15 Unmissable Creature Features Streaming For Free This Summer

Pumpkinhead creature features

Summertime is upon us! It’s the perfect time to grab a cold drink and snuggle up next to a monster movie on a Friday night. Creature features have the range to exist in tight-knit situations or city-wide mayhem. They can woo us with unique creature designs, engage us with suspense, or simply excite us with nasty kills. We recommend that all horror fans lay their eyes on a creature feature before the summer is out (especially werewolves). To help with this mission, we decided to take a quick peek at Max and Tubi to see what’s available and what’s worth watching. 

Max usually carries critically acclaimed titles, alongside cult favorites. Here are the best creature features streaming on Max: 

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 

If you are looking for something fun to watch, we recommend Little Shop of Horrors (1986). This is a remake of the 1960 original but drenched in Broadway. It will be a pleasant surprise if you enjoy musicals. All you need to know is that a man is trying to take care of his plant. It’s PG-13, so it can be fun for the whole family. 

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) 

Admittedly, this movie is silly. We are still going to recommend it because it’s a good time. Spiders begin to take over this small town and the residents work together to survive. The spiders make fun noises, David Arquette is a bad boy (but somehow still Dewey), and there’s a mall scene. It’s perfect to watch while hanging out with your friends. 

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) 

Some people may argue that this isn’t a creature feature. Argue with someone else. The vamps in From Dusk Till Dawn are monster-like. They are not the suave vampires who buy property around London. They drink liquor from the bottle and play guitars made of body parts. This one has its problems, but it is worth the watch. 

First Man Into Space (1959) 

If you enjoy 50’s sci-fi flicks, this movie is for you. A test pilot goes on a mission and comes back…changed. This movie has a lot of charm and feels like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone

Predator (1987) & Predator 2 (1990) 

This is for the action-horror fans! If you like to watch things blow up and chaotic gun fights, press play on both of these movies. An alien pulls up on Earth to hunt down the strongest warriors. The first movie is a war movie that takes place in the jungle. The second movie is a cop drama set in LA. Check them out!

Godzilla (1954)

We recommend that everyone watches the original Godzilla at least once. If you enjoy Kaiju movies, there’s a large selection of them available on Max. We also recommend Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Mothra vs Godzilla, and Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster. 

Tubi is a free app and has a massive library of deep-cut horror and cult favorites. Here’s what’s available on Tubi: 

Tremors (1990) & Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996)

This is a yeehaw time. The residents of a small town defend themselves against giant worms. If you happen to enjoy these flicks, we encourage you to take deeper dive into the franchise. The creature design, puppeteering, and SFX created a memorable experience for an entire generation. 

Dog Soldiers (2002) 

If you are a werewolf lover, press play. During a military exercise, soldiers encounter beastly enemies. There’s plenty of blood and guts to go around! It’s an action horror movie that goes well will friends and drinks. 

The Thing (1982) 

If you haven’t seen John Caprenter’s The Thing, I recommend you bump that to the top of your watch list. The effects, the creature’s design, and the ambiguity of it all keep the viewer engaged. An imposer infiltrates a research team’s outpost, and things go awry. 

Pumpkinhead (1988) 

A creature feature and a tale of revenge all wrapped into one. A father calls on a demon to avenge the death of his son. He gets more than what he bargained for as the death toll increases. The creature’s design is incredible! 

The Void (2017) 

After a Sheriff brings an injured man to the hospital, all hell breaks loose when people in white robes begin surrounding the building. This movie is a wild ride and the creature are nightmare fuel. We recommend this if you like cosmic horror. 

House (1985) 

At the core, this is a haunted house film. It’s a little cheesy and campy, but the monsters are memorable. A Vietnam vet inherits a house from his aunt. He moves there to write his novel but ends up battling his past. 

Feast (2006) 

Bargoers have to band together when vicious monsters begin attacking the establishment. This is a hidden gem that we highly recommend. The creatures are interesting and deadly. The characters are trying to survive, so it’s hard not to root for them. 

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