Another month, another round of the best horror movies to stream. Summer might be just around the corner, but there are still plenty of spooky and seasonal films to watch to chill you to the core when the weather warms up. If you don’t feel like going to the cinema to see it The black man This month (and who would blame you – this guy is bloody scary) here’s your choice of streaming horror.
This month we have selected a number of horror titles that complement the season perfectly. From the Polish mermaid horror musical the bait to Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead What’s more, we’ve got enough scares for you to keep you busy for the rest of the month.
let’s dive in
Image: The Criterion Collection
Duration: 1h 32m
Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Pour: Kinga Preis, Michalina Olszańska, and Marta Mazurek
The 1989 live-action remake The little mermaid starring Halle Bailey opens in cinemas this weekend. So what better time than now to check out the Polish musical horror film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale? the bait Stars Michalina Olszańska (1983) and Marta Mazurek (The innocent) as Golden and Silver, two mermaid sirens who are discovered and adopted into a cabaret by a friendly nightclub singer (Kinga Price).
When Silver falls in love with a young bass player, not only does it threaten to drive a wedge between her and Golden, it could also endanger their very existence. The film is an extravagant and surreal horror drama with infectious musical numbers, gruesome blood and a story that is as bizarre as it is tragic and macabre. the bait is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an alternative to the cheesy, sugary styles of Disney’s live-action films. —Toussaint Egan
the bait will be streamed on The Criterion Channel.
Dawn of the Dead
Photo: Universal Pictures
Duration: 1h 40m
Director: Zack Snyder
Pour: Sarah Polley, Ty Burrell, Ving Rhames
Before directing or building Warner’s first major attempt at a DC film universe Original sci-fi epic for NetflixIn 2004, Zack Snyder took on a surprisingly challenging remake task Dawn of the Dead. The film, based on zombie godfather George Romero’s film of the same name, places a group of strangers at the center of a looming zombie apocalypse where the only safe haven in their town is a mall. Romero’s original is an all-time zombie classic and a no-nonsense metaphor for the dangers of a culture obsessed with consumer capitalism; People may be dead, but that won’t stop them from flocking to the mall.
Snyder’s update is meaner than Romero’s original, with terrifying sprinting zombies and even echoes of Romero’s later (more cynical) film The crazy ones. Snyder’s version is scarier and more harrowing, inducing a degree of numbness in survivors that feels like a natural continuation of Romero’s themes brought to the then-modern 2004 world. —Austen Goslin
Dawn of the Dead is streaming on Netflix.
Image: Paramount Pictures
Duration: 1h 26m
Director: Oren Peli
Pour: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, and Mark Fredrichs
While memes and a few lackluster sequels have tarnished its reputation a bit, Paranormal Activity remains a strikingly original and interesting little haunted house film. The premise is brilliantly simple and is about a young couple who just moved into a new house. The husband just has a fun obsession with video cameras and recording bits and pieces of his life, which means all the weird things that happen to them happen on camera too.
Paranormal Activity Nothing really scary ever develops, but the eerie stillness and the stillness of leaning against the screen give the film plenty of spooky moments and small breaths, though there’s never a real jump scare. But even without too many major scares, it’s still an intriguing horror film and a great reminder of where some of the genre’s most used tricks today come from. —Inc
Paranormal Activity is streaming on Netflix.
Image: StudioCanal/The Criterion Channel
Duration: 3 hours
Director: David Lynch
Pour: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux
Somewhere between horror and a completely different world lies David Lynch’s often hard-to-find film domestic empire has appeared on The Criterion Channel a recent restoration. The film follows an actress, played by Laura Dern, who takes on a new role in a seemingly ill-fated film and slowly begins to blur the lines between her real life and her role. Of course, being David Lynch, things only get weirder as Dern’s character encounters increasingly weird supporting characters and eventually seems to cross paths with an entirely different world.
The fact that domestic empire available at all is a minor miracle in itself. The original version of the film was shot in an early digital video format that became obsolete over the years, meaning it was very difficult to transfer the film to a new format and make it available in a higher resolution. However, last year Lynch personally oversaw a restoration of the film that retained the eccentricities only possible in the film’s original format, meaning a good version of the film is now available to watch again. —Inc
domestic empire will be streamed on The Criterion Channel.
Duration: 2h 7m
Director: Ari Aster
Pour: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne
Director Ari Aster’s first major film and already a modern classic, Hereditaryfollows a mother (Toni Collette) who slowly dissolves as her family faces one tragedy after another. The film is based on an incredible performance from Collette, but also supporting performances from Alex Wolff and Ann Dowd, which help elevate the film’s slow and carefully considered creepiness into the realm of real terror.
While the film may feel like a slow burn at first, it quickly builds into a full blown horror show fueled by the terrifying will of the demon Paimon – or maybe it’s not a demon behind the tragedies at all . Whatever the cause, Hereditary spends its runtime filling every moment with creeping dread before letting loose with a stellar ending that helped really solidify our idea of what the current era of horror films is aspiring to. —Inc
Hereditary is streamed on Max.