Crackle.com and Popcornflix.com allow viewers to watch free horror films online. Both websites can offer free movie streams because the videos include frequent commercials paid for by sponsors. As of 2015, both websites allow free instant streaming without requiring an account. Streams are available on various devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
Some public domain websites also allow visitors to watch a variety of classic horror films. These websites provide free access to movies that have expired copyrights or are provided by the owners for public viewing. Most public domain movies are also available for offline viewing. Public domain websites also provide access to other free content, such as TV shows and documentaries.
Crackle provides films through an exclusive partnership with Sony. It offers the option of creating an account to access more features, such as creating a watchlist and sharing videos with friends on Facebook. Crackle includes closed captioning for most of its content.
Popcornflix frequently updates its films from Screen Media Ventures. In 1999, Screen Media Ventures launched as one of the largest independent distributors of motion pictures. The company distributes its content both in the United States and internationally, with over 1,500 movies in its video library.