Hey, Horror Fiends! We’ve dug through another streaming service to offer up some of its best horror movies. This time, it is IMDb Freedive, the new streaming service from Amazon and IMDb. The best thing about it? It’s absolutely free. What’s the catch? Ads.
I shimmied through a few of the films on this list, and there are about an average of 10 ad breaks in each movie. Each ad break offers 1 to 2 adds that – combined – never went over 30 seconds. So if you were worried that the ad breaks would get out of hand, they never really do.
So now that the ad fear has been put to rest, let’s create some new fears for you to stream on IMDb Freedive.
Jack Nicholson as a werewolf? Michelle Pfeiffer as the protagonist to a werewolf Jack Nicholson? Jack Nicholson marking his territory in a men’s bathroom. I mean, blatantly just peeing all willy nilly with that trademark Nicholson smirk on his face. Wolf may not be brought up often when werewolf films are talked about, but it’s a nice little slice of 90’s “sophisticated” horror that needs to be experienced.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
Speaking of “sophisticated” horror, Freedive also has Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Brannagh, and starring Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, and … Kenneth Brannagh. The film has been tagged by many for its overt melodrama, but it does have its moments. It’s also one of the few films to stick as close to Shelley’s novel as possible. I have no say on that as Shelley’s novel is literally sitting on top of my “to read” pile; therefore I have not read it, and can not comment.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps is a classic 80’s sci-fi adjacent zombie film. It owes its content to many films before it, and many films after it have borrowed from it. Creeps is one heck of a fun time. Dekker’s trademark humor shines as alien slugs take over a college town, turning whoever they inhabit into members of the undead. There’s also Tom Atkins doing his classic thing that he does.
Idle Hands (1999)
This turn of the century epic has recently reached cult status as many are either remembering or discovering the complete insanity and fun that it delivers. Devon Sawa’s Anton wakes up, the night after Halloween, to discover that his right hand has been possessed by a demonic force. Follow Anton as he tries to not murder his family (fail), his friends (fail), and win over the girl of his dreams (doesn’t fail!). Seriously, if you’ve been stalling on watching Idle Hands, give it a free looksie on Freedive.
No, not the 1981 classic, but the 2008 little known thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Coming at the end of the “SMG stars in supernatural thrillers” craze that kicked off with The Grudge (2004), Possession made barely a whimper on anyone’s radar. I may be biased as I’m a SMG devotee, but the film offers a little more than the oblivion that it fell into would lead you to believe.
Prom Night (1980 / 2008)
How about a back to back of an original film and its remake? Both the original Prom Night and it’s 2008 remake are on Freedive. You can first enjoy Jamie Lee Curtis disco-dancing and avoiding decapitated heads, and then enjoy (or don’t) Brittany Snow running away from a psychotic Jonathan Schaech. Who says you can’t have your cake, and eat it, too? (That has no correlation to the either film). How about … who says you can’t have your spiked punch, and drink it, too?
Diss it, a lot of people do, but there’s no denying that Anaconda is a heck of a fun film. Am I slithering on a few toes in saying that it holds up surprisingly well? Yeah? Well, consider your toes slithered. I will gladly sit down at any time to watch Jon Voight be eaten and then regurgitated by a giant snake. And honestly, having a fear of snakes, a few moments in the film do give me the heebie jeebies.
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed is a bonafide, and still sort of criminally underrated, film. The creatures alone are worth viewing the film. The story is where you will find the heart, though. There are so many correlations that can be made to events happening in real life, today, which give the film even more of an impact. As for which cut is available (theatrical or the director’s cut or the Cabal cut), I believe it’s the director’s cut, running at 2 hours and 21 minutes. I could be wrong as I haven’t sat and watched what Freedive has to offer. Either way, if you haven’t seen Nightbreed, this is your chance to do so for free!
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
What? Don’t you want to revisit one of the last few gems that Lindsay Lohan starred in before the gems got gemier? Does it help that the film makes a whole lot of (non)sense? Cause Lohan’s Aubrey is actually not Aubrey after a terrifying ordeal, or maybe she is Aubrey, but Aubrey wants you to think that she’s not Aubrey because secrets. And running at just over 100 minutes, you get a lot of time to revel in the Lohanocity of the whole ordeal. Why did I even put this on this list? Because! It must be experienced.
Urban Legend (1998)
Urban Legend is definitely the crème de la crème of Freedive’s horror selection. The 90’s horror classic is the perfect whodunit in the midst of a serial killer using urban legends as the basis for their killings. You didn’t need to know that plot, though, did you? More than likely, you’ve already seen it. But if you haven’t, then treat yourself to this slice of 90’s meta horror pie. And for another slice of pie, Freedive also has the Mary Lambert directed, sequel in name only, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) available, as well.
Freedive is still in its early phase of catching on. These 10 films make up roughly 20% of their horror selection. There’s sure to be some additions as the streaming service gradually grows bigger and bigger. Freedive is currently available at IMDb.com, or you can download the app onto any of Amazon Fire’s operating systems.
What did we miss from Freedive’s selection that you would include? Did you give I Know Who Killed Me a shot based on this suggestion (insert wincing face emoji)? Let us know over on our Twitter, subreddit, or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook! Also check out our Best Of suggestions from the other streaming services: Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and Shudder!