It’s a new year, but some things haven’t changed; here’s a whole new batch of free movies on the internet from your pals at iHorror. So sit back, point & click, and watch.
When a Stranger Calls
The first twenty minutes or so of When a Stranger Calls is a movie in itself; a young babysitter is plagued by an anonymous phone caller who keeps telling her to “check the children.” It’s a famous (and infamous) scene in horror history, but the movie continues when the stalker comes back seven years later to further torment the poor woman. When a Stranger Calls was remade in 2006 with a hipper cast, but this, the original 1979 classic starring Carol Kane, is a far superior version. Whether you watch only the first twenty-something minutes or the whole thing, you can find When a Stranger Calls here on YouTube.
Flatliners is about a group of medical students who sneak away from their studies to conduct experiments on near-death experiences, using themselves as guinea pigs. The kids take turns killing and reviving each other, but they bring their past horrors back from the dead with them. This movie was made in 1990, and the hairstyles and clothing worn by the characters reflect that fact. Flatliners was directed by action/suspense filmmaker Joel Schumacher and has a cast that includes a veritable who’s-who of hot eighties actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, and William Baldwin. Check it out here on Crackle.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
The title of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die pretty much sums it up; the movie is about a woman who is decapitated in a car accident and a mad scientist who has discovered a way to keep her severed head alive until he finds a new body for it. This 1962 gem falls into the so-bad-it’s good category of film, and has been parodied on both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Cinema Insomnia. The silly image of the film’s protagonist, nicknamed “Jan in the Pan,” has become almost as famous of the movie itself. If you’re in the mood for some low budget movie fun, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die can be seen here at Snagfilms.
Way back in 1982, before comic book movies were their own subgenre, there was Swamp Thing. The hero of Swamp Thing is a scientist who, while trying to create a plant-animal hybrid species, ends up transforming himself into said plant-animal hybrid species. Although it’s a little more sci-fi than horror, Swamp Thing was directed by “the” Wes Craven and features an appearance by bona-fide Scream Queen Adrienne Barbeau. Often seen as a payday flick for Craven while he wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing has gained a healthy cult following over the years. Clever twist – the monster is the good guy! Dive into the murk here on Hulu.
What do you get when you mix werewolves with aliens? No, not Attack the Block. Well okay, that too, but for our purposes here, the answer is The Dark. This awesome 1979 flick is about a nocturnal serial killer in Los Angeles who turns out to be an extraterrestrial with a taste for human flesh who shoots lasers from his eyes. The Dark stars William Devane and Cathy Lee Crosby (how much more 1979 can you get?), and even features the late Casey Kasem in a small role (I guess there’s your answer). Fun fact: Tobe Hooper was the original director, but his name was removed from the credits when he was replaced by John Bud Cardos during filming. See through The Dark right here on YouTube.