The 5 ultimate horror movies to watch on Peacock

The 5 ultimate horror movies to watch on Peacock

1. “The Exorcist III” (1990)

An image of a scene from the horror movie "Exorcist III"

It may for some reason not outshine its iconic 1973 “The Exorcist”. The third part still captures the audience as it is the continuation of the original movie, which follows the story of a clever police detective who tries to riddle out through a chain of gruesome murders that portray the similarity of a sadistic signature of the Gemini Killer, who was known to have died 15 years before. The movie is greatly highlighted by an extraordinary performance from George C. Scott, chills down the spine background sounds, and one of the most well-known jump scares of the movie industry.

Director: William Peter Blatty

Cast: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Nicol Williamson, Brad Dourif

2. “The Hunt” (2020)

A scene from the horror movie " The Hunt"

The movie plot is based on 12 working class people who are forced to play a scary game of cat-and-mouse as they are being hunted by elites who vies them as low life. This action-horror faced a lot of negative response before its release as Donald Trump had claimed the movie was created in order to defame the social media platform Twitter (Now X).The movie was luckily released right before the global pandemic had hit following its ways to online streaming. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof explains how horror plays a vital role in the movie’s synopsis and brings out the manifestation of their nightmares.

Director: Craig Zobel

Cast: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Sturgill Simpson, Justin Hartley

3. “Magic” (1978)

A scene from the horror movie "The Magic"

There have been many movies using the concept of toys coming to life such as Chucky in Child’s Play (1988) to the newest movie Megan the robot from M3GAN (2023).The story line focuses on Anthony Hopkins who plays the character of Charles ”Corky” alongside his sidekick puppet known as Fats. Corky Tries to get rekindle back with one of his old flame who currently is now his married high school crush, Peggy Sue but unfortunately Fats has different evil plan in his mind which leads the story further in a horrific battle for control. The movie show cases the depths of emotions and feelings which continuously fight the inner demons to seek out the real truth.

Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter, David Ogden Stiers, E.J. André

4.”The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974)

A scene from the horror movie "Texas Chain Saw Massacre"

Securing the top spots is one of the most classic horror movies of all time. The movie portrayed what true fear looks in the beholder along with triggering a new fear for the slasher’s weapon- the chainsaw. Leatherface – who is a sadistic killer armed with a powerful chainsaw and a terrifying mask made out of human skin along with his cannibal family who try to find new victims within the group of friends cruising freely through a part of rural Texas. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre had an absence of blood and gore but was backlashed and banned in multiple countries due to its controversy of brutalizing women. Yet this movie was able to mark its place in the history of horror movies, earning a place within the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent film collection in the year of 1981 and giving a pathway to an entire franchise made up of eight sequels, multiple comic books, video game and novel released in 2004.

Director: Tobe Hooper

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain. Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

5. “The Wailing” (2016)

A scene from the South Korean horror movie "The Wailing"

This movie has runtime of 156 minutes but don’t let it fool you by thinking this horror movie would end up boring you. This movie is a great work of art is definitely one to sit through. The plot of this South Korean Movie follows a police officer trying to find out the cause for an infection which makes the villagers become murderous. The investigation further spirals down into ghosts, possessions and black magic rituals bring out the bloody pathway through out the way of the movie. It might seem a lot of elements have been put together for a movie which might confuse the viewer but The Wailing is one of the greatest movies which showcase the high quality of the cinematic industry making it a master piece showing the horror genre is not only for domestic scary movies but also is a universal language.

Director: Na Hong Jin

Cast: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee, Jun Kunimura

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