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The 10 Best Horror Movies to Stream Free on YouTube



YouTube has been through so many evolutions since its creation. This company went from hosting funny meme videos to being the second most visited site on the internet. Not to say that it doesn’t still host meme videos, just that now it’s so much more than that.

Not only can you use YouTube for your news coverage and music database. It also has its own free with ads video section. Now that there are fifty different streaming services all hosting their own line-up of horror films, it can get difficult to sort through all of them. Luckily, I have done that task for you.

Below is a list of the best films currently available for free on YouTube:

In The Mouth of Madness 

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I have mentioned in the past my love for both cosmic and meta-horror films. So of course, I had to feature a film that combines both of those elements into one glorious experience.

This film has everything, Lovecraftian monsters, time loops, an axe murderer, and most terrifying of all, copyright law. In The Mouth of Madness is a horror film made for horror readers.

This film features everyone’s favorite 90s spooky daddy Sam Neill (Event Horizon). If you were ever curious what the world would be like if Lovecraft wasn’t writing fiction, go watch In The Mouth of Madness.

Leprechaun In The Hood 

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Who doesn’t want a little Blaxploitation mixed with their Irish folklore? This film definitely falls into the so bad it’s good category, which is where the YouTube horror section really shines.

The fifth entry into the Leprechaun series has been criticized for being more about exploitation than horror or comedy. That being said, it still has a cult following and is regarded as one of the best Leprechaun sequels.

After traveling through space, and also the past for some reason, this was the obvious next step in the franchise. If you want to see Ice-T battle a magical trickster from the fae realm, then go watch Leprechaun In The Hood.


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Adam Green (Hatchet) is known primarily for his goofy approach to the horror genre. In an attempt to show his range, he created one of the most stress-inducing horror films I have ever seen.

Part of what makes Frozen so great is that the plot is incredibly bare-bones. The idea is so simple that it works perfectly. Three friends are stuck on a ski lift for a weekend with no one coming to save them.

There is no grand metaphor in this one, just a bleak atmosphere and the rationalization of one’s own mortality. If you are looking for something with a bit more realism, spend some time with Frozen.

Wish Upon 

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Ok, I know that this movie is just the monkey’s paw and that this premise has been done to death. But I don’t care, I will never tire of watching people play with ancient, cursed objects and immediately getting their comeuppance.

At least this iteration shakes it up a bit by making it about angsty teenagers. Although this just ends up feeling like The Craft, it even has the same new house montage before things turn sour.

The YouTube horror section is mainly filled with classics and indies. But luckily modern high budget films like this one sometimes get added to the roster. If you just want a popcorn horror flick with good special effects, go watch Wish Upon.

Children of the Corn

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The work of Stephen King is so prevalent in the horror community that it is hard to make these lists without mentioning him. With even more of his adaptations being made, it doesn’t seem like it will end anytime soon.

This classic tale of wayfaring children and their corn god remains a classic in horror circles, despite its less than stellar special effects. This is because Children of the Corn exposes a timeless truth. Children are all just small monsters that would murder us all, given the chance.

Stephen King has made his career about making not scary things terrifying. Anything from trucks to grass, and even hotel rooms are not safe from Stephen King’s imagination. If you are interested in what that kind of mind can do with corn, enjoy Children of the Corn.

Dracula Dead and Loving It 

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I really miss this slapstick style of horror comedies. Sometimes you just want something so cheesy you can’t stop smiling. That is what Films like Dracula Dead and Loving It can bring to the table.

How could you not love this film? It was written by the marvelous Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein) and Leslie Nielsen (Scary Movie) plays a caricature of Dracula that is unrivaled to this day.

One thing that YouTube movies has in spades is classic horror films. If you are wanting to brush up on some of the old guard, go watch Dracula Dead and Loving It.

Train to Busan

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South Korea has been knocking it out of the park for the past decade. Films like Parasite, The Wailing, and Train to Busan have all been massive hits. Even people that don’t love subtitles tend to enjoy these films.

Coming out with a fresh take on a zombie virus in 2016 is no small feat. Yet writers Joo-Suk Park (Hwayi: A Monster Boy) and Sang-ho Yeon (Hellbound) take it in a new direction. A common theme in the newer forms of South Korean horror films is the impacts of capitalism and class division.

This is one of the many reasons that Parasite was the first non-English film to win best picture at the Academy Awards. If you want some politics thrown into your horror films, enjoy watching Train to Busan.

Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

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Nazisploitation films are always a strange subject for me. On the one hand, nazis are bad and shouldn’t see a rise in popularity. On the other hand, watching nazis get murdered is super fun.

Ultimately, Dead Snow 2 is just fun all the way around. Mixing both Norwegian and American humor creates some of the funniest scenes I have ever seen in this sub-genre. For those of you unaware, around 2010 everything had Nazi zombies in it for one reason or another. Thankfully, this fad eventually went the way of the Beanie Baby.

This isn’t to say that it was all bad. We received some great movies on this subject, but many more were made as a cheap cash grab. If you think seeing some Nazis die in gruesome ways sounds like a good way to spend an evening, go watch Dead Snow: 2 Red vs Dead.

Troll Hunter 

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The found footage sub-genre is a great way to find hidden gems. The premises often sound horrible, and there is often no way to discern from the trailer if it will be any good. The only option we are left with is to dive right in.

Troll Hunter is no exception to these rules. The title comes off as silly, and the trailer looks like a terrible b-movie. But if you venture into the weirdness that is Troll Hunter you will not leave disappointed.

This film is dominated by Norwegian comedians including Otto Jespersen (Borning), Knut Nærum (House of Norway), Robert Stoltenberg (Panorama), and Hans Morten Hansen (Framing Mom). So, if you want to see what Norwegian horror comedy is all about, check out Troll Hunter.


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If you enjoy a tragic story that makes you feel like a little part of your spirit died while watching it, then Marrowbone is for you. This film is fantastic in many ways, but it really excels in making you feel for the characters displayed in it.

It also hosts an amazing lineup of horror stars that really drive the family dynamic home. Marrowbone stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Mia Goth (Pearl).

It is unfortunate that this film didn’t get the recognition it deserved, but we can always hope that it will earn its cult classic status someday. If you enjoy seeing stars before they were famous, enjoy watching Marrowbone.

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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 they 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.

* An update has been made to this article. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will be released in theaters June 9th and will be released on digital on demand services June 23rd.

Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story

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Ok, so this isn’t technically a horror movie, it’s a documentary. That said, it should still be on all horror fan’s watch list this week. This documentary is about one of horror’s largest icons. The man who haunts all of our dreams, Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street).

Not only is the source material amazing, but we have two great co-directors heading this endeavor.  Gary Smart (Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser) and Christopher Griffiths (Pennywise: The Story of It) have made a name for themselves in the horror community for providing in-depth analysis of some of the greatest horror films ever made.

Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story will be streaming via Screambox on June 6th. If you want to know more about this documentary before watching it, check out our interview with Gary Smart and Christopher Griffiths here.


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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.


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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.

Brooklyn 45

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If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, now is the time to try out a free trial. That said, all horror fans should still have it on their watch list this week.. 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

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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.

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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

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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.


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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

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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.

The Retreat

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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.

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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.

Frankenstein’s Army

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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

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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.

Trench 11

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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.

Blood Vessel

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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.


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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.

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