We’re always looking for that which scares us here at the ol’ Nerdist, but it’s tough to know what to watch. With all the lovely streaming services out there, there’s plenty to send shivers down your spine or quench your thirst for blood and guts, but how do you know what’s worth a look first? We’ve scoured Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Shudder for the best horror films to stream throughout June.
Phantom of the Paradise – A very early Brian De Palma film, Phantom of the Paradise is one of the great rock operas ever made. Employing gallows humor and pop-music satire, De Palma remakes both Phantom of the Opera and Faust with a disgraced and disfigured composer haunting a rock club. The great Paul Williams wrote the super catchy songs and plays the evil record exec, Swan.
Ravenous – The Civil War was hell, especially for a battalion on a rescue mission tangling with bloodthirsty cannibals. A delightfully grotty, pitch-black comedy starring Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle.
Next of Kin (June 24) – A trippy and brutal Australian chiller has been described as a mix of The Shining and Suspiria, but neither quite do it justice. Won’t say too much, but it’s a great horror movie. Give it a watch.
American Psycho – Watching Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ ode to ’80s narcissism feels somehow even grosser today. The yuppie psychos won. Christian Bale’s performance as Patrick Bateman is chilling and funny in equal measure, and we still think of this movie any time we hear Huey Lewis or Phil Collins.
The Crazies (2010) – A thoroughly underrated remake of the early George Romero film. This one finds Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell trying to get out of their sleepy little town when a plague outbreak turns their neighbors and friends into mindless murder machines. And the government agencies sent to take care of it are even scarier!
8 movies from the Friday the 13th saga – The first eight Friday the 13th movies are a mixed bag of ’80s slasher excess. Except for Part IV (which is the best one). Fun times.
I Am Mother (June 7) – We’re very intrigued by this Netflix original movie about a girl raised by a robot during a devastating plague. Or at least that’s what the robot tells her.
The Hateful Eight Extended – On its face, this is Quentin Tarantino’s third homage to Spaghetti Westerns, but beneath that is a very bleak horror film about fractured trust and betrayal in the deeply racist post-Civil War United States. Not for the faint of heart, nor the faint of bladder.
The Void – A movie I’ll sing the praises of forever and ever. A quiet night at a small town hospital becomes anything but when a sheriff’s deputy brings in a victim for treatment. Soon, cultists amass outside, violent insanity erupts inside, and horrifying, transdimensional beasts appear in the basement. Reason alone not to move to Canada.
All the best stuff isn’t coming to Prime until June 30, but we’ll tell you about them now:
Silence of the Lambs – Still one of the scariest and most effective police procedurals ever made. Hannibal Lecter is never more intense than in Jonathan Demme’s camera, staring into the audience’s soul as much as Clarice Starling. Essential viewing.
An American Werewolf in London – Easily the best werewolf movie ever made. A triumph of practical effects and it perfected the ubiquitous “scary-thing-in-the-mirror” scare. All the pop songs in the movie have “moon” in the title. It’s just aces.
Hard Candy – Scary in a very different way, this intense drama starring Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson makes everyone feel icky. But in a satisfying way.
Have any other favorite horror movies streaming now? Let us know in the comments below!
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