It’s a new year, and that means a new batch of free movies. Here are some cheap thrills to warm your cold hearts.
Paranormal Activity 3
Last month, Tightwad Terror Tuesday pointed out that the original Paranormal Activity was available to stream at PopcornFlix. Well, now they’ve gone and put the first three sequels to the film up. Paranormal Activity 3, the 2011 prequel which takes place in the eighties and explores the childhood of the haunted Katie and Kristi, is my personal favorite entry in the franchise, and it’s right here, but you can also find 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2 here. Paranormal Activity 4 from 2012 is also here if you really get bored, but it’s the worst one in the series so there are probably better ways to kill that hour and a half. Again, all are at PopcornFlix.
Psycho a Go-Go
This past weekend, Hollywood lost one of its most influential cinematographers when Vilmos Zsigmond died at the age of 85. Zsigmond was best known for his work on blockbusters like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Deliverance, but he got his start doing low budget horror in the sixties. Made in 1965, Psycho a Go-Go is one of these early Zsigmond films. It’s about a man, turned into a psychotic killer by a mad scientist, who runs into a gang of jewel thieves in the middle of a heist. It was recut with additional footage and re-released in 1967 as The Fiend with the Electronic Brain, then again in 1972 as Blood of Ghastly Horror, but this is the original 1965 version of the film. It’s pretty bad, almost purposefully so, but it’s very well shot, and as you might surmise from the title, it has some great musical numbers. Check out Psycho a Go-Go here on Hulu.
Released in 1999, 8MM is about a private investigator who is hired to figure out if a snuff film is real or not. His journey takes him to some very dark and disturbing places within the black market underworld of illicit video production. Pronounced “Eight Millimeter,” this tense thriller was directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, and oh yeah, Nicolas Cage. This is a crime drama comparable to Se7en or The Silence of the Lambs, so if that kind of thing is up your alley, you can find it here on Crackle, because let’s be honest; who doesn’t need more Nic Cage in their life?
Antisocial is about some friends who get together for a New Year’s Eve party. During their gathering, a pandemic breaks out around the world, causing people to inexplicably and violently go insane. The group barricades itself inside the house to wait out the crisis, using television news and social networking websites to monitor the events, but the individuals soon grow mistrustful of each other. This 2013 flick is pretty much a hi-tech zombie apocalypse movie, only without true zombies, so it has more in common with The Crazies or 28 Days Later… that it does with Night of the Living Dead. It could be better, but it could also be a whole lot worse. Decide for yourself right here on Hulu.
Although it probably needs no introduction, here’s one anyway; Black Sabbath is a legendary Mario Bava film from 1963 that is dark and brooding enough to have lent its name to the band that practically invented heavy metal music. The movie is an anthology consisting of three tales that are introduced and wrapped-up by the one and only Boris Karloff (who, the horror stalwart that he is, also stars in one of the segments). Black Sabbath should pretty much be considered essential viewing, so if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? Go here to DailyMotion and watch it.