If you're one of those people who's fine with horror movies in anxious times, you're in luck.
Amazon Prime has a pretty strong complement of horror movies online, not to mention recent offerings like Ari Aster's 'Midsommar', the incredible follow-up to 'Hereditary', and all-time greats like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'. On top of that, there's a huge back catalogue of horror classics - from the well-known to the obscure - to choose from too.
Here are a few options if you're in the mood for a scare.
One of David Cronenberg's early horrors, 'Scanners' is just as unsettling and stomach-turning now as it was when it was first released back in 1981. The movie follows a renegade 'scanner' - a person with telepathic and telekinetic abilities - who wages a war against a private military company that believes scanners to be the next stage in human evolution. 'Scanners' is probably best known for its infamous head-exploding scene where Michael Ironside's character pops the head of another scanner using his powers. It's totally gross.
Here's a clip of it.
Designed as a reaction to 'Saw', James Wan's 'Insidious' was essentially made with the idea of making a terrifying horror movie but without the so-called "torture porn" aspects of 'Saw'. It's safe to say it worked, as 'Insidious' spawned a total of four movies including this one, and cemented James Wan as one of the most gifted horror directors in quite some time. While it may be a little tame in parts, everyone knows that one scene with Patrick Wilson and it still frightens the bejesus out of people.
'Color Out of Space'
HP Lovecraft's work has inspired several works and been directly adapted a number of times, but did they have Nicolas Cage? No, they did not. 'Color Out of Space' sees Cage tackle one of Lovecraft's most celebrated works with a slightly modern edge to it. It's not for everyone, but it's worth a spin if you dig the idea of psychedelic, out-there horror.
Cited by BBC critic Mark Kermode as his favourite film of 2020, 'Saint Maud' is a satisfying and terrifying mixture of body horror and psychological horror set in a seaside town's palliative care unit. A young woman, played by Morfydd Clark, takes on the care of an American dancer and has become consumed by religious fervour, believing she can save her soul. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong, but it's how writer-director Rose Glass blends so many influences together that makes it so fantastic.
Set entirely in a video meeting, 'Unfriended' may seem like it's prescient for our time, but when it was released six years ago, it was a pretty novel idea. Aside from that, 'Unfriended' is an ingenious chamber horror that just so happens to be set on a computer screen. The performances by the young cast and the setting add to a real sense of atmosphere, and while it might be a little bit obvious and derivative in parts, it's still worth a watch nonetheless.
If you happened to follow our recommendations the last time we published this article, then you'll have seen the recent remake of 'Suspiria' starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in three separate roles. Well, this is the 1977 original and it goes without saying that it's completely and utterly different. Replete with bold colours, jarring over-the-top prog rock, and much more blood and splatters, 'Suspiria' is the glittering crown ruby of Italo-horror.
'Let Me In'
You could technically argue that 'Let Me In' is closer to a drama than a horror, but nevertheless, when it spins up the horror, it's as good as any of these choices. One of the few examples of a US remake actually complimenting its original, 'Let Me In' sees a young Chloe Moretz as an agleess child vampire who comes to a sleepy New Mexico town and sets off a bloody chain of events that forever changes the life of Kodi Smit-McPhee. Beautifully arranged and acted with maturity by the two leads, 'Let Me In' is a classy horror unlike any other.