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Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 10-21-14 – The Best Free Movies on the Web

Are you looking for something to watch, but your wallet’s a little thin?  Don’t sweat it…iHorror is here with another batch of free movies on the web.

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Hostel: Part III

Just as the title suggests, Hostel: Part III is the third installment of the Hostel franchise.  This time, the exploits of the Elite Hunting Club have moved to Las Vegas, where bidders still are able to buy hapless kidnapping victims for their torturous and murderous amusement, but the whole scenario is turned into a game with the addition of an audience who can bet on which method of execution that the buyer will choose.  It’s still very brutal and exploitative, but the inclusion of the voyeuristic gamblers turns the 2011 film into a meta-commentary about the whole torture-porn fad.  Check it out here on Crackle.

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The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary is a silent classic from 1927.  Directed by Paul Leni (who also directed The Man Who Laughs), the film tells the story of a group of people who are assembled for the reading of a millionaire’s will on the twentieth anniversary of his death.  The reading reveals that the deceased, not trusting his close relatives, has left his entire fortune to a distant niece, under the condition that she is deemed sane enough to responsibly inherit the money.  Upon hearing this, the rest of the family tries to drive the young girl crazy in an effort to rob her of her inheritance.  The Cat and the Canary is not terrifyingly scary, but it does include a lot of creepy imagery, and the film has had an influence on many of the more modern haunted house movies.  Watch this little piece of cinematic history here on Hulu.

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Crawlspace

There are few actors creepier than Klaus Kinski, and Crawlspace is one of his creepiest roles.  The 1986 film stars Kinski as a landlord who rents rooms in his building to attractive women.  His building is set up with a bunch of secret rooms and passages – crawlspaces, if you will – that allow him to spy on his tenants.  As the son of a Nazi doctor, the landlord does more than just look at the girls; he abducts some of them and performs torturous “experiments” before murdering them.  Directed by David Schmoeller (who would go on to make Puppetmaster), Crawlspace is the forerunner to modern-day medical horror films like The Human Centipede and Tusk.  Get weirded out here on YouTube.

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The New Kids

A few years after he did the first Friday the 13th movie, director Sean S. Cunningham made The New Kids.  This 1985 film is about a brother and sister who move in their uncle after their parents are killed in a car accident.  They immediately have trouble with a gang of redneck bullies at school, and the new kids soon find themselves in over their heads.  This one is a fairly standard teenage vigilant revenge movie, but it’s got a very cool climactic scene in an amusement park that makes it all worthwhile.  Keep a watchful eye out for early performances by little tykes such as James Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Lori Loughlin.  As if that’s not enough, this one also has Tom Atkins, and this was when he was in his prime.  The New Kids is right here on Hulu.

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The Astral Factor

Also known as Invisible Strangler, The Astral Factor is a 1976 movie about a convicted murderer who teaches himself the art of astral projection while imprisoned.  The killer uses his new found talent to escape from jail and go after the women who testified against him at his trial.  This film has a reputation as being one of the worst films ever made, but it has a certain seventies sci-fi charm about it.  It also features a maniacal performance by Frank Ashmore as the invisible strangler himself.  The Astral Factor can be seen here at B-Movies.com.