Tightwad Terror Tuesday is back with another batch of free movies on the web. There’s a lot of good stuff this week, so let’s get right to the horror.
Strange Behavior is about an evil scientist who conducts experiments on the local teenagers that turn them into ruthless assassins. Originally known by the more straightforward title Dead Kids, this 1981 movie was supposed to be the first entry into director Michael Laughlin and screenwriter Bill Condon’s “Strange” trilogy, but the trilogy was never completed because the second installment, Strange Invaders, was a flop. Strange Behavior is a twisted little high school flick, like David Cronenberg meets John Hughes, and features a cool Tangerine Dream soundtrack (RIP Edgar Froese). See – and hear – Strange Behavior here on YouTube.
In today’s cinematic world, it’s not uncommon for professional wrestlers to crossover into acting, with guys like The Rock and Steve Austin successfully punching their way into action movies. It was a little less common in 1988 when “Rowdy” Roddy Piper starred in the John Carpenter masterpiece They Live. They Live is about an alien invasion that plans on conquering the Earth by subconsciously controlling the consumerism of its people. Piper’s character, with the help of a pair of special sunglasses, uncovers the plot and tries to thwart it. This flick is pure fun; one only needs to watch the five-minute-long tongue-in-cheek “wrestling match” in the middle to see that. They Live is essential viewing, so check it out here on Hulu.
And Then There Were None
More of a mystery than a horror film, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is about ten people who are invited to a party on a secluded island and are murdered, one by one. It’s up to the guests to figure out who is doing the killing before there is no one left. In her lifetime, Agatha Christie wrote dozens of engrossing page-turners, but And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Indians) is the best known. This 1945 adaptation takes a few liberties with the story, but is still a highly entertaining film. See if you can solve the mystery here at Snagfilms.
Destroy All Monsters
Destroy All Monsters is a Godzilla fan’s dream. The 1968 film is set in 1999 (gotta love living in the “post-future”), and all of the world’s monsters, including Godzilla, have been gathered and imprisoned on an island for research purposes. An alien race takes control of the monsters and forces them to attack major world cities until the human race surrenders. Like most of the old Toho monster movies, Destroy All Monsters was directed by the legendary Ishirô Honda and stars the one and only Haruo Nakajima as the big guy himself, Godzilla. For Kaiju fans, this is the ultimate movie, culminating in a no-holds-barred battle royal that features Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a bunch of others. Awesome stuff. Enjoy Destroy All Monsters on Hulu, subtitled here or dubbed here.
Having had issues with some of the previous celluloid adaptations of his novels, Stephen King decided to direct Maximum Overdrive himself. The 1986 movie is based on King’s short story “Trucks” about the mechanical devices of the world – including cars and trucks – coming to life and killing their human creators. Maximum Overdrive probably isn’t as scary as King had set out for it to be, but it’s still a really cool movie. This one stars Emilio Estevez in his prime, right between The Breakfast Club and Young Guns. Sharp-eared viewers will also recognize Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, among the cast as well. To top it all off, it’s got a blasting soundtrack by AC/DC. Watch Maximum Overdrive here on YouTube.