The best horror movies on Tubi TV

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Everybody needs a good scare sometimes and there are plenty of options for that with Tubi TV, which has some of the best horror movies easy to watch on its free streaming service.

Tubi TV is a free, ad-supported streaming service that offers thousands of hours of popular movies and TV shows, including plenty of scares with some of the best horror movies around. 

If you’re a horror fan or if you just want to stream the best horror movies for Halloween check out these classics on Tubi TV: 

The Babadook (2014)

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The Babadook is an indie horror movie that quickly gained a cult following. The movie follows a single mother struggling to keep up with her precocious son. It's hard enough to raise a child under the best of circumstances, but when an evil entity emerges from the pages of a children's book and begins terrorizing them, things take a dark and sinister turn. — Sarabeth Pollock

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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While it may not be the first ever horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the common ancestor to many films in the genre and even some outside of the world of horror. The German silent film tells the story of the mysterious Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist Cesare, who the doctor unleashes in the night to commit murders. 

One of the trademarks of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the expressionist designs used for the sets that were popular in post-World War I Germany. You can practically draw a straight line from Dr. Caligari to the work of Tim Burton.

While the film may not be exactly scary to today’s modern horror audiences, even 100 years later its eerie tone and twist ending can leave viewers unsettled. — Michael Balderston

Count Dracula (1970)

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Most people today know Christopher Lee either from his roles in the Star Wars prequels or the Lord of the Rings movies, but before any of that Lee was a horror legend in large part because of the films in which he played Dracula.

Lee portrayed the iconic vampire in 10 films, of which Count Dracula is readily available to watch on Tubi. This film follows the traditional plot of Dracula pretty well, as it sees the legendary vampire pursued by familiar foes in Professor Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker, as well as featuring other well known Dracula characters Renfield and Mina Harker.

Besides Bela Lugosi, there may not be a more recognizable Dracula than Christopher Lee. — Michael Balderston

Dark Shadows: The Beginning (1966) 

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If you’ve never watched the classic American gothic series Dark Shadows are you really even a horror fan? Dark Shadows may seem campy now, but in the 1960’s when the series began the supernatural and vampiric content in the show was very shocking. It was modeled after the daytime soap operas that were incredibly popular, so it featured a lot of mystery, love triangles and drama, just set in a world of vampires, ghosts, werewolves and other supernatural beings. 

The show follows Victoria Winters as she takes up residence in the spooky town of Collinswood, Maine, and experiences supernatural events as she delves into the dark history of the town and the Collins family the town is named for.

The series ran from 1966 to 1971 and there have been spinoffs, movies and remakes of it over the years. But you can watch the first episodes of this classic horror series on Tubi TV right now. — Sonya Iryna 

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

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The Devil’s Rejects is the second film in Rob Zombie’s Firefly trilogy. It’s a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and picks up seven months after the events at the end of House Of 1000 Corpses. The police are closing in the remaining members of the Firefly clan. Knowing they won’t come out of a fight with police alive, they plan on making a stand in a way that only this murderous clan can. 

Fans liked this film much better than the first, but it still wasn’t a huge commercial success at the time. As Rob Zombie put out more horror films his early films, including Devil’s Rejects, gained a huge cult following. Fans of 80s slasher films will see their influence in Zombie’s work. 

The Firefly trilogy is perfect for a Halloween movie night but if you’re going to watch only one of the three this is the one to watch. — Sonya Iryna 

Escape Room (2017)

Escape rooms are popular events where people need to solve a series of puzzles in order to get out of the room. Escape Room is a 2017 film that turns that premise on its head, where a group of friends think they’re going to a fun escape room event but the game becomes real. 

In Escape Room, a woman throws a party for her boyfriend’s birthday that includes a trip to an escape room. But, the game turns deadly when she is taken captive and tortured as the others must solve puzzles to rescue her and save their lives. 

The premise of Escape Room is similar to the Saw franchise where people are put in extreme situations where they must use their brains to escape but the games are rigged against them. These films have a nice mix of psychological horror and jump scares.  — Sonya Iryna 

Famously Haunted: Amityville (2021)

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Tubi TV is broadening their library and creating some original films like this documentary about the infamous Amityville Horror house. On the heels of the death of Ronne DeFeo, who shot and killed his entire family claiming a malevolent spirit in the house drove him to kill, interest in the story was reignited.

The documentary is a mix of archival footage, interviews and recreations to dig deep into the house’s history, the experiences of people who lived there or visited there and whether or not DeFeo was telling the truth about the murders he committed. 

Supernatural horror fans and true crime fans will be fascinated by new information in this documentary and the commentary from the people who had first hand experiences in the house. — Sonya Iryna 

Ghosts of War (2020)

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Nothing will ever touch the horror of war, so when a horror movie combines with World War II it takes things to the next level. 2020's Ghosts of War features a team of US soldiers guarding a French Chateau. Little do they know, they're being stalked by something terrifying. The place is haunted, to be sure, but it's what's haunting it that makes Ghosts of War chilling and thought-provoking. 

The movie stars Brenton Thwaites, Alan Ritchison, Skylar Astin, Kyle Gallner and Theo Rossi. — Sarabeth Pollock

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

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Like action movies, horror is a genre that is generally easy to play across languages. A great example of this in recent years is Goodnight Mommy, an Austrian-based film that creeped audiences out all over the world.

Goodnight Mommy is the story of twin boys who think there is something different about their mother, who recently had face-changing cosmetic surgery.

The film found love among critics (not an easy feat for horror films usually), making numerous year-end best foreign language film lists. 

An English-language version of the movie came out in 2022 and is available on Prime Video, but the original still appears to be the preferred version. — Michael Balderston

Hellraiser (1987) 

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One of the iconic movie monsters of the 1980s, Pinhead was the star of the Hellraiser franchise, which got underway with the original 1987 film.

The story, adapted and directed by Clive Barker from his own novel, takes place after Frank accidentally opens a portal to hell, releasing Pinhead and other demons and trapping Frank in the underworld. To free him, Frank’s brother and sister-in-law must perform sacrifices.

A rebooted Hellraiser is now streaming on Hulu, but check out the original, as well as some of its sequels if you want, on Tubi. — Michael Balderston

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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James Whitworth, Michael Berryman and Susan Lainer in The Hills Have Eyes (Image credit: Blood Relations Co./Allstar Picture Library Limited./Alamy Stock Photo)

Not to be confused with the 2006 remake, which is actually also on Tubi, this is the original version of The Hills Have Eyes from horror legend Wes Craven. The plot is generally the same — family stumbles upon and gets stranded in a deserted area not open to the public and soon terrorized by violent savages that live in the hills.

This is early Wes Craven (only his third film). While he’s best known for Nightmare on Elm Street and the original Scream, the 1977 The Hills Have Eyes just shows how much of Craven’s work has been either remade or influential for modern horror. — Michael Balderston

The Last House on the Left (1971)

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Even by today’s standards, the torture horror classic The Last House On The Left is extreme. When it was made in 1972, many theaters wouldn’t show it because of the graphic violence. Dozens of horror creators and directors, including Rob Zombie, have cited this film as one of their influences.

The Last House On The Left is the story of Mari Collingwood, who is abducted on her way home from a concert by three murderous men who have escaped from prison. She is tortured, raped and killed.

The men, running from the police, end up posing as traveling salesmen to gain sanctuary in a couple’s home. The couple are Mari’s parents, who overhear the men talking and reveal they killed Mari. They decide they’re going to take revenge for their daughter’s cruel death.

Even for devout horror fans this one can be tough to watch, but it’s a classic horror film for a reason and every true horror fan should watch this one at least once.  — Sonya Iryna

Martyrs (2008)

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Martyrs is not for the weak of heart, or of stomach. It’s torture horror with some psychological horror mixed in. But this movie is dark enough to scare even hard core horror fans. 

The story follows a girl who was tortured as a child by a religious cult. The cultists believe that torturing people to a state near death will put them in a sort of ecstatic state where they will be able to understand the true nature of religious mysteries. 

She manages to escape, but comes back as an adult with a friend who was also tortured, to get revenge on the cult members. — Sonya Iryna 

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) 

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If Rocky Horror didn’t have enough gore for you but you love the general premise of a horror musical that you can sing and dance along with, then Repo! The Genetic Opera is something you should watch. 

The absurdist horror is a backdrop for a series of songs that are very catchy and upbeat. In no time you’ll find yourself wanting to cosplay and sing along. In fact, people still do. Just like Rocky Horror this film has a strong cult following and some theaters do midnight showings where costumed people show up to perform along with the film.

Start your journey by watching the film on Tubi TV this spooky season. — Sonya Iryna 

Suspiria (1977) 

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Italian director Dario Argento brought the scares in Suspiria, which focuses on a young American dancer who comes to a world renowned dance academy. She quickly discovers, however, that there is something sinister behind the curtains at the school.

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino crafted a remake of Suspiria just a fews ago, attempting to dig deeper into the story, running about an hour longer than the original. But Argento’s Suspiria masterfully packs a haunting tone and thrilling climax in just about 90 minutes. — Michael Balderston

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Gunner Hansen as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Gunner Hansen as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Image credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been a horror story done over multiple times through the years. But as is the case in many of these situations, it’s just hard to top the original.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sees five young friends traveling across Texas who end up being pursued by a group of cannibals, including the chainsaw wielding Leatherface. 

The big screen debut of Leatherface was based loosely on serial killer Ed Gein. — Michael Balderston

Train to Busan (2016) 

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South Korean filmmakers have been putting their mark on the horror franchise in recent years. This includes Train to Busan, a zombie film from director Sang-ho Yeon, where passengers on a train traveling from Seoul to Busan are forced to fight for their lives as a zombie virus breaks out.

Train to Busan was able to have both critical success — it played at the Cannes International Film Festival and has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes — and a hit among fans, be it right away in its home country of South Korea or with an ardent cult following in the US and other places around the world. — Michael Balderston

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.

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