It is a new day and a new week. Do you know what that means? Well allow me to remind you. It means another fun filled edition of 10 Horror Movies on Netflix Worth Watching.
If you are new to this regular and on going feature let me just remind you that every single week a different writer from our team shares 10 horror movies to watch on Netflix. Netflix is well priced so we love it and although at times we bemoan its selection it does have a boat load of new and classic horror movies well worth seeing.
So without further ado here are 10 that Lola Savage our most fierce female writer thinks are 10 great choices.
Like most urban legends, Candyman too, stands the test of time. This particular tale makes its way to Helen as she works on her thesis detailing those very stories that haunt us. This one says that if you say his name five times in the mirror, he’ll suddenly appear and murder you with his hook hand.
Something about the myth has Helen intrigued and she goes further into the folklore. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’ll soon be discovering something she could’ve never imagined.
I truly believe this movie can sustain the test of time. The creature that is Candyman is both unique and unusual, and even if it may seem a bit hokey, I thought he was really scary. If you’ve ever attempted the ritual of bloody mary, or enjoyed several Nightmare on Elm St. films, you’ll get the same thing out of Candyman.
Think you’ve seen every good zombie movie out there? Well I bet you haven’t tasted this one yet. Taking a new perspective, Aaah!!! Zombies!! is a genre film offering you to experience the horror from the world of the brain leeches themselves. Beginning with the infection of a group of friends, they go through the familiar process of dying, then becoming re-animated
They stumble out of their bowling alley and begin making their way around town, slowly coming to the realization that they are no longer living . Authorities soon show up on the seen and try to track down any infected persons in order to contain the situation. A quirky and unique camera tactic is used to depict the world as they live it.
This film holds onto the title of campy like a redneck to his shotgun, but wears it well and with pride. A very enjoyable movie that shows the hard work that was put into it.
One of the first movies to introduce me to the Japanese horror scene, Infection is a dark and psychologically twisted tale of a hospital suddenly overcome with a mysterious infection. The small group of strained staff members struggle to work through the night.
When they accidently kill one of their patients during a procedure, the lead doctor convinces the rest of the group to forge the paperwork in order to keep their jobs. But just as they overcome one obstacle, another arises as an ambulance drops off a man whose organs are practically liquefying inside him. As the staff is forced to attempt to treat him, the infection inevitably spreads.
Though this may seem like an open-and-shut story, it eventually makes a huge twist that is worth watching. Also, you’ll be interested to know this is just the first film in a trilogy by director Masayuki Ochiai.
Originally released in 1998 in German and then remade in the U.S. shot for shot by the same director Michael Haneke, Funny Games is a sadistic thriller without all the gore but with plenty of psychological butchering. While settling into their lakeside vacation home, Anna, her husband, and their son are abruptly terrorized by two unknown boys who give them no reason or rhyme to their malicious games. The family struggles through the night, attempting to figure out how to play so they can learn to stay alive.
I really appreciate a good mind-bender just as much as a bloody massacre, so this movie is a favorite of mine. The performances are real, which is exactly what you need to feel deep fear for the characters and just how horrifying their situation is. And the scariest thing is when there really is no reason why. It’s just because. There’s not enough pleading you can do to convince this emotionless monsters.
The Japanese ghost horror that was then remade in America in 2006, Pulse in its original form is a great example of Japan’s ability to provide inspiring work for the genre. Centered in Tokyo, a string of suicides quickly becomes more than that as the people who have passed on begin to appear to the living through computer screens, electronics, and the shadows themselves.
But as more and more people die and the city becomes a graveyard of its former self, those still remaining must struggle to decode what’s happening in order to prevent them from being sucked into the trance of suicide.
Ghost stories have acted as a means of horror for generations, so when the dead themselves start to communicate to you through your computer, you get real scared. Some of the best parts of this film are the imagery used to convey the truly eerie nature of the city in its decay and death and the striking figures of the ghosts themselves.
Here come the 80’s again with this genre milestone, defining the vampire movie for a generation. Michael and his brother have just moved to a new town with their mother and Michael doesn’t waste any time getting tangled up with a pretty girl and her dangerous friends.
But things aren’t that simple. Rumors say that Michael’s new gang is made up of certified vampires and you’re pretty sure that’s the case when Michael’s pressured into becoming the very thing his brother reads about in comic books. And thank goodness he does, because when the symptoms show themselves, he knows who to find, and how to save his brother from a world of darkness.
This is an all-time classic thriller for its fantastic character development and attribution to the vampire genre. But unlike Twilight (utter crap) The Lost Boys is a great example of what vampires can be like and how dangerous they can really be.
Released in 1989 and directed by Bob Balaban, you might be wondering what the heck this movie is. I know I was when I found it on our lovely Netflix. Well, after a very pleasant hour-and-something, I am pleased to report this is a keeper. It’s strange, and morose, and a little wacky: all the things I like about the late 80’s.
In this dark comedy we find Michael and his parents have just moved to another cookie-cutter suburb in the prime 1950’s. Enjoying everything a boy at his age could (nightmares, anxieties, anti-social tendencies) his attention soon draws on the plump meal his family is blessed with every night, that they loosely call leftovers.
He wonders where all the leftovers come from and when he doesn’t get an answer, he goes digging. Could these seemingly normal and practically plastic pleasant people be cannibals just hiding out amongst all the greenery, or is his imagination far too great? Michael’s forced to come to terms with a lot more than just adolescence.
A horror/comedy for the DVD rack, Dead Snow opens on the typical group of college friends traveling to an isolated cabin in the mountains looking to drink, get laid, and probably ski too. Okay, so a bit different form the normal but it’s Norwegian and this is more than likely their means of entertainment since it seems to snow almost non-stop.
Once they’ve achieved a descent level of inebriation, they are suddenly visited by an old man, who camps in these mountains and who tells them a dark folklore about the battle that occurred on this mountainside and just how in danger they really are.
When the group unfortunately and inevitably stumble upon the relic that’s been keeping the Nazi zombies at bay, the recovery of the heavily sought after treasure ensues again and the group is in for quite the fight. Stocked full of blood, gore, laughs, chainsaws, knives, and so on; “Dead Snow” keeps you entertained while staying just far enough from campy to keep it off the B-list.
Another favorite from the late 80’s, Child’s Play was hardly meant for children, but instead adults that were always afraid of their dolls growing up (i.e. everyone). Before police have the chance to apprehend a notorious serial killer, he invokes a spell that transfers his soul to the body of the latest toy craze: the Chucky doll. This particular one becomes a birthday present for happy and innocent 6-year-old Andy.
But despite Chucky’s cuddly factor (hardly), Andy thinks there’s something very wrong with his new friend. Being trapped in a doll doesn’t seem to stop Ray from his murdering ways and his new family has to somehow explain to authorities that they know exactly where the killer is.
Carrying the familiar and clever wit as Freddy Kreuger, Chucky offers his own brand of sadistic humor along with his unique killings. And of course having the exterior of a Chucky doll makes it all the more terrifying. So please to enjoy this staple of 80’s horror slashers.
For those of you who have not yet witnessed this disgusting, yet somehow entertaining movie, I shall delve once more into my mind and remember the scenes I had hoped I wouldn’t have to revisit. A good old fashioned mad doctor (of plastic surgery) has become insatiably obsessed with creating a new breed of centipede involving attaching several people to one another to give them one digestible track. Having already practiced the procedure on animals, he finally prepares himself to kidnap three tourists and in a very theatrical manner, tells them about the unique, but free, plastic surgery they will soon undergo.
Somehow they’re not delighted. A bit of a struggle ensues but the doctor’s got his plan down pat and despite how hard you wish, it happens. Very little is actually shown. The areas where the three are connected (anus to mouth) are covered with clean white fabric that’s almost artistic. Being absolutely beside himself, the doctor is now free to train and cater to his new pet. But not alls well that ends there, and the story won’t leave you hanging.
If at this point you haven’t, and don’t intend to watch this foreign gem, then you’ll have to stay under your rock cause’ I’m not coming to get you. Something about this truly twisted and intense yet modest movie has audiences captivated. The story may not be prime work, but its certainly a unique enough concept that’s worth experiencing, no matter how much you squirm.