Ben HaywardOctober 20th
2020

As Halloween approaches, there’s a spooky sense of de ja vu in the air…

Yep, it seems increasingly likely that a fair amount of the UK won’t be able to party the night away in fancy dress as new restrictions on household mixing are imposed to try and curb the spread of coronavirus through the winter. 

So, it looks like turning the lights out and settling on the sofa with a scary movie, some popcorn and a cushion could be the norm for most this year (which sounds petty great to be honest).

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of the Top 10 horror movies you can find on Amazon Prime at the moment (TOTUM members can get a FREE six month subscription plus a £5 voucher if you sign up in October) to help make this Halloween one to remember.

From absolute stone cold classics to little-known gems, there’s something in this little lot to have even the most discerning horror fans hiding behind a cushion… 

Midsommar

It was tempting to put Ari Aster’s other notable horror movie, Hereditary in this list, but it had to be Midsommar

Drawing inspiration from Robin Hardy's 1973 classic, The Wicker Man (famously remade starring Nicolas ‘The bees, not the bees!’ Cage) Midsommar is the story of what promises to be a restorative holiday in the beautiful Swedish countryside following a family tragedy.

Starring Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor as a struggling couple, this fantastically shot tale goes from idyllic to very, very dark as the true reason for their visit is revealed in a jarring finale. 

Ju-On: The Grudge

Over the last 20 years the Ju-On franchise has become home to over a dozen films as well as a Netflix prequel series, but 2002’s The Grudge - featuring both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Bill Pullman sets the standard. 

The story of a deadly curse passed from person to person it’s cold, terrifying, unmistakably eerie, and is as good now as it was 18 years ago.

Come to Daddy

Okay, so this one has slipped under the radar, however if something slightly more off-kilter is what you’re after, look no further than Ant Timpson’s Come to Daddy

Starring Elijah Wood as a young man who tracks down his estranged father (played by Stephen McHattie), the two attempt to bond, but there’s something about the old man which isn’t quite right… 

Full of twists and turns, this one has cult comedy-horror classic written all over it. 

A Quiet Place

One of the single most successful horror movies of the last 10 years, Jim from The Office (John Krasinski) did an incredible job both directing and starring on this one. 

The story of a world stalked by terrifying sound-sensitive creatures in which silence is the only way to survive, lookout for the beautiful use of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon and an incredible performance from Emily Blunt - oh and an unfortunately placed nail… 

Les Diaboliques

Legend has it that this 1955 French psychological horror was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho after the master of suspense watched it and wanted to create soemthing equally as frightening. Now if that isn’t enough of a recommendation I don’t know what is! 

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, the film centres around two women - a man’s wife and mistress - who conspire to murder him. 

However, after the crime is committed a number of strange occurrences begin that pick away at the sanity of the murderers. But - of course - everything is not as it seems… 

Train to Busan

If South Korean zombie cinema is your thing then look no further than Train to Busan.

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho the movie has grossed almost $100 million since its release in 2016 -asnd it's not hard to see why.

Its thoroughly entertaining, non-stop action combined with cutting social commentary is a winning combination. Plus, you know, it’s loads of zombies on a train!

Cabin in the Woods

A thrilling examination of the whole horror genre, Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods also manages to be pretty damn terrifying!

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, the script put together by Goddard and Joss Whedon (who had previously collaborated on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) keeps the movie taught and engrossing while the twist is out of this world… 

Better Watch Out

A horror movie with a Christmas twist for those of you who want to combine your holidays, this Australian thriller premiered at Fantastic Fest back in 2016.

It earned instant buzz at the time - and it’s not hard to see why. What starts out seeming as though it’s going to be a classic ‘babysitter being tormented by psychotic killer’ takes so many turns that you may as well stop trying to second guess what’s going on. 

Gruesome, disturbing and seriously dark, this one will leave you reeling. 

Don't forget to sign up your FREE six month Amazon Prime subscription so you can enjoy one (or all) of these this Halloween.

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