Where to Watch Your Favorite Scary Movies Online
It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling, the air is crisp and cool, and creepy clowns are popping up in graveyards, threatening Facebook posts and street corners worldwide. Yup, it’s Halloween, which means it’s time to hunker down, build a clown-proof fortress, and marathon all your favorite scary movies.
Back in the day, kicking off a horror movie binge would require spending two hours and $30 at Blockbuster. But no more! The days of paying top dollar for a spooky night in are dunzo, and the golden age of streaming is upon us. We’ve written before about our favorite sites for watching movies and TV shows online for free or cheap, and in the spirit of the season, we decided to round up all the (legal) sites that currently have a good library of horror films. Keep in mind that most streaming sites offer a rotating selection of titles, so this list is subject to change next month.
For now, stock up on Halloween candy and get ready for some serious scares. Here are our six favorite places to stream horror content:
Cost: $6.99 to $12.99/month (+free 30-day trial)
I usually use my Hulu account to catch up on my favorite TV shows that I haven’t been able to catch when they air, but last year I discovered the site’s treasure trove of creepy flicks in their Huluween collection. I was practically giddy to find so many modern classics from the ’80s, ’90s and early ’00s to choose from, and pretty much every night since, we’ve been binging on all our old favorites.
Our picks for best horror films on Hulu:
- The Wailing
- The Nightingale
- The Houses October Built
- The Ring
Cost: $8.99 to $17.99/month (+free 30-day trial)
Netflix has been killing it (no pun intended) lately with its original content, some of which (think Stranger Things) is creepy in its own right. Original productions aside, there is a lot of horror content available on Netflix, but the site really stands out for fans of contemporary and critically acclaimed horror films. If you want to see some of the best, highest-reviewed scary movies from the past few years, Netflix has you covered.
Our picks for best horror films on Netflix:
- The Strangers
- The Conjuring
- The Ritual
- The Invitation
Our picks for best horror films on HBO Max:
- The Amityville Horror
- Final Destination
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- The Shining
Cost: ~ $2.99/rental (they frequently run sales on horror movies in Octber)
If you’re a fan of Hitchcock and Boris Karloff, head over to VUDU right now, because the streaming site has an amazing selection of super-classic horror films from Hollywood’s golden age and beyond. Most of these movies have been remade to the point of exhaustion, but the originals are well worth a peek.
Our picks for best horror films on VUDU:
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- The Birds
- Rosemary’s Baby
- The Mummy
- The Invisible Man
- Village of the Damned
- Night of the Living Dead
I don’t think horror shorts get the attention they deserve. Some of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, the ones that still haunt my worst nightmares, the ones that pop up in my mind whenever I’m at home alone at night, were less than 30 minutes long. There’s something extra spooky about a short film. Maybe it’s just that keeping the length tight stops these from falling into the tired old horror movie traps and stereotypes, but I dare you to spend an hour marathoning short horror flicks without totally losing it. YouTube is bursting at the seams with great horror shorts, but you have to know where to look. If you want more like the ones we called out below, BuzzFeed published a great list of short horror films, which are all available on YouTube.
Our picks for best short horror films on YouTube:
- The Smiling Man
- Lights Out
- Dining Room or There is Nothing
- I Heard It Too
- 3 Seconds
Cost: Free with Prime Membership ($99/year).
I’ve written before about how much I love my Prime account, and Prime Video’s selection of melodramatic, ’80s and ’90s horror films only made me love it more. Some of these movies are so bad they’re good, some of them are just plain good, and all of them have over the top drama, romance, and some kind of paranormal intrigue to keep you hooked.
Our picks for best horror films on Amazon Prime Video:
- Secret Window
- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
- We Need To Talk About Kevin
- Body Snatchers
- The Wicker Man
Cost: $4.75 to $5.99/month
Shudder has a huge selection of horror, thriller, and supernatural movies to choose from. While many of the titles available are less known than the big-name streaming services, if you’re into horror you still need to check some of these out. They also have a large library of Shudder exclusives and original content that you can’t find anywhere else.
Our picks for best horror films on Shudder:
- Train to Busan
- The Changeling
- V/H/S 94
- Deep Red