Stephanie’s Summer Scares

By TPH Digital Media Director Stephanie Roloff

Scary movies are not everyone’s cup of tea. To a lot of people,  they are gory, gross and make you jump too much – trust me, I understand.  On the other hand, if you’re like me, then you can never get enough of a good mystery and the twists and turns of a well-made horror film. If you’re finding more time on your hands this summer break, or are just trying to cool down from the summer heat, then I have five great ways to beat the summer slumps. Scroll below to read about my favorite scary movies available on Amazon Prime, Hulu and/or Netflix that are perfect for chilling on the couch with the A/C up and lights down.

*Warning- several of these movies are rated R and may have inappropriate content depending on your age and comfort level. Be sure to get parental permission for the R-rated films if you are under the age of 17.


1) Into the Forest


With a great lineup including Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie, this film really impressed me with its talented cast, the depth of its characters and an inspirational story of perseverance. This thriller falls into the post-apocalyptic category, as two sisters and their father become stranded out in their remote cabin in the woods during a lengthy nationwide blackout. This is much more of an action/thriller rather than horror, but there are some dark themes covered in this film, so do not think this movie is for the faint-of-heart. A story of sisterhood and strength, there is nothing these amazing young women can’t do! Available on Amazon Prime.


2) Honeymoon

If you’re a fan of Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) you’ll be happy to see these two brilliantly act as two newlyweds happily enjoying their honeymoon on the lake. As all scary movie fans know, the happier the characters are to start, the more sinister their story ends. My favorite scary movies are the ones that very slowly reveal the antagonist and have you guessing in suspense throughout the whole film. It’s immediately clear something is off with Rose and Harry’s characters, but not till the end of the film do you make the bone-chilling revelation. Available on Netflix. 

3) Shelley

In this film a married couple that are unable to have children ask their new maid to carry a child for them. It becomes obvious something spooky is happening to the mother-to-be, but with suspenseful teasers throughout, you’ll be hanging by the edge of your seat till the end. The arrangement doesn’t go at all as planned for anyone, but proves the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Available on Netflix. 


4) 10 Cloverfield Lane 

Truly stuck between a rock and a hard place, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up from a car accident in a stranger’s (John Goodman) bunker basement.  Her unexpected host claiming the outside air is toxic. Both fearful and doubtful of one another, these two characters prove only the brave and resourceful can survive to the end of the world. Available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.



5) Hush

This movie showcases an eye-opening perspective of an independent, creative writer who also happens to be deaf. A masked killer (John Gallagher Jr., also stars in 10 Cloverfield Lane) comes up to Maddie’s (Katie Siegel) isolated home in the woods realizing she is deaf, and sees easy prey. But Maddie only uses her disability as an advantage and makes sure the intruder knows he picked the wrong woman to mess with. Available  on Netflix.