20 of the Best Horror Movies You Can Stream on HBO Max
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Nothing kicks off the Halloween season better than a good horror movie to get you screaming! Turn the lights down to set the mood, snuggle up with your favorite blanket and bring out the candy corn for a frightful night. If you are a Halloween fan (you probably already know what your Halloween costume will be) you might be looking to add a new horror movie to your collection. Browse through and find the best horror movies on HBO Max. We’ve rounded up a variety of scary thrills, from creepy clowns to masked killers and more. There are psychological scares like The Shining, all-time classics such as Godzilla, King of the Monsters, as well as flesh-eating plants in Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. Just be prepared to jump at any creaking noise or shadow around the house as there’s a good chance you’ll be spooked for the rest of the night.
Scary movies are not for everyone though, so if you want peaceful sleep or if the kids also want to join in on the Halloween fun, we suggest opting out of this list and going for these kid-friendly Halloween movies. These movies celebrate everything great about Halloween without you jolting out of your seat.
So whether you are rewatching some of your faves, seeing new ones for the first time or just binge watching this whole movie list on HBO Max, there’s tons of Halloween fun to go around.
The Shining (1980)
When writer Jack Torrance goes to an isolated hotel in the middle of winter with his family after experiencing writer’s block, his son begins to see horrific forebodings. Soon after, Jack becomes manic, leading the family into heightened fright.
Stephen King’s It (1990)
Every 27 years, an evil awakens that terrorizes the town’s children. This time, a group of childhood friends reunite in Derry, Maine and to come face to face with this nightmare once again known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
After the nuclear bombings in Japan, the mammoth sea monster Godzilla awakens and terrorizes Tokyo.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Known for his gloves with knife blades, Freddy Krueger is out to terrorize a group of teenagers by visiting and killing them in their dreams.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
A sequel to The Shining, Dan Torrance who has psychic abilities is now an adult who wants to help a teen girl who has a similar gift. In Doctor Sleep, Dan tries to protect her from a cult that seeks immortality and preys on others with these supernatural abilities.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Freddy Krueger is no longer a threat when the town becomes less afraid of him. To regain his power, he recruits murderer Jason Voorhees to spark fear and killings once again. Eventually, these two find themselves battling one another in a fight over victims.
Friday the 13th (2009)
A group of college students go missing when taking a trip to Camp Crystal Lake, a site with a history of murders. Weeks later, a young man named Clay Miller goes into this eerie forest in search of his sister and confronts the ruthless killer, Jason Voorhees.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
After losing his faith and performing fake exorcisms, a feigned minister records his last exorcism to expose his fraud. He goes to a farmer seeking help for his daughter and discovers a vile evil lurking within her.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Seymour, a nerdy orphan, spends his days working at a flower shop and dreaming about his crush, Audrey. One day, he finds a strange plant that attracts tons of customers which helps the struggling store and earns him approval from Audrey. The only issue is that the plant seems to have a growing appetite for blood. Half horror movie, half comedy, fully entertaining.
This horror movie is about two men that fall victim to the killer known as Jigsaw. They wake up in a run-down bathroom chained to pipes and are forced to go along with his maniacal games.
Grace Collier, who is a reporter, witnesses a murder right from her window. She calls the police, but they don’t believe her story. After getting nowhere, Grace decides to solve the crime on her own.
Five-year-old Carol Anne begins communicating with ghosts through her television screen. It all seems innocent until the ghosts and their demon leader kidnap the toddler, leaving her family in shambles trying to save her.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
When a team of experts head to Antarctica in search of a pyramid beneath the ice, they soon discover a prehistoric civilization and get caught in a murderous battle between the creatures that lurk below, the Predators and the Aliens.
Don’t Let Go (2019)
Get ready for a lot of suspense. In this muder mystery, a detective receives a call from his niece, who was recently murdered. He has to work to uncover exactly what happened … and time is not on his side.
Just one year after Sidney’s mom was murdered, a serial killer targets Sidney and her friends by making them play along in his wicked games, throwing the whole town into a freenzy.
The Blob (1958)
After Steve Andrews and his girlfriend see a meteor hit Earth, they start to investigate. As a result, they find a farmer who has a blob of protoplasm stuck to his arm. This small blob eventually devours the farmer and puts the rest of the town at serious risk.
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A group of teens tries to cover up accidentally killing a man after a night of partying. A year later, they find themselves being stalked by a killer.
I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987)
In this comedy-horror film, a drug dealer gets pushed into toxic water by a group of teenagers. He then turns into a zombie, leaving the teenagers scrambling to find a way to defeat him.
After a woman gets into a severe motorcycle accident, she needs an extreme surgical procedure. When she wakes from her coma, she is thirsty for blood and infects others with her rabid bite.
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