As of late Netflix has seen quite the resurgence as its stock price rockets up to new highs after dropping to record lows. I was frankly really worried that Netflix might go the way of the mocking-bird and thankfully it seems it will stay with us for some time to come.
Netflix for me has always been a great service at a great price and a very inexpensive way for me to experience horror movies I would never buy but still want to see at some point. Like many of you I have bills and can’t buy every horror movie that comes out and Netflix means I get more access to my favorite genre with less expenditure.
We regularly like to share lists of horror movies on Netflix worth checking out and this is my latest contribution of new horror movie releases and old horror movies classics that you can watch on Netflix.
Joe Dante’s The Hole is a throw back to the classic teen horror movies of the 90’s. Joe Dante is best known for his work on Gremlins which is a cult classic and although The Hole doesn’t compare in style or overall quality it is still a pretty solid horror film.
The Hole is the story of two brothers and their attractive neighbor who discover a hole in their garage that is a gateway to something very evil. True to form when you find a hole filled with Evil it always wants to come out and raise a little hell.
Kevin Smith’s RED STATE critics declared was one of the best horror movies of the year. I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and own almost every movie he has ever directed and written. That said I think Red State fell flat with me mainly because it was billed as this monumental original film and it was not.
RED State is the story of a nut job religious group that has brutal and sadistic habits. It is a movie well worth watching on Netflix but I am not sure its quite as good as many critics made it out to be.
I have not yet watched VHS because I have an issue with it on a personal level. That said every time we talk about this movie its split right down the middle and always starts an argument.
People either love it or they hate it which makes it hard for fans who have not seen it to decide if its worth renting or buying. I definitely plan to watch it on Netflix at some point and now you can to.
I cant help but include The Frightener’s which is one of the best horror comedies of all time. Back before Lord of the Rings made Peter Jackson a house hold name he was doing great films like Dead Alive and The Frightener’s. This film has made a few of our top lists including an earlier Best Horror Movies on Netflix.
It is the story of a con artist who actually can see ghosts but uses his skills to line his own pockets. This quickly changes when he encounters a truly dangerous spirit to thwart.
HELL is a new film from Roland Emmerich which got very little fanfare but for me is one of the best apocalyptic horror films I have seen in many years. Roland Emmerich has directed two other apocalyptic movies Independence Day and The Day After tomorrow but they are nothing like HELL.
Unlike the two films I just mentioned which were cgi laden big budget popcorn movies HELL is a stark brutal indie film that looks at the end of the world through a very dark lens. If you liked The Road but wanted more action then HELL is for you. A must see.
Snow Town is in a word one of the most brutal movies I have ever seen. It is a true story about an Australian killer and his accomplices who not only helped him but covered up his crimes. The brutality on the screen and the implied violence reminiscent of the Jaws effect left a mark on me.
I have seen gorier movies but Snow Town is grimy, gross and hard to stomach. I do not want to see it again but I am glad I did if only to stare into the evil eye of humanity.
When I reviewed Insidious and said I neither loved it or hated it I got a pile of hate mail and negative comments from readers. Over time though I have come to discover that I am not the only one who liked but did not love Insidious.
I thought it was a nice throw back to ghost stories of the 70’s and 80’s but it was by no means a master piece or all that genre bending which many critics implied it was. Streaming now on Netflix if you have not seen it you should as those who do love it are very passionate about it.
The Theatre Bizarre
Much like VHS this one is on my watch list for the weekend. I have included it on the list because many of our writers included it on their Best Horror of 2012 lists.
Theatre Bizarre is a gory over the top horror anthology which includes horror icons like Tom Savini and Debbie Rochon.
AAAH Zombies aka Wasting Away made my list of new zombie movies worth watching which I posted last weekend. It’s a really funny take on the classic zombie movie with a twist. If you like films like Return of the Living Dead you will love Aah Zombies. It’s a must see.
The Evil Dead
Last on my list and the most important on this list is Evil Dead. Its been on Netflix for a while but with the remake about to hit theaters I hope by including it on this list that our younger readers who have never seen the movie will watch it. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell Evil Dead is considered one of the 5 greatest horror movies of all time by almost every die-hard horror fan.