This week it was announced that the Amazon Prime Video platform has reached an impressive 200 million subscribers. The company’s record brings it closer and closer to the almighty Netflix, which currently has around 204 million subscribers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon’s colossal amount was hit this month, with the addition of 50 million subscriptions in the past three months. In order to celebrate this boost from the blue streaming platform, which could very soon become the favorite of the general public, surpassing the hitherto champion Netflix, we have decided to select in our new article a series of tips from a genre we adore it and it’s one of your favorites, our readers: terror.
Amazon Prime Video has horror classics in its current collection to watch right now. So don’t waste any more time. Here we will help you in this sifting, in order to find these real gems hidden on the platform. Find out below.
You who are a fan of the maniac Michael Myers, loved the Halloween reboot (2018) and can’t wait to see the sequel Halloween Kills – which opens this year – but you haven’t had the chance to know the previous chapters of the saga, this one is for you. Amazon owns almost all of the movies in the franchise. The first, Halloween – The Night of Terror (1978), by John Carpenter, needless to say, is essential, and a true masterpiece of terror. The sequel Halloween II – The Nightmare Continues (1981) turns 40 in 2021, has a script and a production by Carpenter, and while it doesn’t compare to the original, it’s still a good choice.
Halloween III (1982) has a bold idea that didn’t work very well back then, but has reappeared as cult work today. Here, still produced by Carpenter, Michael Myers doesn’t show up, and we have a story involving dark magic and science. Well, you can see those three and stop there. The platform still has parts 4 and 5 of the franchise, with the return of Michael Myers, but these watch at your own risk, if you’re a big fan or curious.
The monster team
Entitled in Brazil, Gave the Madwoman in the Monsters, this 1987 production has its original title on Amazon, The Monster Squad. So, to make your search easier, we’re using the original name here as well, although many will know it by the Brazilian title of Open TV reruns. The concept of the film is very cool, and mixes the Goonies, with a group of pre-teens a la Stranger Things, facing the classic monsters of Universal, namely: Dracula, Frankenstein, the werewolf, the mummy and the monster. of the Black Lake. Because it wasn’t very successful when it was released, the film was quickly restricted to cult status around this time. Over the years, however, an increasingly small group (formed only of those who knew him at the time) cherished the memory of the feature film. This is the opportunity to bring back this production, which combines terror and adventure, for a new generation.
An American werewolf in London
Speaking of werewolves, this is perhaps the most famous film in cinema to address these furry creatures. In addition, it served to reinvigorate the mythology of murderous beasts for a new generation, adding a lot of sour humor, creativity, but not forgetting the countless scares. Still revered as one of the best horror films of all time, An American Werewolf in London turns 40 in 2021, making it the perfect opportunity to be seen or revisited. The film won the Oscar for best makeup, rewarding specialist Rick Baker with the first of his 7 Academy statuettes.
Speaking of horror movies that turn 40 in 2021, here we come back to the realm of the slasher. In the same year as Halloween II, this macabre Valentine’s Day kicked off in the so-called boom year of the subgenre. A Canadian production, the feature film became known as the “proletarian slasher”, workers at a small town coal mine having their peers tormented by a mysterious figure. The film generated a good remake in 2009.
Here we have a classic not from the 80s, but from the 90s. Launched in 1993, the horror features the famous Warwick Davis (Willow and Harry Potter) as an infamous killer elf. The idea was to boost a new horror icon, like Michael Myers, Jason and Freddy. But what really catches the eye is the presence of star Jennifer Aniston, in front of Friends, in her first movie role. Like the Halloween franchise, Amazon has four of Duende’s films on the platform, but being very friendly to you, we only recommend the first one for morbid curiosity to see Aniston star in a still fresh horror film.
Hellraiser – Reborn from Hell
Another landmark of terror, Hellraiser is based on the book by master Clive Barker and the first film is even directed by himself. The author has an exquisite performance in charge of the work, being responsible for the nightmares of an entire generation with his images beyond the graphics contained in the film. Hell and fun are some of the themes of this feature. As is often the case in Terror, Hellraiser has spawned endless sequels, but Amazon only offers four of the films. We recommend the first three, which are the only ones that are really worth the effort, although they are gradually diluted in quality. The first, however, remains one of the masterpieces of the terrorist gore that emerged from the 1980s.
Speaking of masterpieces of terror, we are still 10 years in the past compared to Hellraiser, for the year 1977. Who commands is a very famous name in the genre: Dario Argento, Italian director who is a master of terror. Italian horror films were known by the nickname Giallo (yellow), which speaks of the excessive use of violence, blood (blood) and the feeling of nightmare versus reality. Aside from the last element, it can be said that such films have had an influence on the American subgenre of slasher. This is one of the few films in which Argento uses supernatural elements as the source of his horror. Very famous for its aesthetics, here we have a dance company that serves as a facade for a witch’s lair. The film is the first part of a trilogy and was remade in 2018 by Luca Guadagnino.
The master of desires
Many horror enthusiasts and experts alike claim that the last great villain of the genre created was Candyman. However, in the 90s, other villains who aimed for the hearts and popularity of fans tried to mark the public taste. This was the case with the aforementioned Duende in 1993. A few years later, in 1997, the same thing happened in this terror, starring the wicked Djin, a cursed “genie of the lamp” who addressed wishes to all those who were finding a gemstone where it came from. The trick was that such wishes never happened the way the person imagined and the unhappy person mostly ended up dead or fucked up. Produced by veteran Wes Craven, the essence behind the scenes of the film was to reunite the legendary Jason, Freddy Krueger and the aforementioned Candyman in his film. Good or almost. Since those who really stand out are the performers of such characters without makeup.
Going back to the 80s, now we’re going to release the dog. The first is this dog of the São Bernardo breed, whose origin dates from a book by the master of the genre Stephen King. In the plot, a cheerful dog is bitten by a bat and acquires anger, thus becoming an uncontrollable beast. He ends up cornering a mother (role of actress Dee Wallace – who the previous year had shone in ET – The Extraterrestrial) and her grandson in a car, where they spend an entire day desperate for help. . It is tension in its purest form.
A year before Cujo’s arrival in theaters, legendary director Samuel Fuller delivered a disturbing and very questioning work, in addition to a simple horror film. Before Jordan Peele, other filmmakers had already taken more serious and talk-worthy themes and molded them into more pop forms in order to inquire into and question their meaning. So, Fuller created a feature film to discuss racism in the form of terror. In the plot, a Hollywood actress finds an injured White German Shepherd and decides to stay with him to heal him. What she doesn’t know is that her former owner was a racist and trained him to attack black people, creating a real killing machine. Now the woman needs to deprogram this anger in the animal.
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