Best Horror Movies on Max Right Now (February 2024)
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Best Horror Movies on Max Right Now (February 2024)

Another streaming platform, another horror catalog that users must sift through for hidden gems. You’d think that an oversaturated streamer market would thin selections between too many providers, but that’s not the case. Max has everything from classics to remakes and whatever’s in between. All the titles that were pulled from Netflix horror movie and Amazon horror movie collections once contracts expired are now back home where they belong.

Since Max is the destination for Warner Brothers content, James Wan’s The Conjuring Universe alone provides a strong horror draw. That’s the game of musical chairs currently at play. Where Netflix once had one, or even both The Conjuring films available to stream, the emergence of Max has stolen away titles not already locked into contracts elsewhere. Diving deeper, let’s look at the growing horror film catalog Max has to offer.

Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Max subscribers. This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Max and to include more horror movies that are now available on the service.

The Visit (2015)

  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  • Runtime: 94 mins

M. Night Shyamalan has many great films in his filmography, and I’d argue The Visit is right up there towards the top. Shyamalan dips his toe into the found footage subgenre with a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house that goes horribly awry. Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie are scene stealers as “Nana” and “Pop Pop,” senior citizens who start terrorizing their grandkids. Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould star as children who try to catch their supposed grandparents in acts of obscurity, which leads to diaper discoveries and eerie midnight surveillance footage. Shyamalan cues some prime found footage scares and brings his signature twisted storytelling to play, but most importantly, The Visit feels like Shyamalan is having a blast behind the camera.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

  • Director: Andrew Douglas
  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Runtime: 89 mins

The Amityville Horror (2005) is so much more than Ryan Reynolds’ washboard abs. Platinum Dunes made a name in the 2000s remaking classic horror films by modern horror standards, and The Amityville Horror is one of their successes. You know the Long Island story about a house that drives the Lutz family crazy, especially Reynolds’ George, and the remake introduces a new set of scares into the concept. It feels like a fresh coat of paint atop a familiar tale led by the towering talents of Reynolds and Melissa George. Solid acting, solid atmosphere, solid thrills — it’s a solid remake from top to bottom.

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

  • Director: Rob Hedden
  • Stars: Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Barbara Bingham
  • Runtime: 100 mins

Is Jason Takes Manhattan the best Friday the 13th film? Or even the best Friday the 13th sequel? Nope, both of those belong to Part VI: Jason Lives. But is Jason Takes Manhattan an underappreciated Friday the 13th sequel? Absolutely. It spends way more time on a boat than advertised, so it’s more like Jason Takes A Cruise To Manhattan, but that’s not a mood killer. Jason gets his licks in between killing a rocker via guitar bashing or the amateur boxer who gets his block knocked off. The depiction of New York City is also hilarious, like this dystopian metropolis with toxic sludge in cans down random alleyways. It’s not winning any awards, but it is loaded with memorable Jason moments, from his escalator shove to the sauna stone death. What more can you ask for from a later-stage Friday the 13th entry?

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

  • Director: Christopher Landon
  • Stars: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh
  • Runtime: 84 mins

Xbox Kinect almost killed the Paranormal Activity franchise (Paranormal Activity 4), but The Marked Ones refused to let the whole series die. The terrifying sorta-sequel, written and directed by Christopher Landon, is a film he described as a “cousin” entry that steps away from whitewashed suburbia to embrace a Latinx perspective. The simple act of encouraging fresh cultural takes injects new excitement into the franchise. Landon shows his proficiency as a director, which Blumhouse would rightfully nurture as an in-studio talent. The Paranormal Activity franchise is non-negotiably one of the most influential and essential horror franchises of the 2000s, and The Marked Ones is a significant reason why. When the franchise began to taste stale, Landon’s reinterpretation of found footage staples through the “Taking of Jesse Arista” struck newfound success. Oh, and it’s cover-your-eyes scary.

The Monster (2016)

  • Director: Bryan Bertino
  • Stars: Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine
  • Runtime: 91 mins

The Monster is an A24 horror film from The Strangers writer and director Bryan Bertino that never got what it deserved. There’s such power in the otherwise simple story about a mother played by Zoe Kazan protecting her daughter from an unidentified monster after a car accident. Bertino isn’t hiding messages as Kazan’s alcoholic parent shows her daughter the protector she can still become. The Monster is about a mama, her child, and a predatory woodland creature — it never has to be anything else.

Orphan (2009)

  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Runtime: 123 mins

People still talk about the ending of Orphan for a reason. If you still need to see it, who am I to ruin the surprise? It’s based on a true media report, which makes the shocking adoption thriller even more twisted. Isabelle Fuhrman is so very good at playing sweet, innocent Esther, especially when the ending veers into crazy town. It’s not as good as The Sixth Sense by any stretch, but there’s a chance their reveals are on par with one another based on flabbergasted crowd reactions. I’m sick of being vague and dodgy — watch Orphan already!

Evil Dead Rise (2023)

  • Director: Lee Cronin
  • Stars: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies
  • Runtime: 96 mins

Writer and director Lee Cronin does justice to the Evil Dead name with Evil Dead Rise. Somewhere between the knockout ferocity of 2013’s Evil Dead and the stooge-like comedy of Sam Raimi’s sequels is the scary yet snickery Evil Dead Rise. Alyssa Sutherland gives a Deadite performance that deserves mention alongside Jane Levy, warping a mother’s love into something demonic. It’s all blood splatters and sinister book passages, living up to the legendary horror franchise’s bloodcurdling legacy.

Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

  • Director: Martin Campbell
  • Stars: Fred Ward, David Warner, Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown
  • Runtime: 96 mins

Cast a Deadly Spell feels like Gremlins meets H.P. Lovecraft meets a gumshoe detective noir. It’s a batty 90s monster movie starring Fred Ward as Harry Philip Lovecraft (wink wink), a man who refuses to use magic in a world filled with zombies and creatures. There’s commentary as the undead are used for hard labor and monster dynamics become social satire, but also tons of zaniness as gargoyles take nut shots as a cheap joke. From death by a thousand paper cuts to downpours of blood rain, Cast a Deadly Spell is a unique mystical caper that’s having a blast living its goofiest gangster lifestyle.

The Menu (2022)

  • Director: Mark Mylod
  • Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, John Leguizamo
  • Runtime: 107 mins

Mark Mylod’s The Menu has a few of my “favorites” from 2022. The Menu is easily one of my favorite movies of the year, roasting the relationship between art, artist, and consumer over an open flame. Ralph Fiennes delivers one of my favorite actor performances as Chef Slowik, the mastermind behind each diner’s final dinner experience. It’s hilarious, it’s aggressive about thematic frustrations, and it skewers all parties involved — from culinary masters to Instagram wannabes. Thankfully it’s on Max now, because I’m craving s’more watches.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo
  • Runtime: 108 mins

From Dusk Till Dawn is one of those movies I don’t need an open IMDb tab for while I write. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s mashup of styles ranks high in both their filmographies. George Clooney battles vampire strippers in an ancient bar tended by Danny Trejo? Music by “American chicano rock band” Tito & Tarantula? Everything about this sleazy, brow-sweat horror flick drips with booze, blood, and seduction, especially when Salma Hayek hypnotizes us with her center stage dance number. Once the fangs come out and Tom Savini fires back with his cod-piece shooter, it’s the best kind of midnighter chaos — although there’s rarely a scene where From Dusk Till Dawn disappoints.

The Blob (1988)

  • Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
  • Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, George Karas
  • Runtime: 86 mins

It’s nice to know where your favorite horror remakes come from, like Chuck Russell’s 1988 The Blob. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.’s ‘50s The Blob is the story of an American town battling an unstoppable evil from outer space and depending on one another — neighbors are allies, and the town is their safety bubble. The blobby effects still hold up, and Pleasantville aesthetics are like opening a Hollywood time capsule, which is so much fun. If you’ve never given the oldies their time, why not give The Blob a stream and see how old-school filmmakers could still make magic without today’s technological advancements?

Cronos (1993)

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook
  • Runtime: 94 mins

Guillermo del Toro’s feature debut is a vampire film barely interested in Dracula prototype vampires. No bitten necks or missing reflections in mirrors. Cronos is an alternative take on vampires that questions the imprisonment that is eternity and introduces common vampire mythology using a golden insect-shaped device. GDT directs the vampire movie of his dreams, challenging the way audiences comprehend familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways. Worth it for GDT’s ever-interesting perspective on humanity and his beginning collaboration with a babyfaced Ron Perlman playing some international goomba crime goon.

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Christopher Lee, Dick Miller
  • Runtime: 106 mins

Joe Dante’s Gremlins typically gets all the attention in the original + sequel combination, maybe only because Gremlins 2: The New Batch was ahead of its time in 1990. Wes Craven hadn’t yet popularized meta storytelling in horror with Scream, and audiences might have received Dante’s absurd creature follow-up with confusion. Gizmo and Billy Peltzer are back, taking the Big Apple by storm in a more outrageous, more insanity-fueled adventure that breaks fourth walls like it’s already in style. Hardly the continuation fans of Gremlins expected, but that doesn’t negate its value — who doesn’t want a Looney Tunes cartoon come to life with gremlins made of vegetables, electricity, and spider DNA? It’s crazy, it’s kooky, and ends with a massive Broadway dance number because everything else wasn’t bonkers enough. Dante and Warner Brothers took a massive swing with Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a film I’ll forever turn on when I’m in the mood for a pick-me-up puppet party that redefines the rigidity of how sequels must honor their beginnings.

The Lure (2015)

  • Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
  • Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis
  • Runtime: 92 mins

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure is one of the more remarkable horror debuts in recent memory. This bloodthirsty Polish mermaid musical balances levels of Eurotrash venue performances, aquatic folklore, and stylish creativity. Smoczynska shows her leads Silver and Golden as scaly mermaids, unlike beautified fantasies, and strikes gold as glitzy nightclub lust threatens mermaid ways of life. The Lure is one of those films that you need to see to believe — just a starburst of imagination that washes over audiences in the mood for lounge fishes pursuing careers, passion, and yummy humans.

Malignant (2021)

  • Director: James Wan
  • Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young
  • Runtime: 11 mins

If I didn’t put Malignant on this list, I feel like there’d be a riot. Jame Wan’s throwback to late 90s, early 00s horror where anything goes takes huge scripted swings on a studio budget. There’s bone-snapping action, gothic dread, Giallo lighting, and plenty of blood — a bit undefinable, but that’s why people love Malignant. In a time where horror’s so reliant on trends like haunted house crazes after The Conjuring or trauma-based storytelling after Hereditary, Malignant defies all expectations. Wan embraces camp, randomness, and unpredictability, which is so much fun to behold. Wan earned Malignant, and we deserve Malignant.

Looking for more good horror films to stream? You can also check out our lists of the best horror movies on Netflix , top horror movies on Amazon Prime, and the best thriller movies ever.