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 eight 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. Here are some free horror-mini-movies to check out.
8. Lee Hardcastle
Talented Clay-mation expert #LeeHardcastle has been making crazy blood splattered short films for well over a decade now to critical and (I assume) financial fame. His style has been heralded by no less than big celebrities like Simon Pegg, #JohnCarpenter and Edgar Wright no less. See his ABC's of Death movie segment T is For Toilet Now! You won't regret it...
7. 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, #BloodyCuts 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. Watch this one first:
6. Kings Of Horror
The self-proclaimed Kings of Horror channel features absolutely every sub-genre you could ever wish for. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, you name it they've got it. Uploading regular feature films every week and short films, this channel is a must-see! Get subscribed today. Watch this epic 80s throwback called Dead All Night:
5. 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? its 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. Watch their latest effort with a slight Carpenter-vibe, They Live Inside Us:
4. Matt Loftus
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 short award-winning audio horror story Knock At The Door now!
3. Open Sign Network
Another great addition to this list is a channel dedicated to making nothing but horror short-films, feature length movies and other eerie content. You've gotta love the quality of their productions and they're getting better and better with each project. Check out this creepy short Dark Room, which is a Sinister-esque story and part of their anthology series Phobia:
2. 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 this short film that revolves around a creepy discarded mannequin:
1. Miss Tanya
A simple channel catering to fans of old and foreign horror movies from around the world. Early movies like House on Haunted Hill all the way to the cheesy animal-based Frogs are all at your fingertips. Go watch them before YouTube alters its content restrictions yet again. See this true horror classic that inspired #GeorgeARomero to make Night of The Living Dead, if you dare.
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.
- Bloody Disgusting: A number #1 source for all that is horror, they specialize in breaking down the latest horror movies plus producing their own feature films. Check them out, I'd recommend their World Of Death series for starters.
- 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.
- 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: