Sometimes, you’ve got to tighten the belt to get through the month. Luckily, iHorror’s got another batch of free movies so that you don’t have to go without your scares. Now, on to the horrors…
Before there was Chappie, before there was Elysium, there was District 9. Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 debut feature takes place on an Earth where aliens have been stranded and isolated to the slums of South Africa, an area known as District 9. A human military scientist is asked to forcibly move the aliens to a different location, and in doing so, he is exposed to a chemical that slowly turns him into one of them. Film academics will praise District 9 for its thoughtful analogy for apartheid and racism, while science fiction fans will wallow in the slick special effects. Whichever camp you’re in, you can see District 9 right here at Crackle.
Citadel is about a man who helplessly watches his pregnant wife get attacked by a group of street kids. His wife is killed, but the baby survives, and the man becomes an agoraphobic shut-in, hoping to protect his child from the evil outside world. Unfortunately for Dad, it seems as if the gang who murdered his wife is not finished with his family. This creepy and atmospheric 2012 thriller was the brainchild of Ciarán Foy, who was given the director’s chair to the upcoming Sinister 2 based upon the strength of this movie. Get psyched up for Sinister 2 by watching Citadel, right here on Hulu.
Ah, Leprechaun. What is there to say about this 1993 fright flick that people don’t already know, or that the title doesn’t already imply? Leprechaun is, of course, about a leprechaun who will stop at nothing to retrieve his missing pot of gold, even resorting to murder and mayhem in the process. The leprechaun is played by Warwick Davis, who has played seemingly every pre-Peter Dinklage small-person role in Hollywood, but that’s not all; the movie also stars a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston. You can find Leprechaun here on Crackle, and if you click around a bit more, you can find the rest of the series (sans the newest Leprechaun: Origins) there, too.
Fanboy is about an obsessive movie nerd who, lamenting over the fact that horror movies are not what they used to be, kidnaps a bunch of B-movie actresses and forces them to recreate scenes from their movies before he kills them, all on camera. Once they’re dead, he stuffs and mounts their heads on his wall, but the actresses’ heads keep talking to him from beyond the grave. Fanboy is edited together from the episodes of writer/director Charles Band’s 2014 web series Trophy Heads which was broadcast on his Full Moon Streaming web service. The really cool thing about Fanboy is that the actresses, a group which includes Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens, all play themselves. Fanboy is an amusing (if a little repetitive) watch, so if horror comedy is what you’re in the mood for, go here to Hulu and check it out.
The Drums of Jeopardy
Made in 1931, The Drums of Jeopardy is a little-known gem from the golden age. The movie is about a scientist named Dr. Boris Karlov (yes, really) whose daughter is driven to suicide by a member of a Russian family called the Petroffs. Not knowing which Petroff is responsible, Dr. Karlov decides to take revenge on all of them, following them from Europe to America until he has taken care of every last one of the scoundrels. Although it has horrific elements, The Drums of Jeopardy plays out like a crime melodrama, with plenty of moustache-twisting villainy and semi-exciting cop chases. The Drums of Jeopardy was considered a late poverty row film, so it’s not really on the same level as the stuff that Universal was putting out at the time, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. You can see it here at Retrovision.