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The 12 scariest horror movies streaming on Peacock, from 'Sick' to 'Nope'

From flesh-eating zombies and haunted house classics to maniacs with chainsaws  — Peacock has it all!

Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood in Nope

Has there ever been a better time to be a horror fan? Perhaps. Perhaps not. While modern classics like Scream VI and Cocaine Bear are certainly pleasing audiences at the moment, horror has a long and gory history to be explored as well. Fortunately, either way, Peacock has you covered!

The NBCUniversal streaming service has retained a robust horror collection pretty much since it launched, and right now it's particularly packed with great options from across the genre's history, just waiting for horror junkies or the horror curious. From a zombie classic to a modern slasher and everything in between, these are the scariest horror films streaming on Peacock right now.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

What can we say about Night of the Living Dead that hasn't already been said? George A. Romero's stone-cold classic served as the blueprint for the modern zombie genre. Without it, our collective cultural notion of reanimated corpses seeking out flesh and representing deeper ideas about society would simply not exist.

"We had $6,000 and a loose idea based on a short story I'd written which was in fact an allegorical thing," Romero remarked in a 1972 interview. "We decided to take that and turn it into a real blood and guts film, and that's how it started."

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Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas (1974)

Once again, we return to the debate of which movie kicked off the slasher boom that would come to define the late ‘70s and all of the 1980s. Released a full four years before Michael Myers went on his famous killing spree in Haddonfield, Black Christmas might very well have a genuine claim to the title of being the first modern slasher flick.

Prior to his death in 2007, director Bob Clark shot down speculation that Halloween was a rip-off of his movie: "[John] liked Black Christmas and may have been influenced by it, but in no way did John Carpenter copy the idea." Whatever the case, Black Christmas (a simple tale of sorority sisters being stalked and killed in gruesome fashion) makes for a festive watch any day of the year.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Shot over one sweltering Texas summer in 1973, Tobe Hooper's chaotic horror masterpiece still ranks among the most unsettling things you can watch on any given day. The seat-of-your-pants production, coupled with the real sweat across the actors' faces and a sense of lived-in funk that you can feel in your nostrils, adds an almost docudrama air to the whole piece. You feel like you're in the van with this group of youths driving to their doom, like you're in the house where Leatherface starts carving people up, and like you've got a seat for the most terrifying dinner party in history. Nearly 50 years after its release, Texas Chain Saw remains notorious not because it's bloody, but because it still feels transgressive and horrifying. 

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The Changeling (1980)

One of the all-time great haunted house movies, Peter Medak's The Changeling begins with a very simple, yet effective, setup for a horror story. A composer (George C. Scott), still grieving the loss of his wife and child, moves across the country and settles into a historic, secluded mansion to begin work on some new music. It's not long before he starts experiencing odd phenomena around the house, all connected to what seems to be the ghost of a dead boy. Rich with atmosphere and anchored by Scott's wonderful central performance, The Changeling just keeps adding layers to its horrific narrative, right up until one of the most unforgettable climaxes in horror.

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Prom Night (1980)

JAMIE LEE CURTIS in Prom Night (1980).

There's a reason Jamie Lee Curtis (the daughter of Psycho star Janet Leigh) gained the moniker of "Scream Queen." Her involvement with early slashers like John Carpenter's Halloween and Paul Lynch's Prom Night cemented her status as a cinematic icon — the prototypical "Final Girl," if you will. Curtis wasn't entirely happy with the latter project, which she claimed was a rip-off of Halloween (everyone was trying to capitalize on the crazed killer, er, craze at the time). Nevertheless, Prom Night remains an indelible part of the slasher canon and even got a remake in 2008.

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The Stepfather (1989)

Terry O'Quinn in The Stepfather (1987)

If you loved Terry O'Quinn as the Alien Tracker in SYFY's Resident Alien, then consider checking out his role as a murderous step-parent in this 1989 cult classic.

"[It] was the first time I sort of carried a film, or led in a film, and doing it was fun, and I felt very special," he told The A.V. Club in 2014. "Afterwards, though, I was terrified. I just thought, 'Wow, this is basically going to be about me. If this film is a success or a failure, a lot of it's on me!' They released the film just here and there and now and then, and it got critical acclaim, but it was never much of a success in terms of box office. A lot of people watched it after the fact. It's sort of a cult thing. I still have people mention that to me from time to time."

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The Last Exorcism (2010)

Ashley Bell in The Last Exorcism (2010).

A surprisingly effective found footage film, The Last Exorcism (produced by Eli Roth) grapples with themes of faith and belief, channeling its story through the eyes of disillusioned minister Cotton Marcus (played by a pre-Better Call Saul Patrick Fabian). He agrees to perform one last exorcism, though he doesn't much believe in his own demon-banishing shtick, let alone Satan himself. We won't spoil the ending, which is one of the best parts, but let's just say it's enough to give Rosemary Woodhouse some serious PTSD flashbacks.

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The House of the Devil (2009)

Ti West is a master of doing a lot with a little. His independent horror films are some of the best the genre's had to offer us over the last 20 years, and if you loved his recent successes like X and Pearl, you owe it to yourself to go back and take a look at this throwback chiller. Set in the 1980s and hinging on that decade's Satanic Panic vibes, it's the story of a babysitter who takes a gig to earn some quick cash and soon finds that she's trapped in a nightmare she may never escape. Jocelin Donahue is fantastic in the central role, and the way West manages to crank up the tension in close quarters, even when nothing seems to be happening, makes it a nail-biter to the very end.

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Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan (2016).

It's hard to do something new with the zombie genre, so when a film comes along and breathes new life (no pun intended) into the realm of reanimated corpses, you have to give credit where credit is due.

Director Yeon Sang-ho's thrilling, and terrifying, Train to Busan is one of those projects. Entirely set aboard a speeding locomotive infested with frenzied zombies, the film gained a great deal of attention for its socioeconomic subtext. In a New York Times review, Jeannette Catsoulis described the effort as "a public-transportation horror movie with a side helping of class warfare."

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Nope (2022)

On the surface, Jordan Peele's Nope might be the least overtly horrific film in his career thus far, and indeed there are plenty of other elements at work in this story of two siblings trying to capture evidence of a UFO prowling the family ranch. There's plenty of science fiction, as the plot suggests, and lots of summer action movie adventure to amp up the popcorn movie fun. And of course, it's also very funny. But deep down, where it really counts, Nope manages to deliver some of the most horrifying imagery of Peele's career, from a rain of blood to an unexpected alien encounter to the scariest thing you have ever seen happen on a sitcom set.

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The Exorcist III (1990)

Nearly 20 years after The Exorcist arrived and quickly gained a reputation as quite possibly the scariest movie ever made, novelist and screenwriter William Peter Blatty returned to the world of the film with this adaptation of his follow-up novel, Legion. Perhaps due to the lackluster reception of the previous sequel, Exorcist II: The HereticThe Exorcist III has been met over the years with a certain level of skepticism among horror fans, but trust me when I tell you this is very much a film worth watching. It doesn't generate terror in the same way that The Exorcist does, but that leaves it free to create a dreadful atmosphere all its own as it tells the story of a possibly supernatural serial killer, a new possession, and George C. Scott as the cop caught in the middle of it all. Plus, keep an eye out for one of the best and most unexpected jump scares in horror history. 

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Sick (2023)

One of the first great horror films of 2023, Sick is simultaneously a great home invasion thriller, a solid high-concept slasher, and an incisive, often funny look at the dread which surrounded us all in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The setup is simple: Two friends head out to a secluded lake house to quarantine amid luxurious surroundings, then masked killers show up and try to murder them. Why are they trying to murder these specific people, and what does it have to do with other deaths back in the crowded city? That's for you to find out, but along the way you're definitely going to get plenty of tension-laden chase scenes, memorable injuries, and a truly wild third act. 

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