Everyone's always throwing their hard-earned cash at Netflix to get their horror rocks off. I myself am constantly deactivating and then reactivating my account when I feel the need to binge-watch. Is Netflix really the best place for horror fans this Halloween? I'm gonna be the first one to publicly say it: NO! There is an alternative viewing experience of seven independent horror YouTube channels that are completely free to view. Believe me, you'll be subscribing before you've reached the bottom of this article, so let's begin.
1. Bloody Cuts
Bloody Cuts is a horror anthology channel (the best type) that has released a number of high-production short films on a regular basis since 2011. Being the base for a number of different filmmakers, Bloody Cuts has won multiple awards for directing, writing and makeup FX. My personal favorites on this channel are Don't Move and the first installment of the proposed new horror series The Outer Darkness Part 1. You simply must see this one:
Fewdio was one of my most beloved channels — up until it went deathly silent over three years ago. So why am I sending you to a site that's not uploading new content? Because it's still got more than 30 tales of bite-sized terror for your pleasure. It's a fun, moderate-budget channel that veers from the grim to the insanely amusing. I think you'll get a kick out of the collection. Here's a simple but freaky one called Helping Hand:
3. Witching Season Films
What sets this channel apart is the fact it's not only horror but more specifically, it's Halloween horror. I love to watch movies on All Hallows' Eve that are actually set on that specific night — but perhaps this limits the yearly appeal? Well, who cares? 'Tis the perfect season right now! These short films are shot with flair and style and mainly in beautiful 4K resolution. There's no better time to check out this channel. See the trailer for their latest upcoming short film They Live Inside Us...
4. Matt Loftus Channel
In all honesty, I can't really start praising this channel because, well — it's mine! All I will tell you (since I've sneakily muscled in on my own list) is that I make horror anthology shorts all year round and upload them onto my personal channel. Ghosts, demons and monsters are all on the platter. I also discuss horror movies in my B-movie review series, and all my other work rotates around the horror genre (naturally). Check out my channel trailer for a taste of the madness:
5. Where Is The Rock Hammer?
Perhaps this channel should be renamed Scary Endings, as that's the title of its staple anthology series. Again, great production value and it's filmed with panache. I admire what this channel does and I myself am a subscriber. Why not see what it has to offer, hmm? Check out this Halloween-set short film called Yummy Meat:
6. Cowmaster Studios
Cowmaster Studios is another channel with a flair for showcasing people who experience something otherworldly while on their lonesome. Slick and stylish, I've been subbed to this channel for a year and it's slowly picking up steam. If the team behind Cowmaster Studios keeps producing quality fare like this, then I'm sure it'll become a monster hit! Check out a hell of a cool concept short entitled Clickbait:
7. No Sleep
No sleep is the site behind one of the biggest horror hits in recent months, with the short film Face Swap freaking out the masses who are obsessed with taking that all-important and ubiquitous selfie. In the team's own words, they create "a collection of weird and scary shorts to keep you up at night." Here's a creepy tale, entitled The Witchboard:
But Wait, There's More
There are a few other channels that are also worth checking out, if you're a serious horror freak like myself.
- Chilling Tales For Dark Nights: A great place to listen to audio horror read by a wide variety of voice-over talent. On occasion, this channel also releases short films, so it's worth checking out.
- Lee Hardcastle: With his own brand of splatter-fest claymation, Lee has created horror and comedic efforts for the last 10 years on YouTube. Any horror fan worth their salt needs his work in their life, stat.
- 15 Second Horror Film Challenge: A mixture of original horror shorts by Andrew Robinson as well as hundreds of 15-second scares by filmmakers from across the globe (including me). Worth checking out and getting involved in if you too are a horror filmmaker.
- Crypt TV: Majorly backed by Eli Roth and Blumhouse Productions, Crypt TV showcases the latest in horror filmmaking talent today by way of short terror tales from between 16 seconds and 10 minutes. You could do a lot worse than check these guys out.
So Much Horror
I really hope you check out all these channels as they've all got some solid little gems. I mean, the future of horror has to have fresh meat, right? If you (yes, you!) know of any others that are good, then let me know in the comments below because I'm interested in finding more. Anyway, it's starting to get dark outside, be sure to lock your door tonight — and have sweet dreams.
For those of you fellow horror filmmakers in training, check out the behind-the-scenes of some classic horror movies and start working on ideas for your very own films: