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Horror films on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Lionsgate Play that guarantee to give you sleepless nights

From The Blair Witch Project to The Empty Man, make sure you leave the lights on when you watch these hair-raising horror films

  • Shilpa S

Last Updated: 03.54 PM, Apr 11, 2022

Horror films on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Lionsgate Play that guarantee to give you sleepless nights

For die hard horror fans, there’s nothing a good old scare can’t fix. Even within the genre, there are a plethora of themes one can choose from to send some chills down your spine - ghosts and ghouls, witchcraft and the occult, blood and gore, vicious creatures, the choices are a plenty. There are a lot of seasoned horror fans who do not give the sub-genre a second’s glance; all they want is a film that will rise up to the challenge of making them quiver. Well, we’ve got you covered with these list of horror titles guaranteed to get you cowering and some sleepless nights.

The first instalment in James Wan’s Insidious franchise, this 2010 film follows the story of a family go through a series of traumatic events when they move into a new house, starting with their young son slipping into a coma. Realising that it is the work of demonic forces, they enlist the help of a psychic.
The Blair Witch Project
This supernatural horror film is regarded as a pioneer in the found footage horror genre. It follows the story of three filmmaking students who venture into a forest to film a documentary about a local fable named the Blair Witch. But the three go missing and when the footage they shot is found, it reveals some unsettling answers to what actually happened to them.
This acclaimed psychological horror film follows the story of a woman whose family becomes haunted by a series of unsettling events after the unexpected death of their young daughter. When she starts to delve deeper into her recently deceased mother’s past for answers, some disturbing truths come to light.
The Empty Man
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey, this 2020 film revolves around the story of a grieving ex-policeman who investigates the case of a missing girl. His investigation leads him to discover that the disappearance might have something to do with the chilling legend of a supernatural entity known as The Empty Man.
The Conjuring
The film that launched the popular Conjuring Universe of films, this James Wan directorial is based on real events. It follows the story of the Perron family who move into a new home without knowing about its tragic past and find themselves being haunted by dark forces. To help them find a solution to their problem, they enlist help from paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This Spanish film is based on the true story of the mysterious death of a teenager after she uses a ouija board. The film follows the story of Verónica, a teen girl living with her mother and siblings. After using a ouija board with her friends, she finds herself plagued by dark spirits who threaten to harm her and her family.
Rosemary's Baby
Based on the 1967 novel of the same name written by Ira Levin, this 1968 film is regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time. It tells the story of a young couple who are eager to start a family and move into a new apartment. Although they pay no heed to the building’s past links to the occult, they soon meet with some eccentric neighbours who seem to take an unhealthy interest in them.
The Witch
This highly acclaimed period horror film marked the film debut of Anya Taylor-Joy. Set in 1630s New England, it tells the story of a family who are forced to move into a place near the woods after being banished from their colony. Strange events start to plague them there, including their youngest baby going missing, seemingly abducted by a witch.
The Babadook
This Australian horror film is based on Jennifer Kent’s short film Monster. The film, also directed by Kent, follows the story of a woman grieving the death of her husband, who died on the day their son was born. When her son starts to display strange behaviour, convinced that a monster from a children’s book is haunting him, the relationship between mother and son starts to erode. But more and more strange phenomena convince her to consider whether there is some truth to her son’s claims.
Starring Ethan Hawke, this 2012 film follows the story of a true crime writer who moves his family into a home where a gruesome murder took place, so he could work on a book based on the same. When he finds a box of films that could provide him answers as to what actually happened, he invites the wrath of a malevolent spirit.