There are probably more than just these top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service is chock full of them. Some you’ve undoubtedly seen, others you’ve been curious about. We thought we would help you out with a little nudge if you’re willing.
Whether you agree with our list or not, you have to admit it’s pretty impressive.
You’re Next (2013)
You’re Next is the ultimate dinner party home invasion hybrid. This one still holds up today as a prime example of a redemption arc. Starring Sharni Vinson, and directed by genre favorite Adam Wingard, this is one of the gold star features streaming on Peacock.
Since this is almost a decade old, there is another generation out there who may have never heard of this title which would be a shame. Bloody, surprising, and oh-so-satisfying, You’re Next is a lesson in taut storytelling and edge-of-your-seat action.
The Purge Anarchy (2014)
Fleshing out the social hierarchy a little better in this, the second film in the Purge franchise, Anarchy spins a lot of commentary in its web of political terror. James DeMonaco returns as director and moves beyond the home invasion aspect that drove the first film.
Here we go outside during the mass homicidal event. We follow three stories that eventually intertwine. Bloodier, scarier, and longer, this sequel is better than the first only because it broadens its scope. DeMonaco sharpens his horns on the subject matter thereby solidifying The Purge’s place as a full-time franchise.
Whether or not you liked The Black Phone, Sinister is something you should watch if only to see Scott Derrickson’s progression as a director. His first theatrical horror feature, The Exorcism of Emily Rose wasn’t bad, but in Sinister he commands the atmosphere using unnerving images and unforgettable jump scares.
Ethan Hawke is Derrickson’s muse and gets star billing as the writer Ellison Oswalt who will do anything to write his next book. That means moving his family into a murder house without disclosure and riffling through supernatural snuff home movies containing acts of violence against children.
There is a sequel, but it’s not nearly as effective as the original.
This is probably one you’ve never heard of or if you have, the title is so generic that you passed it by. But this is a hidden gem in every sense of the phrase. Great acting, lots of tension, and a fine turn of events make this a weekend watch.
Basically, a psycho reconnects with an old crush who he kidnaps and holds captive in a cage beneath a pet shelter. A game of intellectual cat and mouse ensues and only one will survive. Does this have a happy ending or a justified one? You’ll have to see it to know. Fun fact: the final scene was filmed on the same set as the original Saw.
The Last Exorcism
Forget that this is rated PG-13. For some reason, The Motion Picture Rating system doesn’t account for nightmare fuel. This is one of the better found-footage-style films that will get under your skin. Produced by Eli Roth, the film follows Rev. Cotton Marcus, a renowned exorcist who is called to a remote farm in Louisiana to exorcise Satan from a young girl. Only, it’s not really Satan and stuff goes off the rails.
This has more bodily snap, crackle, and pop than Rice Krispies. And that ending.
It might be too much of a spoiler to reveal most of this film’s plot. The less you know about this nautical ride the better. But what I will say is the payoff is worth it in the long run and things will all make sense in the end.
What I will say is that five friends are stranded in the middle of the ocean after their yacht capsizes. An ocean liner emerges to save them, but once on board, a masked killer runs loose. This has a jaw-dropper of a twist that might warrant a re-watch.
Train to Busan (2016)
Sigh, not another zombie movie; we’ve reached saturation. Or have we? There is a reason Train to Busan is so beloved among fans. South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho puts so much heart into this bloody thrill ride don’t be surprised if your eyes get watery.
The title explains pretty much everything you need to know about the movie just add “with zombies.” It’s an artform to create well-written characters around a zombie flick, but that’s just what Sang-ho does. Every consequence these people face hurts, but in the end, everything is as it should be. What would a top 10 list of horror movies be without this one?
The Shallows (2016)
There is no better shark movie than Ja—! Wait, actually there is one and it’s called The Shallows. You might wonder how a movie starring one person and a seagull could scare you, but this one will. This shark movie is about as tension-filled as Jaws, and Blake Lively should have gotten an Oscar nod. No joke.
Lively plays Nancy who is stranded on a large rock only 200 feet from shore. The only thing stopping her from swimming to freedom is a huge Great White shark with what seems like a personal vendetta. Perfect summer viewing.
Better Watch Out (2017)
Another title that would give too much away if I wrote about the plot. But I’ll do my best.
Better Watch Out is a home invasion thriller like no other. Ashley is the hot babysitter hired to watch over twelve-year-old Luke. Her charge is smitten by her and tries to get her affections. Even though it’s Christmas Ashley is not in the giving mood and eludes the minor’s advances.
But they must team up when a stranger from the outside keeps threatening to kill them if they leave. And that’s all I can say about that. This one is twisty and twisted.
Upgrade is Leigh Whanell’s passion project that is more sci-fi than horror. But you can’t deny its brutality and gore effects.
With beguiling camera work bolstered by incredible stunts and a great performance by lead Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade is techno horror for the soul.
These are our top 10 horror movies on Peacock
There you have it, our top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service has struggled a bit to gain traction among all the other paywall entertainment apps, but it’s coming into its own. Although not mentioned above, the Firestarter remake made its debut on the channel to mostly negative reviews, but it’s a start to their catalog of originals.
On August 5, they are debuting the Kevin Bacon horror film They/Them, a slasher that takes place at an LGBTQ conversion therapy camp. Let us know if you plan on watching it.