Our list of the Top 10 Horror TV Series on Amazon Prime was created recently and incorporates reader comments and input on the shows they have enjoyed watching the most in addition to our research of brand-new, intriguing, and captivating series.
We’ve included both vintage TV series like Tales of the Unexpected and well-known films like The Walking Dead in our list. This is your go-to resource if you are having trouble making your way through the Amazon Prime horror series and want some serious entertainment. With any luck, our list can simplify your life.
1. Penny Dreadful (Season 1)
Characters from classic literature like Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein are well-known to a large audience. Through an examination of their backstories, “Penny Dreadful” sheds additional light on these and other characters in this psychological thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Victorian London.
The animals of the city have taken his daughter, and Sir Malcolm is an adventurer who will stop at nothing to win her back and make one for past wrongs. To find Sir Malcolm’s daughter and defeat some demons, his collaborator, the alluring clairvoyant Vanessa Ives, enlists the aid of beautiful American Ethan Chandler. The executive producer of the series is Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”).
2. The Originals
In The Originals, Vampire Diaries spin-off, Klaus, the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, goes back to New Orleans, which his family helped construct, to look into rumors of a plot against him. He discovers that Marcel, his old protégé, is in charge of its populace and that friction within the supernatural society is rising.
Upon Klaus’ brother Elijah’s arrival, they discover that werewolf Hayley has been taken in by a rebellious witch possessing crucial information. While waiting to see if their lone surviving sibling, Rebekah, will leave Mystic Falls to join them, Klaus and Elijah organize an alliance with the witches to advance their plans to retake the city.
3. Bates Motel
To start over with her teenage son Norman and herself after her husband passes away, Norma Bates purchases a motel in the charming seaside town of White Pine Bay. Although shy Norman is initially hesitant, he soon opens up to others and makes new acquaintances with the support of his mother, with whom he has a very close relationship. But some residents aren’t as amiable and inviting to the Bates, who learn that White Pine Bay isn’t as tranquil as it seems and that they have to survive by any means necessary.
The drama series, Bates Motel which is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) and is based on the classic 1960 horror movie “Psycho,” delves into Norman Bates’ early years and how his complex relationship with his mother helped him become a serial murderer.
Former outlaw Jesse Custer comes home to West Texas to take over his father’s church, honoring a promise made to him before he passed away. However, Jesse’s quest takes a turn for the worse when an unknown force takes control of his body and gives him access to a very unusual power.
The preacher-in-training sets out on a quest to find God in a world full of holy, hellish, and everything-in-between individuals with the help of his hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish wanderer Cassidy. Based on the well-known 1990s comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, “Preacher” is a darkly humorous film. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Superbad,” “Neighbors”), together with Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”), serve as executive producers.
Mary Sibley is Salem, Massachusetts’ most powerful witch. She is the ill but extremely wealthy town selectman’s wife. Mary is fragile yet vicious, and she has a lot of secrets to keep hidden. To further her goals, she depends on Tituba, her enduring accomplice. Mary’s intentions take an unexpected turn when her long-time romantic interest, John Alden, a native of Salem, returns from war duty to find the town in a state of paralysis due to the dread of a witch hunt.
Mary and John are thrown into a realm of terror, hysteria, and the paranormal against a backdrop of villagers vowing to purge Salem of evil by any means necessary. In the race for her reign, Mary has to repel both old and new foes. What exactly drove Massachusetts’s historic witch trials in the seventeenth century? WGN America’s first original drama, “Salem,” dares to reveal the sinister, otherworldly truth.
Investigative teams led by Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler, Detective Sergeant Ray Miles, and jack-of-all-trades historical adviser Edward Buchan are tasked with interpreting the nightmares of the past to help solve the horrors of the present, whether it’s a Jack the Ripper impostor carrying out horrific murders in London’s Whitechapel district or gory crimes in the East End prompting a look back at 300 years of history. Nevertheless, summoning spirits can be a difficult task, particularly when it takes Chandler, Miles, and Buchan to even darker realms.
6. The Following
In The Following When renowned serial killer Joe Carroll, whom the FBI had captured years prior, escapes from death row, they contact Ryan Hardy, a former agent who has suffered both physical and psychological trauma. Before being locked up, English professor and author Carroll, who was obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe, killed and disfigured fourteen women. Carroll spent his time gathering a group of cult-like followers while he was incarcerated, Hardy and the FBI found out.
To assist Carroll in achieving his lethal ambitions and realizing his ultimate goal of exacting revenge on Ryan Hardy, the recruits demonstrate their willingness to carry out murders, assist in kidnappings, and even give their lives.
7. The Dead Files
To look into haunted places where a tragic murder was committed, a homicide detective and a medium unite their sixth senses in The Dead Files. Steve DiSchiavi, a former detective with over 20 years of experience in the New York City Police Department, and Amy Allan, a psychic and paranormal researcher, have collaborated with numerous law enforcement and private investigators.
To maintain the objectivity of their research, the two individuals in every episode conduct separate investigations into cases and withhold their conclusions from one another. DiSchiavi and Allan discuss what they learn with the property owner at the end of the episode, and it frequently leads to an indisputable conclusion.
8. Evil Dead Rise
An Evil Dead movie, if anything, could have the whole crowd roaring with laughter as a deranged preteen runs a cheese grater across her aunt’s calf like it’s a brand-new block of cheddar. Everything you might want from an Evil Dead movie is present in Evil Dead Rise, the first movie to bless the cherished franchise in ten years: It’s hilarious beyond belief, repulsively nasty, and—perhaps most importantly—it may just be the most bloodthirsty thing I’ve ever seen in a motion picture.
One drawback to the movie, if there is one, is that director Cronin occasionally makes too many concessions to achieve his startling, graphic visuals. The five central protagonists’ inability to leave their apartment is the only way the movie functions. Nobody makes a special effort as a result. I could occasionally picture Cronin thinking, “What is the grossest thing I could put in a movie?” Even though I am incredibly grateful for all of the horrific, perverted things I saw in that theater.
9. Night of the Demons
The late ’80s horror subgenre of “a bunch of young people go to a spooky location and all wind up dead” may have peaked a year earlier with Evil Dead 2, but Night of the Demons is one of the most truly fun entries in the genre. Undoubtedly, Night of the Demons lacks the slapstick humor of early Sam Raimi, and none of its actors are ready-made Bruce Campbell jokers. Nevertheless, what it does have is a brazen raunchiness and an overall happy attitude about the characters’ deaths.
These men are wide, humorous parodies of various 1980s youth culture tropes, reminiscent of the Return of the Living Dead kids in every way except for Linnea Quigley’s appearance. Yes, she is nude here, but unlike in ROTLD, she isn’t nude for much of the movie.
10. Scream 2
For many reasons, it would be difficult to follow up the first Scream: Wes Craven eliminated every antagonist in the film’s concluding scenes, making it one of the most inventive and self-aware horror movies in recent memory. This is when the good sequel Scream 2 (which also serves as a preface to all subsequent, inferior sequels) enters the picture. It focuses on the making of Stab, a movie that is based on the Woodsboro murders, and it follows a new run of “ghost face” killings. The film continues to scare viewers silly with voice-morphed, inquisitive phone calls and Ghost Face pop-ups, all the while being brutally critical of the horror movie genre.