31 Amazing Horror Movies to Stream + 1 Bonus

Ready for Halloween? If not, you will be after watching this video that will give you 31 horror movies to watch in the lead-up to the spookiest night of the year.

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Craig Hanks
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December 10, 2020
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Fall is here. And that means horror movies. Now I know for a lot of you, that's all year long, but for a lot of us, October is the perfect time to watch some horror movies. And I'm going to show you today how to get your Halloween on with 31 horror movies on six different streaming services. We'll go through Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video, Peacock, and, of course, Shudder. If you're not familiar with Shudder, and you like horror movies, well, you really should be.

So we're going to go through all of those. If you got all of these, the total amount you'd pay for that 31-day fright fest is 49 bucks. So you don't have to do all that, you can pick and choose from among these. I am going to be giving you five suggestions from each service, but there's plenty more where all that came from in each streaming service. Anyway, let's dive in.

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Let's talk about horror movies. Now, please note, I am not saying that these are the best horror movies on each service. These are just the ones that I'm recommending. What I want you to do is hit the comments with your suggestions.

As you go through this video, as we go through each streaming service, I don't want you to just tell me which movies you like, but also tell people where they can go watch those movies. Okay. So let's get started. First up, let's pop into Netflix.

Top Free Horror Movies on Netflix

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If we go into Netflix, well,  Netflix is Netflix. And you can get all sorts of stuff on Netflix, but yeah, they do have a decent horror catalog.

So if you're on Netflix, I would recommend a couple of classics, a couple of new classics, and one Netflix original that I think is really  fantastic. Go check out the Silence of the Lambs, of course, and Insidious is a fantastic one. The Ritual is one that I was kind of surprised by. It's a forest horror movie. And I thought it was really good. And of course, The Evil Dead Is, you don't get much more seventies schlock . Or was it eighties? Whatever. The Evil Dead Is, is part of any good horror education. It’s a Netflix original that I think you should check out. If you enjoy horror comedies, go watch The Babysitter. I was thoroughly entertained by that one. I thought it was a ton of fun. So yeah, go check it out.

Best Free Horror Movies on HBO MAX

HBO Max is HBO. True to form. It has the best premium selection of well-known horror movie stuff, both classic and contemporary. Now, of course, don’t forget that you can’t get HBO Max on Roku or Fire TV. That’s why I’m using the Apple TV. Of course, with my luck, now that I’ve said this, this video will be immediately out of date because they’ll announce a deal between when I record this and when I release it.

Okay. So scrolling through HBO Max’s selection. Really, really good stuff. A Nightmare on Elm Street is an absolute must watch. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the 2003 version) is on there, as is the newer (and controversial) film Malignant. I have gotten both good and bad reviews, but definitely one that’s worth watching for the unexpected twist at the end.

The Scariest Horror Movies on Hulu

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Moving on to Hulu. Hulu is one that you probably aren't going to go to if you want the classics.

Because when you look through Hulu, they definitely lean way more into the new stuff of the last 10 or 15 years or so. Hulu isn't going to be a great place for classics, but it is going to be a great place for some more premium horror film titles.

What I would recommend on Hulu is go check out Parasite. This is the one that won the Oscar, what, a year or two ago, so go check out Parasite. A Quiet Place is a fantastic one. The new Pet Cemetery, if you dare. That one is rough.

The Cabin in the Woods is one that came out, 15 years ago or something. It's a great send-up of the genre. If you haven't seen it, you have to see it.

But the one that I would pull out as my pick from this bunch is Overlord.

This is one came out in 2018. It's a kind of a zombie-Nazi flick. It takes place in World War II and there are zombies. And it's scary. And it's a ton of fun. I really enjoyed watching this one in the theaters. So go check out Overlord.

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Classic Horror Movies on Peacock

I'd love to see you subscribe, but we're going to move on to Peacock. This is where we're going to see some classics. Like I said, Hulu is not where you would go for the classic horror movies. Where you want to go is Peacock, which is great because Peacock does have a free version of their service.

You can go check out some really great stuff, even on the free version. So like I said, this is where you go for classics because all that old stuff is universal property. So they've got a bunch of stuff there. The original Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and the list goes on. I would definitely recommend those three. If you , want that horror education. They also have the original Psycho from 1960.

If we're moving on up through the decades this is the one that I'm going to pull out as was my pick from the list. The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Absolutely fantastic. One of the better remakes out there, in my opinion, better than the original. So definitely go check out Dawn of the Dead. If you haven't watched it before. You probably have though, let's be honest.

Prime Video a Treasure Trove of Streaming Horror Movies

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Okay, let's go to Prime Video. Prime Video has an absolute glut of content. You can imagine. I mean, it's Prime Video. They just have a ton of titles for you to choose from. I'm going to mix kind of the old and the new. Go check out the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1978 version of that. If you want to see the source of all of the gifs, you can go watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

And for the newer stuff, go check out Hereditary and Midsummer. Both of those are on there. Dip back into the 1980s for a kind of a fun splatter fest, 1987's Bad Tastes. This is Peter Jackson, pre Lord of the Rings, doing a terrible, terrible horror movie, but it's one of those that's kind of so bad it's fun to watch. And then lastly, I just realized that I have Overlord on my list here again.

And so I need a fifth slot, hit the comments below. Let me know another horror movie on Prime Video that you think people should go check out. Let's fill out that list. I have some extras, so I'm not worried about hitting 31 though.

Best Horror Films to Stream on Shudder

And lastly, we come to Shudder. Shudder is the king of horror streaming. If you like streaming horror, you've got to check this one out. The list on this one is a pretty fun one.

If you haven't seen Mandy, this one came out, gosh, couple of years ago, I suppose. Mandy was quite the trip. If you're into a little bit trippier stuff, definitely go watch Mandy starring Nicholas Cage at his Nicholas Cage-iest.

If you're into some cult titles, go check out Re-Animator from the 80s. It is a bizarre and very entertaining movie. You can watch the classic Halloween from 1978, John Carpenter's classic horror movie.

Shudder Exclusive Horror Movies

And then there are some other titles that Shudder does on its own. Shudder originals, or Shudder exclusives. Go watch The Room with Olga Kurylenko. Which again, has mixed reviews. But I think it's worth watching, definitely. And then a series that they have called Revenge. Yeah, that one is a fun one as well.

So there you go. A bunch of horror titles for your October. This should get you through all the way to Halloween. Let me know in the comments which title will be your actual October 31st Halloween viewing. I'd love to hear what people have to say.

Bonus: Screambox Horror Films Find a Diamond in the Rough

By the way, there are other services out there. I found one called Screambox. There are others as well, but if I'm honest, they're not that great compared to the other ones that we've got here and you still have to pay five bucks a month, or I think for this one, it's 36 bucks a year, if you go that way.

But honestly they have really, really poor titles. I think they had about five movies on this one that I even recognized. So I don't really have any recommendations to share with you, but from what I hear online and from perusing its contents Screambox is a great place to go—if you like bad horror movies. And those can be kind of fun too honestly.

Or, if you don't mind waiting through a bunch of garbage to find that diamond in the rough, but regardless, hopefully this list was fun for you. I am really interested to see everybody's comments below. So leave those there. Give this video a like, thanks for watching. I'll see you next time.

Craig Hanks
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Craig Hanks
Craig is a long-time writer, presenter, and podcaster, and he now runs the Reviews.org YouTube channel, where he strives to be far more charming and presentable than he is in real life. Within the Reviews.org umbrella, he has accidentally become a streaming expert after covering the streaming wars for almost three years. Craig is also the founder and host of The Legendarium Podcast, his outlet for his love of fantasy and sci-fi literature.

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