31 horror movies to stream online
Want to watch horror movies online and find yourself on the edge of your seat as you witness creepy, otherworldly terrors? These are some of the scariest films now streaming in South Africa, delivering everything from blockbuster-level frights to unexpected indie twists. Thank us later – when you’ve recovered.
31. Midsommar (2019): Showmax
A carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when a couple is drawn into the villagers’ bizarre rituals. Disturbing scenes make this one for adults only.
30. Freaky (2020): Showmax
Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton play a game of cat and mouse in this slasher comedy. After a girl swaps bodies with a serial killer, she has less than 24 hours to change back.
29. IT: Chapter Two (2019): Showmax
In the sequel to the classic horror film based on Stephen King’s novel, it’s 27 years later and the seven kids have grown up and gone their separate ways. But when Pennywise the evil clown returns, they reunite to end him for good.
28. Brahms: The Boy II (2020): Showmax
Katie Holmes stars in this sequel horror. A traumatised family moves to the Heelshire Mansion for calm, but when their son befriends a creepy lifelike doll, trouble comes.
27. The Turning (2020): Showmax
A fresh take on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. A woman is hired to care for two orphaned kids, but she is unaware of the evil that she is about to face.
26. Countdown (2019): Showmax
A group of young people is plagued by a life-or-death app in this horror film. A young nurse attempts to cheat death after she installs an app that says she has three days to live.
25. Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (2019): Showmax
Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson lead this book-inspired sequel to the 1980 film The Shining. A now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult.
24. Triggered (2020): Showmax
A crazy revenge scheme fuels this jarring South African horror movie. Nine friends go camping and wake up to discover they have been strapped with suicide bombs on their chests.
23. Her Mask (2020): Showmax
As the lead in Darrell Roodt’s horror Siembamba, Reine Swart was nominated as Best Actress at both the SAFTAs and the Africa Movie Academy Awards, among other festivals. Now she steps into the director’s chair for a horror of her own: Her Mask (aka Heks). The edge-of-your-seat film is about a grieving British girl who travels to South Africa to unravel her murdered mother’s secrets.
22. Antebellum (2020): Showmax
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.
21. The Golem (2018): Netflix
Set in the 17th Century in a Lithuanian Jewish village, this spooky movie is about a woman called Hanna who conjures up a monster to protect her community from the threat of a neighbouring village. The monster resembles her deceased son, and, of course, her plan goes horribly and chillingly awry.
20. Cam (2018): Netflix
Described as a thriller for the internet age, Cam follows Alice (Madeline Brewer), a “cam girl” who strips in front of her webcam for money. But when someone usurps her online persona and her income starts to dwindle, she realises that she may, in fact, no longer own her identity at all… This one may veer more towards thriller than horror, but it is ticks the “terrifyingly scary” box, and then some.
19. Malevolent (2018): Showmax
Siblings Angela and Jackson scam people into thinking they are able to contact the dead. They find themselves in over their heads when they’re hired by an old woman living in an abandoned orphanage with a dark and disturbing past.
18. Ma (2019): Netflix
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Sue Ann, a lonely woman who invites a group of teens to party in the basement of her house under strict rules. Soon the youngsters find themselves in a terrifying situation.
17. 8 (2020): Netflix
Netflix’s first South African Original horror movie is about a man fallen on hard times who moves to a farm he’s inherited with his family. But he has no idea of the danger they’re all in when they arrive on the land.
16. Rancid (2011): Showmax
Four people sign up for medical experiments, each with their own agenda. Locked in a remote facility, they’re left to figure out what part they’re supposed to play. But the experiment quickly devolves into a fight for survival.
15. Rage (2020): Showmax Original
What is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as a group of teenagers is picked off one by one in a small coastal village.
14. Parable (2020): Showmax Original
While trying an extreme form of conversion therapy, a preacher summons an evil demon – one that’s intent on triggering a mass suicide.
13. Daniel Isn’t Real (2019): Showmax
As a child, Luke witnessed something terrible, something only his imaginary friend Daniel could help him through. Now a troubled college freshman, Luke is struggling to cope, until his best friend turns up once more. But Daniel is dangerous, and he’s already inside Luke’s head…
12. Hereditary (2018): Showmax
Toni Collette stars in this intense horror following a grieving family who start experiencing a terrifying haunting, after the death of their matriarch.
11. Us (2019): Netflix
A family’s beach holiday turns into a terrifying nightmare when their doppelgangers show up in the middle of the night and begin to terrorise them. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.
10. Hell Fest (2018): Showmax
A group of friends plan a fun night out at a horror festival. But someone is killing people in plain sight and no one can tell whether it’s part of the show or not.
9. Invitation (2015): Netflix
If there was ever a good reason to decline a dinner invitation from an ex, this movie is it! After accepting to attend his ex-wife’s dinner party, a man finds himself in an unsettling situation.
8. The Strangers Prey at Night (2018): Showmax
Two teenagers visit their aunt and uncle in a trailer park but end up making a gruesome discovery. Their relatives are murdered, and their killers are at large. Will they leave to save themselves or fight to avenge the death of their aunt and uncle?
7. The Hunt (2020): Showmax
Ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport, but their plan is derailed when one of the hunted turns the tables on her pursuers. From the writers of Watchmen and The Leftovers.
6. The Silence (2019): Netflix
A family tries to stay alive after the world falls under attack by deadly creatures who prey by sound. Starring Stanley Tucci and The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina’s Kiernan Shipka.
5. Bedeviled (2016): Showmax
This horror flick will have you looking at your smartphone in a whole new light. A group of friends is terrorised by a paranormal presence after they download a mysterious app called Mr Bedevil.
4. Haunt (2019): Showmax
A thrilling horror movie. On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. But the night turns deadly.
3. The Perfection (2019): Netflix
A music prodigy reconnects with her former mentors, only to find out that they have all been captivated by a new talented student in this twisted horror-thriller. Like Get Out, this one stars Alison Williams.
2. Captive State (2019): Showmax
Two brothers are part of a rebel movement planning to overthrow the alien race ruling Earth, 10 years after they first invaded the planet.
1. In the Tall Grass (2019): Netflix
After hearing a boy’s cry for help, a pregnant woman and her brother go searching through a field of (yes, you guessed it) tall grass, and discover that there may be no way out. Starring Patrick Wilson.