Every week Mat Corne scours the TV Guide for the best movies showing on UK free-to-air TV. So for those of you that refuse to pay for Sky Movies, Amazon Prime or Netflix, here are five of the best freeview movies for the coming week.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
BBC2, Sunday 25th, 00:30 (Saturday night)
Before hitting the mainstream with Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi teamed up with fellow Kiwi and Flight of the Conchords creator Jemaine Clement to write, co-direct and star in this story about a documentary crew following a group of vampires living in present-day Wellington. The more ancient members of the group struggle to adapt to modern life and look to bring a cool new member into their group, whilst also dealing with issues like the cleaning rota for their flat and friction with a local pack of werewolves. Witty, inventive, gory and often downright absurd, this is without doubt the greatest vampire mockumentary of all time. It may also be the only one, but that doesn’t stop it being great entertainment.
Final Destination (2000)
ITV2, Sunday 25th, 01:40 (Saturday night)
When Alex Browning has a vivid premonition that the plane taking him and his schoolmates to Paris will crash, his panic leads to some of his group leaving the plane, only to see it explode just after take-off. What looks to have been a lucky escape soon takes a dark turn, however, as the survivors start to die in unusual circumstances. Alex and his friends soon determine that death has a plan for them all, and must work together to try and cheat their unseen foe. This ingenious twist on teen horror hits all the right notes, with a clever plot, engaging characters and of course the meticulously-executed death scenes. The sequels may have upped the ante where death’s plan was concerned, but the original still offers the best story and the biggest shocks.
The Faculty (1998)
5Star, Tuesday 27th, 23:10
Something strange is going on in an Ohio High School in this cult Sci-Fi thriller, as first the teachers and then the students are overtaken by an alien creature with a hive mind. It’s left to a small group of unaffected students from different social groups to work together to fight against them and eliminate the origin of the invasion. The influence of 50s B-Movies as well as both The Thing and The Breakfast Club is pretty obvious, but that doesn’t stop this being entertaining thanks to Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s witty story and a talented young cast including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett and Clea Duvall.
You’re Next (2011)
Horror, Tuesday 27th, 21:00
This home invasion thriller starts like any other – a family and their significant others get together at a secluded house, and just as they’re sitting down to dinner they are attacked by masked assailants with powerful weapons and a variety of fiendish traps. What they didn’t count on is that one of the intended victims is rather more resourceful than the invaders bargained for, and she is not going to make it easy for them! There are further twists that are a little predictable, but seeing the bad guys get their comeuppance in a variety of ingenious ways more than makes up for any shortcomings. Packed with decent acting, black humour and death scenes that will make you scream with glee, this is one of the most enjoyable horror films in years and is sure to become a cult classic.
Horror, Friday 30th, 22:55
Covered in depth by the MovieMuse Film Club, Stuart Gordon’s film tells the story of Herbert West, an almost certainly mad scientist that is convinced he can bring the dead back to life with the help of his glowing green reagent. Unfortunately for him, but enjoyably for us, the dead come back in a less than friendly state of mind. The result is a highly entertaining gorefest laced with the blackest of comedy, with mangled cats, headless doctors and lashings of blood. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you’re a fan of 80s splatter films then Re-Animator is essential viewing.