After launching over a year ago, Peacock is becoming one of the most popular streaming services and the go-to source for NBC/Universal content. With the summer coming to a close and the fall approaching, the streaming service has added more horror movies to their lineup, including some of Universal’s classic monster movies. Not only has the service added thrilling and terrifying classics, but it will be the exclusive streaming home of new releases such as Michael Myers’ return in Halloween Kills, which will arrive in theaters and Peacock on October 15.
Peacock has a substantial selection of 130+ terrifying horror titles, and here is our list of the 10 must-watch horror movies just in time for “Spooky Season.”
The Invisible Man (1933)
The first in many films that are loosely based on the H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name, The Invisible Man was directed by James Whale and went on to become a financial and critical success with its special effects noted as being groundbreaking for the time. The sci-fi horror thriller was named as one of 1933’s Best in Film, which is something we see less of for modern horrors. The film’s success led to numerous sequels, a 2020 remake, and a 2008 induction into the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Directed by Joe May, the second film in The Invisible Man series is noted for an Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects. Initially, it was not as highly praised as the first film, The Invisible Man Returns has been looked back upon fondly by contemporary critics. The suspense building and humor have been praised along with May’s direction.
The Mummy (1932)
The first in the long-running Mummy series, the 1932 film was the first of the classic Universal horrors to not have a direct sequel. Instead, the original Mummy has numerous remakes, reimaginings, and a 2021 reboot. The film received positive-to-mixed reviews upon release but proved to be a financial success at the box office.
A modern take on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, where the film is told from the point of view of the monster. Directed and written by Bernard Rose, the film stars Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Maya Erskine, and Danny Huston. The film has a 100% rating via Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer; however, the audience score wasn’t as kind.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Sticking with Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, the 1935 sci-fi horror thriller was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as the Monster with Elsa Lanchester pulling double duty in the dual role of Mary Shelley and the titular character. Unlike The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein is often cited as James Whale’s magnum opus. However, like the aforementioned Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein was deemed significant enough to be inducted into the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1998.
Train to Busan (2016)
The first foreign film to crack our list, Train to Busan is one of the best modern-day zombie action horror films. The South Korean film is directed by Yeon Sang-ho and mostly takes place on a high-speed train traveling from Seoul to Busan during the early stages of a zombie apocalypse. Filled with thrilling action and suspense, the film even received praise and “high recommendation” from critically-acclaimed director Edgar Wright.
Vampires were a big deal in the early 2010s, and Daybreakers is one of the best horror movies of that era focusing on bloodsuckers. Written and directed by the Spierig Brothers, the sci-fi action horror film is set in a future universe where vampires have overrun the planet and a corporation has set out to farm remaining humans while searching for a substitute for blood. Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe star in a film that has themes dealing with capitalism, and exploitation set in an apocalyptic world.
Child’s Play (1988)
Directed and co-written by Tom Holland, Child’s Play is the first of 6 sequels and a 2019 reboot, starring a serial killer-possessed doll named Chucky. Over the years, Chucky has gone on to become a staple of American pop culture, the Child’s Play series is remembered fondly for its effortless blend of comedy and creepy horror. An upcoming Child’s Play TV series will be debuting on USA Network and SyFy on October 12 at 10 p.m. ET.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Written and directed by Werner Herzog, Nosferatu the Vampyre is a German film that tells the story of Count Dracula. The film’s story is derived from Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula; however, Herzog cites the title’s inspiration from Nosferatu, a 1922 silent film directed by F. W. Murnau. Herzog’s film is a homage and remake of Murnau, which Herzog credits as the greatest film to ever come out of Germany.
Night of the Living Dead (1963)
Noted as the “Father of the Zombie Film”, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead has stood the test of time as one of the best zombie films ever made. Romero directed, co-wrote, photographed, and edited the film on a budget of $114,000, which went on to gross $30 million at the box office. Romero’s film revolutionized the way zombies have been presented in media over the years, spawning 5 sequels, with 3 more in development, plus it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” 31 years later after it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1999.