The Best Horror Movies On W4Free
The recently launched UK AVOD streamer W4Free has a surprisingly good library of quality horror films. Often free streamers only have the dregs of genre movies. As is the case with Tubi’s extensive library, W4Free has both quantity and quality. They have a nice mix of modern chillers and classics. W4Free adds content all the time, so the relatively small list now is continually expanding. They also have a few movies that are difficult to get anywhere else, especially for free. Here are the best horror movies on W4Free right now. Be sure and bookmark this page as we update it monthly.
W4Free can be accessed on any mobile device, AppleTV, Swisscom TV Box, Netgem TV, and Sky Ticket. If you aren’t in the UK, you may need a VPN to access all the content.
Editor’s Note: Updated for September 2020
The Tell-Tale Heart
Based on a famous story by Edgar Allan Poe, the sound of a perpetually beating heart of a victim torments the murderer.
Edgar Allen Poe is a genius, and his stories survive the test of time unscathed. With school starting around the world, it makes sense to include something a little more intellectual than your usual slasher fare(not that there anything wrong with slasher). This probably shouldn’t be classified as classic so much as vintage, but the performances are good, and the source material is untouchable.
Desperate for money to pay off a debt, a man targets a wealthy family’s home and plans to break in and steal a valuable gem. He soon learns that he picked the wrong night to carry out his plans, for a masked madman has gotten there first, imprisoned the family, and lined the mansion with deadly traps.
This nasty little home invasion movie comes from the screenwriting team behind the Saw Franchise, so you know precisely the kind of torture porn to expect. It’s an unrelenting bloodfest where the twist is given away early, but for fans of this kind of gore, it’s a quality film.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
To determine what happened to some Russian hikers, five U.S. college students go back to where the hikers were found dead. The students don’t return from the expedition, either, and the recovered footage is deemed too disturbing for public viewing.
Inspired by an urban legend, The Dyatlov Pass Incident, or Devil’s Pass as it’s known in the states, is a guilty pleasure that is genuinely scary. Found footage is a particular love of mine, and 95% of this movie uses the device well. The ending gets a little wonky, but up to that point, it is tense and harrowing. It’s a Sasquatch encounter only much, much weirder. Maybe a little too smart for its own good, it’s still a good watch.
Night Of The Living Dead
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
The Granddaddy of zombie horror, George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead is brilliant stylistically and as social commentary. It remains one of the must-watch movies of all times in any genre for its terrifying portrayal of the monsters undead and all too human.
After a horrific car crash, a young teacher awakes on a mortuary slab. The funeral director convinces her she is not alive but transitioning into the spirit world. Is he telling the truth?
This one isn’t exactly a classic, but it stars Liam Neeson, which places it firmly in the Best Horror Movies on W4Free list. The supernatural thriller is creepy and weird and never completely answers its own conceit, which is just fine by me. Justin Long of last year’s trippy The Wave and Christina Ricci round out the stellar cast.
A man (Bryce Johnson) and his girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) camp in the woods to capture firsthand evidence of Bigfoot.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s found-footage gem is the best of mockumentary-style horror movies and Bigfoot movies. Where The Dyatlov Pass Incident zigs, Willow Creek holds true to its initial story. There’s realism for better or worse to the film that speaks to the kooky nature of these Bigfoot enthusiasts. Everyone from the main characters to the colorful townsfolk read true.
When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language.
This is easily my favorite film on the Best Horror Movies On W4Free list. It is on my best of all time list as well. Deeply unsettling, this is thoughtful horror done horrifyingly right. From beginning to end, no moment is wasted. Dread builds to a suffocating conclusion that highlights societal fears on the skeletons of zombie bodies.
When a group of tourists in a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.
This is an obvious love letter to the 80s era slasher like Friday the 13th, from director Adam Green. It’s fun and campy and features a ton of disgusting kills. Kane Hodder, who always delivers, is monstrous.
The Haunting Of Mary Hartley
After surviving a brutal attack by her insane mother, teenage Molly (Haley Bennett) is eager to get a fresh start at a new school. Attracting the attention of one of the school’s most-popular students (Chace Crawford), she thinks she is finally fitting in and getting her life on track but, on the eve of her 18th birthday, Molly learns the horrifying truth about her devilish legacy.
Last year’s harrowing Swallow starring Haley Bennett, is a departure from Mary Hartley, but they both share the same unrelenting dread. Bennett is a star, and it shows in her earlier work. The Boys’ Chace Crawford, who is killing it as The Deep, is adorably baby-faced. It’s a bit Mean Girls meets Suspiria, but that’s not such a bad thing. It deserves to be on the Best Horror Movies on W4Free for her performance alone.
As the TV/Streaming 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.