The 13 Best Horror Movies on Tubi
We’ve picked a baker’s dozen of our favorite scary flicks on the free streaming service, Tubi. We guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth.
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).
We’ve picked 13 of our favorite horror movies available to stream on Tubi right now. They’re not all high art—some don’t qualify as “art” at all—but they’re at least entertaining, and, above all, free.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Famed slasher flick The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has it all: good-looking young victims, deranged cannibals, and chainsaw-swinging icon Leatherface. The Tobe Hooper film’s gore and audacity are still shocking today, and it’s obvious why it was banned in several countries in the ’70s.
C.H.U.D. stands for “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers,” or radioactively mutated people-munchers living in the New York City sewer system—it’s even dumber than it sounds. Initially a bomb, C.H.U.D. has since become a cult favorite and pop-cultural reference point.
Chopping Mall (1986)
Of all the ’80s horror films set in shopping malls—there were more than you’d think—Chopping Mall is the worst/best. When a group of teens lock themselves in a mall for an overnight party, clunky chrome security robots roll in for the kill. No wonder we just shop at home now.
Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)
Sure, 1982’s Slumber Party Massacre was a decent slasher flick—but the 1987 sequel Slumber Party Massacre II got weird with it. An all-girl rock band is sequestered in a weekend condo, only to be terrorized by the Driller Killer, a rockabilly maniac with an electric drill guitar (yes, really).
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
After years of hosting bad horror flicks on TV, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) finally made her own in 1988—and it’s not actually bad at all. When Elvira travels to uptight Massachusetts to claim an inheritance, witchcraft and wackiness ensue. Mistress of the Dark is a lost horror-comedy gem.
The 2021 sequel is a box office hit, but the original Candyman laid the groundwork for the franchise with an intriguing mix of urban legends, folklore, and social class issues. Yes, victims could simply avoid saying “Candyman” in a mirror five times—but where’s the fun in that?
While not quite as scary as dial-up internet service, 2002’s FearDotCom was arguably the first web-based horror movie. When New Yorkers begin dying mysteriously (and gruesomely), it soon comes to light that the victims had previously clicked on the redundantly titled feardotcom.com, a ghostly torture-murder site. FearDotCom is stupid.biz, in a good way.
Slither was the directorial debut of James Gunn, who went on to do Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad, and other bigger (if not necessarily better) things. This dark horror comedy about vicious alien parasites also stars Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, and The Office’s Jenna Fischer, and remains one of the best scary movies you’ve never heard of.
A young Manhattan businesswoman (Rachel Nichols) working late on Christmas Eve is trapped in a parking garage by a psychopathic attendant (Wes Bentley) who’s obsessed with her—still want to go back to the office? P2 is a maybe-too-relatable take on survival terror that ups the tension with each scene, but it probably won’t replace Die Hard as your go-to holiday movie.
Norwegian cult film Trollhunter is a “found-footage documentary” about a trio of college students tracking a suspected bear poacher. When it turns out the poacher is actually hunting trolls, a far more interesting (and frightening) film project emerges. Trollhunter’s combination of dry humor, gorgeous Norwegian scenery, and genuine scares makes for a fun Halloween watch.
A discarded car tire in the California desert becomes suddenly aware and alive, and even has the psychokinetic power to explode objects and animals. Naturally, the sight of a tire fire sends it on a killing spree. Even more bizarre, Rubber is a movie being watched within another murderous movie.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
The late Rutger Hauer starred in many a classic horror and sci-fi movie, but Hobo with a Shotgun (based on a fake trailer in Grindhouse) could be his most iconic. The story? He’s a nameless hobo with a shotgun who kills bad guys in Scum City, ultra-violently. It’s simple, yet effective.
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013)
Teenage siblings Hansel and Gretel discover a most excellent new marijuana strain called “Black Forest,” distributed by a woman (Lara Flynn Boyle) in the Pasadena suburbs. But it turns out she’s a witch who lures people in and eats them to retain her youth. Hansel & Gretel Get Baked is a cautionary tale about drugs and the ’burbs.