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- Halloween is right around the corner and streaming database Reelgood analyzed 13 streaming services to determine which is the best option for horror movies fans.
- Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video ranked high on the list, but there were also some surprises.
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It’s almost Halloween and this year there are more options for streaming scary movies than ever.
With streaming wars heating up, streaming search engine Reelgood crunched the data to determine the best streaming service for horror enthusiasts.
The rankings, which Reelgood shared with Business Insider, are based on the number of horror movies available on each service that are certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. To be certified fresh, films need to meet certain requirements, like maintaining a steady score of at least 75% and accumulating at least five reviews from “top critics.”
From the sprawling catalogs of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to Shudder, a service built specifically for horror fans, here’s where to turn to stream your favorite scary content this Halloween season:
Cinemax streaming service Max Go landed fairly low down on the list, with only three horror movies certified fresh.
If you stream using the FXNow app, the good news is that FX is home to “Get Out,” the Jordan Peele film that won the Academy Award for best original screenplay in 2018.
“Get Out” is certified 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not available on Netflix or Hulu, so FX streamers are in luck.
- Matt Nettheim via Sundance Institute
- Warner Bros.
Fandor, a subscription streaming service for films and documentaries, provides seven certified fresh horror movies to choose from, including two with 100% ratings.
- Paramount Pictures
The Epix library has eight certified fresh options for fans of horror to choose from.
That’s not nearly as many as streaming giants like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, nor does it compare to the range of options on Shudder, but streamers will still find plenty of familiar titles on Epix.
Starz has 10 certified fresh horror films in its library, the most recently released being “Let Me In” from 2010.
5. The Criterion Channel
- The Walter Reade Organization
In fact, the only horror movies from the 21st century on the Criterion Channel are “The Love Witch” and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” but this service has more to offer for anyone looking for slightly older horror options.
- New Line Cinema
Hulu is the streaming giant lowest down on the horror list, with 14 choices for users to get in the Halloween spirit.
- Warner Bros.
Netflix clocks in just above Hulu, with 20 horror moves certified fresh.
- Well Go USA
Shudder is a streaming service specifically for horror, thriller, and supernatural content, so it’s no surprise this is a good choice for horror buffs.
The service’s scary movie collection features 25 options that have been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, including South Korean film “Train to Busan” and horror must-see “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” which is not available on any other major streaming services.
1. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video beat out Netflix and Hulu when it comes to horror, providing users with a choice of 32 certified fresh films to become the No. 1 paid streaming service for the Halloween season.
But the Reelgood data also pointed to one more suggestion with even more options than Prime Video.
BONUS: Free streaming services
- Omni Zoetrope
If you can stomach ads, you might not have to pay for a subscription at all to watch great horror.
If you want more options for scary movies, the Reelgood data suggests turning to a free service like Sony Crackle, IMDb TV, Tubi, and over 100 more.
These services house a combined 37 certified fresh horror films like the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie “Apocalypse Now” and the two most recent options, “Tales of Halloween” and “Buzzard,” both from 2015.