IMDbTV started out as an amazing movie database, but it is now an arm of Amazon that offers movies and series to watch for free. I went through the many offerings to find a good variety of horror to watch for Halloween.
Now I do have to point out that while they are free to watch, the trade-off is they do have ads.
Other than ads, it doesn’t appear that these movies and series have been edited in any way, including profanity, gore, or nudity (if it had any). I haven’t watched everything on this list via IMDbTV to make sure, but yes, I have seen everything on this list at one time or another.
I’ve included trailers for everything I’m recommending, to give you a taste before you commit to the full viewing.
I’ve linked direct to the website pages and the app has a search function. Plus if you have an Amazon account, IMDbTV will even let you save your picks to a list to make it easier to watch.
Ready? Here are my picks of free horror to watch on IMDbTV for Halloween:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
For Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson), nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick tells the teen that he’s been sent to train her to fight vampires, and she’s soon tested when a very dangerous vampire (Rutger Hauer) hunts her. This precursor to the series is campy and funny, but you’ll enjoy it if you like comedy with your horror. Also starring Luke Perry, David Arquette, and Paul Reubens, along with cameos by a young Ben Affeck and Hillary Swank.
Frankenstein’s Army (2013)
A squad of Russian soldiers must go to a remote East German village to locate missing comrades in the waning days of Word War II. Unearthing a plot to resurrect fallen soldiers, the squad becomes the target of cobbled-together monsters created by a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. This one is a bit gory and strange.
The Fun House Massacre (2015)
Six of the world’s scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse where the themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror. This one has over-the-top gore and a lot of recognizable faces. You can read my full review of the film here.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Death-obsessed sisters, who are outcasts in their straight-laced Canadian suburb, must deal with the tragic consequences of a werewolf bite in this coming-of-age horror drama. Starring Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, it’s one of my fave werewolf films ever.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
A family on vacation ends up detouring through the desert when their RV breaks down. Little do they know that’s the least of their problems in this Alexandre Aja directed remake of the 1977 Wes Craven classic about a family of mutant cannibals. Expect some squeamish kills and lots of blood.
When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what’s happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.
Let Us Prey (2015)
This British film is set in a remote village in Scotland. A mysterious stranger named Six is being held in the local jail. Soon strange things start happening, and it’s up to PC Rachel Heggie to figure out what is happening before she, too, is killed. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but it worked.
Expect a moderate amount of gore.
This American horror anthology series featured stand-alone episodes with a variety of monsters from vicious human eating plants to friendly aliens from outer space.In the show’s self-referencing title sequence, a suburban family of monsters look for something to watch on television before finally settling on Monsters, their favorite show. If you like shows like Tales From the Darkside, give this a try.
The Ring (2002)
When four teenagers all meet with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) tracks down the video… and watches it. Now, the legend is coming true, the clock is ticking and Rachel has just seven days to unravel the mystery of The Ring. This is an American remake of the 1998 Japanese film “Ringu.”
David Kim (John Cho) becomes desperate when his 16-year-old daughter, Margot, disappears, and an immediate police investigation leads nowhere. He soon decides to search the one place that no one else has: Margot’s laptop. Set entirely on computer screens and smartphones, the film is an intense and well-crafted found-footage crime thriller. If you don’t like gore, this is the one to watch.
Scream Queens (2015-2016)
Created by Ryan Murphy, this series is a satirical comedy slasher, with both seasons available to watch. Season 1 takes place at the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority at Wallace University with the Red Devil mascot killer, while the second (with the same characters) takes place in a hospital with a new serial killer called the Green Meanie. The seasons feature Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michelle, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Taylor Lautner, and John Stamos, among others.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper, this iconic film tells the story of five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within…a maniacal cannibalistic family, with a chainsaw-wielding son.
Tragedy Girls (2017)
Teenage crime reporters Sadie and McKayla are hot on the trail of a crazed serial killer. After capturing the maniac and holding him hostage, they soon realize that the best way to boost their social media stardom is to commit the murders themselves. This horror satire stars Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Hutcherson, Jack Quaid, Craig Robinson, and Kevin Durand.
In this horror film, an evil magician creates a wax display of famous monsters and murderers and invites a group of unsuspecting young college students to view the collection. However, when the kids are trapped in the deadly displays, one-by-one they soon discover that the wax models are more than they appear to be. This 80s horror gem is a bit silly at times, but it’s a cult favorite starring Zach Galligan (“Gremlins”) and Deborah Foreman (“Valley Girl”).
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