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Monsters on Max: 8 Horror Movies to Stream Now

Max (formerly HBO Max) has 110+ horror movies in its catalog—we highlight eight, including Friday the 13th, Hereditary, and House.

There are 110+ horror movies on Max™ (formerly HBO Max), and we’d say about 64 of those are worth watching. We have eight recommendations, including an iconic slasher, non-traditional vampires, a weird-and-wacky haunted house, murder-minded telepaths, home invaders, a demented celebrity chef, and Satan. We also list dozens more scary movies to watch on Max.

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Why you should trust us: At age 9, Randy Harward begged his mom to take him to see An American Werewolf in London. She resisted but eventually relented. Several decades later, Randy supports himself—and his raging horror habit—by writing, reading, and talking about scary movies for

The 8 best horror movies on Max

Pro tip: Do you need age-appropriate horror movie recommendations for the youngsters? Check out Scary Movies for Kids and New and Upcoming PG-13 Horror Movies for Kids.

1. Friday the 13th binge-watch (1980–2009) | Slasher

A masked killer busting through a window and grabbing a young boy.

No more music, Corey Feldman! Got it? (Video screenshot)

At this writing, you can watch every Friday the 13th movie on Max except three: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). That leaves the first eight Friday the 13th movies plus the 2009 remake. That’s not a bad little marathon (although Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan sucks), so why not strap on your hockey mask and cheer Jason and Mrs. Voorhees through 118 kills (plus five bonus deaths)?

Pro tip: If you can’t abide missing all of Jason’s gory kills, you can find Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X on SHOWTIME. And you can rent Freddy vs. Jason on demand from Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV+.

2. House (1977) | Supernatural, haunted house

A young girl holds the still-living and talking head of her friend.

Mac? I hardly recognize you without, you know, a body. (Video screenshot)

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s wacky-but-freaky haunted house film, seven giggly teen girls—Gorgeous, Mac, Fantasy, Sweet, Kung Fu, Prof, and Melody—visit Gorgeous’s elderly aunt, whom she hardly knows. As the film progresses, you’re kept delightfully off-balance, often asking, “WTF?!” or “Why are they still giggling?” as trippy, gruesome stuff happens. That’s part and parcel of House’s (or Hausu’s, if you prefer the original Japanese title) considerable charm.

3. The Strangers (2008) | Home invasion

Three masked killers stare down at two bound victims.

If you’ve seen it, fill in the blanks: “Because ___ ____ ____.” (Video screenshot)

Four words will chill you forever after you watch Bryan Bertino’s home-invasion slasher, The Strangers. The film’s shocking violence may also affect you, but the deadpan explanation for three masked killers’ sadistic visit will bounce around your brain for some time afterward. (So will some of the songs from the film’s cool, creepy soundtrack, but I digress.) No spoilers, though: You should hear the words first from the killer’s mouth.

If you have time to kill, Max also has the 2018 sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night and Bertino’s lauded 2016 creature feature The Monster. These films could make a fun binge-watch before The Strangers: Chapter 1 arrives on May 17.

4. Cronos (1993) | Vampire

A gray-haired man in a suit uses his finger to gather blood from a bathroom sink counter.

One person’s cocaine nosebleed is another’s secret snack. (Video screenshot)

In the first feature film from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Nightmare Alley, Hellboy), an old antique dealer—Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi)—discovers a golden device resembling a scarab within a sculpture. The object embeds itself in Gris, feeding on his blood and restoring the old man’s youth and vigor.

As Gris and his new gadget become acquainted, a dying rich man who’s chased the device for years tries to purchase it, then steal it. Gris resists, and the man has him killed—or so he believes. Gris resurrects as a vampire seeking to settle the score without becoming a soulless bloodsucker like his pursuer.

Refreshingly different, Cronos will satisfy your craving for something more than the same old vampire stories.

5. Hereditary (2018) | Supernatural, occult

A close-up photo of a catatonic teenage boy lying in bed.

Peter Graham (Alex Wolff) lies catatonic in one of the most WTF moments in horror history (if you know, you know). (Video screenshot)

Ari Aster’s feature debut is pee-your-pants scary. Maybe you already knew that, since Hereditary came out five years ago, and people tend to talk about movies that scary.

It also helps that Aster’s film boasts a mind-scrambling story, incredible cinematography and sound design, and a gobsmackingly brilliant performance by Toni Collette that highlights Hereditary’s themes of grief and loss.

It gets better. Aster pairs those gut-wrenching emotions with occultism and family trauma. The result is a freaky horror film that could’ve kickstarted a Satanic panic revival (but we’re past that as a society, yeah?).

6. Scanners (1981) | Body (and mind) horror

Two men sit at a conference table. One is perfectly calm, eyes closed. The other looks like his head might explode.

Prelude to a splat: Daryl Revok (Michael Ironside) can kill a dude just by taking a nap. (Video screenshot)

We always talk about the head explosion scene in David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi body horror classic, Scanners. We text the GIF to shock our friends and pretend it’s the film’s only highlight.

The grue doesn’t saturate the entire film, but the stress does. Credit that to strong performances—especially from the eerily intense Michael Ironside as the evil telepath Daryl Revok—along with the music and sound design.

Howard Shore’s high-pitched, discordant score drags a violin bow along your last nerve and, combined with the sound design, with its jumble of un-mutable inner monologues and alarming sounds, make you wonder if your head might explode. And that’s Cronenberg for you.

Pro tip: New to Max (formerly HBO Max)? Read our Max review.

7. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) | Vampire-snake action horror

A wild-eyed, hairy man—standing in front of a huge, neon-adorned roadhouse bar, bellows into the camera.

Chet (Cheech Marin) needs to see your I.D. (Video screenshot)

Thirsty for more non-traditional vampire lore? Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino directed and wrote this one, respectively.

George Clooney and Tarantino play maddog criminals Seth and Richie Gecko, who must get to Mexico fast. They hijack the Fuller family’s RV, promising to release the father and his two teens in the town of El Rey.

Upon arrival, Seth and Richie casually take down the bouncers of a chaotic roadhouse bar called the Titty Twister. Seth orders the family to stick around and celebrate with the brothers, but the bouncers want revenge.

That’s when From Dusk Till Dawn takes its famous left turn. Blood, guts, boobs, and one-liners abound as the Geckos, the Fullers, and genre film legends like Tom Savini and Fred Williamson fight a legion of snake-like vamps, including Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, and Danny Trejo. Propelled by a badass soundtrack featuring The Blasters, Tito and Tarantula, and ZZ Top, From Dusk Till Dawn is a wild ride that’ll leave you panting.

8. The Menu (2022) | Kitchen nightmare

A woman closes her eyes as chocolate melts over her head and flames peek out from behind her.

Is that dark chocolate?! Eeeewwwwwww. (Video screenshot)

Mark Mylod’s The Menu is what you get when you mix a dash of Saw, a teaspoon of Clue, and a pound of Gordon Ramsay.

Various people get invited to a remote five-star restaurant where a world-class chef (Ralph Fiennes) and his crew will provide a mysterious dining experience—on the house. As dinner is served, the courses get stranger and oddly relevant to the guests and staff. Grievances air, secrets reveal, and scores settle as the chef and crew show themselves as a culinary death cult and proclaim that nobody is safe.

At once a biting satirization of fine dining that examines what matters in life, The Menu will have you closely question your life choices.

A woman, head wrapped in bandages, cautiously climbs a staircase in Eyes Without a Face.

It was at this moment she knew she wasn’t in a Billy Idol video. (Video screenshot from Eyes Without a Face on Max)

More Max horror movie recommendations

  • Aliens (1986)
  • The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)
  • The Brood (1979)
  • Cabin Fever (2003)
  • Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Dream Scenario (2023) 
  • Eraserhead (1977)
  • Evil Dead Rise (2023)
  • Eyes Without a Face (1960)
  • It Comes at Night (2017)
  • House (1977)
  • John Dies at the End (2013)
  • Kwaidan (1964)
  • Leviathan (1989)
  • The Lure (2015)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Orphan (2009)
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • Scanners (1981)
  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Scream 4 (2011)
  • Sinister (2012)
  • Species (1995)
  • Under the Skin (2014)
  • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022)
  • The Witch (2015)

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