Now Scream This: 10 Great Horror Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: HOW IS IT ONLY, LIKE, TWO WEEKS INTO 2020 AND I'M ALREADY THIS EXHAUSTED?! Maybe because we're in the cinematic "Ides of January," looking at you Dolittle - but that's poppycock because Underwater rules and none of y'all showed up. This is why we can't have good aquatic horror things! In any case, all this stalling is to say Chris and I decided we're just going to throw some random picks against the wall in favor of trying to get a little more sleep this year. The sacrifices we make for you, dear reader. Where else would you get your streaming horror recommendations? (No answer needed!)

Chris: Welcome back, folks. We're all just trying to get through this month (almost there!), so Matt and I decided to take things easy and just give you a grab-bag of titles. No theme here – except the theme of having a good time watching some unpleasant films. 

Deadcon

Now Streaming on Netflix

Matt: Getting ahead of my partner here and stating that I think Chris will absolutely despise Deadcon even though it gets my endorsement. Caryn Waechter's YouTuber horror flick played Cinepocalypse last year, but came and went after an unceremonious VOD dump. Yes, it stars internet personalities and influencers who congregate for a fake streamer convention that's haunted by past rituals. Yes, it's a splice of Paranormal Activity and Unfriended, except with more narrative walkaways from screen-life horror. It's got its glitches – and I'm one of the first to be turned off by the likes of Logan Paul hopefuls appearing on my theater screens – but Deadcon gets more right than not. It's an easy Friday night stream with pizza on the way.

Chris: Well, here we go again, starting things off with a Matt pick I have never even heard of. 

Sweetheart

Now Streaming on Netflix

Matt: I refuse to censor myself: Blumhouse did J.D. Dillard's Sweetheart dirty upon release. This aquatic creature feature was one of my biggest surprises out of last year's Fantastic Fest. Not only because Kiersey Clemons delivers another spot-on performance, this time as a shipwrecked survivor fighting for her life on a remote island. More because the creature creation is so impressive, working with physical suits and a monster reveal that's so pitch-perfect under a red flare illuminating the blackest night. Then you realize why it's called "sweetheart," and Dillard's sea baddie flick becomes something more in-tuned with societal commentaries outside survival terror. Why did this movie get so unceremoniously shoved onto VOD? Don't bother – no reason is good enough.

Chris: Sweetheart is a fun little monster flick with a killer Kiersey Clemons performance and one of the best monster reveal scenes you'll ever see. 

Luz

Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: Do you like your possession flicks with a heavy influence that some might describe as "arthouse" or "experimental?" In a good way? Tilman Singer's *graduate thesis* Luz is an endlessly inspired take on demonic infiltration. Luana Velis plays a taxi driver in an interrogation room who slowly blurs flashback and reality as her miming turns into live-action without viewers even noticing. That means nothing to you now, but it's Singer's most impressive trick and you'll know exactly why once watching yourself. Plus it's under eighty minutes? What else do you want in a streaming horror selection! In, out, and tries something fresh. You're welcome.

Chris: Weird, disturbing, and loaded with powerhouse performances. 

Demon

Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: There are so many malevolent beings to pick from given the vast writings on religion and folklore, which makes me wonder why we don't see more dybbuk cinema. Demon - which I just learned is not only based on Jewish histories but an actual theater play – infects a farmhouse wedding night with cultural nightmares. A groom, nuptial jitters, and an unrested spirit. Plenty of vodka and dancing and possession unrest. I love a movie that takes the happiest of occasions and drags a family into hell, and Marcin Wrona gives us a damn fine example why.

Chris: Demon is a haunting, unsettling story that goes off in directions you'll never see coming. Don't sleep on it. 

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Now Streaming on HBO Go

Matt: Do you know which Resident Evil franchise entry is best? Resident Evil: Apocalypse. You're gosh-diddly-darn right. Maybe because its characters feel like they're navigating a video game blueprint that favorably respects Capcom's survival horror series. Maybe because Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine was a sexual awakening for this hardcore gamer turned hormonal movie fan. Maybe because it's no-frills, dreadful, but still packs all that STARS action those who've spent too long exploring Raccoon City have come to expect. All that *and* we get Nemesis? Save your breath and aim your arguments elsewhere. I'm Resident Evil: Apocalypse or die.

Chris: ::Jason Bateman voice:: I don't know what I expected. 

Midsommar

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Chris: I loved Hereditary, but Ari Aster's follow-up Midsommar is even better. It's bigger, bolder, and – most surprising of all – funnier. Florence Pugh is as great as everyone says she is as Dani, an emotionally fragile young woman who follows her gaslighting boyfriend to Sweden for a midsummer festival. What should be a fun getaway quickly turns into a sun-drenched nightmare, building towards an ending so twisted and so satisfying it'll leave a sick grin on your face. 

Matt: Midsommar! Love it. You know, Ari Aster's hilarious breakup thriller! Seriously. This movie is so funny in the most unexpected ways, but still spikes that brutal, visceral horror Aster is proving to wield with sledgehammer impact.

Depraved

Now Streaming on Hulu

Chris: Frankenstein is a story told and re-told so many times that it's lost much of its impact. But leave it to indie horror legend Larry Fessenden to find a lively new way to take on the tale. The story beats in Depraved are familiar: a young doctor finds a way to reanimate a stitched-together corpse. But Fessenden's film goes deeper, putting us into the transplanted headspace of the "monster" as he comes to terms with his new life – while being haunted by memories of the man he was before. 

Matt: Larry Fessenden's "hipster" Frankenstein is a successful Brooklynized spin on a classic story that I'm here for. Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, frankly.

The Craft

Now Streaming on Netflix

Chris: Teen witches, '90s jams, Fairuza Balk being crazy and hot as hell – what more do you need? The Craft isn't exactly high-art but it gets the job done, overloading with atmosphere and somewhat-dated flourishes that keep things lively. Robin Tunney is a teen witch who moves to a new town and discovers other teen witches (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True). Soon, they form a coven, and it's all fun and games until someone gets hexed. 

Matt: Witchin' and bitchin' flick.

Brightburn

Now Streaming on Starz

Chris: People seemed mixed on Brightburn, but I really dug this surprisingly nasty superhero horror flick. The basic set-up: what if Superman was a psychopath? A young boy (Jackson A. Dunn) growing up on a farm in Kansas learns he's not from this planet – and he possesses superpowers. Unfortunately for us, he's not the most stable of kids, and begins using his powers for evil rather than good. 

Matt: Oh look, one of my picks for my Fangoria article on the top death scenes of 2019! This film is sooooo nasty and plays with the "evil superhero corruption" arc in a way that hooked me.

Unfriended: Dark Web

Now Streaming on HBO Now

Chris: Unfriended: Dark Web isn't as good as Unfriended, but it packs a disturbing punch. Once again the film is told entirely through screens, a gimmick that has continued to work much better than it has any right to do. In Dark Web, a hapless dude steals a laptop, only to discover it's hooked-up to the infamous dark web. Soon, he and all his online buddies are in serious danger, forced to play a deadly game that won't end well for anybody. 

Matt: I'm apparently in the minority here, but I *hated* Unfriended: Dark Web. It abandons everything I loved about the far-superior Unfriended and becomes this basic-bitch, uneventful rehash of glitchy screen doodooness.