2020 seems to have emerged straight from a Stephen King novel. A virus that brings the world to its knees. An invisible enemy waiting to pounce. Sounds like a horror movie!
With budgets running out and no end in sight, we've put together a selection of the best horror films that can be streamed for free. From the notorious classic Nosferatu (1922) stunning O.I. (2018) and To change beat Piece (2020). Treat yourself to a night of true terror by watching this selection of crazy movies that won't cost you an arm or a leg to watch.
1) Nosferatu (1922)
When it comes to horror films, it is said to be about sound effects. So how is it that a quiet black and white classic from 1922 turned out to be one of the most influential masterpieces of the era, one that sets the standard for its successors?
NosferatuUnlike some of the more recent adaptations of Dracula, it lacks the flamboyant and rather charming looks that vampires get out of the dusk Generation. Instead, bat ears, claw-like nails and rodent teeth round off the look, and actor Max Schreck's outstanding portrayal of the main part portrays a fearful creature suffering from a terrible curse. Who needs sound when you have this?
2) The Subtenant (1944)
Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, but in 1944 the world gave the infamous serial killer a face – at least in fiction. This adaptation of the novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes, The lodgers, tells the story of retired Robert Burton (Cedric Hardwicke) and his wife Ellen (Sara Allgood), who rent a guest room to the mysterious Slade (Laird Cregar), also known as Jack the Ripper. The rest is history, as they say … in the truest sense of the word.
3) Bogeyman (2013)
Check under your bed or behind your closet doors. Do you hear a scratch on your window? This short and incredibly dark animation tells the story of the mythical "Bogeyman" in a modern, reinterpreted way. The amorphous and monstrous ace in the bag for parents scares children into obedience – watch out for a sack and you are sure it will carry naughty children away.
Winner of several awards, including Best Feature Film from the Still / Moving DSLR Film Festival and Best Short Film from the Pennine Film Festival UK, The puzzle The short film was inspired by an old ghost story. When a man bought a mysterious puzzle from a strange and disturbing salesman, he knew little about the frightening consequences. Back in his dark and empty home, the man opens the box and begins putting the puzzle together, resulting in an evening of terror.
A bizarre but unforgettable sci-fi / horror / comedy hybrid, Fried Barry delves into drug-addicted psychosis when an alien allegedly possesses a heroin addict on a pleasure trip through Cape Town.
Called the "Hard-R version of E.T" by some, the short film is an energetic blend of illusory joys, often followed by moments of shock. A metaphor about the bad behavior of humanity from the perspective of space, enlivened by moments of dark humor and a great performance by Gary Green.
6) O.I. (2018)
The film was widely acclaimed at several major film festivals, including Fantastic Fest (USA), Clermont-Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival (France) and FilmQuest, where it was named Best Short Screenplay. Numerous other awards were received during O.I. "s festival run.
With a comedic quality that draws the viewer into the narrative, O.I. takes the concept of "madness" literally with a bloody mix of practical and special effects. The story follows the protagonist Barry – played by Ben Cotton – after waking up one morning with an incredible new idea. The disadvantage? He's the only one who can handle it. In fact, telling the idea to someone is devastating. Barry may have to face this burden alone – at least he thinks.
7) Duérmete Nino (2019)
Set in the 1940s, Duérmete Niño tells the story of Alma, played by Piercey Dalton (The open day, bull), a religious mother of newborn twins who is constantly awakened by the annoying noise of her crying babies. Alma uses a wireless monitor to check them out from her bedroom and encounters a series of disturbing events that lead to a terrifying finale in which she discovers the terrible truth about her twins.
BAFTA nominated Best Short Film and winner of Audience Choice and Best Live Action under 15 minutes at the Reel Shorts Film Festival, The blue door Stars game of Thrones Actress Gemma Whelan as Nurse Clare looking after an elderly woman who lives alone in a rather creepy old house. A creepy old house with an occult door that can disappear and reappear at will. We won't give any more spoilers.
The doll maker tells the tragic story of Jenna and Rick, husband and wife, who recently lost their young son. The grieving mother clings to a magical surrogate mother for her lost child. A mysterious and eerie doll maker who claims he can bring her long-lost son back to life.
But small miracles have big consequences. Jenna and Rick can't spend more than an hour with him, and when the time is up he'll have to go back to his box for a full day before you can take it out again. What could possibly go wrong?
10) stucco (2020)
A woman dealing with agoraphobia, afraid of being in situations where it might be difficult to escape or help would not be available if something goes wrong, is hidden in her apartment and cannot due to her fear and neuroses go. Although she has Skype sessions with her therapist, she doesn't have much contact with others. But when she tries to hang a work of art on a wall, she discovers a cavity behind it. Her growing fascination with the hole in the wall reveals a terror that lives behind it and threatens to consume her spirit … and maybe even more than that. This horror was written and directed by Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling and has a unique and thoughtful take on the deep, dark psychological terrain of guilt, fear, depression and stasis.
There are our ten best horror films to watch online for free, from classics to the latest adaptations. Whether you're into vampires, serial killers, dark sci-fi, or psychological thrillers, these films promise to keep your dreams haunted long after you watch them. In the meantime, stay safe.
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