A whole lot of horror fans are expected to sign up for the Peacock streaming service this month, since Halloween Kills will be reaching Peacock the same day it’s released to theatres, on October 15th. To help those Halloween Kills viewers find other ways to make their Peacock subscription worthwhile, we here at Arrow in the Head have compiled a list of the Best Horror Movies on Peacock Right Now ! Check it out:
BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998)
The original Child’s Play and its remake aren’t streaming on Peacock, but all of the sequels are on there – including Bride of Chucky, which came along seven years after the unenthusiastic reception of Child’s Play 3. Franchise writer Don Mancini revitalized his series with this sequel, crafting a clever and amusing script that Ronny Yu brought to the screen with a great visual style and rock-fueled energy. As the title promises, Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) gets a significant other in the form of Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly in both human and doll form), then this bickering couple heads out on a bloody road trip like pint-sized Natural Born Killers. They slash their way through John Ritter, an Arquette, and Margot Kidder’s niece, and it’s up to a pre-fame Katherine Heigl to stop them.
Some may argue that John McTiernan’s Predator doesn’t belong on a horror list, but I’m easy-going when it comes to categorizing films and feel that Predator deserves a spot on this list because it’s basically a slasher movie where the victims just happen to be heavily armed. An alien creature has come to Earth specifically to hunt humans and collect their skulls, and as its chosen prey we have a group of badass mercenaries – brought to life by a great cast led by Arnold Schwarzenegger – who are on a mission in a jungle, complete with explosions and a lot of gunfire. The alien Predator picks off the mercenaries one-by-one, and at times even dispatches them with blades like a proper slasher.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a bit divisive, as some fans couldn’t go along with crazy comedic approach Tobe Hooper took to the sequel to his 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which you can find on Shudder)… but for me, this is one of the most brilliant, gleefully entertaining sequels ever made. Out to avenge characters from the first film, a former lawman teams with a female radio DJ to track Leatherface and his family down to their new lair, set up in the bowels of an old theme park. Leatherface falls for the DJ and experiences a cleverly written case of unrequited love while their co-stars chew the scenery and compete to see who go can further over-the-top.
Peacock added a ton of Universal Monsters movies to their service at the start of October, among them the 1931 version of Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s novel and the stage play adaptation of it. The film stars Bela Lugosi in the title role, which he had previously played on stage and fought hard to reprise on screen. Thankfully, Universal gave him the job, and the result was one of the most iconic performances in horror history. Directed by Tod Browning, Dracula moves quickly through its 75 minute telling of this immortal story – and in addition to Lugosi, it has to be mentioned that Dwight Frye is incredible in the role of Dracula’s crazy, bug-eating lackey Renfield.
THE FUNHOUSE (1981)
Tobe Hooper’s 1981 slasher The Funhouse has a solid fanbase, and yet it still feels like this is one of the more underrated entries in his filmography. The story follows a group of youths as they make the poor decision to stay overnight in a carnival funhouse. Their night goes right to hell when they witness the masked man who works at the funhouse murdering one of his fellow carnies. The man, who is shockingly deformed under that mask, and his father then set out to hunt down these witnesses. It does take the movie 49 minutes to get to the first kill, but Hooper spends that time taking us on a tour of the odd, dirty carnival, so the first half is still interesting.
THE BLOB (1988)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, The Fly – the late ’70s through the ’80s were a great time for remakes of genre properties from the 1950s, and Chuck Russell’s remake of The Blob is another great remake to add to that list. Russell and co-writer Frank Darabont took the concept of an all-consuming, ever-growing blob that fell from the sky and turned it into an action-packed film that feels like a blockbuster event picture, with some terrific special effects and gross gore. The original Blob is awesome (and streaming on HBO Max), but this is a case where advanced special effects were able to make a classic monster even better. Russell and Darabont also kept things interesting by throwing in some unexpected twists.
FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
You can’t have a full Friday the 13th marathon on Peacock because 2, 3, and Jason Goes to Hell are over on Hulu, while Friday the 13th (2009) is set up on HBO Max. But all the rest are on Peacock, starting with this Sean S. Cunningham classic about a group of unlucky counselors attempting to re-open Camp Crystal Lake twenty-plus years after a young boy named Jason drowned there. Problem is, Jason’s mom doesn’t want the camp to open again and will kill to make sure it doesn’t. The first Friday the 13th is a great, effectively creepy slasher with some terrific kills courtesy of Tom Savini. After you watch it, keep rolling through the sequels to watch the highly entertaining adventures of Jason himself, who is an even more capable killer than his vengeful mother.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
Frankenstein director James Whale went into this sequel intending to make it a “hoot”, and he certainly accomplished that, cranking up the humor while showing us the immediate aftermath of the previous film’s events. Doctor Frankenstein is forced by a former teach of his and by his own monstrous creation to create life once again, this time a “woman, friend, wife” for the monster. The titular Bride only has 3 minutes of screen time in this 75 minute movie, but Elsa Lanchester’s look and performance are so captivating that she didn’t need any more time than that to turn the character into a genre icon. Bride of Frankenstein is quite silly at times, but it’s fun the whole time.
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)
One of director John Carpenter’s lesser known films, Prince of Darkness is very dark and weird. The story involves a container that is hidden beneath a church and holds something evil inside of it, and a group of scientists who have come to study this container. There’s talk of an Anti-God and a world of anti-matter that can be accessed through mirrors, there are dream broadcasts from the future, people are turned into possessed zombies, and Donald Pleasence, Victor Wong, Alice Cooper, and Big Trouble in Little China‘s Dennis Dun are in the cast. The movie does have quite the slow burn, but things pick up toward the ending, and it’s worth watching just to see how strange and unsettling it all is.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954)
Creature from the Black Lagoon is my personal favorite of all the classic Universal Monsters movies, even counting the ones that aren’t on Peacock. Director Jack Arnold’s film begins with the discovery of the fossilized arm of a fish-man creature (call it Gill Man) in the Brazilian Amazon. An expedition to find the rest of the fossil instead turns up a living Gill Man that starts wiping out the people that have intruded on its territory – and takes a liking to the female in the group. The Gill Man is an amazing creature, murderous and yet sympathetic. I wish it had been in a lot more films, but Universal only made a trilogy. The third movie, The Creature Walks Among Us, is also on Peacock, but you’ll have to pay to rent Revenge of the Creature online.