Tuesday’s here again, and that means free movies from iHorror. Here’s another batch of cheap thrills to help fill those boring, mid-week summer nights.
We’ll start this week with a bona-fide science fiction classic – 1958’s The Blob. This movie is about a meteorite that crashes on Earth and unleashes a red, gelatinous mass – a blob – that eats everything in its path. The Blob is part alien invasion flick and part Rebel Without a Cause-like teenage angst film, but it comes together into a must-see drive-in B-movie. The Blob was remade 30 years later by Chuck Russell, who stripped all of the camp and corniness out of the story and made it into a true horror film, but this is the original, silly warts and all. Check it out right here on DailyMotion.
Laid to Rest
Laid to Rest begins with a girl waking up in a coffin with no idea how she got there. It turns out, she’s the latest victim of a serial killer called Chromeskull who didn’t quite finish the job yet, and she’s got to find a way to save her skin. Made in 2009, Laid to Rest is one of the new breed of slashers – slick, hip, and terrifyingly brutal. It’s pretty inventive as far as slasher movies go, but doesn’t break enough new ground to be artsy or weird. It’s just a good modern bloodbath. Keep an eye out for Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister herself, Lena Headey, in a small role that, like most small roles in movies about knife-wielding maniacs, ends badly for her. Laid to Rest is available to stream here on Hulu.
After The Evil Dead, but before Spider-Man, Sam Raimi made Darkman, which is kind of a mix of the two. This 1990 super hero/revenge story is about a scientist who is assaulted and presumed dead. Only he’s not, and he is able to use a temporary synthetic skin that he’s invented to assume the identities of other people and exact his vengeance of those who have wronged him. Darkman has become a bit of a cult classic over the years, spawning two sequels, a handful of fan films, and even a Scream Factory blu-ray release. The cast is notable as well, with names in it that include Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, and, yes, Sam’s brother, Ted Raimi. Watch Darkman here at Crackle.
Melvin is about a high school student who was killed in a prank-gone wrong. Three years later, the zombie Melvin enlists the help of a nerdy kid named Norton to help him get back at those who are responsible for his death. This 2009 movie is one of the mass of zombie flicks that came out during the living dead renaissance of the last few years, and it is a fairly amateur, low-budget looking affair. But, it’s a fun spin on the zombie motif, and it’s got some cool makeup effects. And, at a little over an hour, it’s a quick watch. If you’ve got a bit of time to kill and are looking for some brainless entertainment, you can find Melvin here on Viewster.
Without Warning is about an alien in the woods who hunts and kills humans by throwing smaller aliens that look like starfish at them. It sounds silly, but this 1980 sci-fi/horror movie is really cool. If it sounds a bit like Predator, well, that’s because it is – it even has the same stuntman/creature performer, Kevin Peter Hall, inside the rubber suit. Unlike Predator, however, Without Warning also has a great team up between Jack Palance and Martin Landau, some great cinematography by Dean Cundey, and a far-out Dan Wyman electronic soundtrack. If alien movies are your thing, you can see Without Warning right here on YouTube.