Greetings, Tightwads! How’s the New Year treating you? No matter how well your year is going, this batch of free movies is guaranteed to make it better.
With most of the country suffering from freezing temperatures and under a sheet of snow, and the fact that Hollywood is still in the midst of a Stephen King revival, it’s a good time to revisit Misery. This 1990 thriller is about a writer who wrecks his car in the snow and is rescued by his “number one fan.” Unfortunately, the fan is not fond of his newest manuscript, and holds him prisoner until he rewrites it to her liking.
Rob Reiner flawlessly directs, Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her portrayal of the lunatic fan, and James Caan plays the helpless hero author. Misery also includes one of the most legendarily cringe-worthy scenes in horror history. Check it out right here at Crackle.
Lord of Illusions
Made in 1995, Lord of Illusions is about a private investigator who is hired to protect a famous illusionist from a group of cult members who follow another slain illusionist who they believe is coming back from the dead to exact revenge on his killer.
Sounds complicated, but Lord of Illusions is a very smart and simple movie. If you need more convincing, it was written and directed by Clive Barker. That should do it. Catch Lord of Illusions here at Vudu.
Deadball is a 2011 Japanese movie about a promising young baseball player who swears off the game and turns to crime after accidentally killing his father with an errant pitch. He is sent to a juvenile detention center where an evil warden, seeing his supernatural talents for baseball, forces him to play on the prison’s team.
It’s a thin and silly premise, but Deadball is a surprisingly effective splatter flick/horror comedy. It’s also loads of fun. Get a load of Deadball right here at Popcornflix.
Phone Booth is about a hapless fellow who happens to answer a ringing payphone. The voice on the other end knows him, and the sins of his past. Claiming to have a sniper rifle aimed at him (and proving it by shooting bystanders), the voice puts the phone answerer through a series of “redemption revenge” paces.
This 2002 thriller was written by Larry Cohen, directed by Joel Schumacher, and stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, and (the voice of) Kiefer Sutherland. You can see Phone Booth here at Crackle.
One of the more popular conspiracy theories is the one that says that man has never been to the moon. Set in the sixties, Operation Avalanche is about a handful of CIA filmmakers who are first asked to locate a Russian mole inside NASA, but are quickly recruited to fake moon landing footage. Soon enough, they discover that they are in way over their heads.
This 2016 faux-documentary movie is suspenseful and clever. And yes, they do bring Stanley Kubrick into the mix, and it’s ingenious. Operation Avalanche is a textbook example of found footage done right. Find it here at TubiTV.
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