PlutoTV is an online streaming service that offers a bunch of free movies and series to watch without needing a subscription, so I went through the offerings to find a good variety of horror to watch for Halloween.
Now I do have to point out that while the movies and shows are free to watch, the trade-off is they do have ads. Sometimes the ads are just dropped in at random, too.
But 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 PlutoTV 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.
Ready? Here are my picks of free horror to watch on PlutoTV for Halloween:
After surviving a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard (John Goodman) tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. This film is a sequel to the movie Cloverfield, but that isn’t apparent until near the end.
Desperate for money to pay off a debt, a man targets a wealthy family’s home and plans to break in and steal a valuable gem. He soon learns that he picked the wrong night to carry out his plans, for a masked madman has gotten there first, imprisoned the family, and lined the mansion with deadly traps.
From the mind of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of “Saw” and “Insidious“) comes this comedy-horror film about a group of elementary-school teachers (Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson) who come under attack from children who have been turned into vicious zombie-like monsters by contaminated chicken nuggets.
I have to say this is probably the most insane zombie movie I have ever seen. This sequel to the Norwegian zombie classic Dead Snow finds the newly awakened Nazi Zombie army tearing a path of gore and mayhem across the countryside. The big battle scene toward the end is so over the top with carnage, but at the same time it’s really funny. If you like movies like Evil Dead 2, give this a try.
Written and directed by Neil Marshall, this film follows six women who meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual caving trip. Deep below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock falls and blocks their route back to the surface. The group splinters and each one pushes on, praying for another exit. But there is something else lurking under the earth — a race of monstrous humanoid creatures that have adapted perfectly to life in the dark.
A young couple (Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly) on a romantic weekend break at a remote lakehouse, are terrorised by a group of violent youths. What ensues is an unrelenting game of cat-and-mouse, as they are forced to fight back against their aggressors.
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.
Harper’s Island was once the scene of a gruesome series of murders. Now, seven years later, family and friends gather on the island for a wedding, but one by one they begin to die. The 13-episode season originally aired on CBS, and is perfect for a weekend binge.
In this South Korean film, a monster kidnapping a man’s young daughter, and he attempts to rescue her. The Asian creature feature was the third feature-length film directed by Academy Award-winner Bong Joon-ho.
Jessica is a rookie cop assigned to the last shift at a police station before it is permanently closed. Unexplained things start happening, and it’s all tied to a murderous cult that worships the King of Hell. But is it really happening? That’s the real mystery of this movie, which uses the isolated setting very well.
When struggling photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) meets the owner of a prominent art gallery, he sees a chance for the success that has, so far, eluded him. Determined to show the darker side of humanity for his debut showing, Leon crosses paths with Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) a serial killer who preys on late-night subway commuters. Based on Clive Barker’s 1984 short story of the same name, the ending gets a bit gory and weird.
Five youngsters find themselves up against the combined might of Dracula, the Mummy, the Gill Man and Frankenstein’s Monster who arrive in town in search of a magic amulet. This one is perfect for the family, or for a trip down memory lane.
A young waitress engages in psychological warfare with the lonely man who abducts her, revealing the darkness lurking in each of them. What elevates this film is excellent performances by Dominic Monaghan and Ksenia Solo, and a surprise twist near the end.
One of the classic slasher films that helped cement Jamie Lee Curtis as a Scream Queen. In it, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school’s senior prom.
This is one of my favorite zombie movies ever! A man, his estranged daughter, and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. It’s a blood-drenched ride to the Safe Zone..which may or may not still be there. It is in Korean, but it has subtitles. The almost non-stop action and scares are worth the watch.
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