10 Best Horror Films On HBO Max – CBR – Comic Book Resources

HBO Max has a great collection of horror films – including several entire franchises – that are worth checking out.
Halloween is upon us, and with that comes scary movies. Over the years, the horror genre has seen some incredible highs and lows. Classic horror movie monsters have been introduced to generations of viewers, and some horror films have even received some Oscar glory.
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HBO Max is just one streaming service that features many great horror films. The service is home to some classic horror films, influential ones, and some of the most chilling horror films. Any horror movie enthusiast will have no problem finding something to watch to get in the mood for Halloween on HBO Max.
Arguably the most famous found footage movie of all time, The Blair Witch Project, took the world by storm when it was released in 1999. The film follows a group of student filmmakers who venture into the woods to investigate the local legend of the Blair Witch.
The film was wildly popular, grossing $250 million against a budget of $500,000-700,000. It spawned a Blair Witch franchise which has seen two sequels and several mockumentaries. The found footage concept later influenced several other horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, REC, and even a Scooby-Doo parody.
The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Wilson, paranormal investigators most famous for investigating the Amityville haunting. In 1971, the Warrens investigated strange happenings in Rhode Island in the Perron family's new home.
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The Conjuring was praised for its chilling tone and jump scares, as well as for crafting a scary story with minimal use of special effects. The film kick-started the Conjuring Universe, which, to date, has seen the release of eight films, and grossed over $2 billion at the box office.
George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead finds a group of people taking shelter in a Pennsylvania farmhouse to escape from flesh-eating ghouls that have taken over the country. It is cited as one of the most influential horror films ever that changed the horror genre forever.
Romero remains a legend in the horror genre for making the film and his towering body of work that, from time to time, revisited the zombies that made him famous. Despite being called ghouls, the film popularized zombies for mainstream audiences and influenced several horror films and shows over the years, such as The Walking Dead.
The Exorcist finds a pair of priests being called to perform an exorcism on a young girl possessed by a demon. The film stars Ellyn Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair. The Exorcist was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won two: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.
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The film was the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture, with many regarding it as one of the best horror films ever made. It caused controversy in the Catholic Church, as some acts in the film were considered sacrilegious to Catholics. There is no doubt that the film found massive success regardless, and it remains popular today.
A remake of the 1956 movie of the same name, Invasion of the Body Snatchers stars Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams as health inspectors. They investigate aliens taking over humans in San Francisco, and find that the aliens create duplicates of humans without their typical emotions.
Heralded as one of the best remakes of all time, the film holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. It features one of the best endings in all of horror, as Sutherland unexpectedly is revealed to be a duplicate and shrieks loudly at the final human character.
Based on the classic Stephen King novel, Misery finds famous author Paul Sheldon in a car accident during a blizzard. He is saved by Annie Wilkes, an obsessive fan of his, and she holds him captive in order to force him to rewrite the ending to his popular book series.
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The film is best remembered for Kathy Bates’ performance as Annie, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1991. Stephen King considers it one of his favorite adaptations of his work, and it features the terrifying hobbling scene that is tough to watch.​​​​​​​
A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced the world to Freddy Kruger. A group of teenagers finds that they are being stalked and killed in their sleep through their dreams at the hands of Freddy Krueger.
A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned a long-running franchise that included seven films, a reboot, and even a crossover movie with Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason. Robert Englund’s performance as Freddy has gone down as one of the best in the horror genre and he is widely recognized as one of the best horror movie villains.
The Omen stars the legendary Gregory Peck as Robert Thorn, a man who secretly replaces his son with another child after his biological son dies in childbirth. When the new child, Damien, begins to have mysterious events surrounding him, it is deduced that he is the Antichrist.
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The film was one of the highest-grossing releases of 1976, grossing $60 million at the box office. The creepiness of the Damian character still unnerves viewers. The film was followed by three sequels and a remake, yet none of them reached the heights of the first.
One of director Stanley Kubrick's many classics, The Shining, has writer Jack Torrance and his family moving to the Overlook Hotel after he takes a job as the caretaker. At the hotel, strange things happen due to a supernatural presence, which slowly begins Jack's descent into madness.
The Shining is considered one of the best horror movies ever made, but this was not the case at its release in 1980. Reviews at the time were mixed, and author Stephen King famously disliked the adaptation despite its later success. The film also spawned the iconic catchphrase "Here's Johnny!" when Torrance tries to kill his wife towards the end of the film.
28 Days Later stars Cillian Murphy as a man who awakens from a coma to find that "the Rage," a highly contagious virus, has swept throughout the world. The virus turns people into aggressive zombies, and survivors of the world do their best to get to safety and defeat the zombies.
Screenwriter Alex Garland has stated that the film takes heavy inspiration from the Night of the Living Dead, and the film was credited for bringing zombie films back into the mainstream. The film spawned a sequel, 28 Weeks Later, as well as a graphic novel and comic book series.
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David Giatras is a storyteller, freelance videographer & writer, and aspiring filmmaker, where he provides commentary and insights on today’s most notable films and television series.
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