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Heebie-Jeebie-Freebies: 46 Free Streaming Horror Movies to Watch Now

Save your money for horror conventions:'s expert horror hounds sniffed out 46 free fright flicks—Day of the Dead, V/H/S, Prom Night, and more—for you to stream now.

Between movie tickets, streaming subscriptions, boutique Blu-rays, film festivals, horror conventions, toys, and brain spatter removal fees, a horror fan’s tab adds up fast. There must be some way to slash the bloody budget, right?

You bet your hockey mask: We’ve found 46 horror movies that you can stream right now for free, no subscriptions required. Yes, you’ll have to tolerate ad breaks—but think of all the cash you’ll save.

Why you should trust us: Bill and Randy have a combined 66.6 years of experience consuming horror movies like werewolves wolf down flesh. (So go ahead, stick your fingers in our mouths.) Not only that, but we write about them, too, actively tracking new and upcoming streaming and theatrical horror releases to bring you solid, timely news and recommendations.

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1. Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) | Slasher comedy

A bro with a mullet looks dazed as blood trickles down his forehead.

Forget the first two films in the Dude Bro Party Massacre series ‘cause they don’t exist. The III in the title is the first joke in 5-Second Films’ ’80s slasher-movie parody. The film finds “Motherface,” the daughter of a sorority house mother killed by fraternity pranks, donning Mom’s hideously burned face and making the bros pay—in blood. For period authenticity, 5SF shot the film in the 4:3 aspect ratio at VHS resolution and gave it an all-original ’80s-flavored soundtrack (we love this). DBPM3 also has intermittent ad breaks (read: 5SF’s knee-slapping short-shorts) and loads of cameos from Patton Oswalt, Nina Hartley, Greg Sestero, John Francis Daley, Andrew W.K., and Larry King). If Dude Bro Party Massacre III isn’t already a cult classic, it is one to us.

Where to watch Dude Bro Party Massacre III

2. Masters of Horror (2005–2007) | Anthology series—26 films

A wild-eyed, grizzled old man in dirty clothing dances and raves in a dark room.

SHOWTIME shouldn’t have dropped Mick Garris’ Masters of Horror anthology series after two seasons. The brilliant concept produced 26 one-hour films by 19 top horror directors (including John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, and Takashi Miike), many based on tales by noteworthy horror authors (Lovecraft, Poe, Joe R. Lansdale, Clive Barker, David Schow, Bentley Little, Richard Matheson, F. Paul Wilson).

We recommend Carpenter’s “Cigarette Burns,” Don Coscarelli’s adaptation of Lansdale’s “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road,” and Peter Medak’s adaptation of Bentley Little’s “The Washingtonians,” which will forever change how you see George Washington. Also, Miike’s “Imprint,” which never aired because SHOWTIME deemed it too gnarly for cable TV—but now you can watch it free.

Where to watch Masters of Horror

Pro tip: SHOWTIME passed on a third season of Masters of Horror, but Mick Garris landed a similar show, Fear Itself, on NBC. Its lone season streams free with ads on Plex and VUDU. Now you have 39 one-hour horror films to binge-watch!

3. Triple free-ature! V/H/S movies (2012–2014) | Found-footage anthologies

A young woman in a strapless dress sits on a hotel bed. She appears to be speaking to someone off-camera.

Anthology films make fun Halloween watches since you get a variety of horror flavors in one (ahem) bag. Several free streaming services have the first three entries—V/H/S (2012), V/H/S/2 (2013), and V/H/S: Viral (2014)—in the popular V/H/S found-footage series conceived by Bloody Disgusting founder Brad Miska. Not only for Halloween, these films make an excellent marathon any time of year. So jump on this chance to watch the first three installments for free.

Where to watch V/H/S

How to watch the V/H/S movies in order

Sign up for a free 7-day trial of Shudder or AMC+, and you can stream V/H/S/94 (2021), V/H/S/99 (2022), the brand-new V/H/S/85 (2023), and one of the two spinoffs—Kids vs. Aliens (2023)—at no cost.

The other V/H/S spinoff, SiREN (2016), streams on SYFY and USA. You’ll need a TV provider login to use those networks’ apps, but live TV streaming services have trials, too.

4. Day of the Dead (1985) | Zombies

A soldier screams in terror as a horde of offscreen zombies reaches for him.

Following Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, writer/director George Romero took his zombie apocalypse franchise to Florida in 1985’s Day of the Dead. This time around, military scientists attempt to “domesticate” the growing horde of ambling flesh-eaters, which works out as well as you’d expect. Romero called Day of the Dead his favorite of the original Dead trilogy.

Where to watch Day of the Dead (1985)

5. Last Shift (2014) | Occult horror

Young girls, possibly cult members, sit in a semi-circle before a mirror, creating the illusion that there's a full circle of girls in the room.

Jessica Loren is a rookie cop whose first shift is guarding the station where her father worked—and died—on its last night of use. As the night goes on, she has a series of strange encounters where she learns the station’s true history and that the story’s far from over. Director and co-writer Anthony DiBlasi remade the film as Malum (2023), but it’s worth watching Last Shift first because it’s spooky in its own right. Then you can check out DiBlasi’s story in its even freakier new form.

Where to watch Last Shift

6. Halloween (1978) | Slasher

In a dark room, a man in a creepy white mask holds a phone to his ear.

John Carpenter’s Halloween was a low-budget indie flick when it was released in 1978, but it’s now considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, if not the greatest. The original, in which relentless killer Michael Meyers pursues an equally relentless Jamie Lee Curtis through suburbia, still scares 43 years later, as does the chilling piano theme.

Where to watch Halloween (1978)

7. Let the Right One In (2008) | Vampires

In a doorway, a dark-haired young girl smirks as she talks to a boy with shaggy blond hair.

Swedish movie Let the Right One In was remade in the U.S. as Let Me In in 2010, but the 2008 original is still the one to see (and read, because subtitles). Bullied Stockholm 12-year-old Oskar befriends a strange young girl, Eli, and his bullies soon start going missing. Yes, Eli’s a vampire who’s discovered a new blood source. If you like some cute romance with your scares, let this one in.

Where to watch Let the Right One In

8. Quadruple free-ature! The Hatchet series (2006–2017) | Slasher

A wild-eyed disfigured redneck, hatchet raised, in the doorway of a dark cabin.

If you’re a gorehound and you haven’t seen Adam Green’s (Holliston, Tales of Halloween) slasher quadrilogy, you’re in for a treat. The films follow Victor Crowley, a hulking deformed redneck who died accidentally by his father’s hand—and now haunts the New Orleans swamplands pulling people apart like rotisserie chickens. Crowley cuts an imposing figure, landing somewhere between Jason Voorhees (prolly because it’s Jason actor Kane Hodder in VC’s overalls) and Leatherface (for the redneck aesthetic, not the chainsaw)—and tops them both in kill creativity. All four Hatchet films—Hatchet (2006), Hatchet II (2010), Hatchet III (2013), and Victor Crowley (2017) stream on Tubi, and Plex has everything but Hatchet II.

Where to watch Hatchet

9. Zombeavers (2014) | Nature horror

A beaver, swimming underwater, bares its bloody teeth. Severed human body parts float nearby.

Scantily-clad party girls at lakeside cabin retreat are attacked by ravenous zombie beavers, which are the result of a toxic chemical spill—a horror movie with an environmental message, always a nice touch. Zombeavers, a minor viral hit in 2014, is purposefully stupid, with more double-entendre gags than you can shake a shotgun at, and has a John Mayer cameo.

Where to watch Zombeavers

10. Black Christmas (1974) | Slasher

A young woman, seen through a windowpane, appears to have been smothered by a plastic bag.

Before Halloween and Friday the 13th, there was 1974’s Black Christmas, a cult classic considered to be the o.g. slasher movie. A mystery man kills sorority coeds one by one between disturbing phone calls that are coming from inside the house (Black Christmas originated that infamous line). This was directed by the guy who went on to do A Christmas Story, btw.

Where to watch Black Christmas (1974)

11. Phantasm (1979) | Supernatural

In a dream sequence, a tall sinister-looking man flanked by headstones looms over the bed of a terrified boy.

Surreal ‘70s sci-fi horror movie Phantasm introduced one of the scariest cinematic weapons of all time: flying silver spheres equipped with whirring skull drills. The story—well, what there is of it—involves a grave-robbing mortician known as the Tall Man, who turns the dead into zombie dwarves for his home planet. Phantasm is like a waking nightmare, in a good way.

Where to watch Phantasm

12. Prom Night (1980) | Slasher

A teen girl talks on the telephone.

Jamie Lee Curtis went from Halloween to more slasher terror in Prom Night, a horror favorite that inspired three sequels and a 2008 remake. A killer stalks a group of high schoolers who were involved in the death of a young girl years before, and Curtis’s big night as prom queen is about to be ruined by rolling heads. Also check out Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II.

Where to watch Prom Night (1980)

13. Neon Maniacs (1986) | Creature comedy

A new wave band performs in front of a neon backdrop.

Released and forgotten in the ’80s, Neon Maniacs has since developed a cult following for its sheer weirdness. Mutant warriors—who are not especially neon-y, incidentally—living under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge come out at night and kill locals for no apparent reason. If you’ve ever imagined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a horror flick, this is for you.

Where to watch Neon Maniacs

14. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) | Zombies

A chubby boy scout screams as he's attacked by a fluffy cat.

When a small town is overrun with zombies, it’s up to a trio of nerdy scout friends, and a strip club waitress with surprisingly bad-ass combat skills, to save the day. Writer/director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Disturbia) wanted Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse to be like an R-rated Goonies, and this horror-comedy mostly succeeds.

Where to watch Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

15. Urban Legend (1998) | Slasher

A close-up of a fearful young redheaded woman's face at night.

Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer reignited the slasher genre in the ’90s, and 1998’s Urban Legend is one of the few virtual clones that holds up. Pretty students start turning up dead on a college campus, each murder mimicking urban folklore (like death by . . . Pop Rocks?). The twisty Urban Legend even has Robert Englund, a.k.a. Freddy Krueger.

Where to watch Urban Legend

16. The Tall Man (2012) | Supernatural

A drowsy woman awakens on a bed after falling asleep reading

Jessica Biel stars in this dark, twist-filled story about a small mining town’s rural myth of the Tall Man, a mysterious figure who abducts young children. Or so it seems until the plot spins off into unpredictable directions that transform a simple horror tale into a more complex thriller than expected. Biel’s performance in The Tall Man has been hailed as one of her career bests.

Where to watch The Tall Man

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