What’s your favorite scary movie? If you’re in the mood to spice up your Halloween with some delightfully spooky movies, you’re in luck. While movies on the big screen like “It” and the upcoming “Jigsaw” will be scaring cinema-goers, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to stray from the couch to get in the Halloween spirit.
Join us, if you dare, as we take a look at the best available horror movies to stream for free from content providers like IMDB, Crackle, PopcornFlix, TubiTV, and Archive.org.
1. Popcorn Flix
Popcorn Flix is a free, ad-supported movie and TV streaming service available to US viewers (or anyone with a VPN – as tested by yours truly in the UK). It is home to a wide variety of independent cinema as well as original content and plenty of wholesome trashy horror movies.
If you want to embrace the silly side of horror, there are plenty of self-aware B-movies like Dead Snow, Jack Frost 2 and CarousHell – a movie about a carousel unicorn that goes on a bloody rampage.
There are more recent spookies like The Devil Inside and The Amityville Terror, based on the infamous real-life haunted house, and the classic 80s trilogy Phantasm can be found here too.
If those don’t quite fit the bill, then just head over to the site and browse the Horror category yourself.
2. IMDB TV
Not that many people are aware of the fact that the great Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has its own free streaming service. You need to create an account, and the service is technically only available in the United States (just use a VPN), but beyond that you’re free to browse their horror catalog.
There’s some really good stuff in there. The US version of The Ring is quite possibly the only time an American studio did a good job turning J-Horror into a good US horror movie. Then there are classics like American Werewolf in Paris and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre that would make for a great double-bill of old-school thrills.
Dead End is a little less well-known but a great psychological horror flick, and there’s a whole bunch of trash that we’re not going to vouch for yet could be fun to watch with your tongue firmly implanted in your cheek.
IMDB is now owned by Amazon, and you can view their whole horror collection through Amazon.
Thanks to partnerships from multiple studios like MGM and Paramount, TubiTV has over 40,000 titles currently available. Fortunately for scary movie buffs, this includes a large horror section to choose from.
Suspiria is a classic foreign film from the mind of Italian horror master Dario Argento. The film centers on an American girl studying abroad who quickly enters a vivid technicolor nightmare.
A little bit less refined, but perhaps more accessible to horror casuals, is Urban Legend – a distinctly late 90s slasher starring Jared Leto and Tara Reid in the vein of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. And who remembers the kind-of hilarious Bones, starring Snoop Dogg?
Crackle is a streaming site owned and operated by Sony Pictures. As such, the only films that are available on Crackle are ones produced by Sony. However, there is a decent amount of content available, so long as you don’t mind the occasional ad. Furthermore, Crackle is home to a small collection of horror flicks that may have slipped under your radar.
If you’re looking for a decent recent horror, then 2016’s American Conjuring is worth a look, seeing a family moved into an abandoned orphanage (never a good idea). There are plenty of old-school classics, as well as genuinely good stuff like the Spanish found-footage zombie movie Rec.
Archive.org is the home of the Internet Archive. Its goal is to provide free access to digitized materials like websites, books, music, applications and movies. The movies that the Internet Archive hosts are older films that have fallen into the public domain. However, this doesn’t mean they’re not terrifying.
George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is single-handedly responsible for the modern zombie. This classic sees strangers holed up in a farmhouse while the undead close in.
A millionaire invites five people to a party. If they manage to stay the entire night, each will receive $10,000. However there’s just one catch – the party is being held at the House on Haunted Hill.
In Dementia 13 a widow schemes to get her hands on her late husband’s insurance money. However, her plans are interrupted by a vengeful axe-wielding maniac.
Be sure to check out the other creepy films at Archive.org.
Which scary movies are you planning on watching this Halloween? Let us know in the comments! If you’re away from your friends but want to watch horror movies together, head on over to our list of the best ways to watch movies with friends online.