The second ever Mega Movie Weekend launches today, with some cracking offers on the biggest horror films of the last couple of years. More below…
Here at Film Stories, we ruddy love a good bargain. Film-related bargains, even more so. I once found a copy of Jerry Zucker’s Rat Race for 20p in a charity shop. Bargain!
The Mega Movie Weekend campaign, running every month until the end of the year, embraces that penny-pinching spirit with gusto. This month’s offerings, running from 20th – 22nd October, include a bunch of the last few years’ biggest and best horror movies to download and keep for as little as £1.99 (admittedly, that’s no Rat Race-level deal, but then we’re assuming these downloads will have fewer mysterious brown stains on the box, too). Oh, and the original Saw is also on there.
There’s no central list of flicks that we could find, but we’ve had a rummage and found five of the highest profile horror films on offer at the seven participating retailers (Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app, BT Store, Google TV, Rakuten TV, Sky Store and Virgin Media Store). If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to apple-bobbing in a skeleton onesie, you could do a lot worse, frankly.
Director: Lee Cronin
Starring: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies
Proud owner of 2023’s best title sequence, the sequel/reboot of Sam Raimi’s superlative goo trilogy is just as splattery as you’d hope. With a wonderfully game cast and no shortage of horribly entertaining set-pieces, fans of Raimi’s classics have plenty to enjoy here. Did we mention there’s lots of goo?
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Starring: Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Courteney Cox
In a triumph of common-sense nomenclature, Paramount went back to a numerical system for the follow-up to the confusingly titled Scream. We’re still angry about that, actually. We don’t want to call it Scream (2022) for time immemorial. Edge Of Tomorrow changed its name about a dozen times, can’t we just change this one once?
Anyway, Scream VI has Jenna Ortega in it, and is rather a lot of fun. And, crucially, you can download it for £7.99 on Amazon. It was £13.99 yesterday. Bargain!
Director: Julius Avery
Starring: Russell Crowe
If you’re going to watch one cinematic masterpiece based loosely on the diaries of Father Amorth this Halloween, make it this one. Russell Crowe has never looked like he’s enjoying himself more. He makes chirping noises at nuns. He rides a Vespa. He does an accent. What more could you ask for?
Director: Rhys Waterfield
Starring: Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Amber Doig-Thorne
A rare indie success story, this one. Whatever you say about its treatment of the AA Milne classics, its gender politics, or what it says about the importance of copyright law, it did make $5 million off a budget of a bit of string and a puddle of fake blood they found in the woods. There’s a sequel coming, too, so we’d better make sure we’re caught up.
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Starring: Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Keri Russell
Is this a horror film? Bears are pretty scary. Monster movies are normally horror films, but then most monster movies don’t feed their predatory beasts class-A drugs and throw them at Margo Martindale. It certainly has a horror-y vibe… Anyway, if you don’t like it, buy Saw instead. But you will like it. It’s called Cocaine Bear. What’s not to love?
Read more: Cocaine Bear review: grizzly good fun
Mega Movie Weekend is managed by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) in association with major UK distributors Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Signature Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Spirit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Discovery.
The next Mega Movie Weekends in 2023 are 17th – 19th November, and 15th – 17th December. We’ll let you know what’s on offer when they’re on. Hooray for bargains!
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