Hey Tightwads! Not only is it Tuesday, but it’s July 3rd, which means tomorrow is the 4th of July. That’s a holiday for you Americans (sorry Brits), so celebrate your independence with this batch of free movies.
Dead & Buried
Dead & Buried is a 1981 movie about a sheriff in a small town who is tasked with investigating a string of brutal murders. The twist is that the victims don’t stay dead; they wind up being spotted walking around and living amongst the townspeople.
Gary Sherman directed this awesome zombie thriller from a script by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, who are best known for having written Alien. The cast includes James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, and, if you look closely enough, Robert Englund. Honestly, this is one of the best horror movies of the eighties (if not of all time), so if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? You can find Dead & Buried right here at Vudu.
28 Days Later…
And speaking of zombies…28 Days Later… is director Danny Boyle’s 2002 revisionist zombie movie about a group of survivors that navigate their way through a ravaged England after a virus turned most of the population into mindless raging murderers.
Along with the Dawn of the Dead remake, this movie ushered in the fast, athletic zombie craze of the 21st century, so give it the credit or the blame however you see fit. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland, who would go on to make Ex Machina and Annihilation, and the cast features Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Brendan Gleeson. This is another one that should be considered essential viewing, and you can see it here at Crackle.
Southbound is a 2015 movie that centers around an isolated stretch of desert road. Each traveler on the road has a different story – and a different horrific adventure – that all mysteriously and seamlessly intertwine.
This anthology features a few of the same writers and directors that made V/H/S, names like David Bruckner and Radio Silence, but also includes segments from other hip indie filmmakers like Roxanne Benjamin, Patrick Horvath, and Dallas Richard Hallam. Bruckner’s tale about a man involved in an accident who tries to save the victim at a spooky abandoned hospital is the best. Check out Southbound here at Kanopy.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
A sequel to 2012’s The Woman in Black, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death takes place forty years after the events of the first movie. A group of children displaced from their homes in London by World War II is bussed to the now abandoned haunted mansion for shelter. Of course, the safe house is anything but safe when the kids awaken the vengeful spirit that resides there.
As a sequel, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is an inferior film, but only because the first one was so good. On its own, it’s a decent little haunted house flick. Judge it for yourself right here at Tubi TV.
Not to be confused with last year’s awfully fun spookfest of the same name, or even the romantic comedy from the same year with which it also shares a title, Friend Request is a 2013 thriller about two detectives who are tracking down a cyber serial killer who finds his victims on a social media site.
Friend Request is extremely low budget. Like, stock photo low budget. It’s got a fun concept, though, and although it’s a few years outdated, it’s not quite retro-chic yet. Anthony Michael Hall stars (and also produces). Catch Friend Request here at Kanopy.
Want more free movies? Check out previous Tightwad Terror Tuesdays right here.
Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.