As we already know, Paramount + houses some of the most successful and best movies you can watch now. The obvious draw in the newly emerged streaming service is its ability to incorporate films that viewers can not seem to find on other streaming networks, thanks to the rich archives of Paramount Pictures dating back a century ago.
For fellow horror fanatics, the fact that the company tends to stream a wide variety of projects, going back to the ’50s and earlier, is an apparent pro in paying for the monthly subscription. It’s not just the fact that Paramount + has earlier released films, but it’s also the mixture of both new and exclusive releases (including original TV shows on Paramount), along with the incorporation of cult classics that makes the membership worthwhile.
With a recent announcement that all Paramount distributed movies would specifically stream on the Paramount + app by the start of 2024, it’s evident that the company is intentionally trying to diversify their range of content in order to cater to a wider array of audience members. For horror fans, this is a ‘plus.’ Keep reading for some of the best horror movies streaming on Paramount +.
7 Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin
The Paranormal Activity franchise in itself is completely terrifying due to the realism of the filming techniques, the presence of supernatural entities, and the family backstory interconnected to the series of films. Paramount + successfully resurrected the franchise with Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, in which Margot travels to an Amish community, along with a documentary film crew, as she searches for answers about her mother. Abandoned by her mother as a newborn, Margot hopes to meet any of her existing relatives, but she’s actually in for a rude awaking, (aka demonic spirits).
6 A Quiet Place 2
Following the success of the first film, A Quiet Place 2 picks up with the Abbott family as they come face to face with the unknowns of the outside world. After the horrific events that took place at their family farmhouse, the group must fight for survival in complete silence as they travel through a sand path. The family quickly realizes there are creatures nearby who pursue their prey by sound. Directed by John Krasinski like the first film, the sequel does not have the emotional and allegorical resonance of the first film but makes up for it by upping the horror ante in some impressive ways in this excellent movie with almost no dialogue.
5 The Town That Dreaded Sundown
This horror masterpiece is completely terrifying, and a quick heads up, if you watch it before bedtime there’s an elevated chance that you will not be able to sleep for the whole night. The Charles B. Pierce horror classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based around the account of a 1946 killing spree, where an unidentified hooded madman stalks the lovers’ lanes of a small Texarkana town in Arkansas. One of the more woefully underseen slasher movies, it is nonetheless a spooky Southern gothic that capitalizes well on the ‘ripped from the headlines‘approach of Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Remember, there’s always a hooded man in the bushes just waiting to pounce … Joking, probably …
4 The Ruins
Whenever there’s a horror movie about vacations gone wrong, personal retreat planning can get a little terrifying (if any of you can relate, thank goodness). In search for endless fun during a holiday vacation in Mexico, Amy (Jena Malone), Stacy (Laura Ramsey), Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), and Eric (Shawn Ashmore) are in store for more than they bargained for when visiting a remote area in the jungle. When animalistic vines attempt to entrap the group, each of them must fight to stay alive, in the weird little nightmare of a film The Ruins.
3 Pet Sematary
If you take nothing else from this article, please try to remember that if you ever plan on moving to an unfamiliar area, try to refrain from being next to a graveyard, or a new property built on top of an existing one (unless you ‘re into that kid of thing). This classic adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary depicts the lives of Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his wife, Rachel (Denise Crosby), as they move from Boston to Maine with their two small children.
Tragedy strikes, and once the Creed’s notice a burial ground hidden within the woods of their new home, evil presences rapidly unleash terror on the family. While lacking the sophistication and finesse of the best King adaptations, Pet Sematary is a gruesome gem in its own right; plus it has a killer song from The Ramones.
2 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Local Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is in shock when his patients begin to come to him with the concern that their family and friends have been replaced with imposters, who seem to give emotionless responses. As the truth behind these complaints rears its ugly head, Bennell, Becky (Dana Wynter), and his friend Jack (King Donovan) soon realize that the suspicions of his patients stem from an alien species taking over the town. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is simply one of the greatest movies ever made, and has a plot so conducive to allegory that it’s been remade again and again.
1 Rosemary’s Baby
Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her aspiring actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a mysterious New York City apartment building with a known reputation for being slightly odd, alongside odder neighbors. Once Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant (with the couple’s first child) she begins to feel more and more isolated as time passes. Rosemary’s Baby follows the titular character through her pregnancy as she learns darker and darker secrets about the people surrounding her, and the person growing inside her.
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