Here are creepiest horror movies on Max, just waiting to scare you.

The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs

This 1991 Jonathan Demme horror/thriller is an absolute classic. The Silence of the Lambs stars Anthony Hopkins as jailed serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, a student at the FBI’s training academy who interviews Lecter behind bars in the hopes that he’ll be able to help her solve a case.

This is surely one of the all-time creepiest horror movies on Max — and pretty much anywhere. It also basically swept the 1992 Oscars, so you don’t have to feel guilty about watching it. Not that you should feel guilty about watching any of these movies, because scares are good for you.

The Conjuring

7 Creepiest Horror Movies on Max From Malignant to Hereditary
Lili Taylor in The Conjuring (2013)

Another James Wan film, this 2013 horror film set in the small village of Harrisville, Rhode Island is based on a true story about a real haunted house in the Ocean state. When an unassuming family moves in, a demonic presence possesses the mother (Lili Taylor) and the family must call on paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farming) for help.

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Toni Collette in Hereditary

Ari Aster’s feature directorial debut stars Toni Collette as Annie, who grapples with the horrifying secrets her mother left behind after she passed away. Milly Shapiro plays Annie’s daughter, Charlie, and Alex Wolff plays Annie’s son, Peter, who watches in horror as his mother is taken over by a demonic force. The remaining family members try to escape from the horrifying fate they’ve inherited.

It’s not only one of the creepiest horror movies on Max, but one of the most ghastly — that telephone pole sequence is yiiiiikes.

The Menu

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Menu

This horror/comedy/thriller is the feature directorial debut of Mark Mylod, a regular director of Succession. It stars Ralph Fiennes as the chef of a mysterious, exclusive, lavish, and wildly expensive restaurant experience that doesn’t turn out the way the guests expect it will. 

The Menu also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, John Leguizamo, Rob Yang, Arturo Castro, and Peter Grosz. It’s one of the creepiest horror movies on Max, yes, which is all the more disturbing after it starts off as one of the funniest.

Donnie Darko

Are you scared of rabbits? You will be.

This early Jake Gyllenhaal film — which also stars his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal — is about a young man who is either descending into madness or predicting a horrible calamity no one else can see. The late, great Patrick Swayze plays way against type as an absolute creep.

This one’s worth watching just for a wild cast that also includes Drew Barrymore, Seth Rogen and Jena Malone, but the atmospherics make it likely to haunt you for, well, ever. You’ll sleep with the cellar door locked tight.


Creepiest Horror Movies
Annabelle Wallis in Malignant. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

This 2021 horror film from James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) stars Annabelle Wallis as Madison Mitchell, a woman who begins seeing terrifying visions of murders taking place that later happen in real life. When she realizes that they’re coming from Gabriel, her childhood imaginary friend, she begins to question who — or what — Gabriel really is.


This Mira Sorvino thriller will really, really upset people who aren’t fond of bugs. It’s about a cockroach bred to help humanity and how that doesn’t work out so well, as you can probably imagine.

The Witch

The Witch

This Robert Eggers horror flick from A24 stars Anya Taylor-Joy in her 2015 breakthrough role as Thomasin, a young girl who lives with her Puritan family in 1630 New England. She is suspected of witchcraft when her baby brother goes missing. From black magic to demonic possession, this is the type of movie that will make you glad you live in the 21st century instead of 400 years ago in Puritanical times.

You can stream Malignant and all the other movies on this list on Max.

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