Last Updated: April 15th
HBO Now and HBO Go have some kicka** titles in their movie category, so it only makes sense that their horror selection would also be on point. The streaming service may not boast the sheer volume of terror you can find over on Netflix, but it’s the quality of the chills and thrills that matters here. Classics about demonic children and serial killers with cannibalistic appetites, ’80s vampire cult flicks, and Rob Zombie’s unique eye for bloody horror. There’s a little something for every fanatic of the genre over at HBO, and it’s all good.
Here are the best horror movies on HBO Now and HBO Go guaranteed to give you nightmares.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland star in this ’80s vampire romp about two brothers who move to California and encounter a violent gang of bloodsuckers. It’s a cult favorite for a reason: There’s plenty of gore, over-the-top ’80s fashion, and ridiculousness (at one point, the guys battle vampires with water guns filled with holy water), but Sutherland is wickedly good at playing the film’s big bad, and the movie manages to reign in some of the theatrics long enough to give all of us a good scare and a shocking twist at the end.
The Descent (2005)
Run Time: 99 min | IMDb: 7.2/10
This British horror flick from director Neil Marshall is a bit of a diamond in the rough when it comes to horror. Not only does the film feature an all-female cast (practically unheard of in the genre), but it’s also able to mine something truly terrifying from the term “spelunking.” Bravo Marshall, bravo. In all seriousness, this film is a dark journey into the psyche of a woman grieving the death of her husband and child while confronting the demons of her past. Some of those demons happen to be her friends, some of which don’t make it out of this caving adventure from hell alive, while others are pale, parasitic monsters looking to feast on the group of women before they find a way out of their lair. You’ll never laugh at the word “spelunking” again.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Zack Snyder’s feature film debut had him pairing up with James Gunn for a remake of this 70s classic. The basic plot centers on a group of survivors stranded in a mall in a small town as a horde of zombies swarm around them. It borrows elements of George Romero’s iconic film while creating something new and equally gory. Snyder amps up the blood, violence, and action for this take, delivering thrills that are a bit formulaic, but still just as terrifying.
The Devils Rejects (2005)
Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Rob Zombie’s sequel to his horror flick House of 1000 Corpses follows three members of the psychotic Firefly family, who find themselves on the run after their Halloween sacrifice. Otis, Baby, and Captain Spaulding hold two couples hostage in a motel, inflicting all kinds of horrors on them, before being captured by an increasingly deranged Sheriff Wydell, who seeks vengeance on the family for the death of his brother. He gets it, in the most gruesome way possible, and if watching an officer of the law hunt serial killers for sport, burning them alive, and strangling them to death isn’t nightmarish, we don’t know what is.
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 6.1/10
Bradley Cooper stars in this grisly thriller about a subway killer committing massacres and the photographer in charge of catching him. Cooper plays Leon, a photographer hoping for his big break who discovers a man has been killing subway riders of the midnight train. As Leon tries to stop the murderer, he pulls his friend, girlfriend, and the police into the hunt. There’s a ton of violence, gore, and a bizarre ending but Cooper sells the hell out of this thing.
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