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The 13 Best Horror Movies on Peacock for July 2024

From new hits to classics, Peacock has all the horror you're craving this summer.

By Matthew Jackson

It's summer time, which means unless you're sitting by the pool or hanging out at the beach, there's a good chance you're doing your best to beat the heat by staying in the air conditioning and, if you're like us, bingeing some movies. If horror flicks are your style, Peacock is the place to go for some of the best the genre has to offer, including new releases, decades-old classics, and everything in between. 

So, if you're staying cool with some chilling films, here are the 13 best horror movies to check out on Peacock this month. 

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Lisa Frankenstein (2024)

Lisa Frankenstein might not be the scariest horror movie on this list, but that doesn't take anything away from the sheer macabre charm of it all. Riffing on the Frankenstein story, the film follows a lonely girl in the 1980s (Kathryn Newton) who unexpectedly finds herself with a reanimated corpse (Cole Sprouse) who's completely devoted to her. All she has to do in return is, you know, find fresh body parts to keep him in working order, then rejuvenate him with the help of a malfunctioning tanning bed. It's a timeless story, really. If you want some over-the-top spooky fun this month that won't give you nightmares, check it out.

Watch it here on Peacock!

M3GAN (2023)

Though it's not quite as new as Lisa Frankenstein, we're not seeing M3GAN's pop culture hold diminish anytime soon. The Blumhouse and Atomic Monster collaboration is already getting a sequel and a new spinoff film, so now's as good a time as any to go back and see what all the fuss was about... or, if you're like us, rewatch the film for the 20th time. The story of a small, struggling family whose lives are endangered by the titular advanced AI doll, it's a film packed with wit, genuine scares, and of course, those moments that took the internet by storm. Plus, you can choose between the theatrical and unrated cuts.

Watch it here on Peacock!

Jaws (1975)

That's right, just in time for your summer movie needs, Steven Spielberg's legendary classic is on Peacock so you can quote along, cheer along, and scream when that one particular jump scare (you know the one) gets you for the millionth time. There are those who will tell you that Jaws is not a horror film, but we devotees of the genre still proudly claim it because of just how visceral and powerful the scares in the film truly are. It's a movie that freaked out an entire generation, so it has to be considered one of the greatest horror films of all time and one of the best summer blockbusters ever made. Plus, it's the perfect beach trip movie, even if it will have you watching the surf just a little more carefully all day long.

Watch it here on Peacock!

Freaky (2020)

One of the best horror films of the past five years, Freaky is a body swap comedy with a slasher movie's brutal edge, following what happens when a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) swaps bodies with a vicious masked murderer (Vince Vaughn). Hilarity ensues, but so does some really impressive slasher violence, genuine suspense, and surprising emotional resonance. If you love slasher movies and you still haven't seen this one, make it a priority.

Watch it here on Peacock!

The Host (2006)

The films of Bong Joon-ho have a genre-bending feel all their own, and his attempt at a monster movie is no different. The story of a group of people who must contend with the threat of a strange monster inhabiting South Korean's Han River, The Host is satisfyingly scary, playing with a lot of the monster movie tropes we know and love to great effect. But there's more fun to be had here than just the scares. Like all Bong films, The Host has layers, and they just keep revealing themselves the longer you watch.

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 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)

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!

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Later this year, we'll get a new vision of F.W. Murnau's silent horror classic, Nosferatu, courtesy of horror filmmaker Robert Eggers and star Bill Skarsgard. Before that happens, though, you can go back and see what happened when a cinema legend set out to reimagine one of the most important films his home country ever produced. Starring Klaus Kinski in the title role and Isabelle Adjani as the object of his obsession, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre is a beautiful, dread-inducing period film that, like its predecessor, manages to reflect many of the anxieties of the times in which it was made, as well as timeless anxieties that still linger with us now. It's a masterpiece that reimagines a masterpiece, and it's essential viewing for vampire movie fans.

Watch it here on Peacock!

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods holds a special place in the hearts of horror fans who immediately bought in to its comic-terror vibe, and with good reason. It's one of those rare bits of meta-horror that manages to be generally scary, unpredictable, and just plain fun all at the same time. The story of a group of friends who head out to the title cabin only to find themselves locked in a very particular and very frightening simulation of sorts, it's one of those movies that just keeps revealing layers and Easter eggs the more times you watch it. So why not watch it again?

Watch it here on Peacock!

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The film from which pretty much the entire zombie genre has flown, George A. Romero's black and white classic is more than just an important piece of horror history. This intimate story of a group of strangers trying to outlast an undead horde while holed up in a farmhouse is still, nearly six decades later, a truly terrifying experience. From the claustrophobic inside of the farmhouse to the chaotic exteriors to a stunning lead performance by Duane Jones, it's one of the classics of the genre for a reason. All these years later, it's still a startlingly effective movie, and a foundational text in modern horror.

Watch it here on Peacock!

Ginger Snaps (2000)

One of the best werewolf movies ever made, Ginger Snaps expertly blends the terror of turning into a monster with the simple anxiety of growing up. The story of two sisters whose lives are forever changed by a werewolf attack, John Fawcett and Karen Walton's film features wonderful lead performances from Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, some truly unsettling creature effects, and a turn-of-the-millennium sense of humor that's both wonderfully morbid and often shockingly incisive. If you still haven't seen this cult classic, make the time. You'll be glad you did.

Watch it here on Peacock!

The Wailing (2016)

If Asian horror is more your speed, consider this modern Korean classic from director Na Hong-jin. The story of a police officer investigating strange deaths and sickness in a small village, where the secrets to his own family's troubles might also lurk, The Wailing is a sprawling, beautiful piece of horror with tremendous depth. Its runtime might feel imposing, but the more you watch this film, the more you'll get happily lost in its slowly swirling vortex of mysteries and horror, and you'll be rewarded with one of the best horror experience of the 2010s in any language.

Watch it here on Peacock!

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