The 10 Best Horror Movie Hidden Gems on Tubi
Tubi has gained a reputation as one of the best streaming platforms for horror fans. Whether you are looking for sleeper indie films or blockbuster hits, Tubi can help satiate your desires.
Unlike some of its competitors, the ads on Tubi are minimal and non-disruptive. The only downside of the platform is that the selection is so big that it can be hard to find all of the films that it offers.
Fortunately for you, I have delved into the murky depths of the sub-categories and pulled out an assortment of overlooked films for you to enjoy.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Mockumentary horror films are a subgenre within a subgenre. Part found footage part fake documentary; these films can create a sense of realness that is hard to convey in other sub-genres.
This is what makes The Poughkeepsie Tapes so unnerving. The terror inflicted on the characters feels very raw and intimate. The found footage production doesn’t require you to suspend disbelief, if anything, the events feel too real.
John Erick Dowdle (As Above So Below) wrote and directed this film, which remained stuck in limbo for a decade before Shout Factory released it in 2017. If you want to watch something that will make you want to shower with a Brillo pad, watch The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
Does anyone else remember the clown sightings back in 2016? This movie doesn’t have anything to do with that. I just wanted to remind you that clowns coming out of the woods at night and scaring people is a thing that actually happened.
No, this film manages to somehow be much more terrifying than those real-world events. This deceptively simple movie tells us something we have always known. Clowns are actually demons sent from hell to eat children.
If that doesn’t get your attention, what if I told you that the marvelous Peter Stormare (Constantine) makes an appearance as a clown demon slayer? If you want something completely original, check out Clown.
The House That Jack Built
Lars Von Trier (Antichrist) is a controversial director, to say the least. When the Cannes film festival screened The House That Jack Built in 2018, it garnered both condemnation and praise.
The film caused some critics and viewers to walk out of the screening, while also receiving a standing ovation after its completion. Hopefully, this illustrates just how divisive this film can be.
The question posed by Lars Von Trier is simple, can we separate the art from the artist? Amazing performances by Matt Dillon (Crash), Umma Thurman (Kill Bill), and Bruno Ganz (Downfall) draw viewers into this experimental film. If you want a movie that makes you unsure of whether or not you enjoyed watching it, settle in for The House That Jack Built.
Hell House LLC
This found footage film explores one of my favorite themes, people that mess with known haunted locations and end up dead. If that premise excites you, then rejoice because Tubi has all three films in the Hell House LLC franchise.
What started out as an overlooked indie film has slowly risen through the ranks to become a cult classic. Fans of Hell House LLC were pleased to find out that a prequel to the franchise was announced recently.
If you are a fan of unscripted terror, Gore Abrams (Hell House III: Lake of Fire) actually spills his guts in the strobe light scene of the film. While not the most terrifying film on this list, the feeling of paranoia it creates has a way of crawling under your skin and refusing to leave.
Tubi has some hard-to-find films but this one takes the cake. When Ghost Watch first hit the screens, the creators presented it as a real BBC broadcast, not as a movie. The bait and switch in Ghost Watch was so effective that the British Medical Journal cites it as the first movie to give children PTSD.
In a brilliant power move, the actors were the same news reporters that the public expected to see when they turned on the news that night. This little shenanigan resulted in confused and frightened viewers making an estimated one million calls to the BBC.
Unfortunately, this confusion led to lawsuits being filed against the BBC for the psychological damage caused that evening. However, if you want to watch a masterclass in subverting expectations, go watch Ghost Watch.
Do you crave a campy slasher with gratuitous blood and gore? If so, then Victor Crowley and the Hatchet franchise are made for fans like you. It may be an overused term, but Victor Crowley is a bloody good time.
Beloved horror fan and creator of all things spooky Adam Green (Frozen) brings us this delightful film. Joining the cast as the disfigured villain is the marvelous Kane Hodder (Jason X).
If you want a real treat, find the episode of Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover that has Kane Hodder in it. Trust me, it may be one the greatest things ever recorded. If this all sounds awesome to you, Tubi also has all three Hatchet films in its collection.
I am not sure why people overlook this film. Brightburn asks the audience a simple question. If you gave a child-god like powers, would they use them for good or evil? The answer is unsurprising, but the execution is awesome.
There is no hiding the fact that this movie is just Superman in an alternate universe. In fact, the main character gets the classic repeating letter name, Brandon Breyer. Making it even more obvious is the fact that the childhood home is even set in Kansas. You can’t get much more on the nose than that.
All of this makes a bit more sense when you factor in that James Gunn (Gurdians of The Galaxy) doesn’t really care for superhero movies. If you are looking for a twist on an old concept, spend some time with Brightburn.
Speaking of playing around with familiar tropes, Feast takes its time ripping apart the horror formula. This movie has it all; a badass hero, title cards, and as much early 2000s angst as you can handle.
Development of this film was made possible by Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) and Matt Damon’s (The Departed) Project Greenlight. The plot of this film boils down to a simple premise: monsters attack a group of people trapped in a bar.
No convoluted plot devices, no hidden meanings to decipher, just good old fashioned monster battle royal. If you are looking for a movie that you can turn off your brain and just enjoy, check out Feast.
I’ll be honest with you; I adore anthology movies. In fact, I will watch them no matter the subject material or how low budget they may be, much to the dismay of my loved ones. When done correctly, these movies present us with the best that horror can offer.
Patient Seven shows us how amazing an anthology can be when all the pieces come together. We get to witness the forever droll Michael Ironside (Scanners) as the antagonizing Dr. Marcus. We also get great performances from Grace Van Dien (Stranger Things), Amy Smart (Mirrors), and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Tubi has a large catalog of anthology films that you can sort through, but Patient Seven is one of the best on the site. So,if you like your horror in bite size pieces, give Patient Seven a try.
Horror fans get a bad rap for our insatiable appetite for all things terrifying. Some people say that we all must be dangerous deviants, just in search of our next thrill. In reality, we get just as scared as the next person when confronted with real horror.
Fear Inc gives us something every horror fan can relate to, no longer being able to get scared. But what if there was a service that you could pay for that was guaranteed to scare you to death? How badly do you really want to feel that sense of dread again, even if only one more time?
I love a movie that pays homage to those that paved the way for it. Fear Inc is filled with references and nods to the icons of horror. So, if you want a movie that feels like it was actually made for horror fans, check out Fear Inc. And if you are looking for a free streaming service that can fill your horror needs, check out the catalog on Tubi.
5 New Horror Movies You Can Stream Starting This Week
I am old enough to remember when after a new horror movie’s theatrical release, you would have to wait six months before you could find it at the local video store. That’s if it was even released in the area where you lived.
Some movies were viewed once and lost into the void forever. They were very dark times. Fortunately for us, streaming services have cut that wait down to a fraction of the time. This week we have some big hitters coming to VOD, so let’s jump right in.
Nicolas Cage (The Wicker Man) is really hard to put a label on. He has been in so many terrific films, while also ruining one of the greatest folk horror films ever made. For better or worse, his over-the-top acting has placed him in a special place in the hearts of many.
In this iteration of Dracula, he is joined by Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), and Awkwafina (The Little Mermaid). Renfield looks to be a more lighthearted take on the classic Bram Stoker tale. We can only hope that the awkward lovable style of Hoult mingles well with the zaniness that Cage is known for. Renfield will be streaming on Peacock June 9th.
Tony Todd (Candy Man) is one of horror’s greatest living icons. The man has a way of making evil sexy in an unmatched way. Joining Tony in this period piece is the marvelous Sheri Davis (The Amityville Moon).
This one feels fairly cut and dry. We get some old-timey racism which leads to a curse that haunts the land to this day. Mix in some voodoo for good measure and we have ourselves a horror movie. If you want an older feel to your new horror movie, this one’s for you. Devilreaux will be released to video on demand services on June 9th.
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster
I have discussed my excitement over this film once before. Not only do we get a modern retelling of Dracula this week. We also get to look at Frankenstein’s monster through a new lens. It’s going to be a good week for classic literature fans.
This film has an amazing cast behind it. We get performances from Denzel Whitaker (The Great Debaters), Laya DeLeon Hayes (God of War: Ragnarök), and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead). If creature features are more your thing, this is the film to watch this week.
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will hit video on demand services on June 9th.
If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, now is the time to try out a free trial. The Shudder originals can often be hit or miss. But they normally include some of the standout horror films of the year.
Brooklyn 45 looks like it is going to be one of the good ones. Already receiving massive praise before its release, the hype on this one has me excited. Starring Anne Ramsey (The Taking of Deborah Logan), Ron Rains (Teacher), and Jeremy Holm (Mr. Robot). Brooklyn 45 is my most anticipated new horror film this week. Brooklyn 45 will hit shudder June 9th.
She Came from the Woods
Tubi has been playing its hand at making its own horror films for a while now. Up until this point they have been less than stellar. But after seeing the trailer for She Came from the Woods, I have hope that’s all about to change.
This film isn’t giving us anything new, it’s an old camp legend gone awry. But what it is giving us is William Sadler (Tales from the Crypt) right back where he belongs. Fighting ghosts with a shotgun and loving every minute of it. If you are looking for a new horror movie that is easy to digest, this is the one for you. She Came from the Woods will hit Tubi June 10th.
Pride Nightmares: Five Unforgettable Horror Films That Will Haunt You
It’s that wonderful time of year again. A time for pride parades, creating a sense of togetherness, and rainbow flags being sold for a high-profit margin. Regardless of where you stand on the commodification of pride, you have to admit it creates some great media.
That’s where this list comes in. We have seen an explosion of LGTBQ+ horror representation in the past ten years. Not all of them were necessarily gems. But you know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad press.
The Last Thing Mary Saw
It would be difficult to do this list and not have a film with overbearing religious overtones. The Last Thing Mary Saw is a brutal period piece about forbidden love between two young women.
This one is definitely a slow burn, but when it gets going the payoff is well worth it. Performances by Stefanie Scott (Mary), and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan: First Kill) make this unsettling atmosphere ooze out of the screen and into your home.
The Last Thing Mary Saw is one of my favorite releases in the past few years. Just when you think you have the film figured out it changes direction on you. If you are wanting something with a little more polish on it this pride month, watch The Last Thing Mary Saw.
In what is probably the most accurate depiction of a manic pixie dream girl, May gives us a look into the life of a mentally unwell young woman. We follow her as she attempts to navigate her own sexuality and what she wants out of a partner.
May is a little on the nose with its symbolism. But it does have one thing the other films on this list do not. That is a frat bro style lesbian character played by Anna Faris (Scary Movie). It’s refreshing to see her break the mold of how lesbian relationships are typically depicted in film.
While May didn’t perform very well in the box office it has made its way into cult classic territory. If you are looking for some early 2000s edginess this pride month, go watch May.
What Keeps You Alive
In the past, it was common for lesbians to be portrayed as serial killers because of their sexual deviancy. What Keeps You Alive gives us a lesbian murderer that doesn’t kill because she is gay, she kills because she is a terrible person.
This hidden gem made its rounds in the film festival circuit until its on-demand release in 2018. What Keeps You Alive does its best to rework the cat and mouse formula that we often see in thrillers. I will leave it to you to decide if it worked or not.
What really sells the tension in this film are the performances by Brittany Allen (The Boys), and Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw). If you are planning to go camping during pride month, give What Keeps You Alive a watch first.
Revenge flicks have always had a special place in my heart. From classics like The Last House on The Left to more modern films like Mandy, this sub-genre can provide endless avenues of entertainment.
The Retreat is no exception to this, it provides ample amounts of rage and sadness for its viewers to digest. This may go a little too far for some viewers. So, I will give it a warning for the language used and the hate depicted during its runtime.
That being said, I found it to be an enjoyable, if not a bit of an exploitative film. If you are looking for something to get your blood rushing this pride month, give The Retreat a try.
I am a sucker for indie films that try and take classics in a new direction. Lyle is essentially a modern retelling of Rosemary’s Baby with a few extra steps added for good measure. It manages to keep the heart of the original film while forging its own path along the way.
Films where the audience is left to wonder if the events shown are real or just a delusion brought on by trauma, are some of my favorites. Lyle manages to transfer the pain and paranoia of a grieving mother into the minds of the audience in spectacular fashion.
As with most indie films, it’s the subtle acting that really makes the film stand out. Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent) and Ingrid Jungermann (Queer as Folk) portray a fractured couple trying to move on after a loss. If you are looking for some family dynamics in your pride themed horror, go watch Lyle.
The Five Best Horror Films to Darken Your Memorial Day
Memorial Day is celebrated in a multitude of different ways. Like many other households, I have developed my own tradition for the holiday. It consists mainly of hiding from the sun while watching Nazis getting slaughtered.
I have spoken about the Nazisploitation genre in the past. But don’t worry, there are plenty of these films to go around. So, if you need an excuse to sit in the ac instead of by the beach, give these movies a try.
I have to give Frankenstein’s Army credit for thinking outside of the box. We get Nazi scientists creating zombies all of the time. What we don’t see represented is Nazi scientists creating robot zombies.
Now that might seem like a hat on a hat to some of you. That’s because it is. But that doesn’t make the finished product any less awesome. The second half of this film is an over-the-top mess, in the best way of course.
Deciding to take all of the risks possible, Richard Raaphorst (Infinity Pool) decided to make this a found footage film on top of everything else going on. If you are looking for some popcorn horror for your Memorial Day celebrations, go watch Frankenstein’s Army.
The Devil’s Rock
If the late-night selection of The History Channel is to be believed, the Nazis were up to all kinds of occult research. Instead of going for the low-hanging fruit of Nazi experiments, The Devil’s Rock goes for the slightly higher fruit of Nazis trying to summon demons. And honestly, good for them.
The Devil’s Rock asks a pretty straightforward question. If you put a demon and a Nazi in a room, who do you root for? The answer is the same as it always is, shoot the Nazi, and figure the rest out later.
What really sells this film is its use of practical effects. The gore is a little light in this one, but it is done very well. If you have ever wanted to spend Memorial Day rooting for a demon, go watch The Devil’s Rock.
This one was hard for me to sit through as it touched on an actual phobia of mine. The thought of worms crawling inside of me makes me want to drink some bleach, just in case. I haven’t been this freaked out since I read The Troop by Nick Cutter.
If you can’t tell, I am a sucker for practical effects. This is something that Trench 11 does incredibly well. The way that they make the parasites look so realistic still makes me feel ill.
The plot isn’t anything special, Nazi experiments get out of hand, and everyone is doomed. It is a premise we have seen numerous times, but the execution makes it worth a try. If you are looking for a gross out film to keep you away from those leftover hotdogs this Memorial Day, go watch Trench 11.
Ok so far, we have covered Nazi robot zombies, demons, and worms. For a nice change of pace, Blood Vessel gives us Nazi vampires. Not only that, but soldiers that are trapped on a boat with Nazi vampires.
It is unclear as to whether the vampires are in fact Nazis, or merely working with the Nazis. Either way, it would probably be wise to blow up the ship. If the premise doesn’t sell you, Blood Vessel comes with some star power behind it.
Performances by Nathan Philips (Wolf Creek), Alyssa Sutherland (Evil Dead Rise), and Robert Taylor (The Meg) really sell the paranoia of this film. If you are a fan of the classic lost Nazi gold trope, give Blood Vessel a try.
Ok, we both knew that this is where the list was going to end. You can’t have a Memorial Day Nazisploitation binge without including Overlord. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to films about Nazi experimentation.
Not only does this film have great special effects, but it also features an all-star set of performers. This film stars Jovan Adepo (The Stand), Wyatt Russel (Black Mirror), and Mathilde Ollivier (Mrs. Davis).
Overlord gives us a glimpse into how great this sub-genre can really be. It is a perfect mixture of suspense in action. If you want to see what Nazisploitation looks like when given a blank check, go watch Overlord.