Hey Tightwads! Ready for another bundle of free movies? If so, you’re in luck…
Exorcist: The Beginning / Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
In 2004, there were not one, but two prequels to the legendary The Exorcist made. There’s a reason why we’re including them both in the same entry. Taking place years before Regan MacNeil needed to have her soul saved, both Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and Exorcist: The Beginning deal with Father Merrin’s initial encounter with the demon Pazuzu and his resulting crisis of faith.
The backstory behind this pair of movies is more interesting than either of the movies themselves. Director Paul Schrader made Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, but the executives at Morgan Creek Productions balked at the emphasis on character development. So they hired Renny Harlin to rework the movie from basically the same script and using many of the original actors for what reshoots had to be done. Harlin’s Exorcist: The Beginning is more horror-oriented. When it flopped, Morgan Creek allowed Schrader to finish and release his version. Which is better? Decide for yourself: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist is here, and Exorcist: The Beginning is here, both at Crackle.
The Monster is about a troubled young mother who is driving all night to deliver her daughter to the girl’s father, most likely permanently. On the way, they have an accident on a secluded road, and find themselves being stalked by, well, a monster (not just a clever name).
There are two levels to The Monster. On its surface, it’s a monster movie. But there’s a serious character study simmering just below that surface involving the demons of the alcoholic mother and the desperation of her forced-to-grow-up-too-fast daughter. This 2016 flick was written and directed by Bryan Bertino, with Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine playing the mother and daughter, respectively. Check out The Monster here at Kanopy.
ClownTown is about a group of young people who wind up stranded in a seemingly deserted town while on the way to a concert. They start searching for help, only to find themselves being stalked by a gang of clowns that includes members with creative names like Baseball Clown, Axe Clown, Machete Clown, Crowbar Clown, and Girl Clown.
This 2016 offering is a pretty basic stalk-and-slash movie, sort of like a filmmaker took the villains from Killer Klowns from Outer Space and dropped them into the middle of The Purge. It does pack a few good scares, even for those who may not be afraid of clowns. Visit ClownTown right here at TubiTV.
Over the past few years, there have been a slew of movies about Slender Man, the creepypasta-turned-meme about a mysterious tall, lanky, faceless villain who abducts children. And Slender is one of these movies. It’s about a pair of aspiring documentary filmmakers who investigate the legend.
Of course, this 2016 movie is a found footage flick, shot mostly on camcorders and mobile phones. Believe it or not, Slender is worse than last year’s Slender Man. But hey, if you’re a glutton for punishment, or if you’re just a huge sucker for Slender Man movies, you can find Slender here at Popcornflix.
IMDB.com just launched its own free movie streaming service called Freedive, and it’s got a pretty cool selection of content, ranging from big budget studio flicks to independent foreign films. Wither is the latter. It’s a 2012 Swedish movie about a couple that heads off to a cabin in the woods with a bunch of their friends. And of course, there’s something evil in the basement of the cabin.
So, Wither is basically the Swedish equivalent of The Evil Dead. It’s closer to the modern remake than the original, though, as it is more guts and gore than pie and chase. Have a look at Wither here, and while you’re at it, check out the rest of Freedive’s selection. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.