Summer is officially over, and it’s almost Halloween. It’s the perfect time for another batch of free movies from your pals at iHorror. So here they are…
Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film in which a group of people get lured to a theater for a movie, then are locked inside while the carnage onscreen spills out into the audience. Demons was directed by Lamberto Bava (Mario Bava’s son) and was co-written by Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini, and Dardano Sacchetti, so the pedigree is strong with this one. It’s also got a sweet score by Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti. Demons is kind of a modern classic, so if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and go here to Hulu and check it out.
Television was different back in the early seventies, and so were the made-for-TV movies. Gargoyles is a 1972 TV movie about a scientist and his daughter who discover a colony of real, live gargoyles while travelling through the Southwest United States. The movie is legendary, but time has not been all that kind to it; it’s pretty tame stuff, looking more like an episode of “Goosebumps” rather than a truly horrifying gothic picture. It’s a fun watch, if only for the nostalgia factor, and it can be seen here on Popcornflix.
Pharaoh’s Curse is about a military expedition that is sent to the Egyptian Valley of the Kings to rescue a group of archeologists who have been digging without the authorization of the government. Once there, they discover that one of their own has been turned into a mummy and seeks revenge for the desecration of the tomb. This 1957 horror flick was directed by Lee “Roll ‘Em” Sholem, and it looks like exactly what it is; a quickie that was brought in on budget and ahead of schedule. Pharaoh’s Curse is a fun one, especially for fans of the mummy subgenre. Check it out here at DailyMotion.
Ice Cream Man
With his distinct looks (and famous big brother), Clint Howard has gotten to be in a ton of unforgettable films, but Ice Cream Man is his most iconic role. In it, Howard plays, well, an ice cream man who nefariously kills people and mixes their remains into his frozen treats. There’s not a whole lot to this 1995 low-budget schlockfest, but it’s good for a few laughs. This one’s an all-star affair; in addition to Clint Howard, keep an eye out for soap star Andrea Evans, The People’s Court reporter Doug Llewelyn, and Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey in addition to genre actors David Naughton, Jan-Michael Vincent, and Olivia Hussey. Ice Cream Man can be found right here on YouTube.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
With all the buzz surrounding one of the year’s biggest and best movies, Mad Max: Fury Road, it may be a good time to revisit the previous Mad Max movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. This 1985 installation into the franchise finds Mel Gibson’s Max Rockatansky stumbling into a shantytown that is under the control of Tina Turner’s Aunty Entity. The titular Thunderdome is a cool school playground-type structure inside which gladiators are dumped and made to fight to the death. This movie is endlessly quotable, featuring gems like “two men enter, one man leaves” and “bust a deal, face the wheel.” Recite along with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome right here on Hulu.