12 Cell Phone Horror Movies on Tubi in July 2024

These Tubi streaming recommendations for July 2024 prove that having our phones with us at all times can be horrifying.

No Filter is a Tubi Original released in 2023.

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July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. So, for this month’s Tubi recommendations we’ve selected a few of the site’s best movies in which cell phones are used in the most discourteous of ways. These fright flicks feature spooky calls, malicious AI assistants, supernaturally powered apps, and more. The only qualification for inclusion on this list is that a cellular phone must play an important role in creating the horror in the movie. If you’d like you can even watch all of these recommendations on your own phone to heighten the experience. Just, please be polite and use headphones so you don’t disturb the people around you.

The Best Cell Phone Horror Movies on Tubi

1. Mad House (2020)

Phone usage: A cell phone is the means by which a target for a home invasion is found, and it’s the device with which the events are recorded.

Why Watch It? Mad House is a home-invasion movie presented as if it is recorded completely from a stolen cell phone. So, it’s found footage, but it’s done in a unique way that takes full advantage of the concept in some very interesting ways.

Official Description: A businessman whose happy family includes a wife and daughter enters a hellacious ordeal when drug addicts take them hostage over his cellphone.

2. He’s Watching (2022)

Phone usage: Two kids discover a creepy presence through the use of their phones.

Why Watch It? He’s Watching is a lockdown-era movie made by filmmaker Jacob Estes and his family (Jacob’s children are the stars of the film). It’s also a surprisingly effective found-footage chiller.

Official Description: When happy-go-lucky siblings Iris and Lucas are left alone while their parents recover from an illness, a series of playful pranks they play on each other escalate when they start receiving unsettling images and videos on their phones. As the incoming messages become increasingly nightmarish, Iris and Lucas realize something sinister has taken root in their home.

3. One Missed Call (2003)

Phone usage: Phone calls from the future foretell death.

Why Watch It? The best reason to watch One Missed Call is because it’s directed by Takashi Miike. It might not be the best J-horror movie of its era, but it’s still good thanks to Miike’s direction.

Official Description: A student receives a phone message from her future self, ending with her own death scream.

4. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

Phone usage: The spooky phone calls from the future spread even further.

Why Watch It? One Missed Call 2 is a solid followup to the original. Maybe a little less polished and creepy, but it’s still an entertaining movie for fans of the genre.

Official Description: A teacher discovers various people die painful deaths after receiving a ghostly phone call.

5. One Missed Call: Final (2006)

Phone usage: Messages predicting death can now be forwarded to someone else to avoid the curse.

Why Watch It? One Missed Call: Final might be better than the previous movie in the series. It’s also the last part of the trilogy, so if you’ve made it this far, you should see it all the way through to the end.

Official Description: A bullied student plans revenge on her classmates when they embark on a class field trip by sending them a cursed phone call.

6. No Filter (2023)

Phone usage: A chronically online aspiring influencer begins seeing strange things on her phone.

Why Watch It? If you’ve been paying attention to the horror-movie side of Tubi Originals released over the past few years, then you’ll know a lot of them are good. No Filter fits snugly into the “good” column with a sufficiently spooky story about social media and obsessively using your phone.

Official Description: A demonic force invades viral sensation Anna’s feed, blurring reality and virtuality. She must fight to survive or be taken offline.

7. APP (2013)

Phone usage: A mysterious app called Iris (which, not coincidentally, is Siri spelled backwards) takes control of a woman’s life.

Why Watch It? APP is a Dutch film that originally used second-screen technology so viewers could experience more of the story on their cell phone while watching the movie. But even without the second screen (you don’t need it at all to understand the story), APP is a good thriller with some exciting sequences.

Official Description: After a night of partying in the dorms, Anna wakes up to find a new app on her phone. Initially helpful and clever, IRIS soon begins behaving in cruel, mysterious ways.

8. A.M.I. (2019)

Phone usage: A digital assistant influences a grief-stricken woman.

Why Watch It? Part psychological thriller, part AI horror, A.I.M. is well done all around.

Official Description: After a teenager loses her mother, she forms a mother-daughter bond with a new virtual assistant app that soon becomes a game of murder and control.

9. Recovery (2016)

Phone usage: A phone-tracking app leads to danger.

Why Watch It? Recovery has a bit of a slow start, but it’s a good “reverse home invasion” movie once the action picks up about thirty minutes in.

Official Description: A search for a lost phone turns into a blood-soaked nightmare when a teenage girl finds herself the object of desire in a house full of sadists.

10. When a Killer Calls (2006)

Phone usage: Repeated calls from a killer.

Why Watch It? When a Killer Calls is a fun low-budget slasher movie. It’s a cheesy and entertaining mockbuster released around the same time as the 2006 remake of When a Stranger Calls.

Official Description: A babysitter becomes the victim of threatening phone calls from a man who has slaughtered his entire family and is closer to her than she realizes.

11. 47 Hours to Live (2020)

Phone usage: A game on a phone app curses people to die.

Why Watch It? 47 Hours to Live is for people who like curse-style movies like The Ring. This isn’t as good as any version of The Ring, but it is nicely spooky at times.

Official Description: Two teenage girls dabble with an online game claiming you can use your phone to summon the supernatural… and if you lose the game you lose your life.

12. Bedeviled (2016)

Phone usage: A killer app preys on fear.

Why Watch It? Horror films like Ouija (2014) and Tarot (2024) come to mind when watching Bedeviled. If that’s what you’re into, then give this a try.

Official Description: Five teens band together for survival after they’re invited to download an app that’s like Siri, except this one targets them with their worst fears.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.