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It Follows is a 2014 movie about a young woman who, after having sex with her new boyfriend for the first time, finds herself saddled with a curse that has strangers stalking her, slowly walking towards her and chasing her until they catch her and kill her. The only way to slow the curse down is for her to pass it on by having sex with more partners, thereby putting more people between the followers and herself.
There’s more to It Follows than that, but that’s the main concept behind it. It’s one of the best movies of the 21st century, beautifully shot by Mike Gioulakis and meticulously directed by David Robert Mitchell, with a pumping retro score from Disasterpeace. If you haven’t seen It Follows, you’re in for a treat. If you have, you should watch it again. Either way, you can find It Follows here at IMDB Freedive.
Tusk is about a guy who makes his living interviewing weird people for a podcast. He hits the motherlode when he finds an old man with plenty of stories about being a sailor. Unfortunately, the man also has an infatuation with walruses, and he drugs the podcaster with the intent of surgically transforming him into one of his beloved tusked sea mammals.
This 2014 horror comedy is the product of a stoned conversation between director Kevin Smith and his podcast partner Scott Mosier. It’s a hilarious concept, sort of riffing on the concept of The Human Centipede, but injecting a heaping helping of dark humor into the story. Justin Long plays the podcaster, Michael Parks is the deranged seaman, and Johnny Depp even has a chameleonic cameo. Check out Tusk here at Kanopy.
Not to be confused with the 2015 Joel Edgerton movie of the same name, The Gift is Sam Raimi’s 2000 movie about a clairvoyant woman who is asked to assist the police in locating a missing girl. As her visions bring her closer to the truth, the parties responsible for the disappearance try to shut her up.
The Gift is an old-fashioned supernatural mystery, full of ghostly premonitions and wicked double-crossings. The script was written by Billy Bob Thornton, and the A-list cast includes Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Hilary Swank, and J.K. Simmons. Catch The Gift here at Popcornflix.
Based on a story by Stephen King, Big Driver is about a mystery author whose car breaks down on a secluded country road. A man stops to help her, but winds up assaulting her and leaving her for dead. She doesn’t die, though. And she comes back for revenge.
Although it’s a rape revenge story, Big Driver is a 2014 Lifetime Network movie, so it’s tamer than, say, I Spit on Your Grave. It’s still full of the same Stephen King mystique and macabre, though. Maria Bello stars as the accosted writer, and the support cast includes Ann Dowd, Olympia Dukakis, and, believe it or not, Joan Jett. You can see Big Driver here at TubiTV.
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror was a Showtime series from back in 2005-2006 that brought together horror legends like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Mick Garris (just to name a few) to contribute mini-movies in an anthology setting. There were two seasons, and the first one is up for free on Vudu. As one might expect, the episodes vary in quality, but highlights of that first season include Larry Cohen’s “Pick Me Up,” Dario Argento’s “Jenifer,” and Joe Dante’s “Homecoming.”
All of Season 1 is there with the exception of Takashi Miike’s “Imprint,” which was actually deemed too brutal for telecast back in the day. Still, there are twelve good-to-great episodes, even without the most disturbing one. Check out Season 1 of Masters of Horror here at Vudu.
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