Hey Tightwads! It’s Tuesday, and that means free movies from Tightwad Terror Tuesday! Let’s get to ‘em…
Brightburn is about an alien child who is found on Earth and adopted by parents. As he grows up, the parents learn that he holds dangerous powers. If that sounds like the origin of Superman to you, you’re right. It’s basically that story, only the young Clark Kent uses his powers for evil instead of good.
This 2019 anti-superhero movie is both fantastical and brutal. Jackson A. Dunn plays the kid, while Elizabeth Banks and David Denman portray the parents. Check out Brightburn here at TubiTV.
Destroy All Monsters
Destroy All Monsters is a Godzilla fan’s dream. The 1968 film is set in 1999 (gotta love living in the “post-future”), and all of the world’s monsters, including Godzilla, have been gathered and imprisoned on an island for research purposes. An alien race takes control of the monsters and forces them to attack major world cities until the human race surrenders.
Like most of the old Toho monster movies, Destroy All Monsters was directed by the legendary Ishirô Honda and stars the one and only Haruo Nakajima as the big guy himself, Godzilla. For Kaiju fans, this is the ultimate movie, culminating in a no-holds-barred battle royal that features Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a bunch of others. Awesome stuff. Enjoy Destroy All Monsters here at Crackle.
Hate Crime is a 2012 found footage movie about a Jewish family that is having a birthday party for their youngest child. In the middle of the festivities, three Neo-Nazis break into their home and proceed to torment and torture the family. And they keep the video camera rolling the whole time.
So, Hate Crime is exactly what the title suggests. It’s a flawed film, but the found footage aspect makes it horrifying in its own way. Witness Hate Crime here at TubiTV.
Itsy Bitsy is about a live-in caregiver who relocates with her two children to the home of her elderly patient. They soon learn that they also share the house with a giant monster spider. And the spider isn’t exactly friendly.
This 2019 movie is a creature feature on the surface, but it’s also an intense family drama. With a giant spider. And giant spiders are always fun. Catch Itsy Bitsy here at PeacockTV.
V/H/S: Viral is the third entry into the V/H/S found footage anthology movie series. This 2014 sequel includes stories about psychotic magicians, portals to other dimensions, and skate punks fighting conjured skeletal demons.
The V/H/S movies are all kind of hit and miss, and this one is no different. The strongest segment is director Gregg Bishop’s crazy illusionist story. The other two segments are directed by Nacho Vigalondo, and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Check out V/H/S Viral here at Vudu.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.
Creepy Smilers Caught on Camera at Major League Baseball Games
The horror movie Smile is opening on Friday, and in a genius bit of marketing, the studio gave horror and baseball fans a creepy meta experience this past Friday.
On September 23, viewers of three Major League Baseball (MLB) games had people in the stands, near the cameras, who had disturbingly evil smiles across their faces, sometimes for innings at a time.
Innings and Grinnings
Sports Illustrated reported on the story citing three games in which the grinning people appeared: Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Athletics, and Cardinals-Dodgers.
The stunt was effective. Unnerved fans and viewers quickly went to social media and posted about the smilers, making the whole gag a success.
But sports fans weren’t the only ones creeped out by the grinning ghouls. During the live broadcast of Good Morning America, behind hosts Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, a scare actor could be seen with the same evil Cheshire grin watching them from the street window.
The Psychotic Smirk
This deceptively trustworthy facial expression is known as the Psychotic smirk according to tvtropes.com.
“The Psychotic Smirk is a favorite with Big Bads everywhere. There’s no need to broadcast just how dangerous they are – everyone’s got a pretty good idea already, but no one can prove it. The important thing is to smile with only one side of the mouth. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by a Finger Wag as if to say “Nice try, sucker” if the hero had attempted to defeat them.”
That concept might be behind the plot of Smile which follows Dr. Rose Cotter who after experiencing a traumatic event notices that people start to smile just before becoming murderously unhinged.
Sosie Bacon — Kevin Bacon’s daughter — portrays the troubled Cotter in the film and she says it was a tough role, and audiences aren’t ready.
“Truthfully, I wasn’t fully aware of how much this part would wear on me when I began the movie,” Bacon told Orange Magazine. “It’s physically demanding, because your body doesn’t understand the difference between acting and real life. But honestly, I don’t know that anything can prepare you for an experience like ‘Smile.’”
Smile opens in theaters on Friday, September 30.
‘Wednesday” Comes To Netflix November 23rd
Most of us originally thought that the new Wednesday series would premiere in October. It would certainly fit in perfectly with the spooky season. However, when we didn’t see the series starring Jenna Ortega on the Netflix and Chills list we knew we would have to wait a bit longer.
We have received official word that the much anticipated Tim Burton series will be released on Netflix Thanksgiving weekend. The date was shared along with a new poster that you can see below.
Watch Wednesday On Netflix Starting November 23, 2022
The synopsis for Wednesday goes like this:
The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the murder mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.
Go deeper into the Wednesday character with Jenna Ortega and Tim Burton in this featurette.
‘Sinphony’ Trailer Reveals a New Terrifying Anthology Experience
Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology offers up nine new tales of horror all packed in a tense set. The stories range from a witch trying to protect her kids from a killer to mold spores that make you ravenous if inhaled.
The synopsis for Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology goes like this:
Conceived and curated entirely on the popular, audio-based social media platform Clubhouse and produced by Screen Anthology, SINPHONY: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology features a group of international filmmakers each exploring a character dealing with tragedy caused by a supernatural entity.
The directors contributing segments to the film include a new who’s who of horror: Haley Bishop, Jason Ragosta, Sebastien Bazile & Michael Galvan, Mark Pritchard, Kimberley Elizabeth, Jason Wilkinson, Nichole Carlson, Steven Keller and Wes Driver.
SINPHONY’s shocking stories include: an innkeeper’s growing concern about his secretive new guests; a contractor who inhales mold spores that lead to murder; a couple confronting the fact that one of them is a ghost; a witch protecting her child from a killer; a dance craze that has dire consequences, and much more.
Sinphony’s directors include Jason Ragosta, Steven Keller, Haley Bishop, Wes Driver, Mark Pritchard, Kimberley Elizabeth, Jason Wilkinson, Nicole Carlson, Michael Galvan & Sebastien Bazile.
Sinphony arrives in theaters, on digital and in theaters beginning October 21.