Scary, but true: Stream frightening films for FREE on Halloween (or any other time!) through the Archer Library

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: October 28, 2022 11:00 a.m.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Dr. Sleep; American Psycho
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Dr. Sleep; American Psycho Twentieth Century-Fox; Warner Bros.; Lions Gate Films.

It may be horrifying to think of all the free films you’ve missed out on as a University of Regina student once you check out the Archer Library’s extensive video streaming database – but never fear!

It’s probably no surprise that there are hundreds of documentaries and educational videos in the repository. What may not be as well known is that there are thousands of feature films as well.

With Halloween just around the corner, you can curl up and catch up on the hundreds of scary movies in the system.


Credit: Addams Family 2/Universal Pictures; Scream/Paramount Pictures; Halloween/Universal Pictures.

You’ll find many of the same titles that exist with subscription services. Through the library, you can stream newer releases – from the Addams Family 2 to this year’s latest Scream installment  to Halloween 2018 – at no extra cost.

With so much to choose from, we checked out the top three most streamed horror films to get you going:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

This revolutionary German silent art film from 1920 is the library’s most watched scary movie. Ground-breaking for the time period, it blends theatrical and cinematic techniques to tell the terrifying tale of an unstable hypnotist, Dr. Caligari, who uses a somnambulist (look it up! We had to!) to murder. 

American Psycho

Coming in second place is American Psycho. This 2000 film adaptation of the 1991 novel by the same name follows jealous investment banker-turned-serial killer Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) as he tries to navigate the competitive world of Wall Street.

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is the third-most popular horror film in the repository. This psychological thriller is a sequel to The Shining and follows Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Nicholson’s depraved character, Jack Torrance, in The Shining, into a tortured adulthood that brings him back to the haunted hotel that started it all.

Check out these (and hundreds of other) titles available for streaming through the Archer Library. Bwahahahahah!