‘Terror on Tubi’: Month-long scare celebration kicks off Oct. 1
CHICAGO - It’s still September, but BOO! Tubi has already jumped out of the bushes wearing a scream mask and clutching a press release.
FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service has announced the impending arrival of "Terror on Tubi," a collection of more than 5,000 horror and paranormal titles that will sneak, stalk and slither onto screens across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia.
That’s a roster that includes four Tubi Halloween Originals, including the Michelle Trachtenberg-hosted true crime series "Meet, Marry, Murder," director Steven R. Monroe’s paranormal chiller "Harland Manor," and "Celebrity Exorcism" and "Famously Haunted: Amityville," from FOX Alternative Entertainment.
"Tubi viewers devour horror titles all year long so we've made 'Terror on Tubi' extra enticing," Tubi's Chief Content Officer, Adam Lewinson, said in a press release. "With more than 5,000 horror and paranormal titles and four bone-chilling originals, Tubi ramps up its position as a formidable force in horror."
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Rob Wade, FOX Entertainment’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, added the following: "We’re thrilled to be premiering our first FAE Tubi original titles on the platform with the inaugural ‘Terror on Tubi’ celebration. We look forward to continuing to bring original content that not only draws in new audiences with the bold programming that has long been synonymous with FOX, but that also reflects the genres and entertainment Tubi’s streaming audiences love most."
You’ll find more about the four Tubi Originals below. In addition, Terror on Tubi will play home to a collection of thousands of creepy viewing hours, including the Aubrey Plaza-starring "Life After Beth," blood-spraying musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "I Spit On Your Grave" and its sequel, classics like the 1931 "Dracula" and the 1932 "The Mummy," and the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film, which preceded the beloved series.
It’s a diverse roster, and the same is true of the slate of Tubi Originals. Here’s more detail on those:
- Meet, Marry, Murder (October 6): Executive producer Michelle Trachtenberg ("Gossip Girl") also hosts this "13-part true crime series [... which] explores the true stories of people who were murdered by their partners, and features interviews with witnesses to discuss the tragic unions."
- Famously Haunted: Amityville (October 15): "When infamous Amityville killer Ronnie Defeo died behind bars this year, social media blew up with a new wave of armchair detectives and paranormal experts obsessed with the real-life horror story that shattered this sleepy Long Island village nearly 50 years ago. Now, just in time for Halloween [... comes] a fresh look at how six shocking murders spawned one of the most terrifying ghost stories in American history."
- Celebrity Exorcism (October 22): This unexpected entry stars Jodie Sweetin ("Full House"), Shar Jackson ("Moesha") and Metta World Peace (NBA Champion and All-Star), who "come together for a good old-fashioned fright fest! With the help of an acclaimed exorcist, this team of brave celebrities enrolls in a paranormal boot camp like we've never seen before - journeying to exorcise an iconic haunted location."
- Harland Manor (October 29): - From director and co-writer Steven R. Monroe ("It Waits," "I Spit on Your Grave"), this bone-chiller "stars Camille Sullivan ("Intelligence"), Summer H. Howell ("Cult of Chucky"), Dion Johnstone ("Sweet Magnolias") and Josh Strait ("The Ice Road") "as a team of paranormal investigators who document the haunted Harland Manor, only to find themselves hunted by the malevolent ghosts that still dwell there.
But viewers need not wait for October to start the scares flowing. Next week we’ll be diving into some of the great alternative horror classics currently available on the service, including "Jennifer’s Body," "The Descent" and "Slither," to name a few.
Summon some early scares with "Candyman," now streaming for free on Tubi
Candyman (1992): August saw the arrival of Nia DaCosta’s "Candyman," a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 original from director Bernard Rose. Seeing this film isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying its descendant, but the ties between DaCosta’s film and Rose’s are robust. "Candyman" is currently number-one at the box office (racking up $22.3 million in North America in its first weekend in theaters), but it will cost exactly zero dollars to see its predecessor, and your experience with both films will be greatly enriched. Rated R. 99 minutes. Dir: Bernard Rose. Featuring: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, Ted Raimi.
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About Tubi: Tubi has more than 35,000 movies and television series from over 250 content partners, including every major studio, in addition to the largest offering of free live local and national news channels in streaming. The platform gives fans of entertainment, news and sports an easy way to discover new content that is available completely free.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.
Tubi is owned by the FOX Corporation.
About the writer: Allison Shoemaker is a Chicago-based pop-culture critic and journalist. She is the author of "How TV Can Make You Smarter," and a member of the Television Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association. She is also a producer and co-host for the Podlander Presents network of podcasts. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @allisonshoe. Allison is a Tomatometer-approved Top Critic on Rotten Tomatoes.