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'. On top of that, there's a huge back catalogue of horror classics to choose from too.
Here are a few options if you're in the mood for a scare.
George A. Romero's groundbreaking classic may now be in the public domain, but there's a fantastic 1080P 2K restoration print available on Amazon Prime. Yes, some of the effects are dated and it doesn't hold the same level of terror as it might have once, but it's still definitely worth a watch if you've never watched it before.
Think 'Donnie Darko' meets 'American Psycho' if it was made to look like a '90s rock music video (yes, that's ridiculously hipster) and you're somewhere along the way to 'I Am Not A Serial Killer'. Although it's set in the American Mid West and stars Christopher Lloyd and Max Records, the movie has a strong Irish connection and is directed by Billy O'Brien with cinematography by Robbie Ryan. On top of that, it's just a cracking mixture of comedy, drama and horror.
Produced in 1922, 'Haxan' is one of the first examples of horror in the movies ever made and is still just as scary and unnerving then as it was now. The movie was banned initially in the US, before limited versions of it were smuggled in. Oddly enough, the movie - which is actually a documentary - was meant to be an examination of how superstition and mental illness can be misconstrued and eventually lead to witch-hunts and vigilante mobs.
Ari Aster's incredible follow-up to 'Hereditary' seems to chart similiar territory, but with far more emphasis on the horrors we think of as normal. The relationship that slowly deteriorates between Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor is done with such care and emphasis on emotional realism, but everything else around it just gets weirder and weirder.
Yes, the one about the shark tornado. If you're a fan of so-bad-it's-good horrors, then 'Sharknado' has to be somewhere on your watch list because it's made specifically for that purpose. Sit back, switch off any sense of taste or criticism, and enjoy the utter ridiculousness of it all.
Larry Cohen's biting satire of consumerism and capitalism in Reagan's America is every bit as relevant then as it was now, and has the added bonus of being horrifying too. Yes, some of the special effects are pretty terrible and it's more than a little gratuitous, but that's half the fun of it.
One of the precious few examples of an excellent movie getting an equally excellent US remake, 'Let Me In' takes up the story from 'Let The Right One In' and never loses any of the grace or tenderness of the original. Chloe Moretz, the always dependable Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas star in this beautiful and highly underrated horror drama.
The teeny-boppy horror from the early aughts that made everyone go, "This is just 'Final Destination', isn't it?" every time they drove behind a truck with logs on the back of it. It's absolutely ridiculous, doesn't make a tap of sense, but it's still got some good scares and frights and worth it for the nostalgia factor.
Taking its cues from '80s creature horrors like 'The Thing', there's no denying that 'The Void' is an homage to the decade, but has cleverly updated itself to the modern age. While some of the acting is ropey, the music and the special effects more than make up for it and it's an effective little horror nonetheless.