Primal Horror Movies

First, do you have Amazon Prime Video?

In this episode I rattle off short previews of horror movies included in the Amazon Prime Video membership. I subscribe and I watch a lot of my horror movies on there. It’s amazing. I was not paid to share that!

I hope to do more of these posts for other services like Netflix, stay tuned. Here’s a sample search pasted from IMDB of some of the great horror films on Prime. I mention a lot of them in this show.

The Amityville Horror

1. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

28 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James BrolinMargot KidderRod SteigerDon Stroud

Votes: 32,814 | Gross: $86.43M

A Quiet Place

2. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily BluntJohn KrasinskiMillicent SimmondsNoah Jupe

Votes: 325,056 | Gross: $188.02M

The Strangers: Prey at Night

3. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

R | 85 min | Horror

48 Metascore

A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: Christina HendricksMartin HendersonBailee MadisonLewis Pullman

Votes: 22,921 | Gross: $24.43M


4. Mother! (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Jennifer LawrenceJavier BardemEd HarrisMichelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 164,636 | Gross: $17.80M

Stake Land

5. Stake Land (2010)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Connor PaoloNick DamiciKelly McGillisGregory Jones

Votes: 39,093 | Gross: $0.02M


6. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason LeighTessa ThompsonBenedict Wong

Votes: 239,937 | Gross: $32.73M

Bone Tomahawk

7. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town’s doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt RussellPatrick WilsonMatthew FoxRichard Jenkins

Votes: 73,769


8. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle BerryPenélope CruzRobert Downey Jr.Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 101,611 | Gross: $59.69M

The Exorcist III

9. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. ScottEd FlandersBrad DourifJason Miller

Votes: 22,403 | Gross: $26.10M

Children of the Corn

10. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter HortonLinda HamiltonR.G. ArmstrongJohn Franklin

Votes: 43,566 | Gross: $14.57M

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald SutherlandBrooke AdamsJeff GoldblumVeronica Cartwright

Votes: 47,278 | Gross: $24.95M

The Stakelander

12. The Stakelander (2016)

TV-MA | 81 min | Action, Drama, Horror


When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him.

Directors: Dan BerkRobert Olsen | Stars: Connor PaoloNick DamiciLaura AbramsenA.C. Peterson

Votes: 2,791

Rosemary's Baby

13. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia FarrowJohn CassavetesRuth GordonSidney Blackmer

Votes: 174,017

Night of the Living Dead

14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane JonesJudith O’DeaKarl HardmanMarilyn Eastman

Votes: 106,902 | Gross: $0.09M


15. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror


Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max SchreckAlexander GranachGustav von WangenheimGreta Schröder

Votes: 81,999

Goodnight Mommy

16. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.

Directors: Severin FialaVeronika Franz | Stars: Lukas SchwarzElias SchwarzSusanne WuestHans Escher

Votes: 37,007 | Gross: $1.17M

Ginger Snaps

17. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Emily PerkinsKatharine IsabelleKris LemcheMimi Rogers

Votes: 38,752 | Gross: $0.00M

Long Weekend

18. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller


When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John HargreavesBriony BehetsMike McEwenRoy Day

Votes: 3,568

Turbo Kid

19. Turbo Kid (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.

Directors: François SimardAnouk WhissellYoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Munro ChambersLaurence LeboeufMichael IronsideEdwin Wright

Votes: 24,329 | Gross: $0.05M

Willow Creek

20. Willow Creek (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend – the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North … See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Alexie GilmoreBryce JohnsonLaura MontagnaBucky Sinister

Votes: 9,575

Final Girl

21. Final Girl (2015)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller


A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. Later she is approached by a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins.

Director: Tyler Shields | Stars: Abigail BreslinWes BentleyLogan HuffmanAlexander Ludwig

Votes: 12,697

The Return of the Living Dead

22. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O’Bannon | Stars: Clu GulagerJames KarenDon CalfaThom Mathews

Votes: 50,120 | Gross: $14.24M

House on Haunted Hill

23. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery


A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent PriceCarol OhmartRichard LongAlan Marshal

Votes: 20,663

The House on Pine Street

24. The House on Pine Street (2015)

111 min | Drama, Horror


A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.

Directors: Aaron KeelingAustin Keeling | Stars: Emily GossTaylor BottlesCathy BarnettJim Korinke

Votes: 1,797


25. Afflicted (2013)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

Directors: Derek LeeClif Prowse | Stars: Clif ProwseDerek LeeMichael GillBaya Rehaz

Votes: 20,392 | Gross: $0.12M

We Are What We Are

26. We Are What We Are (2013)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Bill SageAmbyr ChildersJulia GarnerWyatt Russell

Votes: 18,607 | Gross: $0.08M

The Midnight Meat Train

27. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie JonesBradley CooperLeslie BibbBrooke Shields

Votes: 56,263 | Gross: $0.08M

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

28. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.

Director: Scott Glosserman | Stars: Nathan BaeselAngela GoethalsZelda RubinsteinRobert Englund

Votes: 20,066 | Gross: $0.07M

What Lies Beneath

29. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison FordMichelle PfeifferKatharine TowneMiranda Otto

Votes: 111,482 | Gross: $155.46M

Carnival of Souls

30. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery


After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace HilligossFrances FeistSidney BergerArt Ellison

Votes: 18,234


31. Animal (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama


When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator.

Director: Brett Simmons | Stars: Joey Lauren AdamsElizabeth GilliesPaul IaconoThorsten Kaye

Votes: 5,947

The Reef

32. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror


A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-HowlingGyton GrantleyAdrienne PickeringZoe Naylor

Votes: 15,620

Wake Wood

33. Wake Wood (2009)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller


The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.

Director: David Keating | Stars: Aidan GillenEva BirthistleTimothy SpallElla Connolly

Votes: 7,582

I Spit on Your Grave

34. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sarah ButlerJeff BransonAndrew HowardDaniel Franzese

Votes: 69,817 | Gross: $0.09M

Dog Soldiers

35. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller


A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean PertweeKevin McKiddEmma CleasbyLiam Cunningham

Votes: 52,236


36. Dreamscape (1984)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror


A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Dennis QuaidMax von SydowChristopher PlummerEddie Albert

Votes: 12,816 | Gross: $11.48M

The Alchemist Cookbook

37. The Alchemist Cookbook (2016)

82 min | Drama, Horror

73 Metascore

Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.

Director: Joel Potrykus | Stars: Ty HicksonAmari CheatomFiji

Votes: 931

The Love Witch

38. The Love Witch (2016)

Unrated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Samantha RobinsonJeffrey Vincent PariseLaura WaddellGian Keys

Votes: 9,939 | Gross: $0.23M


39. Borderland (2007)

R | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller


On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult.

Director: Zev Berman | Stars: Brian PresleyJake MuxworthyRider StrongBeto Cuevas

Votes: 9,032

Child's Play

40. Child’s Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine HicksChris SarandonAlex VincentBrad Dourif

Votes: 80,278 | Gross: $33.24M


41. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew RobinsonClare HigginsAshley LaurenceSean Chapman

Votes: 93,981 | Gross: $14.56M

Most Beautiful Island

42. Most Beautiful Island (2017)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

Director: Ana Asensio | Stars: Ana AsensioNatasha RomanovaDavid LittleNicholas Tucci

Votes: 2,515

The Dark Half

43. The Dark Half (1993)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A writer’s fictional alter ego wants to take over his life…at any price.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Timothy HuttonAmy MadiganMichael RookerJulie Harris

Votes: 14,695 | Gross: $9.58M