With Halloween steadily creeping up on us (only 15 days until the big day, kiddies!), you may be on the hunt for some great horror movies to enjoy for the duration of the month (sure, most of us watch genre movies year-round, but it somehow feels more special during the Halloween season). Over the last few weeks, our “From Streams to Screams” series has offered up hundreds of streaming suggestions—everything from vampires and werewolves to the supernatural to anthological horror to even films that will leave you saying, “WTF?” once they're over.
So for today’s “From Streams to Screams,” this writer thought it was the perfect time to celebrate all of the great horror movies that have come out over the last 20 years, proving that while they may not make them like they used to, there are still plenty of filmmakers creating great genre fare that are well worth your time.
Check out this rundown of 66 different contemporary horror classics, and I hope you find some new favorite movies amongst these most excellent titles.
Suspiria (2018) (Available on Amazon Prime)
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Little Monsters (2019) (Available on Hulu)
A film dedicated to all the kindergarten teachers who motivate children to learn, instill them with confidence and stop them from being devoured by zombies.
The Lords of Salem (Available on Tubi TV)
When a local DJ plays a mysterious record from "The Lords," evil forces from a Salem, Massachusetts legend unleash terror upon the modern-day town.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Available on Shudder)
In this clever mockumentary, a camera crew follows an aspiring slasher movie killer.
American Psycho (Available on Netflix)
With chiseled good looks that belie his insanity, a businessman takes pathological pride in yuppie pursuits and indulges in sudden homicidal urges.
The Innkeepers (Available on Amazon Prime)
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inn's final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" begin to experience strange and alarming events.
Beyond the Gates (Available on Hulu)
Dice turn deadly when two brothers fight to survive a nightmarish role-playing game run by a sinister host (Barbara Crampton) in this throwback thriller.
The Sixth Sense (Available on Netflix)
When a 9-year-old boy inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of a child psychologist who’s determined to uncover the truth.
Darkness Falls (Available on Amazon Prime)
A young man, considered crazy by everyone in town, except for his childhood girlfriend and her little brother, is put to the ultimate test when he becomes the only thing that stands between a legendary evil and the little brother.
It Follows (Available on Vudu)
After a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe of THE GUEST) suddenly finds herself trapped by a vicious curse - someone or something is following her, and the only way to save herself is to put others in harm's way.
As Above, So Below (Available on Netflix)
A beautiful tomb raider and her crew hunt for treasure in the catacombs of Paris and find themselves in a hellish underworld.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Available on Tubi TV)
Three scouts on their last camp outing team up with a cocktail waitress to save their peaceful town from an invasion of the undead.
Hereditary (Available on Amazon Prime)
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
Train to Busan (Available on Netflix)
As a zombie outbreak sweeps the country, a dad and his daughter take a harrowing train journey in an attempt to reach the only city that’s still safe.
Belzebuth (Available on Shudder)
Shocking deaths on the US/Mexico border lead a special agent toward an ancient demon.
The Witch (Available on Netflix)
Believing that a witch has cursed their family, pilgrims homesteading on the edge of a primeval New England forest become increasingly paranoid.
Paranormal Activity 2 (Available on Hulu)
Just as Dan and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare.
Lake Mungo (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
When sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam, her family experiences a series of strange events leading them to discover that Alice led a secret, double life.
Almost Human (Available on Hulu)
A quiet night on the outskirts of a small town in Maine is interrupted when Seth (Graham Skipper) witnesses his best friend Mark (Josh Ethier) vanish in a brilliant flash of blue light. Two years later, Seth is still dealing with the fallout from the freaky incident, amid local suspicion that he is to blame for his friend's disappearance. When a string of grisly murders disrupts the community, Seth believes Mark has returned. Together with Mark's ex-girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh), he races to find out if their friend is responsible — or if something beyond their understanding is unfolding before them.
The Hole in the Ground (Available on Amazon Prime)
A woman suspects that her son, who returned home after disappearing in the woods, is an imposter.
Insidious (Available on Netflix)
Hoping to leave their haunted house behind, a suburban family moves to a new place, only to learn that their home wasn’t haunted…but their eldest son is.
Hagazussa (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime)
In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.
The Ruins (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu & Tubi TV)
Based on the terrifying best-seller by Scott Smith, "The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins.
Gerald’s Game (Available on Netflix)
When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie – handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house – faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.
Hell House LLC (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
On October 8th, 2009 a haunted house attraction opened its doors to the public in upstate New York. The entire crew was found dead, except for one. Five years later a documentary crew found her...and the video footage from inside the house.
Saw (Available on Hulu)
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Saw II (Available on Hulu)
A detective and his team must rescue eight people trapped in a factory by the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw.
Saw VI (Available on Hulu)
Hoffman emerges as the next heir to Jigsaw's twisted legacy.
Hush (Available on Netflix)
A deaf writer who retreated to the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.
Gravy (Available on Amazon Prime)
It's Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements invades a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what's on the menu... and who will survive until morning!
The Barn (2016) (Available on Amazon Prime & Tubi TV)
Halloween 1989. Sam and Josh are enjoying what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating from high school. Trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert. They find an old abandoned barn and awaken the evil that lurks inside. It's up to Sam and Josh to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within "The Barn".
Knife + Heart (Available on Shudder)
Paris, 1979. Someone is brutally murdering the cast of a gay porn in this stylish new vision of queer horror.
Await Further Instructions (Available on Netflix)
A family tense reunion turns terrifying when they get trapped in their home by an unknown force, and sinister commands begin appearing on their TV.
One Cut of the Dead (Available on Shudder)
While shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned warehouse, the crew find themselves caught actual zombies and a mad director who won’t stop rolling.
100 Bloody Acres (Available on Amazon Prime)
100 Bloody Acres is an inspired horror-comedy about the Morgan brothers, Reg and Lindsay, who have bolstered their organic fertilizer business by adding a novel ingredient to their secret blend: human blood and bones. Until now the brothers have relied on the dead victims of car accidents, but unfortunately it's been months since their last find and a customer is impatiently waiting for delivery.
I Trapped the Devil (Available on Hulu)
After trapping what he believes to be the devil, a man caught in a spiral of paranoia, trauma and evil unravels when his estranged family shows up for Christmas.
The Collector (Available on Shudder & Amazon Prime & Vudu & Tubi TV)
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
Emelie (Available on Netflix)
A suburban couple hires a new sitter to watch their three kids for the night, unaware that the young woman isn’t who she claims to be.
Ju-On: The Grudge (2004) (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
An evil spirit remains after a family is murdered in their home. When an unknowing home-care worker awakens it, a terrifying chain of events begin.
Absentia (Available on Tubi TV)
Disturbing visions haunt a pregnant woman as she begins to link a mysterious tunnel to the sudden disappearance of her husband years earlier.
Stitches (Available on Netflix)
In this deliriously twisted slasher comedy, vile and foul-mouthed hired clown Stitches meets an untimely end thanks to a party prank gone horribly - and hilariously - awry. Years later, he returns from the grave, ready for revenge...
The Gift (2001) (Available on Amazon Prime)
Widow and mother of three, Annie Wilson makes her living by foretelling others' futures...though her own has become cloudier than even she can see.
The Furies (Available on Shudder)
Stranded in the middle of nowhere, Kayla becomes an unwilling participant in a dangerous game.
Creep (Available on Netflix)
When a cash-strapped videographer takes a job in a remote mountain town, he finds that the client has some unsettling ideas in mind.
Creep 2 (Available on Netflix)
A video artist finds the perfect character for a sensational piece, but the subject of her dreams soon reveals his insidious side.
Cooties (Available on Hulu)
Elementary-school teachers (Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson) come under attack from children who have been turned into vicious monsters by contaminated chicken nuggets.
John Dies at the End (Available on Vudu)
A new drug promises out of body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion is underway. Can two misfits stop the oncoming horror?
The Wailing (Available on Shudder)
In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals - suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers - unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.
American Mary (Available on Tubi TV)
A medical student who can't make ends meet in her profession succumbs to a grisly shadow world of off-the-grid surgeries and warped body modification.
Under the Shadow (Available on Netflix)
During the Iran-Iraq conflict, a Tehran woman caring for her daughter while her husband is at war is gradually convinced that evil spirits are at work.
Tigers Are Not Afraid (Available on Shudder)
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents.
Pyewacket (Available on Hulu)
When you're dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for... A teenager's death curse plunges her into an unholy occult nightmare. From the director of Backcountry.
You’re Next (Available on Vudu & Tubi TV)
A family anniversary getaway turns bloody when a group of masked intruders attack, but one victim refuses to go down without a fight.
Honeymoon (Available on Hulu)
Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.
The Loved Ones (Available on Tubi TV)
This twisted, horrific tale of teen romance gone awry pleased audiences and critics alike with its melding of horror and teen genres. When Lola Stone's prom invitation is rejected by her secret crush, her dad kidnaps him and, together, father and daughter throw their own terrifying prom.
A Quiet Place (Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime)
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Shadow of the Vampire (Available on Amazon Prime & Vudu & Tubi TV)
During the filming of director Murnau's (Malkovich) vampire movie, the cast and crew begin to disappear and suspect that the actor (Dafoe) who plays the vampire may not be acting after all.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Available on Netflix)
Relaxing in your cabin is tough when screaming teens keep mistaking you for a backwoods killer. Awkward.
Pulse (2001) (Available on Tubi TV)
Japanese teens investigate a series of suicides linked to a sinister website promising visitors the opportunity to reach the dead.
The Woman in Black (Available on Amazon Prime)
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman out to seek vengeance.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Available on Netflix)
A father-son team of small-town coroners performs an autopsy on an unidentified woman with mysterious injuries and a terrifying secret.
The Den (Available on Hulu)
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.
Husk (Available on Tubi TV)
A flock of crows hit the windshield of a car, forcing the group of passengers to seek help at a cornfield where they’ll be supernaturally sacrificed.
The Taking of Deborah Logan (Available on Shudder)
A film crew documents a woman’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, only to discover something else at play.
Bite (Available on Amazon Prime)
While on her bachelorette party getaway, bride-to be Casey (Elma Begovic) gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding... but before she's able to, she starts exhibiting insect-like traits.
Bubba Ho-Tep (Available on Tubi TV)
This cult favorite stars Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell as an aging (still-alive) Elvis who joins forces with a fellow nursing home resident who believes he's President Kennedy (Ossie Davis) to fight a mummy who wants to steal the souls of the elderly.
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