Hey Tightwads! It’s Tuesday again, and that means free movies from Tightwad Terror Tuesday! Boo!
Night of the Demons
Night of the Demons is about an outcast girl who throws a party on Halloween night, and all of the popular kids come out to it because the party happens to be at a spooky abandoned mortuary. Of course, demons are summoned, and teenagers die.
Where to start with this one? It’s got one of the most memorable scenes in scream queen Linnea Quigley’s career, one that involves a tube of lipstick and an intimate area of the body. It’s also got an insane wraparound that has nothing to do with the main narrative. Add in some nifty opening credits animation, and you’ve got a bona-fide winner. Night of the Demons was remade in 2009, but you can see the original 1988 classic here on ShoutFactoryTV.
In the years following Jaws, seemingly every little studio in Hollywood made a man vs. beast movie as a cash-grab, but 1976’s Grizzly stands out as one of the best. The movie is pretty much a beat-for-beat copy of Jaws, replacing the shark with a bear and the ocean with a forest – Grizzly’s poster even bragged that the bear had “the most dangerous Jaws in the land.”
Directed by William Girdler (who also made Day of the Animals and The Manitou), Grizzly gets extra credit for using real bears in the scenes without actors – obviously, for safety reasons, the scenes with the actors utilized a guy in a (fairly convincing) bear suit. This surprisingly fun monster movie can be seen here at Tubi TV.
Battle Royale is about a class of Japanese schoolchildren that is taken to a deserted island and given weapons and the instructions to fight until there is only one left alive. So yeah, it’s basically The Hunger Games, but way back in 2000.
Brutal and apocalyptic, Battle Royal should really be considered essential viewing, especially for fans of The Most Dangerous Game-influenced flicks. If that’s you, give it a look right here at Vudu.
The Village is a period piece about a remote village that exists in the middle of the Pennsylvania woods. The residents have an understanding with the monsters that live in the woods – they stay in their village, and the monsters will leave them alone. The pact is challenged when one of the villagers decides to seek medical supplies from a nearby town that they believe is out past the forest (but to which no one has ever been).
This 2004 M. Night Shyamalan flick was panned upon release, but it holds up surprisingly well today. By this point in his career, Shyamalan was a powerhouse, so the cast is stacked with names like Sigourney Weaver, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Michael Pitt, Jesse Eisenberg, Judy Greer, and Brendan Gleeson. Oh, and yes, there’s a Shyamalanian twist. Find The Village here at TubiTV.
The Last Days on Mars
Just as the name suggests, The Last Days on Mars is about the final days of a scientific expedition on the planet Mars. While preparing to go home, one of the scientists believes he has found evidence of life, and goes out to collect more specimens. He vanishes, and one by one, so does the rest of the group. Those left have to decide whether to try to find their crewmates, or just saving themselves and heading home without them.
The Last Days on Mars is a standard issue isolated space movie along the lines of Moon or The Martian, but with the added bonus of possible Martian monsters. The incredible cast includes Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams, Elias Koteas, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen, and Yusra Warsama. Catch The Last Days on Mars here at Crackle.
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Feature image courtesy Chris Fischer.