CableTV.com’s Guide to Horror and Halloween
Our experts have spent hundreds of hours selecting the best horror movies, horror streaming services, and more.
Here at CableTV.com, spooky is less of a phase and more of a bloody way of life. We summon our inner demons to give our readers the best in horror all year long.
Oh, and we even have spooky recommendations for kiddos that won’t turn them into children of the corn.
Let the #Bloodstream commence!
Horror recommendations from hell … and back
Our resident horror hound, Randy Harward, is a sick, sick freak of a human being. Who better to run to for strictly the best horror movie recommendations?
We love a new thrill just like the next psycho, and every year our horror experts round up the best new chills coming out of Hollywood.
Not only that, but we also show you how to watch these latest perversions of cinema so you don’t get caught in an endless web of googling and clicking.
No, cord-cutting isn’t some new and spectacular kill from the mind of James Wan, it’s the most convenient way to watch horror movies.
Check out our list of the best horror movies you can stream right now from the (dis)comfort of your couch.
What better way to feel the spooky vibes than to watch the best movies that actually take place on Halloween!
We love some Michael Myers, don’t get us wrong, but we also have some surprise recs that’ll have you wondering, “What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?”
Just 10 years into its existence, A24 has established itself as an indie horror film studio in the same league as the majors and even Blumhouse. When you see the A24 logo up front, you may not know exactly what you’re going to get, but you can rest (stress?) assured that it’s going to be uniquely frightening.
Decorations, costumes, candy, brain spatter removal fees—Halloween really adds up. Money shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to celebrating America’s favorite holiday (sorry, Christmas), but there has to be some way to slash the bloody budget, right?
TV Halloween episodes and specials herald the arrival of America’s three-headed holiday season, where we get super happy, super spendy, and super hungry before a long, dark winter. To help jump-start the season, we’re recommending five of the best Halloween episodes of TV shows like The Simpsons, South Park, Trailer Park Boys, The Office, and Freaks and Geeks.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 classic ‘80s horror movies to get you started. Each recommended film has auto-updating links telling you which streaming services have them available to stream, rent, or buy. Also, since we’re confident you’ll love ‘80s horror movies, we’re including dozens more recommendations for further viewing.
For the whole month of October, Crunchyroll is letting all subscribers—even those in the free tier— watch 20 creepy titles for no extra charge.
Screams you can stream
Not looking to add another streaming subscription to your vault of horrors? No sweat, we’ve got the raunchy recs from heck for a ton of popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Tubi.
Bored of the same ole schlock on the big N? We can help you there, too. Our experts haunt the internet looking for free streaming options and the best streaming services for horror fans.
If you’re looking to get your Halloween scares on for free, there are few better ad-supported streaming services than Tubi, the haunted home of hundreds of good, bad, and really bad horror flicks. Just think of the commercials as designated breaks to refill your popcorn bowl (or any other kind of bowl).
Did you know that Hulu is an acronym for “Horror: Unnerving, Loathsome, and Unrelenting”? Got you—that was the trick. Now here’s the treat: We’ve scoured the depths of Hulu’s horror vault and collected our 9 favorite scary movies on the service, just in time for Halloween.
Netflix isn’t our go-to streaming service for horror movies (we think Tubi and Hulu offer way more scary choices), but we’ve found 11 we recommend checking out this Halloween season. From slashers to witches to aliens to piranha to pizza, it has a little something for everyone.
There are 120+ horror movies on Max, and we’d say about 64 of those are worth watching. We have eight recommendations, including non-traditional vampire movies, a goofy sequel to a brutal classic, Cronenberg body horror, Gary Busey vs. a werewolf, and two differently disturbing modern horrors. We also list dozens more scary movies to watch on Max.
Top horror streaming services
Unlike other publications, we actively use the horror streaming services that we rank and recommend. Why, pray tell? Because we’re actual fans of the fantasmagorical. Read one of our reviews and find out for yourself.
Trick or treat, smell my feet, gimme somethin’ good to stream! Okay, horror fans—it’s time to start planning your Halloween-season horror movie binge-watching schedule. To find the good stuff, read this guide to the best streaming services for horror fans. (SPOILER: Shudder is once again our editor’s choice for horror.)
Shudder is the top horror streaming service because of its top-notch curation, affordability, and original content. Screambox made major improvements over the past two years and is a serious Shudder rival. Which is better? Shudder—but why choose when you can have both services for as low as $7 a month?
More gore for ghouls
Our experts know the depths of depravity (don’t let the nice-guy demeanor fool ya), so we like to get into the goriest of the gore. Check out our recommendations for everything from cannibal movie night to trauma on screen you’ll never unsee.
Have you acquired a taste for cannibal movies? We’ve rounded up 11 of the best cannibal movies for your cannibal movie night, plus meal pairing suggestions—‘cause cannibal movie night is for foodies. Bon appetit!
Hey, gorehounds: Tubi has some gnarly, nasty horror movies—ones that redefine “hard to watch”—and you can stream them for free. Here are 11 of the nastiest sick flicks on Tubi. Watching them is entirely your decision, so don’t send us your therapy bills if you do.
So you’re lookin’ for Japanese horror movies—we have five recommendations for you, including a Takashi Miike horror drama, an Evil Dead tribute/ripoff, a cartoonishly frightening haunted-house flick, cyberpunk body horror, and an adult animated psychological thriller. In other words, we’re not gonna shove Ringu and Ju-On down your throats again.
So you’re looking for Korean horror movies? We have four recommendations for you: A revenge flick, a creature feature, a zombie movie, and an extra-large creepshow with everything—including the power to mess you up for life.
Spooky content for kids and teens
Halloween is for everyone. Whether you’re looking for some family-friendly fun or just something with a little less blood and guts, CableTV.com has you covered.
Some kids want something with a little more edge than your average Halloween special. This one’s for them: a list of our favorite good scary movies for kids and families.
Not every horror movie has to be rated R. Get spooky with these exciting new tales of terror, including Insidious 5, The Boogeyman, and Five Nights at Freddy's.
Disney’s new Goosebumps reboot is coming to Disney+ and Hulu simultaneously on Friday, October 13. If you’re looking for a nice spooky season marathon, try this master list of every Goosebumps and R.L. Stine adaptation.
The 31 Nights of Halloween are back! From October 1–31, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite spooky classics every day on the Freeform channel.
Spooky season isn’t for just the adults. Read on to find out what kid-friendly scares your Netflix subscription has to offer.
Disney+ offers a deliciously ghoulish array of Halloween treats for the whole family, and we’ve compiled some of our favorites.
It’s been 29 years since we last checked in with the Sanderson sisters, and they’re eager for some good old-fashioned revenge.
You might think kids movies would be tamer than their adult counterparts, but they still find a way to get a little spooky now and then.
More tricky treats
And don’t forget to tag your pestilent posts with #Bloodstream, so we can spread the spooky love (or hate, if you will) all season long.