20. The Others (2001)
> Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
> Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
> Runtime: 104 min
> Available on: Google Play Movies, YouTube, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, HBO Now, HBO Go, Redbox, Hoopla, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Vudu, HBO Max, Amazon Video, HBO Now Amazon Channel, Apple iTunes
The understated, minimalist nature of “The Others” only adds to the film’s at times overbearing creepiness. Nicole Kidman stars as a woman living with her two photosensitive children in a Victorian mansion, waiting for her husband to return from battle during World War II. When a new set of servants unexpectedly arrive, she begins to suspect something sinister is afoot. Thanks in part to Kidman’s strong performance, critics gave the film a Freshness rating of 83%.
19. The Lighthouse (2019)
> Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe
> Directed by: Robert Eggers
> Runtime: 109 min
> Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Apple iTunes, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTV
This offbeat film from writer-director Robert Eggers (“The Witch”) portrays two lighthouse keepers losing their grip on reality while stranded on a remote New England island near the end of the 19th century. The film was originally released to theaters in November 2019 and is now available on numerous streaming platforms, including Amazon Video. Praising the lead performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 90% Freshness rating.
18. The Omen (1976)
> Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens
> Directed by: Richard Donner
> Runtime: 111 min
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, Starz, Starz Play Amazon Channel, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video
An American ambassador suspects that the young child he secretly adopted may be the son of Satan in this suspenseful horror film from 1976. Anchored by Gregory Peck’s impressive lead performance, the Oscar-winning movie received positive reviews from 86% of critics and 80% of users on Rotten Tomatoes.
17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
> Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
> Directed by: Philip Kaufman
> Runtime: 115 min
> Available on: Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, Redbox, Hoopla, FandangoNOW, Vudu, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video
A remake of the 1956 film, 1978’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” follows Donald Sutherland’s Matthew Bennell as he begins to notice frightening changes in those around him following the appearance of organic pods around town. The movie is a nerve-racking horror film, steeped in paranoia, while also exploring ideas that were only briefly touched upon in the original. A majority of critics on Rotten Tomatoes (93%) delivered positive reviews.
16. Eraserhead (1977)
> Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
> Directed by: David Lynch
> Runtime: 89 min
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Kanopy, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Criterion Channel, TCM, fuboTV, HBO Max
David Lynch’s industrial nightmare “Eraserhead” — one of the most famous films of the midnight movie circuit of the 1970s — remains a masterpiece more than 40 years after its original release. Filled with surreal imagery set to a grinding ambient soundtrack, the movie has historically appealed to both horror fans and the arthouse crowd. Critics were also drawn to it, delivering a 90% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.