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How to get your scare on during spooky season

There’s no better time to plop on a couch and stream horror movies until your eyes bleed.


Jaime Carrillo


There’s no better time to plop on a couch with a big bowl of Frankenberry and watch horror movies online until your eyes bleed.

We’ve compiled the best movie streaming sites of 2020 where you can tune in all season long to get your fright on. Plus, you’ll get a peek at the horror movies available to stream and how much each service costs per month. You can even apply for a free trial where applicable.

How to watch horror movies online

1) Watch horror movies online on Shudder

What’s included in the plan: Shudder is a streaming service for horror, suspense, thriller, and avant-garde fans of all stripes. According to Shudder, it’s got the “largest and fastest growing selection of exclusive new releases and genre-defining classics – handpicked and updated weekly.” All content is ad-free. Shudder also offers collections. Shudder also invites celebrities to curate their own favorite collections, including Kumail Nanjiani, Larry Fessenden, and Rob Zombie. There’s also a handful of Shudder original productions including Terrified, A Discovery of Witches, and Satan’s Slaves. It’s one of the best one-stop shops to watch horror movies online.

Recommended horror movies on Shudder: Hell House LLC, Black Death, Splinter, The Beyond, I Saw the Devil, The Exorcist III, The Sacrament, 31. Check out more Shudder movie recommendations here.

Cost per month: Plans for Shudder start at $4.75 a month (after 7 day free trial) if you decide to pay for a year all at once. If you’d prefer to pay month to month, it’s $4.99 a month. You can also subscribe through Amazon Prime channels.

Free trial: Yes. You can try Shudder for seven days free before subscribing.

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1 Month$5.99
12 Months$56.99

2) Watch horror movies online on Netflix

What’s included in the plan: Netflix is perhaps the most ubiquitous streaming service and offers unlimited HD streaming on up to four devices depending on which plan you decide to get. Aside from a place to get your fix of fright, there’s also exclusive shows like Orange Is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the upcoming final season of House of Cards. And of course, there is the classic horror love letter Stranger Things.

Recommended horror movies on Netflix: Hush, The Ravenous, 1922, Cabin Fever.

Cost per month: The most basic plan is $8.99 and streams on one TV at a time. If there’s more than one horror movie fan in the house, you can upgrade to two screens for $12.99, or four for $15.99.

Free trial? Yes. Your first month is free.

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3) Watch horror movies online on Hulu

What’s included in the plan: Hulu’s streaming library is packed with over 43,000 episodes of television across channels like TBS, Food TV, History Channel, and Comedy Central. This includes spooky network and cable hits including American Horror Story and The Walking Dead. You also get to watch Hulu originals, including Castle Rock, Harlots, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Path. And, of course, Hulu’s dedicated movie library is chock full of spooky flicks.

Recommended horror movies on Hulu: The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity 2. Check out more Halloween movies on Hulu here.

Cost per month: The baseline Hulu with Limited Commercials plan is normally $5.99 a month. If you want to do away with commercials altogether, it’s $11.99 a month.

Free Trial: Yes. Both Hulu with Limited Commercials and Hulu No Commercials are available for free for a month.

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Hulu with ads$1.99/mo for a year
Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle$13.99

4) Watch horror movies online on Amazon Prime Video

What’s included in the plan: Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video, is included with all Amazon Prime Subscriptions. If you’re already enjoying two-day shipping on the regular, you can start using Prime Video right away. Like many streaming services, the Prime Video library is filled with plenty of original series, including the Nazi dystopia The Man in the High Castle, dark murder mystery Mad Dogs, and the sci-fi thriller Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. You also get access to Halloween-y hit TV shows and movies including True Blood, Lore, The Witching Season, Spawn, and The Cell.

Recommended horror movies on Amazon: The Girl with All the Gifts, Them, Nosferatu, Society, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Green Room, Zodiac. Check out these serial killer movies on Amazon Prime.

Cost per month: Access to Prime Video requires an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $12.99 a month. If you’re in college, you can get Prime Student, which is available for $6.49 a month, after enjoying six complementary months.

Free Trial? Yes. You can try Amazon Prime for 30 days before subscribing. If you’re getting Amazon Student, you get six months free before having to pay your monthly bill.

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5) Watch horror movies online on HBO

What’s included in the plan: HBO’s streaming service includes every production from the channel’s 45-year history, and you can watch it all without a dedicated cable subscription. That includes everything from Fraggle Rock to Inside the NFL, John Adams to Def Comedy Jam. Naturally, you can also watch modern hits like sci-fi rollercoaster Westworld, fantasy action-drama Game of Thrones, and hilarious political satires including Veep and Last Week Tonight. In addition to HBO’s massive library, there’s also an ever-changing collection of classic and modern film hits to watch anytime, anywhere. You can even stream shows live when they air for everyone else.

Recommended horror movies on HBO: El Exorcismo, Night Shift, Cabin Fever  2: Spring Fever. Check out the best movies on more HBO.

Cost per month: HBO Now is $14.99 a month. While you can get it as a standalone subscription, there are three ways to get it through your existing streaming services.

  • HBO Now on Amazon Prime: After subscribing to Amazon Prime, click here. Click the HBO logo just above the search list. From there, you can add the app to your Prime library.
  • HBO on Hulu: After subscribing to Hulu, go to “Manage your subscription” in your account. Scroll down to premium add-ons, and add it to your account.
  • HBO Now on Roku: Get a Roku. There’s a handful available with a myriad of features, but you can get one for as little as $30. Then, you can sign up to HBO Now, download its channel through your Roku device, and stream your spooky stuff from there.

Free Trial? Yes. Whether you sign up to HBO through Amazon, Hulu, or Roku, you can enjoy seven days free.

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6) Watch horror movies online on Starz

What’s included in this plan: Starz‘s streaming service gives you full access to its library of movies, original programming, and even documentaries. This includes series like Outlander, Party Down, and American Gods. And because it’s a cable movie channel, there’s plenty of hit films available.

Recommended horror movies on Starz: Brightburn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Slender Man, The Last House on the Left, Freddy vs. Jason, The Thing, Bride of Chucky, Vampire in Brooklyn, They Live. Check out more Starz movies here.

Cost per month: Starz Direct is available for $8.99 a month. It’s available as a standalone service but works in conjunction with your existing streaming channels.

  • Starz on Amazon Prime: After subscribing to Amazon Prime, click here. Click the yellow bar that says “Watch with Starz start your 7-day free trial here.” From there, you can access Starz shows and movies from your Prime Video library.
  • Starz on Roku: Get a Roku. Then, you can sign up to Starz on its website. You can then download the Starz app straight to your Roku device and stream immediately.

Free Trial? Yes. Starz Direct is available free for seven days.

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