Since this weekend started on Friday the 13th–otherwise known as a national holiday for horror fans–it's a good time to mention another great way to watch horror films online. KANOPY is a free streaming service that is available to anyone with a library card whose library participates in this service.
As of now, Kanopy is accessible through more than 200 library systems and over 1200 individual public library locations across the US and Canada. This on-demand video platform offers users a curated collection of over 4,000 libraries around the world. At the click of a button, one can view films and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, see film festival picks, and even watch some Criterion films!
Once you sign up for a free account using your library card (provided your library has access, which you can easily find out through a search option), scroll through the variety of options on the home page or browse through a drop-down menu at the top to filter through genres and types of films (including short films!). (For example, my first Kanopy viewings were Loving Vincent, Helvetica, Tetsuo, and The Love Witch.)
Some horror, thriller, or just plain darker films to explore this weekend are: They Remain, My Friend Dahmer, What We Do in the Shadows, The Love Witch, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Donnie Darko, Ganja & Hess, The Transfiguration, Rabid, A Tale of Two Sisters, Don't Look Now, Society, The Canal, Embers, Dogtooth, Black Sabbath, Black Sunday, Oldboy, Carnival of Souls, Dead Birds, and much more!
Kanopy has a clean layout, is user-friendly, and contains a broad selection of films (over 30,000) that cover documentaries, shorts, and features both modern and classic. Enjoy independent films, film festival winners, and Criterion picks, as well. They offer work from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, PBS, The Great Courses, The Orchard, and thousands of independent filmmakers.
Parents can also enjoy accessing Kanopy Kids, which launched earlier this year, for a curated selection of educational videos with additional parental controls.
Kanopy can also be accessed via Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, iOS, and Android devices and platforms using your phone, computer, or tablet. Sit back on your couch or in a park... Going to the library isn't necessary to access the service.
Check out all the available films HERE. Enjoy!
Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. The service has recently become available in public libraries and access is rapidly expanding across the US, Canada, and Australia.
Please subscribe via email and then join The Chicago Creepout on Facebook for more updates!