13 best horror movies to stream on Friday the 13th, from ‘The Shining’ to ‘Halloween’

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Friday the 13th is the perfect time to put together your own horror movie marathon at home.
There are tons of scary movies on streaming services like HBO Max, Hulu, Prime Video, and Netflix.
You can stream some of our favorites right now, like “The Shining,” “Freaky,” “Hereditary,” and more.

It’s Friday the 13th, marking the start of the weekend and a great reason to watch some scary movies. There are tons of horror films available to stream on many popular services, from HBO Max to Paramount Plus.

Though there’s no shortage of options, figuring out which spine-tingling films are worth your time can be tricky. With that in mind, we asked our reporters and editors to recommend some of their own personal favorites. Our picks run the gamut from slasher flicks to supernatural ghost stories, ensuring that there’s something for every horror fan to enjoy.

Below, you can find all of our picks for the best horror movies you can watch right now. We’ve noted which streaming service you’ll need for each recommendation, so you’ll have no trouble setting up your own horror movie marathon. 

Check out the 13 best horror movies you can stream right now

‘The Shining’ on HBO Max

Few horror movies are as iconic as Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Though it deviates a fair amount from Stephen King’s classic novel, the movie carves out its own equally terrifying identity.

When a father (Jack Nicholson) takes his wife and young child to a secluded hotel, he’s gradually driven mad by the evil spirits that reside there. Nicholson’s unhinged performance is perfect, and the movie’s haunting imagery will leave a lasting impact.

A sequel, titled “Doctor Sleep,” was released in 2019, nearly 40 years after the original movie. It’s also streaming on HBO Max and is worth watching if you’re in the mood for a spooky double feature. — Steven Cohen, Senior Streaming Editor

“The Shining” holds an “85% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Willy’s Wonderland’ on Hulu

When you need a break from the jump scares and creeps, “Willy’s Wonderland” is a fun watch that still has elements of horror. It stars Nicolas Cage as a wordless protagonist trapped in a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant for a night. The catch? All of the animatronic animals are possessed by evil spirits.

It’s bloody, action-packed, and a great watch with friends, especially if you’re a fan of the similar “Five Nights at Freddy’s” video game series. — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

“Willy’s Wonderland” received a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Train to Busan’ on Peacock

I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal or supernatural horror movies, as I enjoy being able to sleep at night, but I do love an occasional zombie movie. “Train to Busan” is an emotional and jarring film about a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

It follows the story of a dad (Yoo Gong) and his daughter (Su-an Kim) who are on the last train to Busan — the safe city of the outbreak. It will truly have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. — Anna Popp, Home and Kitchen Fellow

“Train to Busan” received a “94% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Halloween’ on AMC PlusJohn Carpenter and Debra Hill cowrote “Halloween.”

If you’re looking for a horror movie to watch, you really can’t go wrong with “Halloween.” This quintessential slasher flick remains terrifying more than 40 years after it first hit screens, and it’s helped spawn a franchise with a dozen installments. 

The original release from 1978 remains the best, with excellent direction from John Carpenter, a harrowing performance by Jamie Lee Curtis, and the debut of one of horror cinema’s most iconic villains, Michael Myers. 

You need AMC Plus or Shudder to stream the first film without commercials, but you can watch it for free on the Roku Channel if you don’t mind ads. — Steven Cohen, Senior Streaming Editor

“Halloween” received a “96% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Carrie’ on Amazon Prime Video

Stephen King’s “Carrie” from 1976 demonstrates what happens when you push a vulnerable teenager too far. Sissy Spacek plays the title character, a shy girl with telekinetic powers who is being bullied in high school.

She wants nothing but acceptance but her classmates won’t let up. This leads to a terrifying finale at her prom, which has gone on to become one of the most iconic climaxes in horror movie history.

The film is critically acclaimed and widely recognized as one of King’s best novel-to-film adaptations. “Carrie” has a “93% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

‘Freaky’ on HBO Max

“Freaky” premiered on the big screen in November 2020 when many viewers were still hesitant to see films in theaters. With that in mind, it’s possible you missed this fun horror flick during its initial release. The movie is now streaming on HBO Max and it’s a worthwhile watch for anyone who likes slashers with a clever sense of humor.

The playful story puts a bloody spin on the classic “Freaky Friday” premise, as a serial killer (Vince Vaughn) and teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) switch bodies. What follows is an equal mix of scares and laughs.

The director’s previous two horror movies, “Happy Death Day” and “Happy Death Day 2U,” are also well worth seeking out, but they’re not available on any major subscription services right now. — Steven Cohen, Senior Streaming Editor

Freaky” holds an “83% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Hereditary’ on Showtime

For anyone in therapy or who attributes any of their psychological struggles to their upbringing, this movie is going to wreck you both emotionally and with some of the most frightening imagery ever filmed.

Written and directed by Ari Aster (“Midsommar”), the plot follows a struggling mother of two (played by Uma Thurman doppelganger Toni Collette) after the death of her abusive and mentally ill mother sends her into a depressive and supernatural spiral of generational trauma. — Joe Osborne, Senior Editor, Tech & Electronics

“Hereditary” received an “89% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘The Evil Dead’ on AMC Plus

Fans of low budget horror thrills should enjoy Sam Raimi’s cult classic “The Evil Dead.” The movie was one of the first supernatural horror flicks to popularize the now common “cabin in the woods” setup. Raimi uses this premise to create a bloody explosion of kinetic camera work as a group of friends accidentally summon deadly demons.

The movie makes the most of its cheap budget, proving that filmmaking ingenuity can trump million dollar special effects any day. Sure, it’s rough around the edges, but that’s all part of its enduring charm.

The movie’s equally celebrated sequel, “Evil Dead II,” might be even more entertaining, as Raimi dials up the camp to blend slapstick comedy with gory scares. — Steven Cohen, Senior Streaming Editor

‘The Taking of Deborah Logan’ on Amazon Prime Video

At a glance, this film had the potential to be a very cheesy watch, but it ended up being very spooky! The premise involves a film crew following an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease, but things take a supernatural turn.

Some of the scenes are so haunting, with imagery that still sticks behind my eyelids. It’s a found footage type of movie, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t make me motion sick at all.  — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

“The Taking of Deborah Logan” holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Mandy’ on Shudder and AMC Plus

I love scary movies, and ‘Mandy’ is one of the most underrated horror flicks ever made. The film takes place in the 1980s and stars Nicolas Cage as a man named Red. When a hippie cult kidnaps Red’s wife Mandy (played by Andrea Riseborough), he seeks revenge while learning about the group’s twisted pseudo-religious psychedelic practices.

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score is marvelous, and the cinematography keeps you transfixed. I loved the movie so much, I splurged on a novelty box of mac and cheese inspired by it. — James Brains, Home and Kitchen Reporter

“Mandy” received a “90% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Psycho Goreman’ on AMC Plus

A gore-filled horror comedy with nostalgic practical effects, “Psycho Goreman” follows two kids who unintentionally summon an ancient alien with a thirst for blood. Contrary to everything you might expect, the kids turn the tables by holding the alien hostage and treating him as a glorified, bulletproof servant. They even dress him up as a handsome cowboy. 

The plot is fun and wacky, but my personal favorite aspect of the movie is its use of over-the-top practical effects. It’s like watching classic “Power Rangers,” but from the perspective of the villains, in all of their cheesy extravagance. — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

“Psycho Goreman” received a “92% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Pulse’ on AMC Plus

A cult-classic from Japan, “Pulse” uses two parallel storylines that eventually collide. The plot follows a supernatural and technological phenomenon sweeping the country, resulting in people disappearing. Atmospheric, spooky, and more than a little confusing, it’s hard to explain the story without giving too much away. If you’re a fan of films like “Parasite” or “Hereditary,” I suggest you give “Pulse” a try. 

“Pulse” isn’t a perfect movie, but it has some very haunting scenes and moments that are still imprinted behind my eyelids. Though it isn’t filled with gore or jump scares, the film instead builds up an overwhelming sense of dread, that by the end, is inescapable. — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

“Pulse” received a “75% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘It Follows’ on Netflix

I heard a lot of jokes about this movie before I ever watched it, and while its premise — a sexually-transmitted curse — is joke worthy, “It Follows” is easily one of the most haunting films I’ve seen to date. It does more than build up a sense of doom over the movie’s duration; it also really makes you feel the horror of being a teenager trapped in suburbia. 

“It Follows” has its jump scares, but I think the scariest aspect is the environment the film creates to make you feel cornered, hopeless, and distrusting of strangers. After watching this one, I had a hard time walking through my own neighborhood in broad daylight without feeling tense. — Sarah Saril, Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter

“It Follows” received a “96% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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