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16 Best (Legal) Websites to Watch Free Horror Movies Online

Top Sites for Free Horror Movies

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There are plenty of torrent websites out there with the latest horror movies to download, but: 1) they're illegally infringing on copyrights, and you could get in trouble, 2) the picture and audio quality might not be good, and 3) who knows what you're actually downloading? Virus scan, anyone? Here are 16 safer alternatives, websites where you can watch horror movies online legally and for free.

16. Jaman

Jaman
© Jaman
Selection: 14 horror titles, from the 1920s to the 2000s
Video Quality: Excellent
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: The Incubus, Witchouse 3, Hell Asylum, Horror Hotel, Visions of Horror, A Bucket of Blood, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Cecile, Nosferatu
Bottom Line: This pay site has few free movies, but they're an intriguing mix of standard public domain works and small, lesser-known films.

15. Logo Channel Online

Logo
© Logo
Selection: 7 horror titles, mostly post-2000
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror, Killer Condom, Socket, Dead Serious, You Belong to Me, In the Blood, Psycho Beach Party
Bottom Line: A small but quality sample of movies not found elsewhere online, primarily from Logo's "Graveyard Shift" midnight movie series, with a few extras.

14. Babelgum

Babelgum
© Babelgum
Selection: Around 50 horror titles, mostly from the 1950s to the 2000s
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: Popcorn, The Giant Spider Invasion, Beast from the Haunted Cave, Pep Squad, Learning Curve, Chronicles of an Exorcism, Maintenance, Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Gammera the Invincible
Bottom Line: A unique collection of public domain and small, relatively unknown independent productions.

13. Public Domain Torrents

Public Domain Torrents
© Public Domain Torrents
Selection: 113 horror titles, mostly pre-1970
Video Quality: Fair
Download or Watch in Browser?: Both
Legal?: Yes (public domain)
Sample Titles: Blood Tide, Devil Times Five, A Bucket of Blood, King of the Zombies, Driller Killer, Memorial Valley Massacre, Eegah, Oasis of the Zombies, Scream Bloody Murder, The Snake People
Bottom Line: Featuring a large selection of public domain horror movies -- including some overlooked by other public domain sites -- this is the only site on this list that offers the option of downloading the films to a PDA/iPod/PSP (a lot less risky than typical torrent sites), in addition to viewing online via the Google Video interface. However, less than 20 are actually viewable online through Google.

12. Internet Archive

Internet Archive
© Internet Archive
Selection: 65 horror titles, mostly pre-1970
Video Quality: Fair
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes (public domain)
Sample Titles: White Zombie, The Last Man on Earth, Horror Express, Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls, The House on Haunted Hill, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, The Little Shop of Horrors, Devil Times Five
Bottom Line: This trustworthy non-profit library offers a significant selection of public domain horror movies.

11. Movies Found Online

MoviesFoundOnline.com
© MoviesFoundOnline.com
Selection: Around 80 horror titles, from the 1930s to the 2000s
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Mostly
Sample Titles: Blue Sunshine, Battle Royale, Children of the Corn, The Driller Killer, Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Day of the Triffids, Puppet Master, Freaks, Tarantula, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Thing from Another World, Faces of Death
Bottom Line: A nice list of, well, movies found online, with embedded videos from other sites or links to those other sites.

10. Retrovision

Retrovision
© Retrovision
Selection: Around 100 horror titles, mostly pre-1980
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes (public domain)
Sample Titles: Track of the Moon Beast, Night Gallery, Deadtime Stories, Deep Red, Werewolf of Washington, Silent Night Bloody Night, Oasis of the Zombies, Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Manos: The Hands of Fate, Messiah of Evil, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Don't Look in the Basement, Cat People (1944)
Bottom Line: A basic, no-frills site that focuses on its strong selection of public domain movies. As such, it's not the easiest site to browse.

9. Joost

Joost
© Joost
Selection: 47 horror titles, from the 1920s to the 1980s
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: The Toxic Avenger, Metropolis, Surf Nazis Must Die, The Lodger (1927), Class of Nuke 'Em High, I Bury the Living, The Gore Gore Girls, White Zombie, Attack of the Giant Leeches
Bottom Line: This popular site contains an array of horror movies, including public domain and several entries from Troma Entertainment.

8. Fancast

Fancast
© Fancast
Selection: Around 60 horror titles, mostly pre-1990
Video Quality: Good
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: Blacula, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Frogs, Pumpkinhead, Troll 2, The Sentinel, Supernova, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, Dressed to Kill (1980), The Food of the Gods, J.D.'s Revenge, The Oblong Box, Wicked Stepmother, Session 9
Bottom Line: Impressive and professional-looking with public domain films and other entries not found on most other sites, although you're not able to sort by horror genre.

7. Hulu

Hulu
© Hulu
Selection: Around 40 horror titles, from the 1950s to the 2000s
Video Quality: Excellent
Download or Watch in Browser?: Browser
Legal?: Yes
Sample Titles: Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Amityville II: The Possession, Fatal Attraction, My Little Eye, Single White Female, Session 9, Madman, Nine Lives, Virus (1999), Parents, Pulse (2004), Bloody Mallory, Gamebox 1.0
Bottom Line: One of the few video sites to pay for the rights to show full-length, high-caliber movies for free, Hulu features a great selection of horror films unavailable for viewing elsewhere and provides many of these same flicks to sites like IMDb, AOL Video and Veoh.

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