HBO Max: 10 horror movies to watch this spooky season

With Halloween just around the corner, you might want to scare yourself with great horror movies. And if you HBO Max subscriber, you have access to an incredible selection of creepy, creepy, gruesome and nasty movies that you can watch at any time. The best horror movies on HBO Max range from certified classics like The Shining and A Nightmare on Elm Street to more recent films like The House at Night and The Empty Man.

Here are some stories to watch on HBO Max. All of these films received generally favorable reviews or better, according to Metacritic.

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Now that Universal is working on not one, but three new Exorcist films, it’s time to refresh your memory of the horrifying events in the original. Ellen Burstyn plays the mother of a possessed 12-year-old daughter who turns to a priest for help. The Scary Movie also won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Do you like psychological horror films? Wait for this movie to knock. The Night House is inhabited by a woman (Rebecca Hall) who is mourning the death of her husband. As she uncovers a dark secret, she begins to question what she thought she knew about her marriage. This thrilling film is a standout in HBO Max’s horror portfolio.

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When this adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel hit theaters in 2017, moviegoers like me looked at storm drains twice and feared red balloons. With a cast of fearless kids and big hearts, it’s a compelling argument for more supernatural coming-of-age stories. And a strong case against clowns.

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A 136-minute space horror thriller with twists and turns that even seasoned horror fans might have a hard time envisioning, The Hollow Man is one of the best hidden gems in HBO Max’s horror library. The film follows evil ex-cop James Dale as he investigates the disappearance of several young children in his town and begins to unravel the threads linking their disappearance to a shady religious organization. It may sound cliché, but the movie quickly turns into the supernatural and the unexpected, making this a must-see for any horror fanatic.

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In 28 Days Later, protagonist Jim (pre-Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma and finds the world has gone through a horrific upheaval. It’s like the beginning of another post-apocalyptic tale, The Walking Dead, except instead of a reality that involves slow zombies, this movie features virus-infected people who are fast and full fury. Yes, Rick Grimes had it easy. Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this intense horror film is a must-see.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George Romero’s first horror film can be easily recommended. A group of survivors take shelter in the house while the undead crowd outside. The influential film is often considered the first modern zombie film, and while it may not offer Freddy Krueger-level horror, you’ll be drawn to the characters at the center of its story. You’ll want to leave the door open for this (but in the event of a real apocalypse, keep it very, very closed).

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David Lynch’s first feature film will make you feel like you’re in a bizarre nightmare. The 90-minute black-and-white horror film is filled with strange sounds and images, and the result is incredibly creepy. Don’t even get me started on the protagonist’s quirky, otherworldly “baby” (who, oddly enough, is still pretty cute?). There are messages here about men and fatherhood, but the bigger picture aside, the surreal world of Eraserhead is absolutely worth a visit.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The cult slasher A Nightmare on Elm Street is streaming on HBO Max along with most of its sequels, so a marathon might be par for the course. The first film follows teenage Nancy Thompson and her friends who begin to dream of the same man, a disfigured, sweater-wearing villain who wields blades in one hand. Help yourself, and good luck trying to sleep tonight.

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If you’re still looking for a horror movie, you can’t go wrong with The Shining, an excellent film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. In this adaptation of a Stephen King novel, a writer (Nicholson) staying at a remote hotel with his family exhibits some disturbing changes in behavior. This one will completely satisfy your craving for horror.


If you haven’t met the sleek investment banker Patrick Bateman yet, it’s time to get your business card out and introduce yourself. Elements of dark comedy, thriller and horror are on display in this film, a satire of late 80s excesses in which Christian Bale plays a wealthy young professional with murderous hobbies. Tune in for gore-drenched scenes and Bale’s dedicated performance.

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