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If you're a fan of scary movies, this is the season you've been waiting for all year long and Kanopy has you covered.
The countdown to Halloween has officially begun, but you need not wait for October 31st to start your scary movie marathon (that's simply not enough time!) when you can start binge watching thrilling movies right now on Kanopy. There's no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by queuing up scary movies and Kanopy has something for every horror cinephile.
So, lean into the spooky vibes that define the season, curl up on the couch with your pumpkin flavored cookies and browse our spooky selection from Kanopy's Horror & Thriller section. And if you don’t see what you like on this list, be sure to check Kanopy for many more Halloween options.
1. What We Do in The Shadows (2014)
Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, & Jonathan Brugh) are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs. They are just like anyone else - except they're immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.
2. Hereditary (2018)
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter Annie (Toni Collette) begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more she discovers, the more he family finds themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben (Duane Jones) does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic.
4. Day of the Dead (1985)
In the third film in the saga of the undead from writer/director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead), a small group of scientists and soldiers have taken refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control the flesh-eating horror that walks the earth above. But will the final battle for the future of the human race be fought among the living or have they forever unleashed the hunger of the dead?
5. Let the Right One In (2008)
Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli, a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night, moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli's tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.
6. Carnival of Souls (1962)
In this surrealist cult-classic, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) mysteriously survives a car wreck. In an effort to put this traumatizing incident behind her, Mary moves to Utah where she takes on a job as a church organist. However, her fresh new start is interrupted by the haunting, relentless presence of a strange man (Herk Harvey) who seems to follow where ever she goes. As her sightings of the man increase, she finds herself drawn to the dilapidated carnival on the outskirts of town. It isn't long before she discovers the terrifying secrets it holds...
7. Don't Look Now (1973)
Working with elements of the traditional horror genre - second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer - and a cinematography of disquieting beauty and dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality. The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
8. It Comes at Night (2017)
After a mysterious apocalypse leaves the world with few survivors, two families forced to share a home form an uneasy alliance in an attempt to keep the outside evil at bay... only to learn that that the true horror may come from within.
9. M (1931)
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. "Who Is the Murderer?" pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
10. The Witch (2016)
In this exquisitely made and terrifying horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family's frightful unraveling.
11. Nosferatu (1922)
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, NOSFERATU is the quintessential silent vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok (as portrayed by Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws -- perhaps the most genuinely disturbing incarnation of vampirism yet envisioned.
12. They Remain (2016)
Two scientists who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behavior on the site of a Manson Family-style cult's compound. From the writer of "Europa Report," and based on Laird Barron's haunting novella.
13. The Love Witch (2016)
In this cult favorite, modern-day witch Elaine (Samantha Robinson) uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her. A stylish tribute to 1960s technicolor horror, THE LOVE WITCH utilizes camp and pastiche to depict a feminist revision of the classics of a bygone era.Please note: On Kanopy, you receive 6 play credits a month to use. As soon as you click “play” on a movie, a play credit is deducted. Once a movie is played, you have 72 hours to watch it, using 1 play credit. Kanopy includes some mature content that is best suited for our adult customers.