Horror movies tend to engage the audience in a manner that other movie genres don’t. They scare the audience, raise their goosebumps, and can even force them to scream and embarrass themselves. Some of the notable features of the genre are Dracula, The Exorcist, Get Out, Dawn of the Dead, Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Rosemary’s Baby, Insidious, etc.
To embrace the thrill of this genre, you don’t need to spend lots of money in 2020 as there are tons of horror movie websites that let you stream full-length feature films without spending a penny. Many of these horror streaming services don’t even ask you to sign up to download scary films.
Free Sites To Watch Horror Movies Online
Owned by Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment and Sony Pictures, Crackle is a well-known name when it comes to watching movies for free. This ad-supported website keeps updating its horror catalog from time-to-time, so don’t worry about ending up with the same selection again and again.
About 50+ horror movies on Crackle can be sorted by title and length, streamed in any web browser in good quality. However, don’t expect any new horror movie releases on Crackle — sadly, that’s the case with all the other free horror movie websites.
Sample Horror Titles on Crackle: I Saw the Devil, The Wailing, Better Watch Out, The Love Witch, Grave Encounters, The Prophecy, Hangman, Dead Birds, Here Comes Hell.
Founded in 2007, Viewster was acquired and rebranded as CONtv Anime in June 2020. However, Viewster’s official YouTube channel still exists with tons of full-length horror movies. Some of the latest uploads are The Summoning, Blood Widow, Brackenmore, Open Windows, etc. Since you already know how free content on YouTube works, I don’t think I need to explain it in detail.
Moving on to the rebranded CONtv, it primarily serves the needs of anime fans with a wide selection of anime series and movies. The ad-supported site also streams free horror movies with an attractive and user-friendly interface. While some movies don’t need you to sign up, others ask you to register a free CONtv account to proceed.
Sample Horror Titles on CONtv: Hell Baby, Point of Fear, Nosferatu, The Taking of Deborah Logan, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Cry, Jezebeth, etc.
Owned by Screen Media Ventures, Popcornflix offers lots of public domain horror movies that you can stream online from the comfort of your home. While the website’s overall interface isn’t fancy, it hosts more than 250 horror flicks that one can watch in high quality. Popcornflix also produces original programming as well, which also includes horror movies like Djinn, Void, Portals, Darling, etc.
Similar to Viewster, Popcornflix also has its official YouTube movie channel that keeps on adding new movies from time to time. In my personal experience, watching free horror movies on the Popcornflix YouTube channel is a better experience compared to their website.
Sample Horror Titles on Popcornflix: The Sublet, I Saw the Devil, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Rubber, Phantasm, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, The Sublet, etc.
4. Horror movies on YouTube
YouTube hosts tons of public domain horror movies that you can watch for free and experience a chill down your spine. In this list itself, I’ve already talked about YouTube channels like Viewster and Popcornflix, which are alternatives to free horror movie websites. YouTube’s official movie section also contains ad-supported free content from genres like horror, thriller, dramas, comedy, etc.
If you’re fond of searching the web in 2020, YouTube can turn out to be a goldmine for classic horror movies that are uploaded with a Creative Commons License. Just a simple search for horror movies gives tons of results on YouTube; just make sure you turn on the Creative Commons filter from the top and watch free horror movies legally.
Sample Free Horror Titles on YouTube: The Bleeding House, Omnivores, House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc.
5. IMDb TV
For horror movie lovers in the United States, IMDb’s free movie streaming service IMDb TV is a great option. To stream the content, you need to sign up using your IMDb, Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook account. However, the collection of movies and their freshness really helps IMDb TV stand apart from others. You can also use your Fire TV device to enjoy the content on a bigger screen.
Sample Free Horror Titles on IMDb TV: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Scream, Dead End, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Possession, The Abandoned, Spiders, Don’t Hang Up, etc.
Along the lines of IMDb TV for the US, Disney+ Hotstar is one of the best free horror movie websites for Indian users in 2020. No requirement to sign up to stream free movies makes it even a great choice for users looking for content in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and other Indian regional languages. Even though Disney+ Hotstar’s horror catalog isn’t as great as some of the sites mentioned above, its interface is surely better than services like Popcornflix.
Sample Free Horror Titles on Disney+ Hotstar: The Past, Insidious, Creature 3D, Krishna Cottage, Chaarulatha, The Diabolical, etc.
7. 80s Horror
As its name suggests, 80sHorror is a dedicated horror streaming service for the fans of 1980s movies. It basically does the job of collecting and sorting the user-submitted movie links on YouTube and adding information like IMDB rating, Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes, and Amazon Buy links to the listing.
The website sorts the movies by year and further lets you choose from sub-genres like Vampire, Werewolf, Evil Doll, Zombie, Halloween, Ghost, Supernatural, etc. If you’re a fan of classic horror movies, you can even sign up for their newsletters to get regular updates on new postings. The website also has a YouTube channel that uploads reviews and movie suggestions.
Sample Free Horror Titles on 80s Horror: The Thing, The Return of the Living Dead, Evil Dead 2, Possession, Videodrome, etc.
Some FAQs on horror movies
People enjoy horror movies due to the tension, relevance, and unrealism factor. As per a study in the Journal of Media Psychology, these three factors affect people differently and attract them.
For the Indian audience, Disney+ Hotstar is a good website to watch dubbed movies for free in Indian regional languages.
As per Rotten Tomatoes ratings, some of the best horror movies of 2020 are Possessor: Uncut, Relic, Swallow, Sputnik, Scare Package, The Invisible Man, Gretel & Hansel, Amulet, The Lodge, etc.