There's a universal thrill in being scared - particularly when there's no actual danger involved.
And what better way to indulge your taste for the pants-fillingly frightening than to dim the lights, curl up on the couch and watch a horror film? Thankfully, the days of having to venture out to the video shop or cross your fingers that something suitable is on are over - there's a horrifying wealth of scary movies available at your fingertips on streaming services.
Here, you'll find the Stuff team's pick of Amazon Prime's horror movie selection. There's sure to be something in here that'll put the willies up you.
Searching for scares on a different streaming service? We've got you covered:
A glossy teen horror tale that has spawned god-knows-how-many sequels, Final Destination comes with a killer (no pun intended) premise: if you somehow cheat death and avoid your predestined fate, it’s just a bump in the road – the grim reaper will always get you in the end.
This setup leads to some of the most imaginative death scenes in the teen horror genre. With the killer being the universe itself rather than some cleaver-wielding masked maniac, there are countless interesting ways for these kids to die – and discovering how these fresh-faced ingenues will come to their sticky ends is this film’s real hook.
This blood-splatterd space shocker could easily be titled Dead Space: The Movie – if not for the fact that it came out 10 years before the horror gaming classic. The plot's much the same, with Sam Neill's motley crew of space jockeys investigating an apparently deserted spacecraft on the outer reaches of the solar system and unearthing all manner of hellspawn aboard it.
So, another unoriginal B-movie clinging on to Alien's coat-tails? Not exactly. The things aboard the starship Event Horizon are grotesque enough to lift it above inferior rivals, and make it more of a horror film set in space than a sci-fi with a horror theme. So don't watch it on your own. Or just before boarding a deserted starship.
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
This lavish movie made a child star out of Kirsten Dunst and further established Brad Pitt as a true Hollywood A-lister, but it’s Tom Cruise, playing against type as ruthless, decadent vampire Lestat, who steals the show.
Based on the novel by Anne Rice, it’s fair to say that Interview with the Vampire did much to establish the “sexy, angst-ridden vampire” trope that has since become a staple of film and TV – there’d be no Twilight or True Blood without Interview with the Vampire, for better or worse. But this isn't just some romanticised depiction of the conflicted, beautiful children of the night, and it doesn’t shy away from violence and horror at points.
The Conjuring 2
Got ghost problems? Who you gonna call? Ghostbus...Lorraine and Ed Warren, that’s who you call. After fighting evil in the first part, the second part doesn’t disappoint either. This time around, our lovely couple travel to Enfield, North London where they meet Peggy Hodgson, a single mother of four who is suffering from ghost problems. Usual stuff.
Things get crazy after the youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession. This slowly spreads to the mother and then the Warrens.
If you’re accustomed to power outages, this won't scare you as much because the only thing scarier than a dark figure lurking in the shadows is losing your unsaved work in a split second.
The plot revolves around a few people who are being haunted by a mysterious figure that shows up only when the lights are… well...out. Pretty lame, right? But don’t let this fool you. Lights out is a total pant-soiler when you watch it in the dark with headphones on. We don't recommend this for the faint-hearted.
Let’s play a game of visit to the dark side or whatever side it is where dead people go. Insidious has a bad habit of constantly taking people to a place where you can’t enter in a flesh body. Die and you get entry. Not your average club line you see.
But some people like Elise Rainier have special abilities to go in and contact spirits. Clearly not much goes well when you try to do that. This time, Elise Rainier uses her ability to help a teenage girl who’s being haunted by these malicious evil spirits when she tries to call out to her dead mother. And like always, her mother is not reachable but some very scary spirits heed the call and start piggybacking on the little girl.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Maybe you cannot build a bunker in your city, specially if you’re in Mumbai but Howard, a guy from rural Louisiana takes in a girl Michelle inside his underground bunker after he finding her unconscious.
He tells her they cannot leave because there has been a nuclear attack by either Russians, North Koreans, or Martians and everyone is dead or zombie-fied. After successfully running away, she comes face-to-face with the truth and it turns out to be something beyond her wildest imagination. You might just start digging an underground bunker after watching this movie.
To say too much about Rosemary’s Baby would spoil it but let’s be very clear, it’s not all antenatal classes and choosing which colour to decorate the nursery. When young couple Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into a new apartment block they decide to start a family, despite warnings about the building’s murky past.
Farrow’s BAFTA-winning performance is a masterclass in how to shock and unsettle an audience without resorting to the blood, guts or projectile vomiting that films like The Exorcist relied on.