Happy Halloween, Tightwads! The week that you’ve been anticipating all year is finally here. And we’ve got a batch of free movies to help you celebrate.
We’re starting off this week with an absolute, bona-fide classic. Halloween is the quintessential slasher about a young boy who is committed to a mental hospital after murdering his older sister. Fifteen years later, he escapes the institution and returns home to terrorize his old stomping grounds in a whitewashed William Shatner mask on Halloween night.
There’s really nothing that needs to be said about this 1978 John Carpenter masterpiece. It is as essential as horror movie viewing gets. You’ve all seen it. You probably own it on at least one format, if not several. But, if for some reason you haven’t seen it, or if don’t own it and want to revisit it, you can find Halloween here at The Roku Channel.
The Crazies is about a manmade militarized virus that causes homicidal insanity in those who are unlucky enough to be infected. The virus is accidentally released in a Pennsylvania town, and the military struggles to contain the threat before it takes over the country…and the world.
This 1973 George Romero flick is a zombie movie that is not a zombie movie. The epidemic causes its victims to behave like zombies, but they’re not actual zombies, so there’s an asterisk. This is one of the more unsung movies of Romero’s filmography, so if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? You can see it here at Vudu.
Housebound is a 2014 spookfest about a young woman who is forced to movie back into her childhood home with her mother when she is placed on house arrest. Her mother believes the house is haunted, and after a few strange encounters, the daughter starts to think that maybe her mother is right.
Housebound is, at its root, a haunted house movie, but it becomes so much more than that as it goes on. It’s as funny as it is scary, and the twists and turns will keep even the most cynical of horror fans guessing. Check out Housebound here at TubiTV.
The Mangler is a 1995 movie about a police detective who is investigating an accident at a laundry facility. He discovers, of course, that the accident was no accident, and that the laundry folding machine, the titular Mangler, has developed a taste for human flesh.
Based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, The Mangler was directed by Tobe Hooper. As far as King adaptations go, it’s more faithful than The Lawnmower Man, but not quite as faithful as Misery. Robert Englund and Ted Levine both star in this schlockfest. Catch The Mangler here at Vudu.
The Legend of Halloween Jack
The Legend of Halloween Jack is about a group of vigilantes that tracks down and kills an escaped serial killer, covering up the crime and vowing to never speak of it again. A year later, however, the killer comes back, bent of seeking revenge against those who wronged him.
This 2018 flick is one of those “who’s the villain?” stories. The plot is right our of A Nightmare on Elm Street, except no one is nearly as likeable or as memorable. It’s still a cool lesser-known movie to throw on for the Halloween season. The Legend of Halloween Jack can be found here at TubiTV.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.