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The best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video in 2022

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Amazon Prime offers a huge selection of horror films from more than a century of cinema history. There’s everything from influential classics to new releases. Here are the top ten horror movies to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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carrie

With carrie, director Brian De Palma has the distinction of making the first ever adaptation of Stephen King, and quite possibly the best. Bringing King’s debut novel to life, De Palma tells the story of outcast teenager Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), whose telekinetic powers make her a danger to everyone around her. De Palma captures the casual cruelty of Carrie’s classmates, and Spacek makes Carrie both likeable and terrifying. It culminates in an intense, brutal finale that is a marvel of depth and tension.

child’s play

Killer doll Chucky’s journey to becoming a horror icon began with her first appearance in child’s play. Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif, wasn’t quite the scathing superstar he later became, but director Tom Holland and franchise creator Don Mancini are making the most of his limited screen time. A serial killer’s doll is really scary as he terrorizes 8-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), especially since no one Andy believes his harmless-looking doll is out to kill him.

scary show 2

Although it’s not the horror classic of the first scary show, scary show 2 is a solid sequel to the anthology films based on Stephen King stories. The segments here show a wooden Native American statue brought to life to wreak vengeance; a mysterious slime creature terrorizing teenagers by a lake; and a woman tormented by the ghost of a man she accidentally killed with her car. The Hitchhiker is the strongest of these segments, but all three capture the vintage pulp horror feel King and George Romero established in the first film.

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dark water

An underrated highlight of the American trend of remaking Japanese horror films, dark water Stars Jennifer Connelly as a mother in the process of an ugly divorce who moves into a run-down apartment with her young daughter. In the apartment, of course, it is haunted dark water is as much about the struggle as a single mother and the failure of community services as it is about the ghostly presence in the main character’s musty, spooky apartment building.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

The sequel to Clive Barkers Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II is actually the highlight of the long-running franchise, giving Doug Bradley’s iconic villain Pinhead more screen time while taking on a more surreal tone. It delves deeper into the horrifying hellscape inhabited by Pinhead and his fellow cenobites, and depicts the dark, sadistic horrors they inflict on victims who open the puzzle box known as the Lament Configuration.

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oculus

A mirror might not sound like a particularly scary object, but director Mike Flanagan makes it a source of bewildering horror in his breakout film oculus. Karen Gillan gives an entertaining, off-kilter performance of a woman who believes a cursed mirror is to blame for the tragedy that befell her family. Determined to destroy the mirror, she and her brother are drawn back in as Flanagan thrillingly blurs the lines between past and present, between reality and dreams.

Paranormal Activity

Though it’s spawned a repetitive franchise and many pesky imitators, the original is Paranormal Activity is one of the strongest examples of found footage horror. Director Oren Peli puts a new twist on a well-known haunted house story by setting it in a prefabricated suburban home and having his main characters document their supernatural investigations.

The mythology becomes convoluted as the series progresses, but this first film explores both domestic tensions and demonic possession with equally ruthless effectiveness.

Rosemary’s baby

Mia Farrow experiences an amplified version of her fears of impending motherhood in Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s baby. Pregnant young woman Rosemary (Farrow) feels isolated and alone in her New York City apartment, while her actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) is increasingly preoccupied and distant. Polanski brilliantly builds on Rosemary’s fear and suspicion, which proves more than justified when she learns the truth about her menacingly helpful neighbors.

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Holy Maud

Filmmaker Rose Glass’s debut film, Holy Maud focuses on the horrors of religious devotion. The title character (Morfydd Clark) is a nurse who has experienced a spiritual awakening, and she takes a job taking care of a wealthy, terminally ill former dance star (Jennifer Ehle). Maud tries to convert her patient by any means necessary, and Clark conveys the startling intensity of her religious fervor. That passion eventually turns deadly, in a startling and hauntingly beautiful climax.

suspiracy

The 2018 remake of the cult classic from Italian director Dario Argento suspiracy takes the story in an even more impressionistic, hallucinatory direction. The film shows Dakota Johnson as a seemingly naïve young American who comes to study at a dark dance school in Berlin. Director Luca Guadagnino creates a haunting film about ambition, jealousy and bizarre cult activities.


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