Tubi is making a name for itself as an online streaming service that offers a bunch of free movies and series to watch without needing a subscription, so I went through the offerings to find a good variety of horror to watch for Halloween.
Now I do have to point out that while they are free to watch, the trade-off is they do have ads. Sometimes the ads are just dropped in at random, but hey…you’re not paying to watch the movie.
Other than ads, it doesn’t appear that these movies and series have been edited in any way, including profanity, gore, or nudity (if it had any). I haven’t watched everything on this list via Tubi to make sure, but yes, I have seen everything on this list at one time or another.
In fact, I am really impressed at the quantity and quality of Tubi’s horror list. They had so many more titles I could’ve recommended.
I’ve included trailers for everything I’m recommending, to give you a taste before you commit to the full viewing.
I’ve linked direct to the website pages and the app has a search function. Plus if you register, Tubi will even let you save your picks to a list to make it easier to watch.
Ready? Here are my picks of free horror to watch on Tubi for Halloween:
American Mary (2013)
The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele. To call this a slasher movie would be underestimating the story line and a fantastic performance by Katharine Isabelle. This is a great intro to the work of the Soska Sisters who wrote and directed it (and they have a cameo, too).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
For Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson), nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick tells the teen that he’s been sent to train her to fight vampires, and she’s soon tested when a very dangerous vampire (Rutger Hauer) hunts her. This precursor to the series is campy and funny, but you’ll enjoy it if you like comedy with your horror. Also starring Luke Perry, David Arquette, and Paul Reubens, along with cameos by a young Ben Affeck and Hillary Swank.
Children of the Corn (1984)
Based on the Stephen King book, a young couple ( Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) on a cross-country move are trapped in a remote town in Nebraska where a dangerous religious cult of children believes that everyone over age 18 must be killed. This classic started a whole series of films.
Final Girls (2015)
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” an infamous ‘80s cult slasher film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they’re trapped inside the movie and must battle the film’s machete-wielding killer Billy Murphy and find a way back to their own reality. Also starring Adam DeVine and Thomas Middleditch.
Written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his own novel, this cult classic tells the story of an unfaithful wife and her dead lover, and a puzzle box that summons the Cenobites, a group of extra-dimensional, sadomasochistic beings who cannot differentiate between pain and pleasure. Their leader is a figure known as Pinhead. This film is very gory.
This Israeli horror film is part found footage film and part End of Days/Apocalypse film. It starts in 1972, when Jewish, Muslim, and Christian priests were all called to perform an exorcism on a woman who supposedly died three days before. It then jumps to the present day as two young American girls arrive in Israel on vacation. A vacation quickly interrupted by what seems to be a terrorist strike, but is really something more ancient and evil. The ending surprised even me. It is in English, but there are some subtitles when a few characters speak Hebrew.
Laid 2 Rest (2019)
A young girl wakes up in a casket with a head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a serial killer and she must fight to survive as he stalks her, filming himself killing everybody in his path in gruesome ways. Tubi also has the sequel, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.
Let Us Prey (2015)
This British film is set in a remote village in Scotland. A mysterious stranger named Six is being held in the local jail. Soon strange things start happening, and it’s up to PC Rachel Heggie to figure out what is happening before she, too, is killed. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but it worked.
Expect a moderate amount of gore.
In 1971, a young girl escapes from an abandoned slaughterhouse where she’s been imprisoned and tortured for more than a year. Fifteen years later, her quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. This film is twisted and some of the gory and gruesome imagery may be too much for some. This is the original French version with English subtitles. Tubi also has the 2016 American remake.
A California teen’s worst nightmares about his parents come true when he returns home to find a grotesque party in full swing. The majority of the movie is pure 80s and campy, but the last 20 minutes turn class warfare into full-on mind-blowing body horror. You’ll remember those twenty minutes for a while after watching. This is definitely midnight movie material.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper, this iconic film tells the story of five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within…a maniacal cannibalistic family, with a chainsaw-wielding son.
From Rob Zombie comes this film set in the 70s, about five carnies, who are kidnapped by a gang of clowns called “The Heads”. The carnies are forced to play a survival game called “31”, where they are chased by the clowns through a maze of rooms over 12 hours. The penalty for capture being torture and murder, while bets are placed on their progress.
Train to Busan (2016)
This is one of my favorite zombie movies ever! A man, his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. It’s a blood-drenched ride to the Safe Zone in Busan…which may or may not still be there. It is in Korean, but has English subtitles. There is also a English-dubbed version.
In this found-footage horror anthology, a group of petty criminals burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare tape but instead they find a dead body and endless amounts of terrifying footage to watch, trying to find the right tape. The five films inside this film are creative and varied. Tubi also has V/H/S 2 and V/H/S Viral, if you’d like to do a marathon.
The Void (2016)
In this Canadian Lovecraftian horror film, cloaked, cult-like figures trap a police officer (Aaron Poole), patients, and staffers inside a hospital that is a gateway to evil. If you like your horror very strange, this is the one to watch. Lots of body horror and gory parts, too. You can also read my full review for more info.
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