Tightwad Terror Tuesday – Free Movies for 7-21-20

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Hey Tightwads!  Guess what day it is?  Yep, it’s Tightwad Terror Tuesday, and that means free movies from iHorror.  And here they are…

 

Tightwad Terror Tuesday – Free Movies for 7-21-20

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), courtesy Maljack Productions.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is an infamously brutal 1986 movie about, well, a serial killer named Henry.  He wanders through life killing, eventually finding a friend who helps him with his misdeeds.  But that friend also has a sister who brings out a softer side of the hardened criminal.

Somewhat based on the life and times of real-life murderer Henry Lee Lucas, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is fairly tame by today’s standards, but its gory effects and gritty realism actually got the film banned in many places.  Sort of like the American version of a Video Nasty.  Michael Rooker gives an unforgettable performance in the lead role.  Check out Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – if you dare – here at IMDB TV.

 

Tightwad Terror Tuesday – Free Movies for 7-21-20

The Birds (1963), courtesy Universal Pictures.

The Birds

There’s a new free streaming service in town.  It’s called Peacock, and it’s mostly built on NBC content, but it’s also got a ton of great old movies, including many of the classic Universal monster movies and lots of old Alfred Hitchcock films.  The Birds is one of the classic Hitch movies you can find there.

This 1963 thriller about a town that finds itself under the attack of a bunch of birds is Hitch at his most horror-esque.  The cast includes Tippi Hedren (whom Hitchcock notoriously tortured during filming), Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright.  You’ll have to create an account, but The Birds is available on the free tier (no credit card required) here at Peacock.

 

Tightwad Terror Tuesday – Free Movies for 7-21-20

Dead & Buried (1981), courtesy AVCO Embassy Pictures.

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 days after dying.

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.

 

Tightwad Terror Tuesday – Free Movies for 7-21-20

Portals (2019), courtesy Screen Media Films.

Portals

Portals is an anthology movie about a bunch of alien monoliths that wind up all over the world.  Different people have different experiences with them (hence the anthology vibe of the film).

This 2019 Crackle original is one of those anthologies that all ties together, albeit not entirely successfully.  The segment directors are Gregg Hale, Liam O’Donnell, Eduardo Sánchez, and Timo Tjahjanto.  If you’re keeping track, that’s two guys from the Blair Witch camp, one guy from Skyline, and the director of the strongest segment of V/H/S/2.  Have a look at Portals here at Crackle.

 

M.F.A. (2017), courtesy Dark Sky Films.

M.F.A.

M.F.A. is about a fine arts grad student who is sexually assaulted at a party.  She manages to kill her attacker during the turmoil, and the experience opens up floodgates of inspiration for her art.  She becomes a superhero vigilante, taking revenge on men who have abused other woman while keeping the artistic inspiration for herself.

This 2017 movie is a fun twist on the usual revenge flick, part I Spit on Your Grave and part Tales from the Crypt.  The lead role is played by Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint.  Catch M.F.A. here at TubiTV.

 

Want more free movies?  Check out previous Tightwad Terror Tuesdays right here.

 

Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.

 

James Jay Edwards is a film critic and pop culture junkie in San Diego, California. He is a member of the SDFCS and the OFCS, and holds film degrees from SDSU and ASU. He also loves acronyms.