Hey Tightwads! How’s the new year treating you? Well, whether it’s good or bad, maybe this batch of free movies can make it a little bit better…
Alien is an absolute classic horror movie from 1979 about a deep space freighter that is summoned to a mysterious planet that is sending out a signal. They investigate the source, and wind up bringing a murderous alien life form back to the ship that picks off the crew one by one.
Ridley Scott directed Alien from a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, and the star-studded cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. It’s essentially a slasher movie in space. But you already know all of that. What you might not know is that Alien is streaming for free right here at Crackle. And as if that wasn’t enough…
Aliens is the James Cameron-directed, Walter Hill-written 1986 sequel to Alien in which a platoon of space marines is dispatched to eradicate the alien race from the first movie. They’ve got plenty of men and firepower, but the aliens have a few tricks of their own.
Aliens is a more action-oriented movie than Alien. Sigourney Weaver is back, and she is joined in the cast by Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Jeanette Goldstein, and Carrie Henn. In this world, horror fans are either Alien people or Aliens people. Or you’re an Aliens person, you can find it here at Crackle.
The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is writer/director Drew Goddard’s 2011 mic-drop on the whole “cabin in the woods” subgenre of horror. It’s sort of like two intertwined movies in one. On the surface, it’s about a group of kids that goes to a secluded cabin (in the woods, duh) for a vacation getaway. But below the surface (both literally and figuratively, there’s a secret government agency that, for reasons that are explained by the movie, is tasked with sending out ghastly creatures to destroy the kids.
This ingenious movie both plays upon and subverts just about every horror trope in the book. Goddard’s co-writer is Joss Whedon, and the cast includes fun names like Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, and Fran Kranz. The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best movies of the last ten years, so see it now. And see it here at TubiTV.
A Ghost Story
A Ghost Story is about a man who is killed and comes back as a ghost (so it’s not just a clever name). As a spirit, he watches over his wife, until she moves on, and then he watches over everything else that happens to his house and the people who live there, for pretty much ever.
This 2017 art flick is more of a supernatural tale of longing and heartbreak than a horror movie. Casey Affleck stars as the man, and Rooney Mara plays his wife. A Ghost Story is whimsically weird and subtly sad. Oh, and those who can’t stand the sight of Casey Affleck can be relieved; he spends most of the movie under a bedsheet, because that’s what ghosts look like. Rooney Mara also eats an entire pie in one continuous take. A Ghost Story is pretty awesome. Check it out right here at Kanopy.
Rest Stop is a straight-to-video 2006 movie about a young woman who is running off to Los Angeles with her boyfriend to be an actress. The couple stops at a rest stop off of a backwoods road (again, not just a clever name), and the boyfriend is kidnapped. The young woman then finds herself being stalked by a mysterious madman.
This one is a pretty standard contained slasher movie, only on an economical scale (the final girl is final from the word go). The aspiring actress is played by Jamie Alexander, and Joey Lawrence (“Whoa!”) plays a helpful-yet-helpless policeman. Catch Rest Stop here at Vudu.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.