Tuesday’s here again, and that means more free movies from iHorror. So here they are…
An American Haunting
Claiming to be a true story, An American Haunting is based on the legend of The Bell Witch, a tale about a young girl who falls victim to a ghostly possession when her father crosses an old woman who places a curse on the family. This 2005 ghost story is a period piece, with the meat of the film taking place in the 19th century with only the bookends occurring in modern times. It’s got a few good scares, but nothing that’s going to keep anyone up at night – it’s mostly just a well-told campfire tale. The experienced cast includes Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, and James D’Arcy, so it’s also got that going for it. Check out An American Haunting right here on Hulu.
Exhibit A is a by-the-numbers found-footage movie that documents the slow, deliberate destruction of a British family. Shown through the lens of the daughter’s camcorder, which was supposedly “Exhibit A” in the ensuing trial, the film shows the father’s gradual decent into madness as he deals with the financial, emotional, and psychological problems that continue to pile up on him. This 2007 movie is quite chilling at times, but it’s for true found-footage fans only; the story is compelling, but the jerky cam style is distracting after a while. It almost makes you wish someone would remake this as a more traditional film, but for now, all we’ve got is this version. You can find it here at Viewster.
Dawn of the Dead
Zombies are ridiculously popular right now, having transcended the horror world into other areas of pop culture. But the zombie as we know it today would not exist if it wasn’t for George Romero and his “Dead Trilogy.” Dawn of the Dead is the second installment, the one which follows a luckless group of zombie apocalypse survivors into an indoor mall where they are able to lock themselves safely inside, away from the ever-growing horde of the walking undead…at least for a while. The 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead is one of the more successful remakes of the modern era, but this is the original Romero-directed, Ken Foree-starring, Tom Savini-effected, Goblin-scored 1978 classic. It’s right here at RetroVision.
This one’s going all the way back to the silent era. The Lodger is a 1927 movie about a mysterious stranger who rents a room from an old landlady. The stranger is, well, pretty strange, and the landlady soon begins to suspect that he is a serial killer known as The Avenger who has been preying upon the women of the neighborhood. The Lodger is a well-made and moody mystery movie, but its significance is more historic than cinematic; it’s an early film by none other than Alfred Hitchcock. All of the attention should not be focused on the director, however, as The Lodger is anchored by a suitably creepy performance by Ivor Novello in the title role. You can see The Lodger right here at DailyMotion.
Tourist Trap is about a group of kids on a road trip who find themselves stranded at a roadside amusement park being stalked by the owner, a crazy mask-wearing nutjob who seems to have the ability to control his mannequins and puppets with his mind. This 1979 movie is a bit like a mixture between The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Carrie, but it’s a great mixture that makes it more than just another slasher movie. Tourist Trap is the debut film from director David Schmoeller, a talented fellow who would go on to make Crawlspace, The Seduction, and the Puppetmaster movies. Tourist Trap is kind of an underappreciated classic, so go and appreciate it here on YouTube.