The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime – Vulture

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Suspiria. Photo: Amazon Studios

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Amazon Prime is one of the better streaming services for horror fans (and that’s even before you add on the essential Shudder service for a little extra blood and guts). Someone over at Amazon HQ is clearly a fan of the genre, because there are an unusually abundant number of quality films on the service that will make you double check that the doors are locked at night when you’re done watching. Here are the 40 best of them. Sleep tight.

An American Werewolf in London

John Landis is widely recognized as a comedy guy because of films like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, but he also pioneered horror with projects like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and this make-up masterpiece, a movie that holds up today because of its emphasis on incredible practical effects. David Naughton and Griffin Dunner play a pair of American backpackers who travel to England and discover that werewolves are very real. The original tagline: “From the director of Animal House…A different kind of animal.”

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Remember how f-ed up Mandy was? Well, this is from the same director, and arguably even more insane. Panos Cosmatos’s feature debut takes place at a remote institute where people are trying to rip apart the very fabric of time and space. A crazy doctor has kidnapped a telepathic girl and…you know, there’s no point in describing this movie. You just need to experience it.

Big Bad Wolves

Three Israeli adults have abducted a teacher whom they believe has committed a horrible rape and murder of a young girl in the woods. This black comedy/thriller earned raves on the fest circuit after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. It’s smart and twisting in its clever narrative to such a degree that Quentin Tarantino actually named it the best film of 2013.

Climax

No one makes movies like Gaspar Noé. The director of Enter the Void and Irreversible delivered one of his most unforgettable experiences in this mindfuck that starts out like a joyous dance party and becomes a waking nightmare. Largely improvised and containing visual flourishes like a single 42-minute take, this is the kind of movie you can’t really explain. You just need to experience it.

Coherence