In this series, Kelly takes you through the diversity of horror films that you can find on the free streaming service, Tubi TV.
1. Necropolis (1986)
This is, in my opinion, a classic Empire Pictures film (the old production company created by the legendary Charles Band before he created Full Moon Features). It’s about a reincarnated “Satanic Witch” from New Amsterdam, circa the 1600s, who is focused on reviving her cult by sucking the life force out of people. This is such a fun movie! It has a total “mood” and aesthetic that I enjoy. Eva, the Witch, is a pure 80s, New York, biker, punk babe! Necropolis is a great, indie satanic film. My friend Ali plays Eva in the new Full Moon Features “sequel” Necropolis: Legion and definitely gives really good Eva vibes. Both films are available on Tubi TV.
2. Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)
What would happen if a group of vampires tried to take over your office? If you live the corporate life, then you probably enjoy office comedies, but what about office horror? Bloodsucking Bastards is a fantastic horror comedy starring one of my favorite Mutant Enemy Productions actors, Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods). Bloodsucking Bastards is off the charts bloody, funny, and often times relatable. It’s a highly underrated gem!
3. Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)
This is a brilliant remake that sadly no one talks about. I fell in love with this film as a vampire-loving, gothic teenager, and it remains a favorite of mine to this day. I used to think that it was slow-paced, but as an adult, I am absolutely enchanted by it. It has stunning cinematography, beautiful, gothic locations and exceptional casting. Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula is a sinister, yet deeply sympathetic character. This is in my top five vampire films of all time!
4. Soul Survivors (2001)
I hadn’t revisited this one in quite a while, but as a massive Eliza Dushku fan, I had an obligation to once I realized it was on Tubi TV. I really enjoyed this film in 2001, though I find it weak in 2021. These millennium horror movies are the ones I grew up on so they hold a special place in my black, horror-loving heart. There are some strong performances combined with a perfect 2000s nu-metal soundtrack. It’s slightly predictable, but still a lot of fun. It’s unfortunate that they market the film to have Dushku as the lead, as she is only a secondary character. But she is her charismatic, alluring self, which makes everything, even the nu-metal, worth it.
5. Blood and Black Lace (1964)
As a big Italian horror fan, when I was finally able to check this film out I was SO very glad that I did. It’s beautiful! The cinematography is excellent, and the film is aesthetically more pleasing than Suspiria (1977), in my opinion. It’s a murder mystery by a masked/gloved killer that is typical of a Giallo film (which makes this one of, if not, the first). Though it’s not the most compelling of stories, I still quite enjoyed it. Mario Bava has his own style and he is quickly becoming one of my favorite Italian horror creators! This is definitely a highly recommended film for horror fans.