This is not an ad for Tubi, the free streaming service known for giving you movies you either forgot or never knew existed. I like to have it on in the afternoon as background, and I’m prone to letting it play after an initial selection to see where the algorithms take me.

Here are four movies from last week now streaming on Tubi. I can’t promise you they’re any good, but I can promise you that they’re unforgettable in their own ways.

Trace (2015)

Another misguided group of friends uses technology to invite demons into our world. Experimenting with EVP (electronic voice phenomenon), shiftless young adults with inexplicable access to expensive equipment try to communicate with the Beyond by asking silly questions, When they begin to die one by one, because why have six people if you can’t kill at least five of them, they realize they’ve invited a demon who doesn’t want to leave. It’s another 90-minute film that could have benefitted from brevity and editing. It’s not terrible and I’d recommend this over most on this list, but suspect motivations don’t make for a compelling watch.

Disincarnate (2018)

Lax ethics and obsessive scientific curiosity drive the plot of Disncarnate, about a neuroscientist who pushes the boundaries of human testing. Dealing with the loss of his family, Dr. Andre Mason (Thomas Kretschmann) uses an untested drug on his team, lab rats, and barely willing participants to open all sorts of forbidden portals in the mind. A promising premise about grief and faith with the addition of Josh Stewart (I’ll watch him in anything), Disincarnate fails to remain consistent in character motivation, plot, or even locations. I can’t recommend this one, but the practical effects are fun and the last 30 minutes are a lively trainwreck of missed opportunities, half-seen ghosts, and lots of running.

Episode 50 (2012)

Two converging paranormal teams, one made up of skeptics and the other of believers, converge on a haunted asylum, and both groups get more than they bargained for. Between the hard-nosed skeptics Jack (Josh Folan) and Damon (Chris Perry) and the wide-eyed bible thumpers proving there’s a heaven and ghosts, the stereotypes give second-hand cringe. Despite the trailer, Episode 50 is not a found footage film, because it could never hope to be that consistent. There is a demon that walks the abandoned halls of the West Virginia Lunatic Asylum, but by the time all is revealed, you won’t care. At 80 minutes; it’s too long to be effective and would have been fabulous as a 35-minute short

Chasing the Devil (2014)

A man looking into the mysterious suicide of his sister knowingly endangers the lives of a paranormal crew to uncover the answers he so desperately needs. The movie opens with him sitting in front of a camera saying, “if for some reason, someone else is watching this, stop!” It’s not terrible advice for a movie that isn’t acted very well or scary in the ways that matter. We are 25 years out from the Blair Witch Project (1999), and it’s still rare to find a low-budget film with the same heart, terror, and genuine fear.

Movie Reelist Contributor: MontiLee Stormer
MontiLee Stormer is a writer of horror, dark and urban fantasy. She’s also is a troublemaker, concocting acts of mayhem and despair for her own selfish pleasure. An avid movie watcher, she prefers horror but will see just about anything if you're buying. Poltergeist (1982) is her favorite movie and she actively hates The Shining (1980) due to its racism, misogyny, the butchering of the source material. She could host a TEDtalk on this single subject. Writing about herself in the third person is just a bonus.

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