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Best Horror Films You Can Stream Right Now

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There’s nothing like throwing on some solid horror and scaring the living bejeezus out of you and your friends. Okay, maybe it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking to have some quality spooks, luckily there are some outstanding horror films out there available to stream right now. Because we love ya, we’ve compiled a list of the best fear-inducing flicks for you, so get comfortable, and keep the popcorn bowl off your lap in case you jump off the couch in a frightful fit.

The Conjuring (2015) – Netflix

The paranormal genre of horror has been extensively explored, but there is something different about The Conjuring. Centered around real-life paranormal investigators, it follows the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are dispatched to help a family deal with some strange happenings at their Rhode Island farmhouse. As the mother becomes the prime target of a demonic presence in the home, the Warren’s race to perform an exorcism to cast away the spirit.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Amazon Prime, Hulu

The film that kicked off the found-footage genre, this proved that horror film don’t need a huge budget and special effects to strike fear into its viewers. As three students head off into the local woods to investigate the legend of The Blair Witch, it quickly becomes clear that some malevolent entity is following them. The crazy part is back in 1999, a viral marketing campaign led viewers to actually believe that this found footage film was real.

It Follows (2014) – Netflix

Another prime example of the route horror filmmaking has taken, this smartly produced independent movie relies on creativity and pure terror to drive it along. The premise is simple, once someone is “infected” with this paranormal spirit, it will follow them forever until it is passed along to someone else. It Follows is a deeply unsettling descent into madness, and I swear the soundtrack along will give you nightmares.

The Witch (2015) – Netflix

This slow burn horror film is about a young girl who family is forcibly removed from their Puritan New England village. As they begin to rebuild their lives and survive in the harsh and bleak winter of New England, it becomes clear something evil resides in the woods after their infant child disappears. This is psychological horror at its finest, proving that jump scares are not necessary to insight fear for its viewers.

Hush (2016) – Netflix

This is a highly underrated,  awesomely heart pounding home invasion/slasher flick. A deaf writer who lives a solitary life in the woods finds herself at the heart of a home invasion with a demented, mask-wearing psycho who wants to kill her. The kicker is the fact that her lack of hearing makes for some wickedly creepy scenes that are wholly creative to the home invasion horror sub-genre.

The Gift (2015) – Netflix

If you love a good twist, and I mean good, then you have to watch The Gift. As Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move into their new home, they run into Gordo (Joel Edgerton) an old friends from Simons past. Afterwards, they begin to receive gifts from Gordo, as the couple becomes increasingly disturbed by his behavior. The third act of The Gift is so twistedly disturbing, and it effortlessly blends emotional drama with horror.

V/H/S (2012) – Hulu

When four criminals are tasked with breaking into a home to steal a VHS tape, they begin to realize that it is much more than just a regular tape. The contents of said tape represent a series of horror anthology stories that will chill you down to the core.

The Invitation (2015) – Netflix

When a man receives an invitation to a dinner party with his ex-wife and old college friends, he apprehensively accepts. While at first, the dinner part appears to be going well, filled with good company and happy reminiscing, but the night quickly devolves into something much more sinister. This one is a strange and intense thriller with a depraved twist at the end that will keep you thinking about it long after its over.

Green Room (2015) – Amazon Prime

After a group of friends witness a murder committed by a gang of neo-nazis at a music club, they are locked in the green room and must fight their way out to survive. Exceedingly violent, Green Room doesn’t rely on any monsters or supernatural qualities to relay its unique blend of terror.

Raw (2016) – Netflix

This French horror film is about a young vegetarian women who is forced to undergo a veterinarian school ritual where she must consume raw rabbit kidney. Upon eating it, she undergoes a profound change that makes her partial to, uh, cannibalism. Sounds corny, but trust me, it is not.

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