As an avid Roku user, I've noticed over the last few years more and more sites similar to Crackle are popping up all over the internet. These sites provide free viewing of unedited films as long as your willing to sit through a few ad breaks. Now, nobody really likes commercials but, hey, the movies are excellent quality and they're totally FREE. So, if you can't really afford to do Netflix or Hulu, but you still love horror as much as I do, here's a few decent watches your old Horror Hound buddy Jay can recommend. Follow me here if you enjoy the article and you'll get all my future reviews and recommendations.
1. "Carriers" (2009) - available on tubitv.com
Plot: Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn that human beings in peril are far more dangerous than any virus.
Carriers is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic horror/thriller written and directed by Àlex and David Pastor. It stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp. This film felt a lot fresher when it was originally released 7 years ago, however, it remains an intense and heart breaking look at life on Earth... after life on Earth. Chris Pine made some early acting bones on this picture as a young and charismatic alpha male leading his group of survivors into one more day. Christopher Meloni formerly of Law & Order SVU has a smaller role but gives an incredibly impacting performance that you won't soon forget. Carriers doesn't ever seem anywhere near as small as its budget. It mixes genres and dramatic inflection along with shades of a dystopian road trip film. It will remind you of many other films you've seen but I bet if you enjoyed those films, you'll enjoy Carriers as well.
2. "Big Bad Wolf" (2006) - available on Popcornflix.com
Plot: When a college student takes his classmates to his stepfather's cabin for the weekend, they are attacked by a strange creature. A cross between Hannibal Lecter and the Wolfman, the lascivious Beast hunts the frantic students down and kills them with sadistic glee.
Big Bad Wolf is a 2006 werewolf-themed horror film directed by Lance Dressen and starring Trevor Duke, Kimberly Brown and Kindergarten Cop baddie Richard Tyson. This film is a little bit of everything, even if it's not exactly A+ quality work. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a weirder werewolf film in my entire life, and that's saying a lot. Big Bad Wolf is somewhat gory, occasionally very funny and most amazingly, an attention grabber. Don't be mad if it's not your particular brew though, this is strictly a B level film ripe for a future cult following. The whole film is complete cheese from top to bottom with the possible exception in the practical effects and serviceable performances. Bad... but not bad.
3. "The Caller" (2011) - available on Crackle.com
Plot: A young divorcee is getting her life back together by moving into an apartment. But what will she do when a strange person repeatedly calls her, and threatens to change her new life around?
The Caller is a supernatural thriller directed by Matthew Parkhill and written by Sergio Casci, starring Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer and Lorna Raver. Reminiscent of an old Twilight Zone episode titled "The Night Call", The Caller trades in psychological horror. The film boast an excellent small cast including an interesting non-comedic turn from funnyman Luis Guzman. Not exactly your usual horror story but ultimately a very enjoyable and intense film. What this small movie lacks in gore and horror cliches, it more than makes up for with beautiful production value and spot on writing. One of my favorite horror films from 2011, The Caller guarantees you'll never feel the same about wrong number calls again.
4. "The Woman" (2011) - available on Frightpix.com
Plot: When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
The Woman is a 2011 American horror film directed by Lucky McKee, adapted by McKee and Jack Ketchum from Ketchum's novel of the same name. This movie is a sequel to the 2009 film Offspring. The film stars Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Carlee Baker, Alexa Marcigliano, and introducing Zach Rand and Shyla Molhusen. A creepy slow burner that seems to be the type of film Hitchcock would make today if he were in his early twenties or thirties. This little movie is a excellent thriller that makes you think you have all its dirty little secrets figured out until its shocking end. The acting is superb and brutal and nothing will prepare you for the last 20 minutes of this film. In short, The Woman is a modern monster movie that will have you questioning for days who the monsters really are.
5. "Cell Count" (2012) - available on Viewster.com
Plot: Desperate for a cure, Russell Carpenter reluctantly admits his rapidly deteriorating wife Sadie into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. But make no mistake, this isn't a new age rehab centre. Along with 6 others, the Carpenters are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself.
This movie shows what happens when things go wrong in medical testing. I'm fairly certain that people who like to theorize on government conspiracies will absolutely love this little indie. The story is told in a very interesting way, where you as the viewer often feel just as lost as the characters. You get dragged into the story and the thought that keeps popping in your mind is , "What would I do if I was there right now?" Although I did really enjoy the premise of the film, it sometimes feels like the director and crew rushed through production. The end is a little sloppy but, the story isn't totally wasted. The final scene is honestly just excessively strange, but had they cut the movie 5 min earlier it would have made more sense. Still, Cell Count is definitely a decent watch on a slow night.
That's all for now my fiendish horror friends. I'll be back soon for Part 2 bringing you more cool horror films and awesome free sites for genre fans. Make sure to drop a line in the comment section and let us know how much you loved or hated these 5 FREE Films.