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HBO Max had its official launch in May 2020, but it continues to grow, develop, and add new content. Though much of the highly anticipated programming won’t be released on HBO Max until later in the year or 2021, there are still plenty of great original, licensed, and classic TV shows and movies streaming on HBO Max. HBO Max particularly has a very strong collection of horror movies.
HBO Max includes a wide range of indie, classics, new classics, and some of the best horror movies released in the last few years. The streaming service makes it easy to find movies to add to your horror movie marathon watch list.
We tried to make a very diverse list of horror movies, so it includes classic horror flicks, horror movie franchise films, indie horror movies, and hopefully a couple films that you haven’t seen or heard of but need to watch.
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Director John Landis became a household name in the the late 1970s for humor, but first lived out his aspirations to scare with this classic about two college students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) vacationing in the U.K. when a vicious animal attack that leaves one dead and the other (David Naughton) a monstrous creature by night. Oscar-winning makeup, timelessly breathtaking special effects, and a perfect blend of horror with comedy has convinced countless fans that An American Werewolf in London is one of the finest takes on lycanthropic folklore of all time.
Stream An American Werewolf in London on HBO Max here.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
It is no secret that The Shining author Stephen King is not a fan of its beloved, yet unfaithful, film adaptation from 1980, but what would help him eventually let go of that anger is Mike Flanagan's update of King's sequel to the novel, Doctor Sleep, which brilliantly succeeds in unifying King's vision with Stanley Kubrick's interpretation. Ewan McGregor is as great as ever playing a grown-up Danny Torrance, finally able to cope with his dark past and his telepathic abilities when he crosses paths with a girl (Kyleigh Curran) who "shines" even stronger than he and makes her a target of a powerful and dangerous cult.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
More often than not, dramatic adaptations of song lyrics tend to be suffocatingly lazy and utterly pointless, but writer and director Victor Salva offers a rather startling answer to the question "Where'd you get those eyes?" from the 1938 novelty jazz hit "Jeepers Creepers" in his film of the same name. Gina Phillips and Justin Long play homebound siblings who fall at risk of becoming the latest additions to a ghastly creature's (Jonathan Breck) collection of bodies in a rural Florida town in this fun, endlessly creepy horror gem that spawned two sequels - the first of which from 2003 is also available to stream on HBO Max.
Stream Jeepers Creepers on HBO Max here.
The beautiful thing about horror is how it applies to wide variety of unique styles and no style of filmmaking is more unique than that of David Lynch and, arguably, no film more definitive of his experimental vision than his black and white feature-length directorial debut that boldly defies traditional horror... or storytelling. Twin Peaks actor Jack Nance plays Harry Spencer, a factory worker who becomes the guardian of his ex-girlfriend's mutant child, which is merely the basis for all the surreal and disturbing phenomena that Eraserhead challenges you to bear witness to.
Stream Eraserhead on HBO Max here.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Horror fans may take pleasure in the mysterious and the macabre, but there is one thing that haunts them to an intolerable degree: remakes. Fortunately, every once in a while, Hollywood manages to make a diamond in the rough from their coal mine of unoriginal ideas, such as The Hills Have Eyes, French writer and director Alexandre Aja's relentlessly brutal update of the 1977 Wes Craven classic about a vacationing family terrorized by a group of savage mutants deep in the desert.
Stream The Hills Have Eyes on HBO Max here.
The Invisible Man (2020)
Speaking of good horror remakes, we would say Australian writer and director Leigh Whannell made an essential example of what good can come from reinventing a pre-existing work of fiction with his stunningly original modernization of The Invisible Man: the Universal monster classic inspired by H.G. Wells' novel. Elisabeth Moss gives one of the finest performances of the year as an escapee of an abusive marriage convinced her supposedly dead husband has found a way to continue haunting her without being seen.
Stream The Invisible Man on HBO Max here.
Day Of The Dead (1985)
Most classics of the zombie subgenre have also been given a modern update at some point, including this mid-'80s favorite centering on a small group of soldiers and scientists taking refuge in an underground bunker long after the dead has taken full control of what society used to be. Written and directed by the late, great George A. Romero, Day of the Dead is actually the third installment of the highly influential horror pioneer's chronicle of the zombie apocalypse, which all began on one fateful and iconic night.
Stream Day of the Dead on HBO Max here.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
No horror movie list is complete without a George A. Romero selection. Night of the Living Dead stars Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea and is about seven people who find themselves trapped in a rural farmhouse, in a deadly battle against zombies. Night of the Living Dead helped redefine the horror movie genre and ushered in a new wave of horror movie making. Romero really helped make the zombie movie genre what it is today.
Stream Night Of The Living Dead on HBO Max here.
Ready Or Not (2019)
Samara Weaving proves that she’s one to watch with her charismatic heroine performance in Ready or Not. Grace has just gotten married, and as part of the Le Domas tradition, she must play a game. This leads to Grace engaging in a deadly game of Hide-N-Seek with her new in-laws. Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien, and Henry Czerny also star. Ready or Not isn’t just one of the best horror comedies in the last ten years, but it also has one of the most satisfying endings ever.
Stream Ready Or Not on HBO Max here.
Jaws helped rationalize everyone’s fear of sharks by amplifying it. Steven Spielberg directed Jaws with Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss starring in it. Beachgoers find themselves terrorized by a man-eating shark. It is up to a team of experts to hunt and stop the beast. There are many reasons why Jaws is one of Spielberg’s best films, and one of them is that it is entertaining from start to finish.
Stream Jaws on HBO Max here.
With Us, Jordan Peele once again creates a very vivid world with a distinct set of rules that act as commentary on today’s society. Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker star in Us. The movie is about a woman and her family who find themselves under attack by their doppelgängers. Us is another movie with a very good ending that makes you go reevaluate everything that just happened.
Stream Us on HBO Max here.
The Frighteners (1996)
Peter Jackson directed and co-wrote The Frighteners, a horror comedy that stars Michael J. Fox. Frank (Michael J. Fox)’s wife dies in a car accident, after her death and the accident, he develops the power to see ghosts. He befriends a couple of them. Frank and his friends have a haunting and exorcism scheme to con people out of money. His con takes a dangerous turn when he finds himself in direct opposition to a serial killer ghost. The Frighteners is gravely underrated both as a comedy and as a horror film. It’s one of the movies that after each viewing, I find new reasons to love it.
Stream The Frighteners on HBO Max here.
Eyes Without A Face (1959)
Eyes Without a Face is a french horror movie that stars Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli. It’s about a man who is determined to have a face transplant surgery on his daughter. Her face became disfigured during a car crash. Eyes Without a Face influenced many films with similar themes and plotlines, including Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.
Stream Eyes Without A Face on HBO Max here.
IT: Chapter Two (2019)
We met the children of Derry, Maine in the first part of the IT saga, now we return to Derry and the world of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) with adult versions of the childhood heroes. The IT: Chapter Two cast includes Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy, along with their original child counterparts: Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, and Jaeden Martell. The final film puts the gang in an all out battle to save themselves and Derry.
Stream IT: Chapter Two on HBO Max here.
Ridley Scott directed Alien, the first film in the Alien franchise. Sigourney Weaver cemented her name in the movie badass hall of fame with her role as Ellen Ripley. Alien’s cast also includes Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. It’s about the crew of a space tug that finds themselves sharing a ship with a deadly alien. They must figure out how to survive before he kills them all.
Stream Alien on HBO Max here.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) return in The Conjuring 2. This time this paranormal expert team investigates the Hodgson family paranormal activity that leads to a demonic possession. The Conjuring franchise is so entertaining and interesting because they are partially based on factual events. This makes The Conjuring 2, and others in the series fascinating to watch and research.
Stream The Conjuring 2 on HBO Max here.
What do you think? Do you agree these films are scary to the "Max," do they just offer minimal thrills for you taste? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for additional information and updates on what is what is (or soon will be) available to stream on HBO Max, as well as even more of our own recommendations of the scariest movies and TV shows to watch, here on CinemaBlend.