I am both a horror fan (duh! that’s why I helped start EMZT) and a cord cutter. I hate my cable company, Spectrum, and if there was another option in the town I live in, I would gladly use that internet. As someone who has done the cord cutting for a couple of years now, here’s what I’ve done to keep enjoyment as a cord cutting horror fan.
1. The Obvious
Sling has El Rey. While this isn’t a “horror” channel per sey, it was started by Robert Rodriguez, and has great horror, action, kung fu, and sci-fi movies, along with some original entertaining content, like Lucha Underground.
However, everyone BUT Sling (what’s the holdup, Sling?) has the Chiller channel. It’s basically the best horror channel on television.
I know many horror fans are also true crime fans, Direct TV now has Investigation Discovery, Discovery America (for your paranormal shows), and the Crime & Investigation channel.
This is going to be your most expensive purchase, the price will very depending on the package you want. However, this is a good way to get some of the bigger named horror movies.
Of course, also added in is Netflix and Hulu. I don’t think I need to elaborate here.
2. Screambox and Shudder
I have both, and they are reasonably priced, Screambox is 4.99 a month ($35.88 per year) and Shudder is 4.99 a month ($44.99 a year). Shudder also has a free TV service, but it’s more than worth signing up for. Last year, Screaming Terror did a wonderful job of comparing the two services, if you only want to decide to get one or the other. In the end, I think it’s worth having both, to get a very wide selection of movies.
3. Roku/Apple/Amazon Fire stores
As someone who has owned a Roku for a while, I can tell you, I have at least 75 – 100 free, or very inexpensive horror channels. Channels like our friends at Black Flag TV,which runs you about $3.99 a month, The Grindhouse Channel, Horror 24/7, and more, provide you with hours upon hours of horror entertainment. While some of these are completely free, you will have to endure ads during the movies. It’s a small price to pay for free content.
4. Free movie Services
However, one place where I know you will love is Pluto TV. This is a completely free television service, made up of mostly channels you can find on the net. It’s got a handy guide, plus, they have a Horror 24/7 channel. This channel mixes older horror movies with some great indie horror channels. Oh, did I mention that some of the non-horror choices include a MST3K channel?
These are just some of the options that I have found over time, being a cord cutting horror fan. Let me know what your favorites are in the comments section.