Best Horror Movies on HBO Max Right Now (April 2022)

Another streaming platform, another horror list that users should look for in hidden games. You would think that an oversaturated streamer market would reduce the choices between too many providers, but that is not the case. HBO Max has everything from classics to remakes and everything in between. All titles that were withdrawn from the Netflix and Amazon collections after the expiration of the contracts are now returning to their homeland where they belong.

As HBO Max is the destination for Warner Brothers content, James Wan’s The Conjuring Universe alone offers a powerful horror draw. This is the game with the musical chairs that is being played at the moment. Where Netflix once had one, or even two, of The Conjuring movies available for release, HBO Max’s appearance stole titles that were not already contracted elsewhere. Taking a deeper look at HBO Max’s growing list of horror movies.

Note: This list is for US HBO Max subscribers. This article is frequently edited to remove movies that are no longer on HBO Max and to include more horror movies that are now available on the service.

Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later has sparked horror talk about fast-moving zombies and what constitutes a zombie movie, but fans agree on one thing – how good it is. Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and others must tour the dystopian United Kingdom where a horrible virus has infected most people. I insist 28 Days Later is a zombie movie, so yes, the UK is flooded with zombies who can sprint like track and field athletes and are wild beyond human ability. It’s horrible, there’s a horror in Boyle’s filmmaking that adds an extra layer of horror and the tension remains intense as the characters try to survive in chaotic chases of the dead. 28 Days Later and the remake of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead changed the way horror fans viewed zombies in the 2000s – for better or worse, depending on whose opinion.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

Do you know what an underrated horror remake is? The Amityville Horror by Andrew Douglas. Although, Ryan Reynolds’s bellies were not overlooked – I’ve seen you all share these shirtless screenshots on Twitter. I understand. As for the * real * horror? Reynolds succumbs to Amityville’s curse as a madman who shakes his ax in abandonment. Melissa George, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz and Philip Baker Hall add support as the paranormal haunted Long Island causes an eerie terror. It’s not the most revolutionary remake of the 2000s, but it still manages to do it with solid bones and good humor, as Reynolds gives what he can to another role – one he often does not play.

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Bad Milo

Who knew something as adorable and deadly as Milo could live in your ass? Yes, in Jacob Vaughan’s Bad Milo, Ken Marino stars as a restless pushover named Duncan, whose repressed rage turns into a killer creature living in his gut. When Duncan faces tremendous stress, Milo is released and erupts, killing those who caused Duncan discomfort. It’s a weird sweet movie about a man’s best gut until Milo starts playing in ways Duncan can’t control. There is a fun puppet, a live puppet reminiscent of the Gremlins days with practical effects, and this sheer warmth shared by Duncan and Milo – all in a funny movie about a donkey demon. Swear.


I could write twenty paragraphs about how Cloverfield helped change the modern horror landscape, but I will just say that there is a reason why Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard continue to receive job offers. Cloverfield introduced footage found in the Kaiju cinema, making his audience feel insignificantly small. The characters fight underfoot as New York is destroyed by an invading beast as it battles smaller minions whose bites make you burn (RIP Lizzy Caplan). They definitely have a variety of shaky-cam, so if you do not like this kind of chaotic movie-making, Cloverfield does not escape some of the tropes you have found – but it comes with the subspecies area. Cloverfield is pushing the envelope using stunning perspective shots that repeat how modern monster movies can be made. Also, who would not love to see TJ Miller chewed in the middle by a mutant alien?

The Conjuring + The Conjuring 2

Let a little trick here because I can not mention James Wan’s The Conjuring without mentioning his equally successful sequel, The Conjuring 2. Wan’s self-affirmation as one of the most prolific directors of modern horror began before The Conjuring, but that is where Wan consolidates his legacy. Why is it surprising that the man behind Insidious, Saw and The Conjuring would give one of the best modern horror sequels? They are creepy, they do not recycle each other’s fears and the two “Conjurings” represent the model that many horror filmmakers have tried to copy from their release. No notes, Mr Wan.

The Evil Dead 2

Speaking of spectacular sequels, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II is a flash like few others. The historical context of Raimi’s prototype – the inconsistency, the clay-like effects, the do-it-yourself spirit – has not been replaced by Evil Dead II. However, it does allow Raimi’s love of slapstick comedy to add extra horror-comedy elements. Bruce Campbell’s fight with himself in the cabin kitchen is, to date, one of the best bodily comedies to come out on screen. Raimi feels less restrained as a director. The production seems more relaxed, essentially a “remake” of Evil Dead with a bigger budget, new touches and a culture of continuity that creates the film he always wanted to make – so as not to discredit his achievements in Evil Dead.

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From dusk to dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn is one of those movies that I do not need an open IMDb tab for as I write. The style combination of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez holds a high position in both of their films. Is George Clooney fighting a vampire stripper in an ancient bar run by Danny Trejo? Music from the “American chicano rock band” Tito & Tarantula; Everything about this miserable, sweaty horror beats dripping drink, blood and seduction, especially when Salma Hayek hypnotizes us with her dance number in the center of the stage. Once the canines come out and Tom Savini responds with his cod sniper, it’s the best kind of mess at midnight – though there’s rarely a scene where From Dusk Till Dawn disappoints.

Friday 13 (2009)

Here’s the point where I say that Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th remake is one of the franchise’s best entries. How he combines the first three films of Friday the 13th with a leaner, more sinister view of the 2000s is so glamorous that it quickly surpasses Jason Voorhees’ milestones and becomes the repetition we all know with pep in his footsteps. Derek Myers plays a menacing Jason with bad weapons swings, while Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Ryan Hansen and others leave the iconic Crystal Lake assassin. Also a fun event, Travis Van Winkle’s Trent brings the Transformers universe and Friday the 13th together as they are both – no joke. Who knows what might have happened if the rights issues had not killed the momentum of Platinum Dunes and allowed Michael Bay the crossover we all deserve.

Killer Klowns from space

Clowns can be scary, but Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a hilarious assessment of the horror it can bring. From popcorn cannons to cotton guns, the Killer Klowns – actors in full-length uniforms – are wreaking havoc in America’s small town. The Chiodos brothers have so much fun with circus elements that they become weapons or technology for the Killer Klowns, which the public devours like sticky delicacies in the showroom. There is a reason that horror fans are still shouting about the teased sequel the Chiodos brothers have in mind – we are not sure we will ever get it, but there is always room for more three-ring horror.

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The lure

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure is one of the most notable horror debuts in recent memory. This bloodthirsty Polish mermaid musical balances the levels of Eurotrash performances, aquatic folklore and elegant creativity. Smoczynska portrays her silver and gold protagonists as scaly mermaids, in contrast to the embellished fantasies, and strikes gold as the glamorous lust of the nightclub threatens the mermaid lifestyles. The Lure is one of those movies that you have to watch to believe – just a stellar explosion of imagination that overflows the audience with the mood for salmon fish seeking career, passion and lovable people.


If I did not put Malignant on this list, I feel like there would be trouble. Jame Wan’s flashback to the late ’90s, early 00s horror, where anything goes requires huge script changes to a studio budget. There is fascinating action, gothic horror, Giallo lighting and plenty of blood – a little undefined, but that’s why people love Malignant. At a time when horror is based on trends such as haunted house madness after The Conjuring or trauma-based narrative after Heritary, Malignant defies all expectations. Wan embraces camping, randomness and the unpredictable, which is so much fun to watch. Wan won the Malignant, and we deserve the Malignant.

A nightmare on Elm Street

Were it not for Child’s Play movies, A Nightmare On Elm Street would be my favorite evergreen horror franchise. It all starts with the prototype of Wes Craven, where Robert Englund claims to be the killer of the dreamer. The gloves, the perfect shot when he stretches out his arms to create a Stretch Armstrong shadow effect, his laughter – Englund is as good at jumping as Freddy Krueger. A Nightmare On Elm Street has everything it takes to unleash more than a legacy of horror. The emerging presence of Freddy Kruger above pop culture in general is a testament to the horror Craven instills in this strikingly original slasher.


To this day, Stephen King talks about his aversion to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He wrote the book literally, his point of view is unquestionably valid, but sorry Stephen – The Shining completes the job. When treated as a standalone feature, there is so much madness to be appreciated in Jack Nicholson’s interpretation as Jack Torrance. Shelley Duvall is playing a perfect bond. The atmosphere of Overlook, this flourishing score, all the psychological torment that breaks both Jack and the audience – The Shining somehow feels claustrophobic, even though the hotel is huge. Kubrick may not have impressed Stephen King or those who choose the novel over the cover, but I’m pretty good with both.

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