Hey Tightwads! It’s summer! If June Gloom has got you down, how about a batch of free movies to pick you up? Here are this week’s cheap thrills…
Insidious: Chapter 3
Tightwad Terror Tuesday has already brought you Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. Now we’re bringing you the third movie in the franchise, the appropriately entitled Insidious: Chapter 3. This entry into the series is a prequel to the Lambert family hauntings, concentrating more on the original case which brought psychic medium Elise together with ghost hunters Tucker and Specs.
The Insidious franchise is one that just keeps getting better, so this 2015 chapter is pretty darn good. Of course, the lead roles are reprised by Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell (who also directs), and the cast is rounded out by Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott. There’s also a horrifying Joseph Bishara score. Check out Inisidious: Chapter 3 right here at Crackle.
The Monster Squad
The Monster Squad is a classic 1987 movie about Dracula’s evil plan to plunge the world into darkness. The Count enlists the aid of a bunch of his monster buddies, but finds a formidable group of foes in a tribe of kids who call themselves The Monster Squad. The baddies and the kids race to be the first to find an amulet that will determine the winner of their struggle for humankind.
This gateway horror staple was directed by Fred Dekker from a script that he wrote with Shane Black. As pointed out earlier, The Monster Squad is an absolute classic of eighties children’s horror. If you haven’t seen it, go here to Popcornflix and remedy that right away.
And speaking of classic eighties children’s horror…Gremlins is a 1984 movie about a boy who is given a mysterious creature – a Gremlin – as a gift for Christmas from his father. The cute little furball comes with three rules, which the boy inadvertently breaks, causing a whole horde of the little beasts to wreak havoc upon his town.
Gremlins was directed by Joe Dante, written by Chris Columbus, and stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Jonathan Banks, and Judge Reinhold. It’s another must-see, so if you haven’t yet, head here to Vudu and give it a look. And, if you’re still hankering for more Gremlins when you’re done, Vudu also has the sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, right here.
V/H/S is a found footage anthology about a group of thieves that is hired to steal a video tape. Once they locate it and press play, they discover that the tape contains a series of horrifying visions.
Assembled in 2012, V/H/S sports segments from then-upcoming (and now star) filmmakers like Ti West, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, and the Radio Silence collective. Some segments are stronger than others (Swanberg’s “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger” is a personal favorite), but all are worth a look. This concept spawned two uneven sequels, but this first entry into the series is the best. Catch V/H/S here at TubiTV.
The Love Witch
The Love Witch is a 2016 movie that is exactly what its title implies; it’s about a witch who uses her magic powers to get men to fall in love with her. Her methods backfire when she meets a man whom she actually loves back.
It’s not technically a horror movie, but The Love Witch does deal with witchcraft and the occult, so we’re going to allow it. Written and directed by Anna Biller, this modern-day fantasy has the aesthetic look and feel of a seventies British horror flick. If stylistic occult movies are your thing, The Love Witch can be found here at Kanopy.
Want more free movies? Check out previous Tightwad Terror Tuesdays right here.
Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.