The best horror movies on streaming, according to Rotten Tomatoes

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Looking for a good horror movie to stream this Halloween? Quartz used Just Watch to scour the most US popular subscription-streaming services, so you don’t have to. We looked for the best-reviewed horror movies—with positive reviews from 90% of critics or more on Rotten Tomatoes and scores of 80 or better on Metacritic—streaming now.

There’s a pretty decent selection of critically acclaimed horror movies on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, the latter of which now has a category for Halloween favorites. Premium services like HBO Now and Showtime have some of the better known titles like Jaws and The Blair Witch Project. And niche platforms like Fandor, FilmStruck, and AMC’s Shudder have a lot of the harder-to-find classics like The Wolfman and Eraserhead.

These services range from $4.99 a month (Shudder) to $14.99 a month (HBO Now), and a few, like Vudu and Tubi TV allow you to stream for free—with ads—when you register. Most of them offer free trials that will get you through Halloween, too. (For more on using streaming trials to watch you favorite horror movies for free, check out Quartz’s guide from 2016.)

Best of modern horror

The Babadook (2014) — Netflix, Showtime

An Australian horror hit about a monster that comes from a children’s book.

It Follows (2015) — Netflix

This unique spin on the teen horror genre portrays a young woman who’s followed by a supernatural force after a sexual encounter. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

Raw (2016) — Netflix

A lurid and provocative tale of a vegetarian who eats raw meat for the first time and develops a taste for human flesh.

The Witch (2016) — Amazon Prime

An indie that takes us back to 1600s New England—before the Salem witch trials—where a Puritan family is upended by dark magic. It was the first widely released film from A24, the indie studio behind last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight.

Old-school scares

Nosferatu, A Symphony Of Horror (1922) — Amazon Prime, Fandor, FilmStruck, Shudder

This quintessential silent horror film is one one of the first vampire stories ever told on the silver screen.

Universal Monsters — Shudder

You can find many of the classic monster movies made by Universal Studios from the 1920s through the 1950s, including Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and The Wolf Man (1941), streaming on Shudder, AMC’s horror-streaming service.

Eyes Without at Face (1960) — FilmStruck

The Criterion Collection’s service focused on critically acclaimed films, rare finds, and cult classics has this French film about a surgeon who goes to extreme measures to restore his once-beautiful daughter’s disfigured face.


Rosemary’s Baby (1968) — Starz

Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller about a pregnant woman who thinks an evil cult has nefarious plans for her baby.

The Exorcist (1973) — Cinemax’s MAX GO

There are a few films about exorcisms, but none as terrifying as the 1973 original about the possession and exorcism of a young American girl.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)  HBO Now, HBO Go

A Sundance breakout made on a shoestring budget that follows three film students who get more than they bargained for when they set out to make a documentary about a fabled witch.

Let the Right One In (2008) — Hulu, Shudder

A Swedish romance-horror movie based on a vampire novel of the same name.

Under the Shadow (2016) — Netflix

This Iranian indie isn’t as well known as some of the others on this list, but it scored highly on both Rotten Tomatoes (99%) and Metacritic (84). Netflix picked up the streaming rights at Sundance in 2016.

Sci-fi horror

Eraserhead (1977) — FilmStruck

A surreal black-and-white horror movie by director David Lynch about a man who struggles to survive in an industrial environment with his strangely deformed child.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – Hulu, Epix

A rare, great movie remake, Invasion of the Body Snatchers follows a group of people who find humans are being replaced with alien copies, like the 1956 original it emulates.

The Host (2006) — Netflix, Hulu, Shudder

A movie about a vicious monster in Seoul’s Han River, helmed by Okja director Bong Joon-Ho.


The Night of the Living Dead (1968) — Amazon Prime, Epix, Shudder, Realeyz, Mubi, Vudu (with ads)

The movie that launched the zombie film genre and set the stage for popular shows like The Walking Dead is streaming on a few services right now. It’ll likely be a popular one this Halloween, since director George A. Romero passed away this year.

Evil Dead 2 (1987) — Shudder

The original Evil Dead isn’t included with any the major subscription services right now, but the second chapter of Sam Raimi’s zombie franchise is on Shudder.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) — Showtime

Edgar Wright’s beloved zombie comedy, starring Simon Pegg.

The Best Picture winner

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) — Hulu, Tubi TV (with ads)

This psychological thriller about a young FBI agent who turns to a serial killer for help on a case swept at the Oscars in 1992, winning Best Picture and earning director Jonathan Demme, writer Ted Tally, and stars Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster awards for their roles.

Creature features

Jaws (1975) — Netflix, Showtime

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning thriller about a man-eating great white shark.

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) —Amazon Prime, Epix, Realeyz, Tubi TV (with ads)

A dark comedy about a plant that feeds on people. The 1986 rock-musical remake—also a classic—is now on Hulu.