Sure, you could pay Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime for streaming flicks to your various computers and movie machines, but over at YouTube, they are offering free feature-length comedies, dramas, horror films, docs and creepy classics. Yeah, you have to sit through ads, but they aren't too -- click here now for amazing deals on pet meds sent directly to your doorstep -- terribly intrusive.
YouTube has always had full-length movies available to watch for free on the site, but most of them were cut up into a dozen ten-minute snippets and are, you know, illegal. Like the copies of Saving Private Ryan, Summer School and Mac & Me we watch whenever we have a hard day in the salt mines.
Free movies on YouTube sort of remind us of being little and getting to rent as many movies at the library as we wanted when our mother didn't feel like dealing with rental fees at Blockbuster for a VHS movie like It's A Wonderful Life, or that JFK assassination documentary we watched when we were little.
And you can thank us for having something fun to watch at the office during the holiday slowdown. This is just a taste of some of the flicks for free on YouTube. New ones get added every few days.
Boats and hoes!
You could watch Robert Rodriguez's remake of his own El Mariachi... El Mariachi
And then watch his original El Mariachi. Or the other way around. Do what you want, it's a free country for now.
Watch Johnny Depp and Al Pacino match acting chops in this underrated gem from 1997.
It's not the real, cool Day Of The Dead from 1985, but it's got AnnaLynne McCord from 90210 in it.
The Lost World (1925)
This is the original silent Lost World, not the one with skinny Vince Vaughn and the dinosaurs jumping ship to Los Angeles.
Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen?? Yes, please.
See Angelina Jolie play herself in her only Oscar-winning role, also starring Winona Ryder and the late Brittany Murphy. Remember when Angie won, she kissed brother on the mouth like they were dating, and it was hella creepy?
Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923)
One of the best roles of Lon Chaney's career. Sadly, as the years go by a lot of actors of his caliber, like Boris Karloff, are being forgotten by the younger set. Start your education now.
Before he became Mr. Big Time Sexy Movie Star, Jeremy Renner played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in this straight-to-DVD drama.
More free Johnny Depp, this time as a sex-crazed college kid at spring break in the '80s, when the bikinis were tiny and so were the brains.
"On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood! What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of evil!" Gotta love that Vigo The Carpathian.
As long as you are watching rickety sequels, make it a double-feature, with robot Johnny Five coming to New York City to fight gangs and jewel thieves with the help of Michael McKean and Fisher Stevens as Indian programmer Ben Jahrvi. Los locos kick your ass. Los locos kick your face. Los locos kick your balls into outer space.
It isn't as sexy or dirty as the 1997 Me can tell you.
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