Halloween wouldn't be complete without a bevy of scary movies to put you in the mood.
The trouble is, finding a whole bunch of spooky new films each year, especially when you're on a budget, can be a bit challenging. After all, you could wind up with a series of duds and spend the season feeling like you wasted your money on a wave of underwhelming slasher fare, or feel like you simply got overwhelmed by zombies while nothing else really interesting actually happened.
Luckily for you, we're here to help. After devoting time to exploring the world of free silent horror classics last year, this year we're simply looking at classic horror films of all shapes and sizes that are completely free to watch this Halloween season. That's right, all of the nearly two dozen films you'll find below are available online right now to watch whenever you want, for free. so please enjoy this, the 26th installment in our 31 Days of Halloween series of features.
The Evil Dead (1981)
It's Sam Raimi's original low-budget chill-fest, and though a remake was recently generated, the original still packs plenty of punch.
Clive Barker's directorial debut, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, features plenty of pleasantly gross practical effects, and introduces the horror icon known as Pinhead.
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
If revenge films are more your speed, check out this ultraviolent cult classic that remains controversial decades after its release.
Children of the Corn (1984)
Though it might not have the same classic status of some of its compatriots, this Stephen King adaptation still packs plenty of amusing scares.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Though the original is certainly worth watching, director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell really hit their stride with this classic horror comedy. If you still haven't seen it, now is definitely the time.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)
OK, so this is more of a cult classic than an actual classic, but how can you resist a very pure dose of Elvira this Halloween?
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
It honestly seems impossible that any horror fan hasn't seen George A. Romero's zombie classic by now, but if you're one of the unlucky few who's still left out, here's your chance to fix that.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Though the musical version might be considered the best these days, the original Roger Corman version still holds plenty of entertainment value these days.
Suspiria might be considered by many to be Italian horrormeister Dario Argento's crowning achievement, but he definitely still managed some serious creepiness with this thematic sequel.
The Beyond (1983)
The "Godfather of Gore" Lucio Fluci is known for a number of powerfully gross horror films, but along with the classic Zombi 2, this is one of the most famous.
Horror Express (1974)
Though it might not be the best film any of them ever produced, this chiller does unite the likes of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas, so it's worth a look.
Though he's best known for his terrifying Onibaba, director Kaneto Shindo also produced this particularly haunting Japanese ghost story based on a classic tale.
The Living Skeleton (1968)
This is yet another creepy, atmospheric Japanese revenge tale, but this time you also get a dose of pirates.
The Terror (1963)
This film, starring Boris Karloff and directed by legendary shoestring filmmaker Roger Corman, is famous for its use of the sets of other films, but it also manages at least a little Halloween originality.
This critically acclaimed release is an intriguing blend of science fiction and horror, but fans of either genre will find something to love.
Dementia 13 (1963)
Though he eventually became world-famous for re-inventing gangster films with The Godfather, director Francis Ford Coppola first made his reputation with this chilling, Roger Corman-produced classic.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
The legendary Vincent Price made a number of very spooky films, but few are more memorable than this classic haunted-house tale.
If you want a film that's simply a dose of grueling psychological terror, look no further than this now-infamous film from Takashi Miike.
White Zombie (1932)
If you love zombie films, take some time to view this one, often considered the first feature-length tale of the walking dead, and savor star Bela Lugosi's chilling presence.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
There's a reason this film is a cult classic. It's ominous, creepy and instantly memorable, and it's a true must-watch of the horror genre.
The White Bat (1940)
This odd and somewhat implausible tale is one of the best examples of Bela Lugosi's work as he began to descend into lower-budget films, and it's definitely worth a look.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
This Vincent Price-starring film about a man left alone in a world of monsters is actually the very first big-screen adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.