Hey Tightwads! It’s Tuesday again, and that means free movies from your pals at iHorror. Here’s this week’s batch of thrifty thrills…
The Unholy revolves around a series of priest murders in New Orleans. An outside clergyman is sent in to investigate the murders, and he discovers that the culprit is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman and seduces her victims, killing them in the act of the sin and, therefore, sending their souls straight to hell.
This 1988 movie is a typical evils-of-Catholicism movie, but it lacks the philosophical and theological angle. It’s pretty much just demons and priests fighting. The puzzling cast includes Ben Cross, Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, and, as the demon, Nicole Fortier. Catch The Unholy right here at Vudu.
Bus Party to Hell
The aptly titled Bus Party to Hell is about a party bus bound for the Burning Man festival that breaks down in the middle of the desert. Of course, the breakdown occurs in an area that is occupied by a satan-worshipping cult who takes advantage of the situation and decides to hunt down the stranded partiers.
This 2017 straight-to-TubiTV affair is pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to be with a title like Bus Party to Hell. It’s a standard The Hills Have Eyes/Jeepers Creepers 2 type of a movie. It does star Tara Reid for a quick minute, but that only adds to its SyFy Channel aesthetic. Check out Bus Party to Hell here at TubiTV.
Small Town Murder Songs
Small Town Murder Songs is a 2010 thriller about a sheriff whose small town is rocked by its first murder. While investigating the crime, the sheriff finds out that he may be connected to the killing in a way that he didn’t realize.
Small Town Murder Songs is the best Coen Brothers movie not made by the Coen Brothers since Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (or maybe Hell or High Water, if that’s more your speed). Peter Stormare plays the sheriff, and the rest of the cast is rounded out by Martha Plimpton, Jill Hennessy, and Amy Rutherford. Have a look at Small Town Murder Songs here at Kanopy.
In a similar vein…The Calling is a 2014 crime drama about a detective in a small town whose world is turned upside down by a string of brutal murders. Her investigation leads her to a serial killer who believes he is working for a higher power, and that murdering people is his calling in life.
The Calling is a by-the-numbers police thriller, but it’s well made and enjoyable. Susan Sarandon plays the detective, and she is supported by a first-rate cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, and Topher Grace. Answer The Calling right here at Crackle.
Screamers: The Island of the Fishmen
Screamers: The Island of the Fishmen is a 1979 movie about, well, an island of fishmen. The plot involves a prison ship that sinks, marooning the inmates and guards on a remote island. The island is home to a mad scientist and his daughter, who use the isolation to carry out cruel experiments in order to perfect a human-fish hybrid species.
Even though it was shot in America with a primarily American cast, it almost goes without saying that Screamers is an Italian monster movie. This Lovecraftian tale was directed by Sergio Martino and stars Barbara Bach, Joseph Cotten, Richard Johnson, and Beryl Cunningham. Aquatic horror fans will love this one. Screamers: The Island of the Fishmen can be found here at ShoutFactoryTV (because where else?).
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.