This list is daunting. It is by no means exhaustive and isn’t in any particular order. It includes the best movies out there though, that owe their lineage to H.P. Lovecraft and his stories. Some of them are direct adaptations, some of them borrow heavily from the kinds of monsters he so lovingly brought to life, and still, others capture the sort of all-consuming paranoia and tension Lovecraft was known for. Admittedly, assigning that quintessential Lovecraft vibe to something is subjective. I think you will find all of these belong on the list for one reason or another.
While I don’t condone the less than perfect beliefs of the author, his art can be appreciated. The Best of Lovecraft list is broken down into three main subcategories. Many of the cinematic choices are really loose. They are more a feeling than anything truly concrete. If you are a lover of the Elder Gods and bone-deep terror, this is the list for you. With HBO’s hotly-anticipated Lovecraft Country coming later this summer, there is no better time to serve up a few hours of nihilistic fear. Here are all the Lovecraftian movies plus where to get them.
Hard to define, Cosmic or Existential Dread is that which can’t be explained. Everything impossible to imagine and even harder to forget. It is those things that come to us in our dreams. We can’t remember them, but they paralyze us with fear. The cognitive dissonance you experience when watching Annhililation, and the “screaming bear” scene begins comes to mind. We intellectually know what we are seeing and hearing but can’t conceptualize it. Here is all that weirdness that makes you feel unreasonably and unbearably scared.
Two brothers receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t find as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brother’s race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult. Get it on Netflix.
We Are Still Here
Every 30 years, a lonely old house in the fields of New England wakes up and demands a sacrifice. Get it on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
Under The Skin
Disguising itself as a human female, an extraterrestrial drives around Scotland attempting to lure unsuspecting men into her van. Once there, she seduces and sends them into another dimension where they are nothing more than meat. Watch it on Netflix.
The World’s End
Gary King (Simon Pegg) is an immature 40-year-old who’s dying to take another stab at an epic pub-crawl that he last attempted 20 years earlier. He drags his reluctant buddies back to their hometown and sets out for a night of heavy drinking. As they make their way toward their ultimate destination — the fabled World’s End pub — Gary and his friends attempt to reconcile the past and present. However, the real struggle is for the future when their journey turns into a battle for mankind. Get it anywhere for $3.99.
Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself. Tubi has it for free.
Two filmmakers (Sarah Jones, Jon Foster) discover too late that it was a bad idea to make a documentary about their neighbor (Mark Steger), a reclusive artist. You can stream it anywhere but will have to pay a little.
The search for a missing teen in Poland leads a rookie reporter (Cindy Sampson) and her companions to an encounter with deadly cultists. Watch it on Sling TV or iTunes.
The Last Wave
In Sydney, business lawyer David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is given the pro bono assignment of defending five aborigines accused of the murder of another tribesman. None of Burton’s clients are willing to speak about what happened, even in their own defense, and the medical examiner on the case can’t figure out how the victim died. But what’s most troubling Burton is the increasingly terrifying apocalyptic visions he’s having, leading him to think Australia may soon be destroyed. Catch it on Amazon Prime or iTunes.
Phantasm is an American horror film series that consists of five films, novels, comic books, and merchandise. It’s about the Tall Man, a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. Stream it on Tubi and Crackle.
AM1200 is a 2008 thriller film starring Eric Lange, John Billingsley and Ray Wise. It focuses on Sam Larson, an executive who is on the run after the suicide of his friend and co-conspirator in a scheme, Harry Jones. While driving along at night and trying to stay awake, Sam turns on his car radio to the A.M. band.
In the not-too-distant future, Earth’s dying sun spells the end for humanity. In a last-ditch effort to save the planet, a crew of eight men and women ventures into space with a device that could revive the star. However, an accident, a grave mistake and a distress beacon from a long-lost spaceship throw the crew and its desperate mission into a tailspin. Get it on Amazon Prime or Vudu for $3.99.
The Spider Labrynth
Alan Whitmore, a young American researcher, goes to Budapest to visit Professor Roth, with whom he collaborated on a secret project called “Intextus”. Arrived in the Hungarian capital, Alan finds Roth whom, in panic, hands him a black book which he says should include information of the utmost importance.
The Prince Of Darkness
Poking around in a church cellar, a priest (Donald Pleasence) finds an otherworldly vial filled with slime. Frightened, he brings his discovery to a circle of top scholars and scientists, who eventually learn that the strange liquid is the essence of Satan. The slime then begins to seep out, turning some of the academics into zombified killers. As the possessed battle the survivors, student Kelly (Susan Blanchard) is infected by a large quantity of the liquid and becomes Satan personified. Get it on Hulu for free.
An expedition sets out to explore a mysterious forest where the residents of a New Hampshire town all died in 1940. Stream it on Amazon Prime for free.
William (Henry Thomas), a Confederate soldier, has gone AWOL with a crew of other men. As the group, among it a runaway slave (Isaiah Washington) and a nurse (Nicki Aycox), makes its way along, it stops off to rob a bank clean. Looking to plan a getaway, the gang heads into an empty house to hole up for the evening. As the soldiers start arguing with one another, strange things begin happening in the house — and everyone in the group soon realizes that the place is haunted. Watch it on Tubi and Vudu for free.
After rookie cop Jessica Loren is been assigned the last shift at a transitioning police station, she must wait for a hazardous-materials crew to to pick up biomedical evidence; however, the shift turns into a living nightmare. Watch it anywhere from $2.99.
The Last Winter
Sent to evaluate the environmental impact of oil drilling in the Arctic, James Hoffman (James Le Gros) clashes with the drilling crew’s chief (Ron Perlman), who wants to get the job done. Strange events begin to plague the crew, and they are soon cut off from the outside world. Hoffman and the crew feel the full force of Mother Nature’s wrath, and there is no visible escape. Get it on Sling TV or Amazon Prime.
Julia (Laura Regan), a smart, athletic psychology student is finally starting to get her life together. As a kid she was traumatized by night terrors, but now she is cruising towards a successful career as a psychologist and has a rock solid EMT boyfriend to boot (Marc Blucas). After a friend commits suicide – saying the night terrors have returned – Julia and some of her other friends start to experience the same terrors… Stream it anywhere from $2.99.
London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult. Determined to get her back at any cost, Thomas travels to the idyllic island where the cult lives. As Thomas infiltrates the island’s community, he learns that the corruption of mainland society that they claim to reject has infested the cult’s ranks nonetheless – and uncovers a secret more evil than he could have imagined. A Netflix original.
In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one. It’s available on Hulu.
Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity. Watch it on Hulu.
After reports of strange phenomena in a rural English church, a team is sent by the Vatican to see if what is happening qualifies as a miracle. At first sceptical, and mistrusted by the locals, they soon learn that they may have found something far darker and more potent than they could possibly have imagined. Catch it on Tubi.
2001 A Space Odyssey
An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. You’ll have to pay a little to get it on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.
When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon’s creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon’s previous journey are still present. Watch it on Netflix.
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can’t remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers. Vudu has it for free.
Picnic At Hanging Rock
In the early 1900s, Miranda (Anne Lambert) attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine’s Day, the school’s typically strict headmistress (Rachel Roberts) treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It’s not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers (Vivean Gray) have disappeared mysteriously. Pay $2.99 and get it just about anywhere.
Kirie (Eriko Hatsune) and Shuichi (Fhi Fan) are friends in a small town who notice that Shuichi’s father, Toshio (Ren Ôsugi), has become utterly obsessed with snails, videotaping them in his garden and gathering items that resemble the spiral patterns on their shells. Kirie sees spirals elsewhere, too, even in the way people dress and comport their bodies. When the curiosities turn to tragedies, Shuichi wants to escape to Tokyo, but Kirie is determined to stay and figure out what is going on. Get it on YouTube.
After college student Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi) commits suicide, a number of young adults living in Tokyo witness terrifying visions transferred across the Internet. As more people disappear throughout the city, the Internet becomes a breeding ground for malevolent spirits. Three seemingly disconnected stories follow Michi (Kumiko Aso), Ryosuke (Haruhiko Katô) and Harue (Koyuki) as they attempt to solve the mystery behind the ghostly visions that are seeping beyond their computer monitors. Watch it on Tubi.
At an isolated mountain retreat for a high school reunion, a group of high school friends stumbles across an ominous corridor of light. The corridor’s energy consumes them with madness, and one by one they turn on each other. Sling TV has it for free or pay $3.99 anywhere else.
When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language. Get it on iTunes.
Astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster) awake in a hypersleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be. While Payton stays behind to monitor the radio transmitter, Bower ventures out of the chamber into the seemingly abandoned spaceship. The men quickly realize that they are not alone and that the fate of mankind hinges on what they do next. Get it on Hulu and HBO.
In The Mouth Of Madness
When horror novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow) goes missing, insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) scrutinizes the claim made by his publisher, Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston), and endeavors to retrieve a yet-to-be-released manuscript and ascertain the writer’s whereabouts. Accompanied by the novelist’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), and disturbed by nightmares from reading Cane’s other novels, Trent makes an eerie nighttime trek to a supernatural town in New Hampshire. Watch it anywhere for $2.99.
In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire. Watch it on shudder.
Hoping to find the perfect place to live, a couple travel to a suburban neighbourhood in which all the houses look identical. But when they try to leave the labyrinth-like development, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started. Watch this on Amazon Prime or Vudu for $6.99.
Based on the classic science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, “Solaris” centers on a psychologist (George Clooney) sent to investigate unexplained behavior of key scientists on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. Once aboard he, too, falls victim to this unique world’s mysteries — as well as to an erotic obsession with someone he thought he had left behind. Stream this on Hulu or Starz.
John Dies At The End
A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway. Watch it on Tubi.
A private investigator obtains a book of sinister origins, unaware that it is a highly sought-after supernatural artifact. Criminals pursue him in search of the book, hoping to use its dark power for their own agendas. Watch it on Tubi.
Lord of Illusions
Private eye Harry D’Amour (Scott Bakula) travels to Los Angeles and meets with a new client, Dorothea Swann (Famke Janssen). Swann reveals that she and her husband — famed magician Philip Swann (Kevin J. O’Connor) — have been targeted by a religious cult experimenting with reincarnation. After Philip dies on stage in the midst of a dangerous trick, D’Amour must struggle to protect Dorothea from the ruthless cult members and their newly reanimated religious leader, Nix (Daniel Von Bargen). Vudu has it for cheap.
Eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of events due to the malevolent influence of a passing comet. Stream for free on Vudu, Tubi, and Crackle.
When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn’t expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled. Get it for $3.99 anywhere.
As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn (James Woods) is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon “Videodrome,” a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit and broadcasts the show on his channel. However, after his girlfriend (Deborah Harry) auditions for the show and never returns, Max investigates the truth behind Videodrome and discovers that the graphic violence may not be as fake as he thought. It’s available everywhere for $3.99.
Unable to accept the fact that her daughter is dying, Rose (Radha Mitchell) decides to take the girl to a faith healer. On the way, the pair drive through a portal in reality, leading to an eerie town called Silent Hill. The town is surrounded by a potent darkness, and the human survivors fight a losing battle against it. Crackle has it for free.
A honeymooning bride (Rose Leslie) goes sleepwalking into the woods surrounding a secluded cabin. When she returns she looks the same, but something about her is frighteningly different. Get it on Crackle for free.
A man (Hugh Jackman) travels through time on a quest for immortality and to save the woman (Rachel Weisz) he loves. As a 16th-century conquistador, Tomas searches for the legendary Fountain of Youth. As a present-day scientist, he desperately struggles to cure the cancer that is killing his wife. Finally, as a 26th-century astronaut in deep space, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life, love and death. Watch on HBO.
The Butterfly Effect
College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for friends, like Kayleigh (Amy Smart), who was molested by her father (Eric Stoltz). But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he’s locked away in prison. Watch it on Hulu and Starz.
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko sleepwalks out of his house one night and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days. When Donnie returns home, he finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. Is Donnie living in a parallel universe, is he suffering from mental illness – or will the world really end? Watch on Tubi.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Buy it anywhere you want to stream.
Black Mountain Side
Archaeologists find a strange structure in northern Canada that appears to be thousands of years old. The team members become isolated when their communications fail, and their sanity begins to unravel.
Respected scientist and psychology professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) decides to combine his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced that it may help him unlock different states of consciousness. The experiments are a success at first, but as Jessup continues his work, he begins to experience altered mental and also physical states. As he spends more time in sensory deprivation, his grip on reality begins to slip away. Watch it on Vudu for free.
In an unnamed country at an unspecified time, there is a fiercely protected post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Zone. An illegal guide (Aleksandr Kajdanovsky), whose mutant child suggests unspeakable horrors within The Zone, leads a writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) and a scientist (Nikolay Grinko) into the heart of the devastation in search of a mythical place known only as The Room. Anyone who enters The Room will supposedly have any of his earthly desires immediately fulfilled. Get it on YouTube.
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband. Tubi has it.
Drug addict Chris lives alone in a dilapidated shack. One day his friend Michael shows up. He wants to cure Chris of his drug addiction and unceremoniously puts handcuffs on him. However, scary things suddenly begin to happen. Catch it on Tubi.
An aimless young man (Lou Taylor Pucci) takes an impromptu trip to Italy and becomes involved with an alluring genetics student (Nadia Hilker) who harbors a transformative secret. Tubi has this one too.
To the students at Harrington High, the principal and her posse of teachers have always been a little odd, but lately they’ve been behaving positively alien. Controlled by otherworldly parasites, the faculty try to infect students one by one. Cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), football player Stan (Shawn Hatosy), drug dealer Zeke (Josh Hartnett) and new girl Marybeth (Laura Harris) team up with some of their other classmates to fight back against the invaders. Stream it everywhere for $3.99.
Cast A Deadly Spell
In a 1940s Los Angeles from another dimension, the entire population has supernatural abilities, save for sleuth Harry Philip Lovecraft (Fred Ward). The strange but affluent Amos Hacksaw (David Warner) trusts Lovecraft because of his distaste for magic, and he recruits the private eye to track down an ancient text. Harry’s seemingly straightforward task becomes complicated when he realizes that the object of his mission contains curses that Hacksaw hopes to use for world domination. Grab it anywhere for $3.99.
A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. It’s available on Tubi and Shudder.
A car tyre comes to life with the power to make people explode and goes on a murderous rampage through the Californian desert. Crackle has this one.
Cure For Wellness
A Wall Street stockbroker (Dane DeHaan) travels to a remote location in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO (Harry Groener) from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center. He soon suspects that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem. His sanity is tested when he unravels the spa’s terrifying secrets and finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all of the guests there longing for a cure. Stream it on Hulu.
Secret, occult NATO experiments have won the arms race for the Allied powers in 1955, but they cannot control the horrors they have unleashed that threaten to tear the world apart. Watch it on Tubi or Vudu for free.
Direct Or Indirect Adaptations
These are the movies that are either exact film adaptations or were inspired by a Lovecraft story. Some of them are obvious, while others only share the same skeleton structure as their original story. For example, The Blair Witch Project is eerily similar to a short story called Sticks.
Color Out Of Space
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism that infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare. Watch it on Prime Video and soon on Shudder.
The Dunwitch Horror(1970)
Dr. Henry Armitage (Ed Begley), an expert in the occult, goes to the old Whateley manor in Dunwich looking for Nancy Wagner (Sandra Dee), a student who went missing the previous night. He and Elizabeth, a friend and classmate of Nancy’s, are turned away by Wilbur (Dean Stockwell), the family’s insidious heir, who has plans for the young girl. But Armitage won’t be deterred. Through conversations with the locals, he soon unearths the Whateleys’ darkest secret — as well as a great evil. Stream it on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
City Of The Living Dead
A newsman (Christopher George) and a prematurely buried woman (Katriona McColl) confront the living dead in Massachusetts. Vudu and Sling TV have it for free.
The Call of Cthulhu
A man (Matt Foyer) tells his psychiatrist of the struggles that led to his downfall, beginning at his great-uncle’s bedside, where he receives a key to a locked collection of his papers. The papers reveal a lifelong obsession with an underwater deity, Cthulhu, around which a cult has formed. Using the style of a 1920s silent film, director Andrew Leman retells H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, in which the documents reveal individuals who had contact with Cthulhu.
Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) is yachting on the Spanish coast with three companions when a freak storm causes their boat to founder on the rocks. Paul goes to a nearby village to get assistance, as two of his friends have been trapped in the boat’s wreckage. He notices that the locals seem odd, and their behavior grows increasingly strange. When Paul begins seeing a mermaid (Macarena Gomez) who has appeared in his nightmares, he realizes that the fearful world of his dreams is now a reality. Get it on Tubi.
Dreams In The Witch House
A college student is unsettled by visions of sinister forces conspiring to force him to kill his neighbour’s baby. Tubi has this one.
Loosely based on H P Lovecraft’s classic horror tale, Herbert West is a young scientist who has a good head on his shoulders and another on the lab table in front of him. Hulu and Tubi have it.
The Blair Witch Project
Found video footage tells the tale of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises. Watch it everywhere for $3.99.
Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) successfully discovers a way to access a parallel universe of pleasure by tapping into the brain’s pineal gland. When he is seemingly killed by forces from this other dimension, his assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), is accused of the murder. After psychiatrist Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) take the case, the trio risks a return to the other world in order to solve the mystery. Watch on Vudu and Amazon Prime.
A boy, looking for his missing father, travels to Germany in an attempt to bring him home. However, deep in the Swabian-Franconian forest, he uncovers the haunting legacy that a meteorite left behind. Stream it on Tubi.
A woman’s suspicion is aroused when her husband, a chemical engineer, receives deliveries that appear to be human remains and performs foul-smelling experiments in a remote cabin that has belonged to his family for years.
Die Monster Die
Scientist Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) travels to a small town where he plans to visit his fiancée Susan Witley (Suzan Farmer) and meet her parents. Oddly, when he arrives, the townspeople are unfriendly. At Susan’s parents’ estate, her father, Nahum (Boris Karloff), is acting suspiciously and her mother, Letitia (Freda Jackson), is hidden away in a bedroom. When Stephen and Susan begin investigating the strange behavior in town, they realize that a radioactive meteor is to blame. Get it on Vudu for $3.99.
Three horror stories: A man finds a monster; a reporter confronts a mad doctor’s clan; a policewoman finds an evil cavern.
The Lurking Fear
Five gutsy townspeople unite to eradicate a ghoul-infested graveyard. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. Watch on Tubi.
College students (Charles King, Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Alexandra Durrell) meet something a warlock kept chained in his attic until one night in 1670. Watch on Tubi.
An American family (Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jessica Dollarhide) that has suffered tragedy inherits an Italian castle complete with bloodthirsty monster. You can stream it on Tubi and Shudder.
An expert in the supernatural collects torture devices, and helps a man exact revenge on the descendants of those responsible for burning his ancestor at the stake. Watch on Google Play and YouTube.
The Haunted Palace
Condemned warlock Joseph Curwen (Vincent Price) curses a New England village just before being burned alive. More than a century later, Curwen’s kindly great-great grandson Charles Ward (also Price) arrives in town and moves into Curwen’s old mansion. Caretaker Simon Orne (Lon Chaney Jr.) helps Charles and his wife Ann (Debra Paget) adjust to their new home. The ancient curse, however, takes hold of Joseph, awakening inside him a long-dormant evil passed on through blood. Buy it here from Arrow Films.
Investigative journalist Anna looks into the disappearance of her friend who she believes ingested a secret government chemical. Her search leads her into the disturbing world of covert operatives, with one strange radio transmission troubling her.
The Shunned House
Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name, The Shunned House features a two-man ghost hunting team that take it upon themselves to explore a house with an uneasy history… Get it on Amazon Prime
The Whisperer in Darkness
Folklore professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the most remote hills of Vermont. His enquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends.
Out Of Mind: The Stories Of H. P. Lovecraft
A man (Christopher Heyerdahl) tormented by horrific nightmares discovers the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.
A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term “survival of the fittest.” David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, and Julianne Moore are the only people standing between the aliens and world domination… which could be bad news for the Earth. Get it anywhere from $2.99.
The Thing On The Doorstep
Insane asylums, shallow graves and magick of the blackest kind. Maelstrom Productions’ newest project is an updated but faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep”. Stephen King describes Lovecraft as “The 20th century horror story’s dark and baroque prince”. Shot entirely on Digital Video, the film promises to satisfy fans of Lovecraft and the genre itself. Get it on Tubi.
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
H.P. Lovecraft’s Randolph Carter petitions the gods of Kadath for aid as he undertakes a supernatural journey to find a mystical sunset city. Watch this on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
Chris’ (Fabian Wolfrom) neighbors become increasingly violent as they mutate into something from beyond this world after a comet passes the Earth. It’s free on Tubi.
A man awakes naked and confused in a isolated mountainous region, and soon encounters a strange local who offers to help him. The helpful stranger tells the man of local folklore that speaks of a murderous religious cult, a train tunnel cut deep into the mountain that leads to nowhere, and an insect-like fertility god that is said to dwell within it. The two men soon go underground in search of the truth, and find themselves in a stygian black temple of horror. Buy it on Amazon.
Eldritch Horror And The Ancient Gods
The unknowable monsters that are too big, too small, or too wild and wacky to be real are all here. These are the Old Ones who have been around longer than the Universe itself. What do they want? Who knows, but if they show up, you better run because it probably isn’t going to be good for humanity. Many of these creatures are only talked about while a few very daring directors and creature designers show the whole enchilada with mixed results.
Cloaked, cult-like figures trap a police officer (Aaron Poole), patients and staffers inside a hospital that is a gateway to evil. Get it on iTunes and Shudder.
The Creature Below
A marine biologist discovers a strange, unearthly creature in the depths of the Atlantic. Soon, she forms an almost symbiotic relationship with the creature and becomes obsessed with it to the point of madness. Tubi has it.
When a space mission involving American and British astronauts encounters an alien craft, the humanoids within are brought aboard the shuttle. Back on Earth, one of the extraterrestrials, who appears to be a gorgeous woman (Mathilda May), proceeds to suck the life force out of various Londoners, turning the town into a city of roaming half-dead people. When Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback), a surviving astronaut, realizes what is happening, he sets out to stop the ruthless alien presence. Get it on HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
Pregnant with her brother’s child, a young girl tries to escape from her backwoods community after learning that she is to be sacrificed to a creature that lives in a very deep pit. Stream it on Tubi and Vudu for free.
The discovery of a clue to mankind’s origins on Earth leads a team of explorers to the darkest parts of the universe. Two brilliant young scientists lead the expedition. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) hopes that they will meet a race of benevolent, godlike beings who will in some way verify her religious beliefs, while Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) is out to debunk any spiritual notions. However, neither the scientists nor their shipmates are prepared for the unimaginable terrors that await them. Get it on the TNT and TBS app.
In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma. Watch this on Hulu, HBO, or Cinemax.
Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station. Led by their captain, the survivors realize that their only hope is to walk across the sea floor to reach the main part of the facility. But they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from mysterious and deadly creatures that no one has ever seen. Stream it anywhere for $5.99.
The Mothman Prophecies
Supernatural thriller focusing on a journalist whose wife experienced a strange moth-like vision immediately before she was killed in a car accident. Two years later, driving to an interview, he suddenly finds himself hundreds of miles out of his way in the remote town of Point Pleasant, where there has been a proliferation of `mothman’ sightings. His research concludes that the visions are omens of disaster. Catch it on Vudu and Amazon Prime for $2.99.
After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. Vudu and Amazon Prime have it for $2.99.
After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice. You can stream it everywhere for $3.99 and up.
When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded. It’s a Netflix original.
Cabin In the Woods
When five college friends (Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams) arrive at a remote forest cabin for a little vacation, little do they expect the horrors that await them. One by one, the youths fall victim to backwoods zombies, but there is another factor at play. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford) are manipulating the ghoulish goings-on, but even as the body count rises, there is yet more at work than meets the eye. Get it on Hulu.
As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them. Watch it on Netflix now.
A young woman spends her days renovating the Victorian mansion that she lives in with her husband in the countryside. When a stranger knocks on the door one night, he becomes an unexpected guest in their home. Later, his wife and two children also arrive to make themselves welcome. Terror soon strikes when the beleaguered wife tries to figure out why her husband is so seemingly friendly and accommodating to everyone but her. Stream it on Hulu or Sling TV.
The resort town of Snowfield, Colo., is under attack by an evil spirit that almost wipes out the entire population, possessing a number of those it kills. As the locals continue to fall victim to the demonic presence, it’s up to Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) to lead the response. He’s helped by FBI-employed academic Dr. Timothy Flyte (Peter O’Toole), Deputy Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber), local doctor Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going) and her visiting sister, Lisa (Rose McGowan). Hulu has it right now.
Hellboy(2004 or 2019)
At the end of World War II, the Nazis attempt to open a portal to a paranormal dimension in order to defeat the Allies, but are only able to summon a baby demon who is rescued by Allied forces and dubbed “Hellboy” (Ron Perlman). Sixty years later, Hellboy serves as an agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, where he, aided by Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), a merman with psychic powers, and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a woman with pyrokinesis, protects America against dark forces. Watch it on Sling TV or Starz or anyplace else for the 2019 version.
A plane full of teens with a rookie pilot battles against a supernatural force. Watch it on Tubi.
Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Netflix has it.
A rescue party comes face to face with underground creatures attacking a town. Watch it on Tubi.
While taking a break, a unit of cops receive a distress call over the radio. Directed to an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere, they soon find themselves trapped in a surreal and nightmarish world. Stream it on Hulu.
Careless American military personnel dump chemicals into South Korea’s Han River. Several years later, a creature emerges from the tainted waters and sinks its ravenous jaws into local residents. When the creature abducts their daughter (Ah-sung Ko), a vendor (Song Kang-ho) and his family decide that they are the only ones who can save her. Hulu has this one now.
Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn. Another Netflix original.
After Anna (Isabelle Adjani) reveals to her husband, Mark (Sam Neill), that she is having an affair, she leaves him and their son. Mark is devastated, and seeks out Heinrich (Heinz Bennent), the man who cuckolded him, only to receive a beating. After a series of violent confrontations between Mark and Anna, Mark hires a private investigator to follow her. Anna descends into madness, and it’s soon clear that she is hiding a much bigger secret — one that is both inexplicable and shocking.
A woman grieves over the tragic loss of her best friend as the world comes to an end. Stream it on Hulu.
As the Managing Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old-school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the Editor in Chief.