Most people don’t think about Vudu for their movie-streaming needs, but they almost always supply a large amount of great films that can be streamed for free. The small price for those free streams is the small ads that will play a few times throughout the movie. In all fairness, I have watched several films on Vudu and have yet to have more than one ad during an ad break, and it is almost always about 30 seconds long. The ads are definitely easy enough to deal with for the quality of films they provide to watch for no fee.
Within this rotating selection of free movies offered on Vudu, they usually have a fantastic collection of horror movies. At this moment, there are quite a bit of great and iconic films from the horror genre, but for the sake of this article, here are 10 that I believe you should go watch.
10. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
There have been plenty of sequels to Sleepaway Camp (1983) and none of them come to close to the greatness of the first film. But, if you were ever curious to see what became of Angela Baker and you wanted the story told by someone who is not Sleepaway Camp‘s writer and director Robert Hiltzik, then you should watch Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988). The sequel is definitely more purposely comedic than the first, but the kills are pretty fun and it’s interesting to see Pamela Springsteen portray an older Angela.
9. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) is a kind of sequel to Prom Night (1980), but is more just the second entry in the series. It has nothing to do with Prom Night because it was intended to be a standalone film. Alliance Films chose to change the name of the movie to Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II based on Prom Night‘s success.
Despite its lack of connection to Prom Night, a slasher film, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II delivers an entertaining supernatural experience about a prom queen’s death while at the dance and how she possesses another student 30 years later in order to seek revenge. It also contains a lot of references to other horror films and horror filmmakers which are a lot of fun to notice while watching.
8. Prom Night
As I mentioned above, Prom Night (1980) is a slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Leslie Nielson (Creepshow, Dracula: Dead and Loving It). The film isn’t mind-blowing, but it does contain a wonderful mystery and several awesome kills. Prom Night also features a fantastic performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, which – of course – is expected. And to top it all off, the film is packed full of disco tunes that make the watching experience feel like a dark dance party.
7. Maniac (1980)
If you’re looking for an unsettling serial killer film from the early 80s, then give Maniac (1980) a watch. Maniac is enjoyable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Joe Spinell (The Godfather, Rocky, The Last Horror Film) delivers a spectacular performance, just as he does in every movie he’s in. His voice as Frank Zito in this film makes him extremely creepy. Secondly, the style in which Maniac is filmed because of its small budget give the movie a very dark tone. There are scenes in this movie that are disturbing simply because of how real the filming makes it feel.
6. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Because we’re hanging out in the early 80s and because we’re in Valentine’s Day month, My Bloody Valentine (1981) should be watched by every horror fan. The slasher film takes place in a small Canadian town’s mines. It is such a great setting for watching young people party and getting stalked by a killer. The film also has a dramatic love triangle in its plot which honestly makes me a little more interested in the characters. My Bloody Valentine is a great classic horror film that, despite it being suspenseful, provides a charming and easy watching experience.
5. Cube (1997)
Now let’s hop out of the 1980s and explore the late 1990s, a weird period of time for horror movies. Among a lot of mediocre horror films of that time, a wonderful, unique film emerged, and that film is Cube (1997). Cube is one of those movies that surprises you after you watch it when you read about how little resources the filmmakers had to create such an impressive set. This film is absolutely compelling and deserves to be watched and re-watched and re-watched.
4. Frailty (2001)
The late Bill Paxton’s (Aliens, Twister) directorial debut is a gripping psychological horror film called Frailty (2001). Bill Paxton also stars in the film and, of course, he is excellent. This film tells the captivating story of a religious father and his quest giving to him by God to kill demons who are masked as humans. He drags his two sons into this hunt for demons with him which causes a lot of amazing dramatic acting from every character involved. Frailty will pull you into its plot with a very strong force and you’ll enjoy every minute of it.
3. Misery (1990)
Misery (1990) is another intense psychological horror film based on the Stephen King title of the same name. Misery is no stranger to almost every horror fan, but regardless, the movie deserves to be revisited often. Both James Cann (The Godfather) and Kathy Bates’ (Titanic, The Waterboy) performances are astounding. The film deserves to be on any list of classic horror movies, especially because it has not lost any of its importance to the genre over the last 28 years.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
We celebrated Tobe Hooper’s birthday last month by remembering his ten greatest films. One of the films on that list is streaming on Vudu and should definitely be on everyone’s watchlist. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) is Tobe Hooper’s sequel to his iconic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and, despite the tone being pretty different, the second film is a very entertaining and odd comedic follow-up. In this sequel, we revisit Leatherface and his family; The Cook and Chop Top, and their business of making chili with human remains. The film is hilarious, loud, and violent and is absolutely one of Tobe Hooper’s best.
1. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Writer Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Screamers) dipped his toes in the directing pool only twice, and one of those times the world got the masterpiece Return of the Living Dead (1985). Return of the Living Dead is one of the most entertaining zombie horror movies because of its self-awareness and its humor. The punk zombie film features a hodge-podge cast of brilliant and comedic actors who produce laugh-out-loud moments in just about every scene. Even with its absurdities, Return of the Living Dead is a wonderful and charming movie that remains delightful with every watch.
There are plenty of amazing horror movies streaming on Vudu right, this is just 10 of them. Now that you know these are available to watch for free, you should head on over and dive deep into the fantastic horror collection that the service is offering. Also, check out our Best Of suggestions from the other streaming services: IMDB Freedive, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and Shudder!