxes in horror history.
Dead & Buried (Peacock)
Featuring unforgettable gore effects by the great Stan Winston, Dead & Buried is a wild blending of genres and ideas. It's a slasher movie, a zombie movie, a town-gone-mad movie, and more, all wrapped up in a package that allows an outsider to slowly uncover the dark secrets of a seaside town where dying doesn't necessarily mean the end. Thanks to the streaming era, it's become one of the great hidden horror gems of the 1980s in recent years, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you really should.
Ginger Snaps (Peacock)
One of the definitive horror films of the 2000s, and one of the best werewolf movies of all time, Ginger Snaps merges comedy, horror, and coming-of-age tropes to deliver something truly memorable. The film follows two death-obsessed teen sister (Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle) whose lives are changed when one of them is bitten by a creature, and slowly starts to turn into something else. If you love teen-driven horror, you will absolutely not want to miss this one.
The Invisible Man (Peacock)
One of the best horror films of the 2020s so far, Leigh Whannell's updated take on a classic Universal Pictures movie monster is one of those edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that just keeps rewarding you no matter how many times you rewatch it. The story of a woman (Elisabeth Moss) who escapes an abusive relationship only to find that her dead boyfriend (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) might be not just alive, but secretly stalking her, it's full of unforgettable sequences of tension, made more nail-biting by the fact that you don't truly know where the monster is... if he's there at all.
Night of the Demons (Peacock)
If you're looking for wild, over-the-top, gloriously fun 1980s horror, and you still haven't seen Night of the Demons, do yourself a favor and check it out. The story setup is simple: A group of teenagers set out to have a Halloween party in an abandoned funeral home that might be haunted. The party starts, the evil spirits like the vibe, and they decide to crash things with delightfully gory results. It's not subtle, but it is a blast to watch, particularly during your own Halloween party.
The Babadook (AMC+/Hulu)
It's been nearly 10 years since Jennifer Kent's The Babadook first emerged on the horror scene, and the film still retains a hypnotic, chilling power among new fans and old. The story of a single mother (Essie Davis) whose life is turned to chaos and terror by the erratic behavior or her son and the apparent arrival of a storybook monster, it's beautifully shot, beautifully structured, packs phenomenal work from Davis, and of course delivers one of the most memorable movie monsters of the 21st century so far.
One of the most talked-about and acclaimed horror releases of last year, Zach Cregger's Barbarian, starts as a simple-yet-creepy case of misunderstanding, and then just keeps getting darker, stranger, and more over-the-top for the rest of its runtime. If you still haven't experienced one of 2022's best, now is the time.
The Beyond (Peacock)
Lucio Fulci, Italy's Godfather of Gore, might not be the first person you think of to direct a haunted house story set in Louisiana, but The Beyond remains a solid contender for his best film. The story of a woman who inherits a mysterious old house that also might be a hellmouth, it's packed with unforgettable moments of gore, as well as some often startling beauty.
Prano Bailey-Bond's Censor is both a journey through a certain chapter of film history and a frightening meta-textual look at violence, trauma, and its effect not just on how we perceive art, but on how we perceive reality. The film follows a censor working through the U.K.'s infamous "video nasty" ban era, who finds one filmmaker's work bears a shocking closeness to certain events in her own life. It's one of the best horror films to come out of 2021.
The Changeling (Peacock)
One of the greatest haunted house films of all time, The Changeling follows a grieving composer (George C. Scott) as he heads to a secluded mansion to recover from the loss of his family and, hopefully, finally get started on some new work. What he finds when he gets there is the spirit of a child who might need his help, and a decades-old mystery waiting to be unraveled. Even if you've seen it a dozen times, it's the kind of film that still sucks you in with its haunting beauty.
Evil Dead Rise (Max)
The latest installment in the beloved Evil Dead franchise has finally hit streaming, and you won't want to miss it. Written and directed by The Hole in the Ground filmmaker Lee Cronin, and produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead Rise moves the action to a rundown apartment building in Los Angeles, where an unlucky family stumbles upon the Book of the Dead after an earthquake. What happens next, and how far this film is willing to go with it, adds up to one of the most entertaining horror films of 2023 so far. Just be warned: You'll have trouble looking at your cheese grater after watching this.
The Exorcist III (Peacock)
A film that's gotten a lot of mileage out of internet chatter in recent years, The Exorcist III has undergone numerous reappraisals to reach the status of a beloved cult classic, a film that's in some ways just as scary as the original that inspired it. Directed by William Peter Blatty and adapted from his own novel Legion, the film calls back to the plot of the first Exorcist film while also exploring a horrifying serial killer narrative. Plus, it features one of the best jump scares in horror history. Watch it now to get ready for The Exorcist: Believer dropping on October 6.
His House (Netflix)
A pair of refugees moves into a new flat in a London neighborhood and tries to settle into a new life far away from the country they fled. What happens next is one of the most terrifying blends of haunted house narrative and folk horror you're likely to find from the last 10 years. Tense, inventive, and packed with unforgettable scares, Remi Weekes' His House remains a must-see.
It Follows (Paramount+)
If it feels like It Follows has made it onto just about every list of horror films you need to watch over the past decade or so, that's because It Follows really deserves that place in the modern horror canon. David Robert Mitchell's film about a mysterious force that pursues its victims to their deaths is as effective now as it was when it was released nearly 10 years ago.
M3GAN (Buy or Rent)
One of the most-memed horror films of the 2020s so far, M3GAN arrived in theaters back in January and absolutely delivered on all the over-the-top fun we'd come to expect from its trailer. The story of the title artificial intelligence and her desire to forge a bond with the girl she's paired to at all costs, M3GAN is funny, violent, creepy, and full of wonderful little details that will make you want to watch again and again.
A simple logger retreats to his woodland home to be with his beloved, only to be attacked by a sinister cult who captures and kills Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) and leaves the logger for dead. The problem? Well, said logger is played by none other than Nicolas Cage, and he's not about to go down without a very, very gnarly fight. Packed with eye-popping visuals and unforgettable Cage moments, Mandy is a modern horror classic.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Max)
The Nightmare films have bounced around the streaming world a bit over the past year, sometimes making them hard to find, but they've settled back in on Max for the moment, which means you can go back and experience Wes Craven's original fantasy-horror classic for yourself. The story of a deceased child murderer turned dream demon (Robert Englund in the role that made him an icon) and the teenagers who must fight to stop him, it's a classic laden with great practical effects, wonderful character work, and one of the most unsettling kills in 1980s slasher history. Plus, when you're done, you can go stream all the sequels.
Andrzej Zulawski's film about the twisted relationship between a husband (Sam Neill), a wife (Isabelle Adjani), and the dark force that seems to be driving them apart just recently landed on Shudder after years of being completely unavailable to stream anywhere. The news caused lots of horror fans to freak out, and with good reason. Possession is a cult masterpiece, an endlessly unnerving ride into the heart of darkness that will linger in your head for days.
Two best friends decide to leave their closed-down college and head to a family lake house to quarantine in luxury in the spring of 2020. What happens when they get there is much more than they bargained for, as a mysterious killer stalks the grounds outside, and the girls must find a way to survive not just a pandemic, but a single night alone. Directed by John Hyams and co-written by slasher legend Kevin Williamson, SICK is a thrilling new piece of survival horror fun.
The Witch (Max)
So much has already been said about Robert Eggers' feature debut, which follows a family in Puritan New England who are slowly consumed by dark forces, that it feels like there's nothing else to say other than: Watch it. If you've already watched it, watch it again. If you've never seen it, turn all the lights out and get ready for a beautifully strange ride.
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