Known for its fast and easy movie rentals, Redbox has also introduced Redbox Free On Demand, a free streaming platform for new and vintage movies. There is a wide variety of content to choose from, including indie films, horror and action flicks, and more, on the commercial-driven streaming service, which follows the same philosophy as its rental options. It will be even easier to check out the service now that it includes desktop support (it was mobile-only at launch). As of August 2021, this list is current.
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There are lots of alternative AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) providers out there, but this Redbox streaming list emphasizes the best of the streamer’s offerings if slogging through a few ads more than paying a rental charge is more appealing to you. And there’s no need to create an account to begin viewing. Redbox Free On Demand is currently available on Roku, iOS, Android phones and TVs, and Vizio devices, with LG, Xbox, Samsung, and Google Chromecast compatibility in the works….
You may also check out our guides to the top movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, Showtime, and Cinemax in addition to Redbox Free On Demand material. All of our Paste Movie Guides are also available.
Here are the 10 best movies on Redbox Free On Demand:
1. His Girl Friday
A superb tale and a storyline that doesn’t let up for a second can do so much to astound us that many of us may have forgotten how powerful special effects can be. “Remarriage humor” and “newspaper intrigue” are two of the decade’s most enduring themes in this incredible, dizzyingly fast-paced screwball comedy by Howard Hughes, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It’s clear from the moment Lindy Johnson, played by Russell, storms into Walter Burns’ (Grant) office that she intends to tell him she’s remarried and quitting journalism to raise a family. There is no high-suspense mystery here. In this film, what keeps you on your toes is how you get there. In His Girl Friday, the protagonists’ witty and lightning-fast dialogue provides most of the film’s humorous appeal. Keep your phone away from your face as you watch this. In fact, you should make an effort to minimize the use of the blinking mechanism. Amy Glynn, author
2. Battle Royale
The comparison between Battle Royale and The Hunger Games movies is fine, because you’ll probably do it anyway. Similarly, it’s fine to uncover how the lasting triumphs of the latter franchise were fundamentally done better and more efficiently by the former. On a strange and weapon-laden island, a group of teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a battle to the death arranged by the government, much like the four-film crash course in creating an action star who is really simply an action star’s symbol. There are even island-wide announcements of the day’s dead as the sun sets over the remaining youngsters.) The film’s exposition, however, is so pared down that one can’t help but marvel at how cleanly Fukasaku (who had a full career behind him when he made this, only three years before his death) can lend depth to these children and build stakes around them to the point that their deaths matter and their doomed plights sting. To see how the filmmaker manages to make such a tenuous notion (which The Hunger Games takes numerous films to do, and without any lightheartedness) is astounding—plus, he managed to get Beat Takeshi Kitano to portray the President Snow-type figure, which Kitano plays to near perfection. Although it’s believed that Battle Royale II would attempt to improve its game, especially given the success of its predecessor in Japan, stick to the original: Battle Royale will make you more concerned about kids killing each other than you probably already are. In the words of Dom Sinacola:
A steady stream of classic pictures fills the streets of Metropolis, which never stops down. A treacherous henchman, a robot, a rooftop pursuit, catacombs, and a crazy scientist all feature in Fritz Lang’s science fiction/adventure fable. The film Metropolis also serves as a sobering reminder of how difficult it is to evaluate a work in progress. Most of the time, it isn’t made evident in screenings or on home media that many silent films are missing material. This picture has always been noted for its stunning special effects, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that modern audiences saw a film that even came near to what Lang had originally created. “Visionary” is legally necessary while discussing this film. With Fritz Rasp as a corporate state spy, the best performance in Metropolis was discovered to be part of the lost material. This adds a deeper sense of urgency as well as a greater sense of class-based antagonistism to the film. We’re left wondering what more was obliterated in the nitrate fires of one of the greatest pictures of all time. As of this writing, Jeremy Mathews is no longer with the company.
Irregular film Nightbreed sits somewhere in the middle of a true horror movie and a dark fantasy tale. Only a few years after Hellraiser, Clive Barker returns to helm a film, but this time, his ambitions may have gotten the better of him. Clearly, he wanted Nightbreed to be a horror epic with a powerful message about the importance of self-acceptance, community, and identification. In practice, though, it has a difficult time deciding what tone it should be emitting. It can be darkly amusing at times. It can get downright creepy at times. There are instances when you’re unsure whether or not you should be taking what’s happening on television as seriously as possible. The art direction, scenery, costumes, and makeup are all outstanding. While some of the characters’ designs may appear “silly,” many of them are sure to haunt you in the night. There is a lot to like about Nightbreed, a tale of monsters trying to construct a community where they may live happily, but it doesn’t have the impact of Barker’s most recognizable characters. There is a Jim Vorel here.
5. But I’m a Cheerleader
It’s odd, in today’s society, for a love affair between two young women to take place in a gay conversion treatment camp. For the simple reason that we know how damaging these methods can be to individuals who are subjected to them. We can all agree that our LGBT+ brothers and sisters were born this way and deserve the same amount of love as everyone else. With the help of her best friend Graham (Clea DuVall), Megan discovers the love she’s been searching for all her life. By virtue of the actors’ modest and insightful portrayals, their connection and chemistry are brought to life. —Robert Ham, Jr.
6. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Despite the fact that they’ve worked on everything from Critters to Pee-Big Wee’s Adventure, Stephen, Charles, and Edward Chiodo are most known to horror fans for their work on Killer Klowns From Outer Space. As if by a stroke of luck, the titular creatures are aliens and everything about them is connected to clowns. In other words, their spaceship is a gigantic circus tent. In addition to the fact that they consume humans as if they were cotton candy. Their floppy shoes and red ball noses may also be to blame. There are so many lovely coincidences in life. If you’re looking for a darkly comedic story that doesn’t actually try to scare you, then this is the movie for you. The Chiodos’ amazing makeup and FX work on a short budget is what makes this film worth seeing today. Clown Magic is used to construct a shadow T-Rex that first entertains, and eventually eats, the onlookers in the “shadow puppets” segment. There is a Jim Vorel
7. Black Christmas
Black Christmas, Bob Clark’s first slasher film, was released nine years before he filmed A Christmas Story. In addition to providing TBS with its annual Christmas Eve marathon fodder, he or she was credited for inventing the term “The calls are coming from within the house!” Despite being four years older than John Carpenter’s Halloween, Black Christmas incorporates many of the same visual cues. The killer stalks the dimly lit halls of a sorority home, spying on his victims from the point of view of the killer’s eyes, just as he did in last year’s Halloween. One can’t help but be reminded of the scene where Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) phones her friend Lynda, only to hear her strangled with the telephone chord. The “final female” slasher cliché was popularized by Black Christmas, and it has become almost archetypal. When it comes to portraying a tough and savvy young woman who can handle both her personal connections and potentially lethal situations, Olivia Hussey’s Jessica Bradford (The Last Girl) is one of the genre’s best-realized characters. Since then, it’s not clear how many other slashers have been able to achieve the same level of authenticity in their characters. JIM VOREL, author
As a staple of the horror genre, it seems pointless to include F.W. Murnau’s sublimely bizarre spin on Dracula here. The movie was a major influence on the modern vampire legend we know today because of its dark, ominous tone and striking visuals. It’s the best kind of annual rite of passage. Sean Gandert, author
9. The Proposition
In John Hillcoat’s The Proposition, Hell looks a lot like the Australian outback, if you’ve ever pondered what Hell may look like. Even before you hear the Australian accents, The Proposition has a distinctively Australian visual texture that you might not expect from a film set in such an arid and punishing climate. Rather than the film’s nationality evoking such dread, the relentless brutality does the trick. Thematically, The Proposition is connected to John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a film about law-abiding citizens attempting to tame wild territories and civilize unruly people despite all logic being against them. In contrast, Ford’s film never even tries to reach the barbarity of The Proposition’s concluding minutes, where blood is met by blood and violent action can only be stopped by violent response. In the words of Andy Crump
As the term “cult horror film” implies, “Cube” is just that: a classic. There is a terrific notion, a joyful execution, a scrappy underdog component, and an unexpected franchise that follows in its wake. The film’s characters are held in a multi-room jail that is riddled with deadly traps. Are we really looking at a cube here? Is that what the person who has them in custody really wants them to believe? This is one of the more inventive and bare-bones indie horror films that incorporate (and successfully carry off) sci-fi elements as the protagonists succumb to fear and claustrophobia.. Cube is one of those great video store movies that you rent just on the cover alone and come away satisfied because it is tense and scary, with the same type of purposely narrow scope as movies like Saw. Jacob Oller, author