As we already know, Paramount+ houses some of the most successful and best movies you can watch now. The obvious draw in the newly emerged streaming service is its ability to incorporate films that viewers can’t seem to find on other streaming networks, thanks to the rich archives of Paramount Pictures dating back a century ago.
For fellow horror fanatics, the fact that the company tends to stream a wide variety of projects, going back to the ’50s and earlier, is an apparent pro in paying for the monthly subscription. It’s not just the fact that Paramount+ has earlier released films, but it’s also the mixture of both new and exclusive releases (including original TV shows on Paramount), along with the incorporation of cult classics that makes the membership worthwhile.
With a recent announcement that all Paramount distributed movies would specifically stream on the Paramount+ app by the start of 2024, it’s evident that the company is intentionally trying to diversify their range of content in order to cater to a wider array of audience members. For horror fans, this is a ‘plus.’ Keep reading for some of the best horror movies streaming on Paramount+.
The Paranormal Activity franchise in itself is completely terrifying due to the realism of the filming techniques, the presence of supernatural entities, and the family backstory interconnected to the series of films. Paramount+ successfully resurrected the franchise with Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, in which Margot travels to an Amish community, along with a documentary film crew, as she searches for answers about her mother. Abandoned by her mother as a newborn, Margot hopes to meet any of her existing relatives, but she’s actually in for a rude awaking, (aka demonic spirits).
Following the success of the first film, A Quiet Place 2 picks up with the Abbott family as they come face to face with the unknowns of the outside world. After the horrific events that took place at their family farmhouse, the group must fight for survival in complete silence as they travel through a sand path. The family quickly realizes there are creatures nearby who pursue their prey by sound. Directed by John Krasinski like the first film, the sequel doesn’t have the emotional and allegorical resonance of the first film but makes up for it by upping the horror ante in some impressive ways in this excellent movie with almost no dialogue.
This horror masterpiece is completely terrifying, and a quick heads up, if you watch it before bedtime there’s an elevated chance that you won’t be able to sleep for the whole night. The Charles B. Pierce horror classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown is based around the account of a 1946 killing spree, where an unidentified hooded madman stalks the lovers’ lanes of a small Texarkana town in Arkansas. One of the more woefully underseen slasher movies, it is nonetheless a spooky Southern gothic that capitalizes well on the ‘ripped from the headlines’ approach of Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Remember, there’s always a hooded man in the bushes just waiting to pounce… Joking, probably…
Whenever there’s a horror movie about vacations gone wrong, personal retreat planning can get a little terrifying (if any of you can relate, thank goodness). In search for endless fun during a holiday vacation in Mexico, Amy (Jena Malone), Stacy (Laura Ramsey), Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), and Eric (Shawn Ashmore) are in store for more than they bargained for when visiting a remote area in the jungle. When animalistic vines attempt to entrap the group, each of them must fight to stay alive, in the weird little nightmare of a film The Ruins.
If you take nothing else from this article, please try to remember that if you ever plan on moving to an unfamiliar area, try to refrain from it being next to a graveyard, or a new property built on top of an existing one (unless you’re into that kid of thing). This classic adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary depicts the lives of Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his wife, Rachel (Denise Crosby), as they move from Boston to Maine with their two small children.
Tragedy strikes, and once the Creed’s notice a burial ground hidden within the woods of their new home, evil presences rapidly unleash terror on the family. While lacking the sophistication and finesse of the best King adaptations, Pet Sematary is a gruesome gem in its own right; plus it has a killer song from The Ramones.
Local Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is in shock when his patients begin to come to him with the concern that their family and friends have been replaced with imposters, who seem to give emotionless responses. As the truth behind these complaints rears its ugly head, Bennell, Becky (Dana Wynter), and his friend Jack (King Donovan) soon realize that the suspicions of his patients stem from an alien species taking over the town. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is simply one of the greatest movies ever made, and has a plot so conducive to allegory that it’s been remade again and again.
Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her aspiring actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a mysterious New York City apartment building with a known reputation for being slightly odd, alongside odder neighbors. Once Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant (with the couple’s first child) she begins to feel more and more isolated as time passes. Rosemary’s Baby follows the titular character through her pregnancy as she learns darker and darker secrets about the people surrounding her, and the person growing inside her.
Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2022
2022 has already been an impressive year for horror movies, with Scream and Texas Chainsaw Massacre starting off the year. Luckily, there are still several interesting features to come.
Last year was also a great year for the horror genre. 2021 saw movies like M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the Fear Street trilogy and the Candyman remake.
This year will also see a few remakes and sequels, like the long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 and the remake of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, which was originally released on screen in 1979, and is based on the book of the same name. There will also be another installment of the popular Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead Rise.
There will be a lot of new, original material this year to get excited about. Like Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which is a psychological thriller about 1950s suburbia, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. Or David Slade’s Dark Harvest, which is based on the novel of the same name by Norman Partridge.
While several of these highly anticipated horror flicks are set to release during the fall – fittingly around Halloween – now is a great time to get excited for what’s to come and read about some of the most anticipated horror movies to hit the screens in 2022.
The Black Phone is about a 13-year-old boy (Mason Thames) who gets kidnapped by a sinister masked killer (Ethan Hawke), and is kept in a soundproof basement. There’s a disconnected phone on the wall in the basement that starts to ring and connects the boy with the voices of the killer’s previous victims, who want to help him escape.
The movie will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) with co-writing from screenwriter and film critic C. Robert Cargill, and is based on a short story by Joe Hill; Stephen King’s son. Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will be producing.
The Black Phone will have its theatrical release on June 24th, and just from the trailer alone, it looks like bona fide nightmare fuel.
The horror/drama Men is about a young woman (Jessie Buckley) who ventures out into the English countryside for some self-care and personal time, when she discovers something, or someone, in the woods is stalking her. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) wrote and directed the movie, with A24 (Midsommar, Hereditary) aiding in production.
The trailer depicts a very creepy, unsettling plot that looks ripe with twists, turns, and depth that’s recognizable with A24 productions. The theatrical release for Men is set for May 20.
Halloween Ends is the thirteenth and seemingly the last installment in the Halloween franchise, created by horror master John Carpenter. It follows the 2018 reboot Halloween and the 2021 sequel Halloween Kills, and will be directed by David Gordon Green, who was also responsible for the other two films in the reboot trilogy.
Halloween Ends will pick up where Halloween Kills left off and put Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers against each other for a final showdown. Jason Blum is on board for production and the movie will feature writers who worked on the recent prequels, like Danny McBride.
Michael Myers has been terrorizing audiences since the debut of the original Halloween in 1978. Several sequels and reboots have been released over the years – some better than others. Viewers will have to wait until Halloween Ends’ theatrical release on October 14 to see how – and if – the franchise comes to an end.
‘Salem’s Lot is one of Stephen King’s most notable classics. It was adapted on screen once before in 1979, and received rave reviews from critics, labeling it one of the best King adaptations. Later in 1987, the sequel, A Return to ‘Salem’s Lot debuted, but really didn’t live up to the original.
The horror classic about Ben Mears (Lewis Pullman), a writer who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot and finds it slowly overcome with vampires, is being remade and directed by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun). Well-known horror director James Wan, (The Conjuring, Inisidious), is also coming on as a producer.
The theatrical release for ‘Salem’s Lot is set for September 9. There have yet to be any trailers or sneak peeks released for the movie, but Wan and Dauberman are aiming to keep the remake as close to the original book as possible.
NOPE is the latest movie from acclaimed director Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out). It’s about a couple of caretakers at a horse ranch in California that encounter some kind of strange presence that affects animal and human behaviors. Maybe it’s aliens or some other strange supernatural force. It’s unclear, and the trailer is just as ambiguous as the title itself. However, knowing what Peele is capable of from his past works puts NOPE at the top of the list for summer must-sees. NOPE also has a star-studded cast including Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria).
The theatrical release is set for July 22.
The Major Prop Katey Sagal Took From The Set Of Sons Of Anarchy
Throughout “Sons of Anarchy,” Gemma shows that she’s not one to be messed with. She’s fiercely protective of her son Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and the outlaw motorcycle club that her late husband John Teller started. If something or someone threatens either of these things, Gemma has no problem deceiving — and even killing — to ensure their survival.
Gemma’s dark, edgy wardrobe accurately reflects her personality, from her black, heeled boots to her oversized sunglasses. But one article of clothing, one that is with Gemma from the beginning, pulls the look together –- a leather jacket.
It was this item that Katey Sagal wanted to keep from her time on set. She said in an interview with People, “In the pilot, they made her a brown leather coat, so I took that coat because it was her first piece of wardrobe and it really helped to form the character.”
Although Theo Rossi thought Sagal’s husband, “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, would take home the club table, Sagal wasn’t having it. She said, “Paris [Barclay, an executive producer] said it should go in the Smithsonian. I don’t know where it goes, but it’s not coming to our house.”