The Best Horror and Sci-Fi Movies on Crackle Right Now
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s important to know exactly where you can find the best horror streaming content. You don’t have to have a ton of services or pay ridiculous sums of money $9.99 at a time. With all the services available you could easily rack up a massive bill and still not have all the options out there. Luckily, there are several really great choices that cost you nothing. Sony’s Crackle is one of those websites. It is a fairly new service that has built quite a collection of excellent genre films. Here are all the best. If you find yourself needing a good scare Halloween night, here is what to watch. We will update the list each month, so make sure you keep the page bookmarked.
Updated for October 2019
Private detective Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) lives a normal life with his wife (Catherine Keener) and young daughter, until he receives a startling new case. A widow named Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter) has found what appears to be a snuff film among her late husband’s belongings, and she wants Welles to determine if the movie is real or fake. Welles heads to California, where a video store employee (Joaquin Phoenix) helps him infiltrate the dangerous and depraved world of illegal porn movies.
Nic Cage had a great last year with the absolute madness that was Mandy. In addition, Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix, perhaps the only actor who can match mania with Cage, steals scenes in this dark look at human depravity. This underappreciated moody procedural is heavy on angst and atmosphere. If nothing else the snuff film footage is genuinely terrifying.
Unable to accept the fact that her daughter is dying, Rose (Radha Mitchell) decides to take the girl to a faith healer. On the way, the pair drive through a portal in reality, leading to an eerie town called Silent Hill. The town is surrounded by a potent darkness, and the human survivors fight a losing battle against it.
The creatures are unbelievable and the world building is complete. Jodelle Ferland is a spectacular evil kid and GOT’s Sean Bean is as handsome and grizzled as ever. This film based on the long running game franchise had a few missteps, but there is no better collection of baddies brought to the screen than Silent Hill. Pyramid Head and that siren get me every time.
Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth — not to conquer or give aid, but — to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens’ welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.
Director Neill Blomkamp creates a bleak, abysmal world that despite all the aliens is more than a little recognizable. Stylistically impressive with an incredible soundtrack, District Nine asks some difficult questions. A low budget sci-fi thriller with high octane effects and emotional weight, this is one of the best genre offerings on any service.
30 Days Of Night
In the far Northern Hemisphere, the small town of Barrow, Alaska, experiences a solid month of darkness every year. Though most of the residents head south for the winter, some townspeople remain behind. However, those that stay regret their decision when, one year, hungry vampires descend on Barrow to feed. Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his wife (Melissa George) and a dwindling band of survivors must try to last until dawn breaks over Barrow’s monthlong twilight.
The best vampire movie of the past fifteen years, these fanged killers are the real deal. There is no angsty looks, gelled hair, or sparkling skin, only insatiable blood lust. Josh Hartnett plays earnest sweetness better than anyone and Melissa George chews the very impressive scenery, For lovers of this sub genre you must see this film.
When a vicious storm breaks out in the Nevada desert, 10 people seek refuge in an isolated motel. At the same time, a serial killer (Pruitt Taylor Vince) under the care of psychiatrist Doctor Mallick (Alfred Molina) — who has just found the killer’s revealing journal — awaits execution for murdering a group of motel guests. When the storm-stranded travelers realize they are being killed off one by one, limo driver Ed Dakota (John Cusack) bids to stay alive and reveal the murderer’s identity.
An amazing cast, suspenseful story, and WTF twist come together to produce a great psychological thriller. Even if you have see it before and know its secret, you will enjoy watching this again. It is just that good.
A temporal agent (Ethan Hawke) embarks on a final time-traveling assignment to prevent an elusive criminal from launching an attack that kills thousands of people.
A mindbender that is far deeper than simple time travel. A head trip that will keep you guessing long after the credits roll, it features a great cast and even better ambiguous story. You will not find a better example of the sub genre and the fact that this one demands some seriously thoughtful questions is a bonus. It is smart sci-fi.
The implausible escape of a brilliant murderess brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to Ashecliffe Hospital, a fortress-like insane asylum located on a remote, windswept island. The woman appears to have vanished from a locked room, and there are hints of terrible deeds committed within the hospital walls. As the investigation deepens, Teddy realizes he will have to confront his own dark fears if he hopes to make it off the island alive.
Powerhouse performances cap a compelling story with another well-paced and designed twist. The cast is stacked with award winners delivering some of their best work. It is fantastic from top to bottom and the kind of movie that you need to see multiple time to have nay hope of catching all the hidden details.
When a slacker at a weapons manufacturing company finds his coworkers have turned into ravenous “zombies” after consuming a weaponized energy drink, he must rescue his true love before the office’s psychotic army descends on them both. Stars Brenton Thwaites (Titans, Pirates Of The Caribbean), Tony-nominated Zachary Levi (Shazam, Chuck), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Karan Soni (Deadpool), Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Blue Mountain State), and Kurt Fuller (Wayne’s World, Ghostbusters II).
Jam-packed with fun cameos and tongue and cheek nods to the greats this zombie flick is as silly as it gets. It is full of gore, blood, workplace humor, and dickheads getting their comeuppance. What more could you want?
When slacker teen Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa) has his right hand possessed by a demonic force, he finds that his life gets a lot more interesting. While Anton himself is an amiable guy, his hand proves to be an appendage of death, killing his two best buddies, Pnub (Elden Henson) and Mick (Seth Green), who return to life as wisecracking zombies. In addition to murdering those closest to him, Anton’s evil hand significantly hinders his chances with lovely neighbor Molly (Jessica Alba).
A guilty pleasure, this horror/comedy is an absolute favorite. It is stoner horror at its best. The cast is 90’s ridiculous in all its glory and the jokes are designed to make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Don’t overthink it, sit back and enjoy the ride.
As the Television Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre tv. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. When I’m not watching and writing about my favorite movies and series, I’m introducing my family to the wonderful world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. My only regret, there is not enough time in the day to watch everything.