5. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
When sci-fi royalty turns up in a grindhouse B movie you know it’s either trash or epic. Hobo with a Shotgun is both and Rutger Hauer owns it.
Hauer is a homeless guy who puts himself through misery to save up for a lawnmower. The city’s run by criminals and every person’s out for themselves — this hobo’s had enough!
The movie cost $3,000,000 and most of that went to Hauer and the fake blood store. Many will loathe it but I loved its Death Wish homage.
4. Summer of 84 (2018)
One of the best movies on Hoopla is the Summer of 84. It’s Fright Night without the supernatural. It’s a whodunnit with kids and a neighborhood serial killer on the prowl.
Set in 1984 suburbia, our young heroes get sucked into the police investigation. Their curiosity turns into an obsession as their detective work goes awry.
What unfolds is creepy, twisted — but wonderful. If you’re hungry for a nostalgic best-buds movie that’s high on humor and suspense this will hit the spot.
3. Battle Royale (2000)
Forty-two kids get sent to a deserted island to kill each other and the survivor gets to go home. It’s simple and brutal. The movie is based on a controversial Japanese book and is ultra-violent.
Battle Royale is shocking, jarring and a real study of the devolution of people under pressure. The only downside is that it’s not in English, so subtitles are the only way to enjoy it! There is a US version, but it’s not as good.
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2. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Tucker and Dale could easily be the best movie on Hoopla. It starts at cliche and ends with a lovable hillbilly you can’t help but root for.
Taking the cabin in the woods set up and flipping stereotypes is brilliant. It’s a college-kids-gone-camping movie from the perspective of the hillbillies. Prejudices get weaponized and misunderstandings cause a banquet of accidental carnage.
Except for Shawn of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead, no other horror comedies get close to Tucker and Dale. If you like blood and guts with your laughter, watch it now!
1. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
We could have gone for Silence of The Lambs, Memento, Hellraiser, or The Return of The Living Dead, each of which deserving of the top spot and testament to the quality available for FREE on Hoopla. However, our #1 pick has to be My Cousin Vinny.
We know, it is a cheeseball of a movie, but Joe Pesci is amazing as a tough-talking rookie lawyer on a mission to prove his worth and save his cousin from the death penalty. If you love 90s comedy and courtroom drama (as we do), My Cousin Vinny is not to be missed. Especially as you can watch for free on Hoopla.