8 Independence Day Horror Movies on Tubi in July 2023

Some people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts, and parades. This year, celebrate Independence Day all July long with a parade of horror movies, all of which are available for free on Tubi!

Uncle Sam (1996) is the preeminent Independence Day horror movie.

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Independence Day might not be the first holiday you think about when you consider horror movies (especially if you don’t live in the United States). Halloween and Christmas will always be at the top of the list for holiday horror flicks, but the Fourth of July is the setting for a surprising number of scary movies. Collected here are the best horror movies related to Independence Day that are available to stream on Tubi throughout the month of July. So, whether you’re celebrating the 4th all month, or you just want to see a few horror films you might have never seen before, this list has you covered.

Tubi’s Best Independence Day Horror Movies in July 2023

1. Uncle Sam (1996)

The killer in Uncle Sam (1997) without his mask.
William Lustig, the director of Uncle Sam, also directed movies including Maniac (1980) and Maniac Cop (1988). (pictured: David Fralick as the killer in Uncle Sam)

Release Date: July 4, 1997

Why Watch It? If you enjoy cheesy and goofy 1990s slashers in the vein of Ice Cream Man (1995) and Jack Frost (1997), then Uncle Sam is for you. Also, for what appears to be a mindless Fourth of July slasher movie, it surprisingly provides some interesting commentary on patriotism and war.

Official Description: The corpse of a former Sergeant is returned to his all-American hometown, and wreaks havoc on his rebellious, unpatriotic nephew.

2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The tarman zombie from The Return of the Living Dead (1985).
The Return of the Living Dead begins on July 3rd and ends on the morning of July 4th.

Release Date: August 16, 1985

Why Watch It? The Return of the Living Dead is arguably the best zombie-comedy ever, and for that matter it’s one of the best zombie movies overall.

Official Description: While working at a medical supply company, two employees release a gas that raises the dead, causing the town to be overrun with flesh-eating zombies.

3. Re-Elected (2020)

Undead presidents read the Declaration of Independence in Re-Elected (2020).
Tubi is home to tons of wonderfully campy and obscure horror movies. Re-Elected, a cabin-in-the-woods holiday horror flick, is one of those movies.

Release Date: July 2020

Why Watch It? Re-Elected is dumb comedy with pretty good gore for fans of dumb movies with pretty good gore. It’s eye-rollingly silly, which is kind of the entire point.

Official Description: A 4th of July family reunion for half-siblings who hate one another turns into a fight for their lives against a band of undead American presidents.

4. Night of the Living Deb (2015)

Michael Cassidy and Maria Thayer in Night of the Living Deb (2015).
Michael Cassidy and Maria Thayer star in Night of the Living Deb as Ryan and Deb.

Release Date: August 29, 2015

Why Watch It? Night of the Living Deb is a charming romantic comedy that takes place during a zombie outbreak. It’s funny and sweet, and it’s a great choice when you want something lighter but still marginally within the horror genre.

Official Description: The morning after a drunken hookup on July 4, two strangers become instant partners in survival against the zombie virus that has consumed their town.

5. The Evil in Us (2016)

Ian Collins as a rage-filled cannibal in The Evil in Us (2016).
The writer and director of The Evil in Us, Jason William Lee, also directed the reality-show horror movie Funhouse (2019). (pictured: Ian Collins in The Evil in Us)

Release Date: August 19, 2016

Why Watch It? There is some good and bloody action to be had in The Evil in Us. So why not enjoy a cannibal movie while chowing down on some tasty summer BBQ?

Official Description: A woman finds herself fighting for her life on a remote island when a mysterious drug turns her fiancé and four friends into bloodthirsty cannibals.

6. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

A werewolf from An American Werewolf in Paris (1997).
When compared to the special effects created by Rick Baker in An American Werewolf in London (1981), the computer-generated effects in its 1997 sequel (seen here) are disappointing. But on their own, the effects fine for the late 1990s.

Release Date: August 31, 1997

Why Watch It? For fans of werewolves, there aren’t many werewolf movies that take place on Independence Day. The climax of An American Werewolf in Paris takes place partly at a Fourth of July party held at a church in France, so it qualifies. For anyone who hasn’t seen it or hasn’t seen it in a long time, it’s worth a watch.

Official Description: An American tourist finds himself becoming involved with a French woman who also happens to be able to supernaturally turn into a werewolf.

7. We Summon the Darkness (2019)

Amy Forsyth, Alexandra Daddario, and Maddie Hasson in We Summon the Darkness (2020).
We Summon the Darkness takes place during the 4th of July holiday in 1988.

Release Date: April 10, 2020

Why Watch It? Alexandra Daddario is great in We Summon the Darkness, a movie that presents a unique twist on the idea of a movie about the Satanic panic of the 1980s in the United States.

Official Description: A post-concert party at a remote country mansion turns into a grisly, satanic slaughter scene in this dark-humored horror-thriller.

8. Octopus 2 (2002)

A giant octopus climbs up the Statue of Liberty in Octopus 2 (2002).
Shark movies get the spotlight during the summer months, but octopus-attack movies can be just as good (or goofy).

Release Date: January 1, 2002

Why Watch It? Octopus 2 is cheesy monster-movie fun with special effects that range from 1990s-era CGI to old-school practical effects. Plus, there’s a scene where the gigantic octopus climbs up the Statue of Liberty while fireworks go off in the background (and that’s not even the finale).

Official Description: A giant, man-eating octopus suddenly appears in the Hudson River during the Fourth of July holiday, leaving a trail of dead bodies in its wake.

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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.