Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 8-19-14 – The Best Free Horror Films on the Web

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Times are tough, and movies are expensive.  Never fear – iHorror has got your back.  Here are some fright flicks that you can watch for free, requiring nothing more than the internet connection that you’re already using to read this article.


Father’s Day

Father’s Day started out as a fake trailer produced by Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6.  As the short gained viral momentum on the web, it also attracted the attention of Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Entertainment.  Kaufman gave Astron-6 $10,000 to flesh the trailer out into a feature length movie, and the result is one of the most fun movies of the last few years.  Centered on some vigilantes who go after a serial killer, Father’s Day is a tale of revenge and murder that is everything that one would expect from a Troma picture.  Watch here on Popcornflix.


Megan is Missing

At first glance, Megan is Missing looks like just another found footage film.  However, a cursory watch will reveal that it is a deeply disturbing movie.  Set up like a faux-documentary with fake news reports and cell phone footage, the film is about a girl named Megan who, just as the title suggests, goes missing.  Her friend, Amy, does a bit of investigating and puts herself in danger as well.  Megan is Missing is a difficult and unforgettable film, and its final twenty minutes are both horrifying and heart-wrenching.  Special warning for this one – it will be hard for those who have children – especially those with girls – to watch.  Check it out here on Hulu.



Repulsion is the pre-Chinatown Roman Polanski’s answer to Hitchcock’s Psycho.  Polanski’s first English-language film, the movie is also the first film in Polanski’s unofficial trilogy on urban apartment living that also includes Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant.  Visually, the film is pure Polanski, a clever combination of psychedelic and psychotic.  Starring Catherine Deneuve as a mentally unstable woman who is being tormented by her demons, both internal and external, Repulsion is an underappreciated early slasher that often gets overshadowed by contemporaries like Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Homicidal.  Watch it here on Crackle.



Asylum is one of the greatest anthology films to have come out of Britain’s Amicus Productions in the early seventies.  The premise involves a young doctor who arrives at a mental institution for a job interview, only to be informed that the former head of the asylum is now an inmate.  The doctor is told that he will be considered for the job of chief of staff if he can deduce which inmate was his predecessor.  Robert Bloch, author of the source novel for Psycho, culled together the inmate’s tales from a series of his own short stories, and director Roy Ward Baker brings it all to life – in dazzling Technicolor.  The film is full of surprises, with the wraparound story leading the audience to a Shyamalan-like ending.  Screening here on BMovies.com.


Dark Night of the Scarecrow

Frank De Felitta’s Dark Night of the Scarecrow is an overlooked classic of the horror genre from a time when TV movies were allowed to be scary.  Originally broadcast around Halloween of 1981, the movie has been ingrained into the memories of children of the seventies and eighties.  A mentally challenged man is accused of assaulting a little girl and takes refuge inside a scarecrow in a corn field.  His innocence is proven, but not until after he is hunted down and killed.  Things get supernatural when his vigilante killers are stalked and murdered, one by one, by someone – or something – in a scarecrow costume.  Whether you’ve never seen it before or just want to revisit it for old times’ sake, Dark Night of the Scarecrow is here on YouTube.