The Scariest Horror Movies to Watch this August
Among the various streaming services out there, Amazon Prime is one of the best providing services for horror fans. From the classics to newer, more frightening horror films, Amazon Prime has it all. Whether you’re looking for zombies, vampires, werewolves, or more realistic horror films, like slashers or serial killers, there is much to choose from. This list will shorten your time endlessly scrolling through to find the best horror, and have you sitting in bed waiting for the movie to begin, all you have to do is press play.
The Crazies (2010), Zombie Horror
Starting off the list is this remake of the original horror movie released in 1973. It is fair to say most remakes are not worth putting on a list of the best horror films to watch. However, this one is the exception. While the story is not a direct zombie horror movie, the themes throughout the film make it seem suspiciously like a zombie movie in disguise. The concept is simple and straightforward… a deadly virus turns ordinary individuals into crazy killers. The story follows the sheriff, his wife, and the deputy through their struggle to survive the horrors of seeing their friends and families become sick with the virus. This film may be even more impactful on our minds after watching than when it came out almost a decade ago, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Either way, this film will definitely give you the fear you are looking for in a summer horror movie binge.
Vivarium (2019), Sci-Fi Horror
If you are a fan of the strange and unexplainable, this film is right up your alley. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a couple looking for their dream home, this film will leave even the toughest horror enthusiasts out of their mind wondering just what is going on, just as the characters are. Sadly for this happy couple, the house hunting trip turns sour, as they get lost in the perfect suburban neighborhood. All the houses look exactly the same, driving the couple insane as they struggle to get out. Unfortunately they soon find out there is no escaping this neighborhood, and they are forced to live in the creepy and unearthly conformity of the development. On the surface, the film may be commenting on the fears of conformity and suburban lifestyles, but on a deeper level it may comment on the fear of the natural cycles of life that are inescapable. If you are a fan of The Twilight Zone (1959), this film will be a perfect fit for a warm summer night.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Psychological Horror
This film is filled with images of violence and warning signs that leave the audience on edge and unsteady. Starring Ezra Miller, who plays a troubled teen who at random goes on a killing spree without explaining his motives, the film takes the viewer’s on a psychological trip that terrorizes them every second. The film’s main themes surround a horror story of motherhood, which can also be seen in various other horror films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968). It focuses solely on the son’s mother, and how she comes to terms with the crimes that her son has committed. The constant stress and anxiety the mother lives in daily, with knowing the strangeness of her son and then dealing with the fact that he murdered people, transfers to the audience. This horror film will not disappoint, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat in suspense. Perfect for a summer scare.
The Ring (2002), Supernatural Horror
Just like many urban legends told by a campfire in the summertime, this film gives the audience a strange story that just does not seem like it could be true. A videotape that kills whoever watches it in seven days, who would possibly believe that???… Until you start going crazy, and strange occurrences begin happening, and the days start counting day. Three, two, one… While the film is older, and does not give the same reaction it did when it was first released, it remains one of the most influential and pivotal horror films in history. The general strangeness of the film gives any viewers an uneasy feeling, with shivers down their spines multiple times through the film. It is perfect for a stormy summer night.
Pumpkinhead (1988), Supernatural/Gothic Horror
If you’re wishing it was autumn instead of summer with the unbearable heat, then you should put this film on your summer watching list. With the warm glowing candle light used throughout the film, as well as the creepy old horror related with ghost stories told in the summertime, this film will fill your need for Halloween in the summer, with it still being a few months away. This horror film brings together a typical witchcraft story with a folk horror story for a unique but familiar theme, as the story progresses. It has many gothic horror themes, involving the monster being an overwhelming stature and murdering anyone in its sight. If you are a fan of classic monsters movies, this film is the perfect fit.
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