If you plan to stay in this Halloween weekend, you might want to plug your laptop into your TV, dim the lights and watch one of the many free SF-horror movies featuring terrible (in more ways than one) creatures.
Here are a few to get you started:
Movie: The Killer Shrews (1959) (Google video)
The science fiction setup: A doctor performs experiments to make humans half-size which have the unintended side effect of creating giant, venomous shrews.
Sometimes called one of the worst sci-fi movies ever made, you can get a taste of Killer Shrews from the trailer:
Movie: Giant Spider Invasion (1975) (Hulu.com, US only)
The science fiction setup: "NASA scientists Dr. Langer and Dr. Vance try to save Wisconsin from 15-foot flesh-eating spiders from another dimension."
Movie: Empire of the Ants (1977) (Hulu.com, US only)
The science fiction setup: "An aggressive land developer takes a boatload of prospective buyers to a reclaimed swamp in the southeast. While there, the group is attacked by a swarm of huge ants, the result of genetic mutation after exposure to atomic wastes."
These movies may be more silly than scary, but they'll keep you entertained for a few hours while you are waiting for trick-or-treaters.
You can find more free horror movies at Classic Cinema Online, YouTube, and Hulu.com
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