Summer’s here! Beat the heat with these free movies, courtesy of your pals at iHorror!
Vacancy is about a young married couple who checks into a cheap motel, only to find that their room is rigged with a bunch of hidden cameras. Unfortunately for them, voyeurism isn’t the reason behind the cameras; the hotel has been making owner snuff films of his guests. This 2007 sleeper is part slasher, part exercise in torture porn, but doesn’t sway far enough to either side for it to become too generic. It’s also got a pretty impressive cast, with Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale and Owen Wilson’s brother Luke playing the principal protagonists. Check into Vacancy right here on Crackle.
The only plot to Murder-Set-Pieces involves a photographer who ritualistically tortures and kills his models. Honestly, though, you don’t watch a movie like Murder-Set-Pieces for the story; it’s just a lot of blood, violence, and brutality. When it comes up for air, it includes bit-part appearances by Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, and Tony Todd, and leading murderer Sven Garrett makes an incredibly convincing psychopath. As an added bonus, it’s got a rocking soundtrack. Even though it was made in 2004, Murder-Set-Pieces still got into trouble for its graphic content, both in America and abroad. In fact, the version here is the shortest, most edited version that exists, clocking in at a brisk 83 minutes. There’s still plenty of gore in it, so if that’s your thing, head over here to Hulu and scope it out.
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated
Just when you thought you had seen every version of Night of the Living Dead imaginable, along comes Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. This 2009 movie is actually more of an art project; it actually syncs up animation from dozens of contributing artists with the audio track to the original Night of the Living Dead, combining the two into a full length patchwork retelling of the film. Every few minutes, a new artist takes over, and the various styles cover everything from typical animation and stop motion to Claymation and, yes, even puppetry. It’s a new spin on a movie that you’ve probably seen a million times, and even if you’re not into a particular artist, you only have to wait a couple of minutes before a new one comes along. If you’re feeling experimental, you can get reanimated with Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated right here on Snagfilms.
Beast from Haunted Cave
Beast from Haunted Cave is a classic 1959 low-budget flick about a group of gold thieves who end up trapped in a cave with a spidery monster with a taste for human blood. This movie is basically a heist movie, with the main storyline dealing with the criminals and their backstabbing, dishonorable ways, with a monster tossed in for good fun. There are a few legends at work in this one; Beast from Haunted Cave was written by Charles B. Griffith, directed by Monte Hellman, and was produced by Gene Corman (Roger’s brother, so Roger probably held the strings). It’s also got a cool monster. Check out Beast from Haunted Cave right here at DailyMotion.
Star Wars I-III: A Phantom Edit
This one isn’t really horror, but it should be of interest to science fiction geeks. A fan waded through the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, all seven hours of it, and condensed it down to a barely-over two hour cohesive movie that tells the story of Anakin Skywalker and his journey to the Dark Side. It begins with the climactic duel from Episode I between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul, so right away you know that Jake Lloyd’s Anakin is on the cutting room floor and there’s barely a glimpse of Jar Jar Binks. Some cool stuff is omitted (like basically the entire Django Fett subplot), but this is still a good CliffNotes version of the saga without actually having to sit through the annoying stuff. Give Star Wars I-III: A Phantom Edit a watch here on YouTube.