Hey Tightwads! It’s Tuesday again, and that means free movies from iHorror and Tightwad Terror Tuesday. Let’s get to it.
We’ll start this week off with a bona-fide classic: John Carpenter’s The Thing. In case you don’t know, The Thing is about an Antarctic research team that comes into contact with a shape-shifting alien. The alien assimilates the crew one-by-one until none of them is sure of who is human and who is alien.
Made in 1982, this tense study in paranoia is a remake of a 1951 movie, and it was also the subject of a remake/prequel itself in 2011. This is the good version, though, with a cast of heavies that includes Kurt Russell, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, and Wilford Brimley. If you haven’t seen The Thing, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it here at TubiTV.
Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday to Me is about a group of young people at a snooty prep school that are picked off one-by-one by a psychotic killer, right around the time of one of their birthday.
Made in 1981 in the thick of the Golden Age of the slasher, Happy Birthday to Me is pretty much exactly what you expect it to be. It’s a brutal and gory mystery, with some of the most creative kill scenes of the eighties. And hey, isn’t that Melissa Sue Anderson from Little House on the Prairie? Indeed. Check it out here at Crackle.
Z for Zachariah
Z for Zachariah is about a woman trying make her way in a post-apocalyptic world who meets a strange man. The two form a symbiotic alliance to help each other survive, but that bond is tested when a second man arrives and upsets the fragile balance of trust.
This 2015 dystopian nightmare is director Craig Zobel’s follow-up to Compliance. It’s an economical movie, with a cast of just three, but those three are Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine, so it’s in good hands. Have a look at Z for Zachariah here at Vudu.
Miami Connection is about a rock band that is composed of martial arts experts that, when not performing hits like “Tough Guys,” “Against the Ninja,” and “Friends,” decides to rid the town of a group of motorcycle-riding ninjas who have taken over the drug trade. Read that again if you have to.
This 1987 martial arts musical is classic cheese. Boy is it fun though. Get in on the fun here at KinoCult.
This week’s group of movies started with a classic, and it will end with a classic: 1982’s Pieces. The tagline for Pieces proudly proclaims that “you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre!” The film is about a psychotic killer who stalks women on a New England college campus, carving them up with a chainsaw while he collects parts for his human jigsaw puzzle.
Pieces is shocking, bloody, and brutal, but it’s also quite hilarious. In short, it’s got all of the ingredients of a great slasher. Plus, it’s got an absolutely unforgettable ending. See it for yourself here at TubiTV.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.
Halloween 3D: The Sequel to the Rob Zombie Remakes That Almost Happened
One of the most popular horror movie franchises of all time is none other than Halloween. The horror slasher Michael Myers is an icon among horror fans and pop culture. While the franchise has a large fan base and has produced many films, this also means that there is controversy among certain films. The Rob Zombie remakes are among some of the most controversial in the franchise. While both films did well at the box office, fans are split on whether they like it or not. It’s mainly due to the extreme violence and gore, giving Michael Myers a background on his childhood, and the grungy Rob Zombie filming style. What many fans don’t know is that a 3rd film was planned and almost happened. We will dive into what the film would have been about and why it never happened.
Rob Zombie’s first Halloween remake was released back in 2007. There was excitement among both fans and critics for a fresh start to the Halloween franchise after endless sequels. It was a box office hit making $80.4M on a $15M Budget. It did poorly with critics and was split among fans. Then in 2009, Rob Zombie released Halloween II. The film didn’t do as well at the box office as the first film but still made $39.4M on a $15M Budget. This film is even more controversial among both critics and fans alike.
While the second film wasn’t received as well, it still made over twice the film’s budget, so Dimension Films greenlit a 3rd film to the series. Rob Zombie stated he would not return to direct the 3rd film due to the horrific time he had with the company while making the second film. This would lead the company to approach a new writer and director while the second film was still in production due to them assuming Rob Zombie wasn’t coming back for a third film.
The 3rd film in the Zombie-Verse was going to be titled Halloween 3D. It would take the same approach of being filmed in 3D as many other franchises have done with its 3rd entry. 2 different scripts were written for this film at the time. Unfortunately, neither script was pursued and only one made it into 10 days of production before ultimately being scrapped. Miramax then lost the rights as the contract deal expired in 2015.
Script Idea #1
The first script was conjured up by filmmakers Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier. It would follow the theatrical ending of Halloween 2 as the director’s cut had not yet been released. The story would follow the idea that Laurie killed Dr. Loomis and was hallucinating when she thought it was Michael Myers. Michael would disappear only to reappear and take off with Laurie by his side as a murder pair. The two would leave to find their mother’s corpse and dig her out of the ground. A group of teenagers stumble upon them and all are killed except for one who is named Amy. A standoff ensues with Sheriff Brackett being killed by Laurie and Michael Myers being hurdled in a burning Ambulance into a dam. Michael Myers is presumed dead.
Then jumping ahead in the story, Laurie is housed with Amy in the same psychiatric hospital. Michael returns for Laurie and a blood bath ensues inside the J. Burton Psychiatric Hospital. This would ultimately lead to a final standoff at a giant festival where Michael plants a bomb in his stomach from his mother’s urn and it explodes. It wounds Laurie and she tells Michael she is not like him leading to him stabbing her in a final attempt before death. She dies and then Michael dies as well while Amy watches in horror.
Script Idea #2
The second script was written by Stef Hutchinson shortly after the first script fell through and follows the theatrical ending of Halloween II. It opens at the Nichols home in Langdon, Illinois a few days before Halloween. The son is plagued by terrifying nightmares about the boogeyman and is attacked by him in his bedroom. The mother wakes up to the screams to find her husband dead beside her and she runs into Michael, and he kills her. The story then jumps ahead to Halloween day where we see a retired Brackett laying flowers at Laurie’s grave. It has been 3 years since that dreadful night when both Loomis and Laurie died. Michael Myers’s body was never recovered. The new sheriff Hall checks on Brackett only to find his house littered with cases related to Michael Myers. Brackett’s niece Alice walks in to find the two talking.
Jumping ahead in the story we find that Michael Myers crashes the homecoming game where both his niece Alice and her best friend Cassie are. They are chased back to the school where Brackett runs to after Alice tips him off as to what is going on. A showdown occurs where Brackett must choose between saving Cassie or killing Michael. He chooses to save her, and Michael disappears into the night. A confused Brackett wondering why Michael didn’t kill him goes back home only to find a severed head on the Nichols porch which is right across the street from his house. He then enters the home to see the name Alice written in blood on the wall. Alice was Michael Myers’s true obsession and only made it seem like he was after Brackett’s niece. He then tries to phone Alice’s home to no answer. The movie then pans to her slaughtered parents and Alice burning at the stake. Michael Myers watches with his head titled as she burns.
These are both unique script ideas and something that would have been interesting to see play out on the big screen. Which one would you have liked to see come to life on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailers for the 2 Rob Zombie remakes down below.
Watch The New ‘Wizard of Oz’ Horror Film ‘Gale’ on New Streaming App
There is a new horror movie streaming app available on your digital devices. It’s called Chilling and it’s currently streaming Gale Stay Away From Oz. This movie got some buzz last year when a full-length trailer was released, since then, it hasn’t really been promoted. But recently it has become available to watch. Well, sort of.
The movie streaming on Chilling is actually a short. The studio says it’s a precursor for an upcoming full-length movie.
Here’s what they had to say on YouTube:
“The short film is now live [on Chilling app], and serves as the setup for the feature film that will be going in to production soon.
Long gone are the days of emerald cities and yellow brick roads, the enchanting tale of the Wizard of Oz takes a haunting turn. Dorothy Gale (Karen Swan), now in her twilight years, bears the scars of a lifetime entangled with the paranormal forces of a mystical realm. These otherworldly encounters have left her shattered, and the echoes of her experiences now reverberate through her sole living relative, Emily (Chloë Culligan Crump). As Emily is beckoned to confront the unresolved matters of this bone-chilling Oz, a terrifying journey awaits her.”
One of the most incredible things we took away from the teaser other than how moody and creepy it is, was how much lead actress Chloë Culligan Crump resembles Judy Garland, the original Dorothy from the 1939 original.
It’s about time someone continued this story. There are definitely elements of horror in Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series. There have been attempts to reboot it, but nothing has ever quite captured its eerie but jovial qualities.
In 2013 we got the Sam Raimi directed Oz the Great and Powerful but it didn’t do much. And then there was the series Tin Man that actually got some good reviews. Of course, there is our favorite, 1985’s Return to Oz starring a young Fairuza Balk who would later become a teen witch in the hit 1996 movie The Craft.
If you want to watch Gale just go to the Chiller website and sign up (we are not affiliated or sponsored by them). It is as low as $3.99 a month, but they are offering a free seven-day trial.
First Regular Trailer:
Saw X Earns A Total Of $29.3M Worldwide In Its Opening Weekend
Saw X is one film that has been a big surprise in its opening weekend. Not only has the film had the biggest opening in the franchise since 2010. The film has earned 18M domestically and 11.3M overseas for a total of 29.3M globally. This is a very impressive haul for this franchise, especially considering the horror film was made on a $15M budget. Check out the official trailer below.
Saw X is also breaking more franchise records by being the highest-rated film among critics in the franchise, sitting at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 92% among fans. This is the first certified fresh film in the franchise with the other highest-rated one being the first film sitting at 50%. It has also received great reviews from other critics and fans.
The film brings back franchise favorites John Kramer and Amanda Young. It establishes the mentor relationship between the two, and we see more of it play out on screen. It also goes back to the roots of the basic saw traps and grisly results. These are things that fans have been craving to see for a while now. Also, make sure to stick around after the movie is over for a mid-credit scene that has got Saw fans talking.
The film synopsis states “John Kramer is back. The most chilling installment of the Saw franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of Saw I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, John returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.”
The film is being released by Lionsgate and is being produced by Twisted Pictures. It is being directed by Kevin Gruetert (Saw VI, Saw 3D). The story is written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. The movie is set to star Tobin Bell (Saw Franchise) as the infamous John Kramer. The movie will also star Micheal Beach (Aquaman, Mayor of Kingstown), Renata Vaca (Dale Gas, Rosario Tijeras), Steven Brand (The Scorpion King, Teen Wolf), and Synnøve Macody Lund (Headhunters, The Girl in the Spider’s Web).
This film is performing well both financially and with the audience. Lionsgate will definitely be considering producing another film in the near future. Did you enjoy this addition to the franchise? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out some clips from the movie below.