Video streaming services have changed the way we consume media. Major players like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have dominated the space, offering on-demand television shows and films. However, with seemingly every single production company and film studio coming out with their own streaming service, monthly subscription fees are getting quite costly.
With Halloween right around the corner, you probably want to binge some scary movies. Fortunately, you don’t have to shell out a subscription fee to do so. There are a number of services out there that offer large libraries of movies for the low price of free. Furthermore, they’re all legal and many of them don’t even require registration!
If you’re a movie buff, chances are you’ve heard of the Internet Movie Database. Better known as IMDb, the website has long been the Internet’s go-to for information about the movie industry. IMDb TV is a free, ad-supported streaming service that can be accessed via the IMDb app (Android, iOS), the IMDb website, the Amazon Prime app (Android, iOS) and Amazon Fire TV products. IMDb TV has a very small library of movies, but there are some decent titles to be found.
To get in the Halloween spirit, check out the following movies:
- Zodiac: David Fincher directs this tense thriller about a real-life serial killer stalking the streets of San Francisco in the 60s and 70s.
- Urban Legend: this slasher finds a college campus beset by a killer who gets inspiration from various urban legends.
- Prom Night: a killer stalks Jamie Lee Curtis and her friends on prom night.
This Wal-Mart-owned streaming service is known for its video-on-demand rental service. This makes Vudu different from other streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime. There is no monthly subscription – instead, users only pay for individual titles. In addition, Vudu boasts a fairly large library of free, ad-supported titles. Be aware that you will have to create a Vudu account in order to access their library. However, account creation is free. Furthermore, you can access the Vudu library via your web browser or mobile apps (Android, iOS).
For chills and thrills this Halloween, check out the following movies on Vudu:
- It Follows: a young woman races against time to thwart an evil curse passed on to her by her boyfriend.
- 30 Days of Night: hungry vampires descend on a small town in Northern Alaska that experiences a month without sunlight.
- Goodnight Mommy: this Austrian film sees two brothers increasingly suspicious of their mother who returns home from reconstructive surgery with bandages covering her face.
Tubi is a free, ad-supported streaming service that has been picking up steam lately. The service boasts a large library complete with Hollywood blockbusters, award winners and independent cinema. Horror movie connoisseurs will be thrilled to discover that Tubi TV is home to a lot of classic 80s B-movies. To sweeten the pot, the Tubi TV user interface is very slick and user friendly. Movies (and TV shows) are organized into categories that make finding something to watch a breeze. In addition, Tubi TV even has a few cheeky categories, such as “Not On Netflix.” You can access Tubi TV via your web browser and Android or iOS device.
If you like a little humor with your gore, check out the following horror cult classics:
- Return of the Living Dead: this comedy-horror classic pioneered running zombies, the concept of zombies eating brains and features an excellent punk-rock soundtrack.
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space: a cult classic featuring aliens who resemble clowns and entrap human beings in cotton candy.
- Sleepaway Camp: a twist ending that you’ll never see coming, Sleepaway Camp is a must for any slasher fan.
4. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is a bit different from the other streaming platforms featured on this list. As an “Internet television” platform, the main draw of Pluto TV is live channels. It does this by collecting live Internet streams to cultivate a cable-esque experience. The channel list features something for everyone, from news providers like MSNBC to a channel dedicated to game shows. Pluto TV even has a channel featuring nothing but cats doing their thing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to these live “channels,” Pluto TV also features numerous on-demand titles, including lots of horror flicks. You can access Pluto TV via the web or on Android and iOS.
Check out the following films for some serious goosebumps.
- Shadow of the Vampire: struggling to make the silent horror masterpiece Nosferatu, director F.W. Murnau hires Max Shreck, a real life vampire as his star.
- You’re Next: a gang of lethal home invaders bite off more than they can chew when they target the wealthy Davison family.
- V/H/S: a horror anthology that sees four thugs break in to a house littered with VHS tapes, each one more terrifying than the last.
What are some of your favorite movies to watch for Halloween? Are we forgetting your go-to free and legal video-streaming service? Let us know in the comments!