Tubi is an ad-supported free streaming platform that boasts one of the largest collections of horror movies you will find anywhere online, with a mix of indie and mainstream films. This has made Tubi a haven for horror fans, as they can discover gems alongside classics and big-budget blockbusters alongside microbudget productions.
With zombies being a horror genre staple, there is no shortage of choice on the Tubi platform—searching the term zombie will bring up over 100 titles. To help whittle down the large selection, we have outlined the best zombie movies you can watch on Tubi.
10 Savageland (2015)
Presented as a documentary following the conviction of Francisco Salazar for the mass murder of the residents of a small town, Savageland breaks down the actual events of that day, including photos taken by the convicted killer himself. Through interviews and trial footage, the ‘truth’ behind what happened becomes terrifyingly possible; zombies overtook the small town and got all the residents.
Savagelandwill appeal to true-crime and horror fans, thanks to its realistic, investigative approach and ‘found footage’ elements that make it a unique experience. By the end of the film, you will believe in the possibility of a small town ravaged by zombies and the sole survivor being a victim of something worse than anything the penal system can throw at him—therein lies the true horror.
9 The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Not just one of the best zombie movies on Tubi, Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead is one of the best in the entire genre. This is thanks to its punk-rock attitude, dark comedy with highly quotable lines of dialogue, and ghastly practical effects. Following the terror a group of teenagers faces over a single night, The Return of the Living Dead is a chaotic and highly entertaining zombie film undoubtedly worth checking out or revisiting.
8 It Stains the Sand Red
Colin Minihan’s It Stains the Sand Red is an overlooked gem when discussing zombie movies. The film follows Molly (Brittany Allen), a young woman stalked by a single zombie, as she struggles to make it across a desert outside of Las Vegas. However, as the pursuit continues and exhaustion sets in, Molly forms an odd relationship with the zombie, talking to it and using it to reflect on her life, past mistakes, and ambitions.
While there is a sharp shift in the story towards the closing moments, this initial slow chase is a fascinating way to develop a character. Combine this with a clever script and a strong performance from lead Brittany Allen, It Stains the Sand Red is a unique entry into the zombie genre that should appease horror fans who are always looking for different interpretations of the undead.
7 The Night Eats the World (2018)
The 2018 French horror film, The Night Eats the World, became a grim precursor to the global pandemic that would occur years later. The film follows a man named Sam, who finds himself trapped in his apartment during the zombie apocalypse. He spends his days boarded up in his home, scavenging for food and living a lonely existence. The Night Eats the World is less of a horror film and more of an exploration of the devastating effects of confinement and how it can play with the mind. Moreover, the film has a dark and heavy atmosphere that further explores the dread faced by Sam.
6 The Ghost Galleon (1974)
While we would love to see the entire Blind Dead series available on Tubi and tell you to start from the beginning with 1972’s Tombs of the Blind Dead, each of the entries stands on its own, and The Ghost Galleon is a memorable inclusion in the influential Spanish horror series. The film follows an unlucky crew that boards a ship holding the Knights Templar, zombies/mummies that hunt by sound, and their attempts to survive and leave the cursed ship.
It is a simple premise, but the draw of the Blind Dead film comes from its gothic aesthetic and the design of the Knights Templar—one of the coolest zombie creations in all of cinema. The tradeoff is a slower pace and less violence, but those who favor atmosphere over scares will certainly appreciate The Ghost Galleon.
5 Night of the Comet (1984)
If you desire some of that sweet ’80s cheesiness and have already watched The Return of the Living Dead, for the 20th time, consider the equally beloved but less heralded Night of the Comet. With the tagline “The Night the Teenagers Ruled the World,” the film lives up to its premise, as a small band of youths become the sole survivors of a zombie apocalypse and are given the keys to do what they want in a sprawling metropolis.
It is not all fun and games, though, as a general sense of suspense and some great action sequences make Night of the Comet a well-rounded horror film. The Thom Eberhardt film also boasts excellent performances from Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney in the lead roles.
4 The City of the Living Dead (1980)
Director Lucio Fulci was behind some of the goriest films to come out of Italy in the ’80s, forever cementing his particular brand of madness thanks to certain chaotic scenes that are still iconic to this day—who can ever forget the shark vs. zombie scene from 1972’s Zombi 2?! This established that buckets of gore were bound to follow whenever Fulci evoked the undead, either zombies or something more demonic. This includes his 1980 supernatural horror film, The City of the Living Dead.
A reporter and a psychic are tasked to close the gates of hell in a small, sleepy town after a priest hangs himself in the church graveyard. However, the dead have begun to sneak through the gates slowly, terrorizing the locals and ensuring they are met with ghastly deaths. The City of the Living Deadhas all the trademarks of Fulci: an ample amount of gore, surreal sequences, abstract storytelling, and a dark, brooding atmosphere—perfect for a movie night with a like-minded gorehound!
3 The Battery (2012)
Jeremy Gardner’s The Battery is more of a road trip movie focused on the relationship and conflicts between two good friends navigating a zombie apocalypse. Don’t let the lack of action and horror deter you; the film is intelligently written and boasts phenomenal performances from Jeremy Gardener and Adam Cronheim.
The film was also met with critical praise, picking up awards at Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival, Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, to name a few. As The Battery is primarily about exploring its characters and less about the events occurring around the two, it is best to know as little as possible going in.
2 Wyrmwood: Apocalypse
While technically a sequel to the 2014 Australian horror film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, the only element connecting the two is its knack for executing action-heavy zombie slaying action. Both films are great, but we give the nudge to Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, as director Kiah Roache-Turner was able to further up the chaos to craft one of the most chaotic zombie films ever created.
Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is set in a zombie-infested Australian wasteland, following a soldier, Rhys, who tracks and captures survivors in the hope of finding a cure. He eventually revolts against his employers and begins to help a small group of survivors. However, the plot is not as essential as the action itself, as the film is mindless fun in the best sense.
1 Train to Busan (2016)
The Korean horror film Train to Busan broke records in its native South Korea and became a global phenomenon in the process. Many have even gone as far as to call it the best zombie movie of all time. Taking place almost entirely inside a train, Train to Busan follows several passengers who come face to face with the zombie apocalypse. With great action sequences, heart-wrenching drama, and intense atmosphere, the movie is a standout in the genre—worth catching for free on Tubi.