Hey tightwads! Are you in the mood for some free movies? Great! Because as long as you have an internet connection, you can watch these gems…
The Gate is a 1987 movie about a pair of boys who discover the gateway to another dimension in their back yard. They proceed to unleash a gang of tiny demons who are bent on taking over the world. The Gate is the ultimate “gateway” horror movie, not too scary, but a good introduction for the early teens who may want to get into the genre. It’s also a fantastic retro-kitsch flick. As if that’s not enough, it stars a pint-sized Stephen Dorff, and features some really cool creature effects. Check out The Gate here at TubiTV.
Slaughterhouse is about, well, a slaughterhouse that has been forced out of business. The owner uses his mentally disabled (and mentally disturbed) son to exact revenge on the people who are foreclosing on his property. Of course, some meddling kids get in the way and feel the wrath as well. Made in 1987, Slaughterhouse is a hicksploitation movie from the tail end of the golden age of the slashers. Not too deep, but entertaining in a purely sensationalistic way. See Slaughterhouse right here at Vudu.
Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me
Based upon the similarly titled 1980 book, the 2003 television movie Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me is about a woman who became friends with serial killer Ted Bundy during his rampage. Of course, the woman refuses to believe that the notoriously charming Bundy is the killer. The Stranger Beside Me stars the lovely Barbara Hershey as Ann Rule and the versatile Billy Campbell as Ted Bundy. You can catch Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me right here at FrightPix.
This week’s Weird Cinema entry is Exquisite Corpses. This 1989 movie is about a country singer who relocates to New York City from his hometown in Oklahoma, only to get wrapped up in a world of homosexual agents, femme fatales, and twisted murder-for-hire plots. Oh, yeah, and it’s a borderline musical – it’s basically Midnight Cowboy-meets-The Rocky Horror Picture Show, although it’s not as compelling as the former and not as much fun as the latter. It stars Zoë Lund as well, and that’s never a bad thing. Have a look at Exquisite Corpses here at Viewster.
Finally, we’d be remiss if we did not celebrate the work of Tobe Hooper in this week’s column, who passed away this last Saturday. Hooper’s movies are a bit spotty on the free web, and the ones that are readily available have already been covered. We did find Spontaneous Combustion, his 1990 thriller about a young man who discovers that he has the power of pyrokinesis – but suffers greatly whenever he uses it. Brad Dourif, aka the voice of Chucky, stars in the lead role. Spontaneous Combustion is one of Tobe Hooper’s lesser-known works, so if you need to fill in that gap in your Hooper History, you can find it right here on YouTube.
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