The CBS All Access streaming service was rebooted and rebranded as Paramount Plus earlier this year. Genre films like a Pet Sematary prequel and the next Paranormal Activity sequel will be released directly to Paramount Plus in the not-too-distant future, but in the meantime, the service already has several horror titles available for subscribers to watch. Some of the Best Horror Movies on Paramount Plus are listed below:
GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990)
We here at Arrow in the Head have always had a soft spot for director Ralph S. Singleton’s Stephen King adaptation Graveyard Shift, which is about a textile mill in small town Maine that has a serious rat infestation. The infestation is so bad that a giant rat-bat creature is lurking around the building, snatching employees. When you combine that setup with Stephen Macht’s scenery-chewing performance and Brad Dourif’s monologue as a Vietnam veteran, you have the makings of a very entertaining 86 minutes.
Following the difficult and heartbreaking production of Poltergeist III, director Gary Sherman directed the thriller Lisa, which, like Sherman’s own 1981 film Dead & Buried, is underappreciated and underappreciated. Staci Keanan plays the title character, a 14-year-old girl who engages in a dangerous game in which she calls an older man and pretends to be someone in his age range. When she attracts the attention of Richard (D.W. Moffett), the “Candlelight Killer” who has been terrorising the city by sneaking into apartments and strangling women, she realises how dangerous this is. Lisa, starring Charlie’s Angels’ Cheryl Ladd as Lisa’s mother, has been one of my favourites for a long time.
THE SKULL (1965)
After the infamous Marquis de Sade died, his skull was removed from his grave for phrenological examination, but it was never found. The Skull, an Amicus production directed by Freddie Francis and based on a storey by Psycho author Robert Bloch, contends that the Marquis de Sade’s sexually charged, sadistic, and blasphemous writings/behavior were the result of him being possessed by an evil spirit, a spirit that still resides with his skull, which eventually ends up in the hands of collector Christopher Maitland (Peter Cushing). Amicus was known for their horror anthologies, and The Skull is only 83 minutes long, so it feels like it should have been a short in one of them.Even though it’s padded, it’s an intriguing film in which Cushing and “guest star” Christopher Lee deal with a possessed skull, and the last third of the film is a wordless sequence of Cushing tripping out with this evil skull on his table.
Prophecy, director John Frankenheimer’s “nature run amok” environmental horror film, has a bad rep, but if you can get on board with it, it’s actually quite creepy. The storey follows a couple (Robert Foxworth and Talia Shire) who are dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into the Maine wilderness to investigate a dispute between a Native American tribe and a paper mill. They discover that something this paper mill is doing is causing serious environmental damage, resulting in large, mutant creatures. This is made even more disturbing by the fact that Shire’s character is pregnant, indicating that she should not be in this area. The longer she stays here, the greater the danger to her unborn child becomes. Then there’s the rampaging mutant bear (Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin and Predator’s Kevin Peter Hall both wore the costume) who looks a little silly going after its prey, but has some great moments as well.
THE RUINS (2008)
The Ruins, directed by Carter Smith and based on a novel by Scott Smith, is one of the most underappreciated horror films of the last 15 to 20 years. The plot revolves around a group of tourists on vacation in Mexico who decide to visit the titular ruins, a Mayan temple. Local villagers show up and freak out on them as soon as they touch this vine-covered, ancient structure, forcing them to climb to the top of the temple. They will be killed if they attempt to flee. Why have they been imprisoned in this temple by the locals? The tourists take a while to figure out what’s going on, but once they do, the situation becomes increasingly dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting. This film would be the result if the Jordy Verrill segment of Creepshow had a love child with the Raft segment of Creepshow 2. It’s quite intense, and the cast handled the material admirably.
THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS (1996)
Based on the true storey of two lions who killed dozens of people while constructing a railway in Africa in 1898, this “nature run amok” thriller from Predator 2 director Stephen Hopkins stars Val Kilmer as bridge engineer John Henry Patterson (the man who lived the storey and wrote the book the film is based on) and Michael Douglas as famous hunter Jacques Cartier. A series of lion attacks and failed attempts to stop the beasts builds up to Patterson and Remington going on an extended hunting trip, and taking a break to get drunk in the middle of it, as Goldman pitched the film as “Jaws meets Lawrence of Arabia.” You can see a bit of Jaws in the structure; a series of lion attacks and unsuccessful attempts to stop the beasts builds up to Patterson and Remington going on an extended hunting trip, and taking a break to get drunk in the middle of Aside from Kilmer’s misguided attempt at an Irish accent, this is a fantastic film, which is why we included it in our video series “Best Horror Movie You Never Saw.”
THE OBLONG BOX (1969)
Despite the fact that Vincent Price never worked for Hammer Films, many genre fans believe he did. The Oblong Box, directed by Gordon Hessler, gives the wrong impression; it feels like a Hammer film, has Christopher Lee in the cast (and yes, Price and Lee do share a scene… for about 30 seconds), but it isn’t Hammer. American International Pictures is the studio behind it. Price portrays a man who confines his disfigured brother to their family’s home. Eventually, that brother escapes, dons a mask, and begins slashing throats, establishing this as a forerunner to the slasher film. The Oblong Box isn’t a great film, but it’s worth seeing for Price and Lee, as well as some slashing.
ANGEL HEART (1987)
Angel Heart is based on the William Hjortsberg novel Falling Angel and stars Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a private investigator based in New York who is hired by a strange fellow named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro, allegedly emulating Martin Scorsese to play this character) to locate a crooner named Johnny Favorite. This investigation quickly becomes dark and strange, and it only gets stranger and bloodier as the film progresses. Angel follows Favorite’s trail to New Orleans, where voodoo, as well as Lisa Bonet as Epiphany Proudfoot, enter the picture. Angel Heart is a bit long-winded at just under two hours, but it’s a good film.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
Director Don Siegel gave us the sci-fi horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers fifteen years before giving us Dirty Harry. Dr. Miles Bennell, played by Kevin McCarthy, is confronted with a strange situation in his small hometown of Santa Mira. Some residents believe that their loved ones are no longer their loved ones, that they have been replaced by emotionless doppelgängers. They are, in fact, correct. Alien clones of locals are sprouting from seed pods and taking over the lives of those they resemble. These aliens will soon spread out of Santa Mira and throughout the world. In this tale of fear and paranoia, the number of people Miles can trust quickly diminishes, and it’s unsettling to imagine everyone around you turning into alien pod people who have no feelings and only want to make you one of them. This is a fantastic film that spawned one of the best remakes of all time.
Arachnophobia is a film directed by Steven Spielberg’s long-time collaborator Frank Marshall about a California town being overrun by a new species of spider with venom so toxic that one bite can kill a human being. Jeff Daniels plays the arachnophobic local doctor who must deal with the situation, and John Goodman plays an exterminator in a memorable role. Arachnophobia is a really fun movie that’s likely to give anyone with the titular fear some serious nightmares. It’s marketed as a “thrill-omedy” due to its mixture of thrills and humour. It was a box office hit in 1990, but you don’t hear about it nearly as much nowadays. That’s a shame, because it’s a great entry in the Amblin filmography.