Friday, October 11, 2013

My Favorite Netflix Instant-Watch Horror Movie Picks For Halloween Watching

If you've been reading along long enough you get the point that the horror genre is the cozy security blanket I let myself drown in, it's my happy place. And lucky me, I am sharing a Netflix account with a friend have a Netflix account of my very own to indulge my bizarre need for the macabre, and it has some of my genre favorites available on instant-watch too! Here are my top 5 favorite picks for your seasonal enjoyment:

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1) Pet Sematary

Combining Adult Horror seamlessly with the supernatural, Pet Sematary is such a gorgeous flick. The score is hauntingly beautiful, the family believable, and the horror so universally relatable. This is simply one of the best-done movies in the genre, one even my non-horror loving friends appreciate. There are many interesting themes to take away from it, a big one being the danger of not letting something "end" when it needs to and the ungodly "monsters" you make when you don't. Watch it and reflect. It's a real holiday mood-setter.

Fun Fact: Steven King considers Pet Sematary his scariest book yet. I'd have to agree!

Oh, damn, even the trailer is good! Watch this if you haven't!

2) The Thing

Another horror master, John Carpenter, director of the immortal Halloween, created a masterpiece with his remake of The Thing. There are several elements collaborating to make The Thing such a chilling (ha, see what I did there) feature; isolation, realistic and smart characterization, arctic setting, masterful pacing, killer score and jaw-droppingly beautiful (gruesome) practical affects. Oh, and let's not forget The Kurt Russell. His unflinching R.J MacReady is my hero. Thinking deeply about it, my favorite element of The Thing is how I care for every single character. In subtle ways only good directing and acting can do, each character is fully fleshed and I feel for their plight. This is the lifeblood of a good horror film, it's horror when you're scared for those characters on the screen, and that's a lost art now. Give this one a watch, ignore that shitty newer remake/sequel that does everything wrong!

Fun Fact: The special affects guy literally lived on the set while he was creating the gorgeous gory puppets. Job well done, sir. So worth it and preferable to CGI all these years later.

3) Let the Right One In

Frightening and sweet with beautiful storytelling and visuals alike, this unique Swedish vampire movie is a must-watch. I found this one on a whim while jetlagged and scanning through my friend's Apple TV while visiting Japan. I was immediately sucked into this film for the stark, clean beauty of it's cinematography and instant like-ability of the capable young lead actors. This is a visual feast, it could be a must-watch for the artistry alone but it has the story and character to match.

Fun Fact: This one's so good a shot-by-shot American remake was created, I've seen both and prefer the Swedish version, but the American movie surprisingly still captures both the beautiful look and heart of the story.

Love this very retro ad! And yes you may end up having to chant the above to survive!

4) The Last House on the Left

Wes Craven, creator of horror icon Freddy Krueger's first infamous film is about the real horror all around us. The Last House of the Left works as horror because this shit happens. The violent acts in this film are the most intense I've ever experienced from a movie. The raw quality of the film gives it a realistic tension that made it painful to watch. You've been warned! This movie reminds us that real horror isn't the intangible ghosts and boogeymen, it's reported on the news everyday. It's the people of the world without a moral compass that make us lock our doors at night.

Fun Fact: I've read that the goofy scenes juxtaposing the violent ones was done intentionally to mirror how the media was reporting violent wars and juxtaposing it with light, fluffy stories at the time. Also, this movie is heavily inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Springs".

5) The Cabin in the Woods

And now, for something completely different! I like when horror's bleak, but equally love when it's weird and campy. The less you know about The Cabin in the Woods, the better, don't spoil the surprises in the comments! What you can know is that this is a sweetly gift-wrapped treat for horror fans with many tasty easter eggs to uncover and that it's fun ride for the initiated and uninitiated horror watcher alike. This one's a good popcorn movie with beers and friends. Watch this one to feel better after crying about the Evils of Humanity in a dark corner after you watch The Last House on the Left.

And some honorable mentions: V/H/S intriguing horror anthology, Rosemary's Baby one of the scariest ever, Scream for a waltz down memory lane or a look at a huge trope-creator for newbies, Funny Games for a fascinating flick intended to play with YOUR MIND, Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue horror movie legends discuss horror flicks throughout American History Re-Animator for a kitschy crazy good time and beautiful colorful visuals. Won't spoil some gross surprises...

Got Any Horror Movies to Recommend? Let's discuss in the comments! I may have to do a couple more Horror Flick recommendation posts! Oh, speaking of a Cabin in the Woods I'll be on my way to Georgia to stay in one today! Expect plenty of photos next week.
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  1. Thank you. Will check some of these out.

  2. Check out "Tucker and Dale versus Evil" - it's a hysterical inside-out "slasher" flick that is delightfully gory but funny!

  3. Saw that one, almost included it but I think it's kind of a genre flick that's lost on some people. My friends didn't seem to like it but I looooved it. I rarely laugh out loud at horror comedies but this one did the trick :D

  4. Haven't heard of some of these, will try these out!

  5. I LOVE Let the Right One In! I would suggest the new and original Evil Dead (original is on instant view) and The Ward was really good!

    1. I haven't seen the new one yet, I wonder if it's available to rent yet? LOVE the original. "The Ward" was pretty spooky, too. Didn't feel quite safe walking back to the bedroom after that one.

  6. Oh you know me, Van. I'm a horror nut. Ringu, the original Japanese version haunts me to this day. Something about the lack of overly digitized CGI, when compared to its American counterpart and the score. Eek. Scary stuff! Also, for a major dose of 80s nostalgia... Monster Squad! You have to remember Monster Squad. Dracula awakens a crew of old school classic monsters to take over the world. I just watched it for the first time in like 20 years. And it's still the greatest.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

    1. Monster Squad I haven't seen, gonna have to watch that one ASAP! The original Ring and Grudge...cannot watch those alone at night if I want to sleep. Terrifying!

  7. Great films - the Swedish Vampire one looks worth checking out. One of my all-time favourite horror films is, 'The Shining'.

    1. I adore the Shining, it was definitely up on last week's list. I was surprised it wasn't available on Netflix Instant Watch but they had a fascinating documentary on it called "Room 237" that showed just how much thought went into it and had fun conspiracy theories about the "fake" lunar landing footage.

  8. Let the Right One In... Good one :)

  9. Let the Right One In is good.
    Horror isn't a genre I am obsessed with... I'm not really a movie person, I guess, but I do watch them. (Most) 1970's movies ain't for me though, not my thing. I am going to be watching I Spit On Your Grave 2. I watched the remake first, I did indeed like it. The original - not for me.

    1. I watched the remake of the original. The remake's violence was more violent and hard-to-watch, but it completely screwed up the feminist message and of the first by making the revenge unrealistic and the lead actress uninteresting. The original is actually quite pretty with tranquil nature scenes, pensive still shots, and a completely lack of soundtrack. Another horror nerd goes on and on about it better than I could here and here

      I may have watched more 70s movies than the average person born in 1986, very dated, they ain't for everyone.

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