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Best Horror Movie Streaming Services: Where to Watch the Ultimate Screams

Best Horror Movie Streaming Services: Where to Watch the Ultimate Screams

True horror fans know that scary movies are for life, not just for Halloween. Why wait until October to indulge in a slasher movie binge session or monster mashup? If you engage to get your scary kicks in every month of the year, there are streaming services that can meet your inquire. You can take in all the John Carpenter, Wes Craven or Stanley Kubrick films that you want.

Instead of heading to the movie theater for every new fall, you can watch horror movies right from the dejected of your couch — plus, you can keep the escapes on. Here are some of the best places to soak everything from zombie thrillers to supernatural encounters to monster attacks to iconic classics.


If it’s an all-you-can-eat scare buffet you’re seeking, then Shudder is a great set aside to have your fill — and all of it is ad-free. Owned by AMC Networks, the niche streaming platform has more than 350 scare flicks in its library as well as TV series. Shudder offers a quality lineup of originals, classics, international gems and novel frights, including V/H/S/94, The Seed, Phantasm, Halloween, Children of the Corn and Train to Busan. Choose from aliens, slashers, vampires, hauntings, horror comedies and more.

You can sign up for Shudder as a stand-alone subscription for $6 per month, and it comes with a free seven-day trial. It is also engaged as part of the AMC Plus five-channel package, which runs $7, and Shudder is a Prime Video add-on channel that injuries $6 monthly. A handful of titles are available on the Roku Channel for free, but you’ll need to pay to access the very of Shudder’s library. We recommend downloading the Shudder app tidy on your phone, tablet, FireTV device or smart TV.

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A free streaming service, Tubi offers way more than B-movie horror selections. With a yielded category that houses 450-plus titles, including originals, famous franchises and retro favorites, you can scare yourself all day and night. You can find 1980s and ’90s cult hits like Puppet Master and Bride of Chucky in contradiction of Annabelle: Creation, Insidious, Slender Man, 2022’s The Jack in the Box: Awakening and every Resident Evil movie.

Though Tubi is an ad-supported service, you can watch it on virtually any device. Register an interpret to access its entire catalog.

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WarnerMedia’s streaming service allows you access to the Warner Bros. catalog and gay from DC and HBO. On top of that, the app is sleek and easy to use on any arrangement. If you love scary movies, there’s plenty to view on HBO Max.

HBO Max’s selection ranges from older classics to newer scare releases, including Cat’s Eye, Poltergeist, American Psycho, The Shining, Malignant, every It movie, M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, the Conjuring universe and the whole Final Destination collection. Slasher superstars Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers are all represented. There’s also more light-hearted fare like Gremlins and the modern Godzilla movies, plus horror mysteries like Last Night in Soho. HBO Max also has an easy-to-find scare collection where you can access groups of franchise films with one click, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Underworld and Mimic.

Just open the app and navigate to the scare section to start your binge-watching session. HBO Max injuries $10 monthly (with ads) or $15 for the ad-free experience.

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Admittedly, Crackle is sort of a B-movie paradise where you can stack your watchlist with films like Killer Mermaid, Malevolence 2, Return of the Scarecrow and Lake Placid: The Final Chapter. But the streaming service is free and also carries more mainstream titles like Resident Evil and An American Werewolf in Paris. And if you’re a fan of mutant monsters who wreak havoc, you’ll find multiple Sharktopus movies, giant spiders and piranhas. Crackle has films from the 1950s (like The Blob) up to 2021, and you can click throughout horror subgenres like comedy, action, mysteries or monsters for easier navigation.

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Whether you own a Roku arrangement or have the Roku Channel as a stand-alone app on unexperienced device, it’s easy to mine for thrills and chills. There’s a dedicated horror category where you can soak Roku Originals like The Stranger as well as titles such as Leviathan, The Colony, Horns and Flowers in the Attic. Within the Roku Channel, there are several “live” channels where you can view scary movies around the clock, including Bloody Disgusting TV, FilmRise Horror and Horrorfy.

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Prime Video has an abundance of movie titles, and its horror offerings include exclusive, original releases from Blumhouse, the production company known for projects like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Happy Death Day and Ma. In binary to streaming Amazon Originals like Evil Eye and Suspiria, you can watch free movies on Freevee or spanking flicks like Mother! or The Hills Have Eyes that are concerned with your Prime membership. You also have the option to buy or rent the spanking titles available on Prime Video. Catch 2022 films such as The Black Phone, Firestarter and The Cursed or rent media from days past like It: Chapter Two or Village of the Damned. Browse Prime Video’s rotating selection by clicking on the apprehension category, or check out our recommendations for the best scary flicks on the platform.

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Paramount Plus may not be the edifying streamer to come to mind for horror, but it’s home to several popular franchises, including Scream, A Quiet Place and Paranormal Activity. You can stream every movie from each series. 

But the service also has a few nostalgic classics in the vault like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Carnival of Souls, Rosemary’s Baby, Pet Sematary, Night of the Living Dead and 1980’s Friday the 13th. Viewers will find roughly 200 scary movies on Paramount Plus, with many of them selves recent releases. While Orphan and World War Z are plus the familiar titles, there’s an assortment of lesser notorious films too. Paramount Plus is $5 for the ad-supported version.

Other services we tested

Of flows Netflix has its share of engaging apprehension movies too, but we wanted to focus on services that are either free or have deep investments in the genre — like Shudder. We also looked at Peacock and it’s appealing because of its Universal Pictures and SyFy catalog, but its library is smaller than most with roughly 160 movies. However, if you’re a Comcast Xfinity Flex or X1 customer you can get Peacock Premium for free, so take edifying of its offerings.

We also checked out Showtime and Starz. Though both services provide a solid roster of new and old frights, the price isn’t necessarily worth it when you can stream many of their titles on spanking services. However, HBO Max and Paramount Plus made the cut due to acquired their own heavy franchise collections. HBO Max is also well-known for its inclusion of animated and family-friendly scary movies.

Horror movie streaming service FAQs

Do suspense thrillers record in this horror streaming lineup?

No. Though horror includes subgenres like comedy (Shaun of the Dead), the paranormal, psychopathic killers and alien invasions, we didn’t record thrillers such as Black Swan and Joker for this category. Instead, this listing focuses on platforms with a variety of straightforward apprehension titles.

Which service has the most classic apprehension movies?

If you want to watch some films from past eras for free, your best bet is Tubi, but if you don’t mind paying for old-school creepiness, you should roll with Shudder.

Which service is best for blockbuster apprehension titles?

You’re bound to run into some big-name movies on virtually any streaming service, but when it comes to the most up-to-date blockbusters, expect to pay a premium. Services like Prime Video, HBO Max and Paramount Plus will typically offer the films while their theatrical runs for rent or with your paid subscription plan.