In this new series, Kelly takes you through the diversity of horror films that you can find on the free streaming service, Tubi TV.
1. Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)
This is an excellent old zombie movie by Bob Clark (who would two years later release the now Canadian horror classic, Black Christmas). Though a tad slow, it is very reminiscent of Italian zombie films such as Nightmare City (1980), or City of the Living Dead (1980), which was a pleasant surprise! Especially since it came out well before a lot of them did. It’s a great indie film that is relatively compelling, with minimal gore, a good premise and a cast of actors prime for the killing!
2. Thale (2012)
Oh, my goodness, I loved this movie! It’s Norwegian in origin and if you know anything about me by now, I am obsessed with the country. The film blends fantasy with folklore and magic. Thale has a beautiful ethereal/folky score that contributes to it being a poignant and introspective film. The nudity isn’t exploitative and the men in the film are -- shocker -- not disgusting. It has some stunning shots that enhance the vicious kills depicted. I can’t recommend this commentary on the feral feminine enough!
3. Evil Ed (1995)
Evil Ed is a wild, creature-filled ride! I really enjoyed this highly entertaining, wacky, low-budget film. Ed is a film editor who loses his sanity while splicing together slasher movies. This is a fantastically fun, splatterific horror-comedy that you need to watch tonight, or better yet, host a virtual screening party with friends over some beers.
4. Silver Bullet (1985)
I finally got around to watching this werewolf film that a lot of folks in the horror community rave about. I liked it! It has Gary Busey as the drunk fun uncle who helps a group of children battle the big bad werewolf. So of course it also contains my favorite horror trope: kids fighting evil! Sadly, it doesn’t include an amazing 80s montage with the kids (played by Corey Haim in a motorized wheelchair), but either way, this is an incredibly wholesome werewolf film that was a treat to watch. I would recommend giving it a chance to round out your werewolf filmography!
5. Peeping Tom (1960)
Peeping Tom is a horror classic! It came out the SAME year as Psycho and it is just as stunning to watch but in full color. Our protagonist is a filmmaker who carries his camera around with him at all times as it also doubles as a weapon! Though he is a good-looking man with his life seemingly all together, he secretly has an uncontrollable urge to kill women. Peeping Tom is a great movie, and would in fact make a perfect double feature with Psycho, as he and Norman Bates share a lot in common, like their neuroses.