It’s getting towards the end of the month. Don’t worry if your money’s running a little short – here’s another batch of free movies to tide you over until payday.
A couple of years ago, Elijah Wood (Aka Frodo Baggins) blew everyone’s minds with his performance as a mannequin-obsessed serial killer in Maniac. This is not that movie, but the 1980 proto-slasher upon which it was based. This Maniac was directed by William Lustig and stars Joe Spinell as the titular maniac. It also stars the lovely and talented Caroline Munro. It’s more of a straightforward splatter flick than the artsy remake, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it. One thing is for sure; Maniac is a bona-fide horror classic, so you should go here to YouTube and watch it.
The Fields is about a young boy who stays at his grandparents’ country house, a rural farm which happens to be surrounded by cornfields. Of course, something is lurking and hiding in the cornfields, something that seems to want to torment his family incessantly. This 2011 movie is more simmer than scream, building suspense and tension slowly rather than taking the audience by the throat. If that sounds like your thing, it’s a good watch. For what it’s worth, The Fields also stars Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid. This understated little thriller can be viewed right here on Hulu.
The Visitor is a 1979 sci-fi thriller about a young girl with telekinetic powers and the two organizations – one good, one evil – that are fighting for control of her soul. There’s a lot of weird stuff going on in The Visitor, and truth be told, a lot of it doesn’t make any sense. But, somewhere in there, there’s a pretty cool story about aliens, religious cults, and psychic phenomenon. There’s also a veritable who’s-who of b-movie stars among the cast, with the ensemble including Lance Henriksen, Shelley Winters, Mel Ferrer, and Glenn Ford. Directors John Huston and Sam Peckinpah also make on-screen appearances, and is that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Indeed. See for yourself here on YouTube.
The Man They Could Not Hang
This is the classic movie from the nineteen-thirties in which Boris Karloff is reanimated by a mad scientist. No, not Frankenstein, the other one. The Man They Could Not Hang stars Karloff as a doctor who has invented a mechanical heart. When his human test subject dies, he is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. With the help of his assistant and thanks to his own invention, he is brought back to life to wreak vengeance upon those who convicted him. This 1939 quickie is part Frankenstein and part And Then There Were None, but it’s all Karloff, and that is never a bad thing. Check it out here at DailyMotion.
Written by Universal Monsters shill Curt Siodmak, the novel from which Donovan’s Brain was adapted has been used as the basis for three different movies. This 1953 version is the only one that bears the same name as the book. It’s about a millionaire (named Donovan) who is killed in a plane crash. A doctor figures out a way to keep his brain alive, but the brain begins to psychically possess all of the people who are around it. Donovan’s Brain is a cool little sci-fi movie by the man who brought the story of The Wolf Man to the world. Also of note; it stars future first lady Nancy Reagan, except she was Nancy Davis back then. You can find Donovan’s Brain here on Hulu.