Happy New Year, Tightwads? The date may have changed, but the free movies are still here. Here’s this week’s batch of cheap chills and thrifty thrills.
We’re opening this week up with a doozy. The Shining is a 1980 movie about a struggling alcoholic writer who gets a job as a winter caretaker at a Colorado hotel. Once isolated in the hotel, the man and his family encounter spirits in the hotel which drive the writer to murder.
Directed by the inimitable Stanley Kubrick, The Shining is probably the most controversial Stephen King adaptation, with King famously hating the film. It does feature unforgettable performances from Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, and whether King likes it or not, Kubrick does add some genuinely spooky touches to the framework of the story.
The Shining is basically essential viewing, so if you haven’t seen it, or just think it’s time for a revisit, you can find it here at Crackle.
Battle Royale is another classic. It’s about a class of Japanese schoolchildren that is taken to a deserted island and given weapons and the instructions to fight until there is only one left alive. It’s basically The Hunger Games, but way back in 2000.
Brutal and apocalyptic, Battle Royal is another movie that should really be considered essential viewing. So give it a look right here at TubiTV.
Lady in White
Lady in White is a 1988 movie about a young boy who befriends a ghost. The ghost re-enacts her death every night, giving the boy clues as to who her murderer was…a murderer who is may be responsible for a string of child killings.
A nice little gateway horror movie, Lady in White is not super scary, but it’s a cool little campfire tale. Lukas Haas stars in the lead role. Catch a glimpse of Lady in White here at Vudu.
Ghost Ship is about a salvage crew that finds a deserted ship that has been drifting aimlessly on the sea for forty years. They claim it as their own, but soon discover that their ship comes with its very own demonic presence.
This 2002 fright flick stars Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, and Karl Urban, and keep an eye out for a young Emily Browning. It also features one of the greatest opening scenes of all time. Climb aboard Ghost Ship right here at Crackle.
Best Friends Forever
Not to be confused with the television show of the same name, Best Friends Forever is a 2013 movie about a pair of best friends who hit the road in their ’76 Pacer, only to discover that they are driving into a nuclear apocalypse.
This one is not super horror-centric, it’s more science fiction-y, but it was written by, directed by, and stars modern scream queens Brea Grant and Vera Miao. And it’s a fun little buddy road movie. Check out Best Friends Forever here at Popcornflix.
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