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The 13 Scariest Horror Movies Streaming on Peacock, from Five Nights at Freddy's to The Exorcist: Believer

From home invasion thrillers to creature features, these Peacock movies bring the frights.

By Josh Weiss & Matthew Jackson

As we turn the calendar to another month, let's not forget to slate away plenty of hours for outstanding horror movies. It's time to start building your February watch list, and Peacock always 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. So, if you're looking for something to keep you up at night, here are 13 films to stream right now!

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The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

Fresh off its October theatrical run, the latest chapter in the Exorcist saga is now streaming on Peacock for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film follows a pair of new families as they battle the demonic influences slowly taking hold of their daughters, and features a cast that includes Leslie Jones, Anne Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, and of course, the legendary Ellen Burstyn. While you might be able to predict some of the twists in this one if you're a longtime exorcism movie fan, there are still plenty of movies that will leave you chilled, and a finale hinting at exciting things to come.

Watch it here on Peacock!


Five Nights at Freddy's (2023)

OK, so if you're a seasoned horror veteran, you might not find Five Nights at Freddy's to be among the scariest horror films you've ever seen, but if you're a relative newcomer to the genre space, director Emma Tammi's adaptation of the hit video game of the same name just might leave you shaking on your couch. The story of a security guard who must survive terrifying nights in a derelict pizza place full of killer animatronics, it's a film that balances out satisfying jump scares with loads of PG-13 spooky fun, making it a perfect first-time horror watch for young fans, as well as a great entry level film for the horror-curious adult viewers. And hey, even if you're a seasoned horror pro, killer animatronics are just plain scary. Don't deny it.

Watch it here on Peacock!


American Psycho (2000)

It's been nearly 25 years since Mary Harron released her adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' notorious novel, and American Psycho still feels just as vibrant, and just as frightening. Set in the 1980s, the film follows the exploits of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale doing what might be his best work), a businessman by day and a demented serial killer by night. Or is he? The film's deep exploration of Patrick's particular mind, and what it does and doesn't perceive, is scary enough on its own. Throw in some wonderful gore and it's a dark horror-comedy classic for the ages.

Watch it here on Peacock!


We Are Still Here (2015)

Two grieving parents move to a secluded New England farmhouse in an attempt to start over, and find spirits unwilling to move on are lurking in the home's old foundations. That's the setup for Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here, a blisteringly powerful indie horror gem that remains one of the best releases in the genre over the last decade. Featuring great performances from Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, and others, it's a haunting story that'll stay in your brain for hours. 

Watch it here on Peacock!


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. 

Watch it here on Peacock!


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 that 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. 

Watch it here on Peacock!


Let The Right One In (2008)

A modern classic for a reason, Let The Right One In is one of those horror films that just digs its claws deep into your soul and won't let go. The story of a lonely little boy who befriends a young girl who turns out to be a vampire, it's a surprisingly tender exploration of friendship, loneliness, and the kind of desperate love you might only know when you're young. But beyond that, it's also a genuinely scary vampire movie, patient in its execution and expert in its atmosphere, that'll leave you with more than a few nail-biting moments of pure terror. 

Watch it here on Peacock!

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The Beyond (1981)

The legendary Italian gore master Lucio Fulci made a lot of unforgettably gruesome horror films, but he arguably never got better than this classic entry in his thematic "Gates of Hell" trilogy. The premise of The Beyond is simple: A woman inherits an old house in Louisiana and finds it might have certain supernatural tendencies. That's pretty well-trod territory, but it's what Fulci and company do with that setup that makes The Beyond work as a dreamlike, unforgettably relentless descent into terror. Plus, it's packed with practical effects that remind you why Fulci had such a reputation for bloody films.

Watch it here on Peacock!


Day of the Dead (1985)

The final film in George A. Romero's original zombie trilogy (which he'd later build on with more stories), Day of the Dead is a flat-out brutal production in just about every sense. It's essentially the story of internal strife and eventual zombie invasion at an underground military installation, so the visuals are stark and, when the gore arrives, it's both relentless and stomach-churning. It's arguably the least pleasant of the three original films, but when it's firing on all horror cylinders, it's also unforgettable.

Watch it here on Peacock!


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. 

Watch it here on Peacock!


The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling (1980) SCREENGRAB

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.

Watch it here on Peacock!

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NOPE (2022)

Jordan Peele's third feature film is, on the surface at least, less overtly horror-driven than his first two films. But spend a little time with NOPE, and you'll find some of the scariest imagery and thematic explorations in the director's output so far. The story of two siblings (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who discover their secluded ranch is being stalked by a UFO, it's a film rich with metaphorical density and loads of humor. But that doesn't mean Peele forgets to pour the horror on. It comes in the least expected places, but when the horror hits in NOPE, it'll leave you hiding behind your hands.

Watch it here on Peacock!


The Invisible Man (2020)

The plot of Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man is certainly scary by itself: A woman can't shake her terrifying ex-boyfriend, so much so that he seems to come back from the dead as an invisible presence in her life. But that's not what makes The Invisible Man a modern horror classic. No, what really puts the film over the top is the simple attention to detail in every single horror sequence, from the subtle to the ultra-violent. Everything is put in place so perfectly that when Whannell finally lets the scares loose, you're already slumped down in your seat, biting your nails and waiting for the jump. 

Watch it here on Peacock!

Originally published Sep 7, 2023.

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