The Finest Horror Films on HBO Max

Making an attempt to conjure up a brand new scary film to observe on HBO Max? The Warner Bros. streamer hosts a bunch of nice horror flicks, from immediately recognizable classics, like The Shining, to some more moderen entries to the style, like 2020’s Vince Vaughn-led slasher Freaky.

Listed below are the tales it’s best to find time for on HBO Max. All these movies acquired usually favorable evaluations or higher, in response to Metacritic.

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Now that Common is engaged on not one, however three model new Exorcist films, it is time to jog your reminiscence in regards to the terrifying occasions within the authentic. Ellen Burstyn stars as a mom (she’s additionally reprising her function within the new movies) who enlists the assistance of a priest to assist her possessed 12-year-old daughter, Regan. The totally scary flick additionally received an Oscar for greatest tailored screenplay.

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Love psychological horror films? Wait until this flick comes knocking. The Night time Home properties in on a lady (Rebecca Corridor) who’s grieving after the demise of her husband. As she uncovers a darkish thriller, she begins to query what she thought she knew about her marriage. This haunting film is a standout in HBO Max’s horror portfolio.


In case you have not but been launched to well-groomed funding banker Patrick Bateman, it is time to pull out your corporation card and get acquainted. Parts of darkish comedy, thriller and horror are on show on this movie, a satire of late ’80s extra that stars Christian Bale as a rich younger skilled with murderous hobbies. Tune in for blood-splattered scenes and a dedicated efficiency from Bale.

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When this adaptation of the traditional Stephen King novel hit theaters in 2017, it had moviegoers like me trying twice at storm drains and dreading purple balloons. With a forged of intrepid children and a number of coronary heart, it makes a compelling case for extra supernatural coming-of-age tales. And a powerful case in opposition to clowns. 

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In 28 Days Later, protagonist Jim (a pre-Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma to seek out the world has gone by means of a horrifying shake-up. It is much like the start of one other post-apocalyptic story, The Strolling Lifeless, besides as an alternative of a actuality that includes slow-moving zombies, this flick options virus-infected people which might be quick and crammed with rage. Yeah, Rick Grimes had it simple. Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this tense horror movie is crucial viewing.

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David Lynch’s first feature-length movie will make you’re feeling such as you’re in a bizzare nightmare. The 90-minute black-and-white horror flick is full of odd sounds and imagery, and the result’s extremely eerie. Do not even get me began on the primary character’s freakish, otherworldly-looking “child” (that’s oddly nonetheless sort of cute?). There are messages about males and parenthood right here, however setting apart the larger image, Eraserhead’s surreal world is totally price a go to. 

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Night time of the Dwelling Lifeless (1968)

George Romero’s first horror movie is a simple advice. A bunch of survivors take refuge in a home whereas members of the undead swarm outdoors. The influential flick is commonly considered the primary fashionable zombie film, and whereas it might not serve up Freddy Krueger-level frights, you may be drawn in by the characters on the heart of its story. You are going to need to go away the door open for this one (however within the case of an precise apocalypse, hold it very, very shut).

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A Nightmare on Elm Avenue (1984)

You may’t go flawed with A Nightmare on Elm Avenue. The long-lasting ’80s slasher from Wes Craven is streaming on HBO Max together with most of its sequels, so a marathon could also be so as. The primary movie follows teenager Nancy Thompson and her mates who start to dream about the identical man — a disfigured, sweater-wearing villain who wields blades on one hand. Get your binge on, and good luck attempting to sleep tonight.

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This recently-released horror comedy might not seize your consideration from the start, however in the event you stick round lengthy sufficient to see Vince Vaughn’s immaculate portrayal of a young person caught in a serial killer’s physique, you may see why it is included right here. In true slasher kind, the film racks up numerous lifeless our bodies earlier than it runs its course. If that is one thing you possibly can abdomen, and also you desire a extra enjoyable and fluffy flick, look no additional than Freaky.