Top Ten Offbeat Horror on Streaming Netflix

Netflix has so many wonderful horror movies nestled amid a flood of dreck. Here are ten you should watch right now.

Haunter

 

Haunter (2013) – Not Rated

Putting a new spin on spooky, the haunted soul in this film — 15-year-old Lisa — is long dead, and the ghost she senses is a flesh-and-blood teen.”

Oculus

 

Oculus (2013) – Rated R

Now young adults, sibs Tim and Kaylie are still trying to recover from — and get to the bottom of — their parents’ deaths more than a decade ago.”

Horns

 

Horns (2013) – Rated R

Accused of murder, Ig Perish wakes up one day to find he’s grown a set of horns — compelling people to confess their sins to him.”

Dead Snow 2

 

Dead Snow (2009) – Not Rated

A group of friends gets the scariest history lesson of their lives during a weekend getaway, where the party is interrupted by Nazi zombies.”

Dead Snow 2 (2014) – Rated R

After medical student Martin escapes from Nazi zombies, he gathers an army to face off against the bloodthirsty, undead battalion.

You're Next

 

You’re Next (2011) – Rated R

“A shy girl goes to her new boyfriend’s family reunion and must join their bloody fight for survival when a gang of masked hooligans invades the party.”

We Are What We Are

 

We Are What We Are (2013) – Rated R

Following a family tragedy, two teenage sisters are forced by their domineering father to keep their cannibalistic clan’s macabre traditions alive.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

 

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) – Rated R

Expecting to relax at their “vacation” cabin, two backwoods boys see their trip turn into a nightmare when they’re accused of being psychotic killers.

American Mary

 

American Mary (2012) – Rated R

A medical student who’s piling up debt jumps at the chance when she’s offered a lucrative opportunity to perform extreme body-modification surgeries.

John Dies at the End

 

John Dies at the End (2012) – Rated R

Promising a trip that transcends time and space, a drug called Soy Sauce is sweeping the landscape — and quietly robbing users of their humanity.”

Happy Halloween! Watch These on Netflix

Okay, you parents are probably out tonight trick-or-treating with your young’uns. I know I will be taking my adorable granddaughter Dorothy out and about. Those without children may be attending parties, especially with it being a Friday.

Dracula Untold

For the rest of you, there are slim pickings at the theater. Since there is no new Saw movie, they are re-releasing the original for one week only. New horror movies would be Horns, Ouija, Annabelle, and Dracula Untold. Ouija and Annabelle have very bad reviews and are watered down PG-13 ratings anyway. Dracula Untold wasn’t good but was at least passably entertaining.

Netflix only has two Halloween films and they are definitely bottom of the barrel. Halloween Resurrection was based on the thought of hey, why go out on a high note with a definite ending like Halloween H20? Why not pit kung fu fighting Busta Rhymes against Michael Myers? At least the other one (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) gave Paul Rudd his start in films.

You're Next

Still Netflix has plenty of wonderful horror films you might have missed. Try Cabin in the Woods, You’re Next, Evil Dead 2, World War Z, American Mary, Event Horizon, and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and I doubt you will be disappointed.

American Mary, Mister White, and Why I Watch Low Budget Horror

American Mary is currently available on instant Netflix

One Line Review: Body modification horror is absolutely fascinating.

American MaryAmerican Mary (2012) – Rated R

Medical student Mary Mason is becoming dissatisfied with her path in life, mostly because she’s piling up massive debt. But when she’s offered a lucrative opportunity to get involved in extreme body-modification surgeries, she jumps at the chance.

Rated R for strong aberrant violent content including disturbing images, torture, a rape, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.

First, I have to post my disclaimer. American Mary does include a rape scene, which is normally an automatic ‘no’ for me. I enjoyed American Mary in spite of the scene in question but viewer beware.

Films like American Mary, The House of the Devil and Erica Summers’ Mister White are why I am willing to sit through all the drek that low budget horror has to offer.

I was initially looking forward to this simply because Katharine Isabelle was the ironic star (American Mary is Canadian). I adored the female coming of age allegory disguised as a werewolf movie, Ginger Snaps. The two sequels were also very enjoyable if not up to the level of the original. Unfortunately after that I have only seen her pop up in guest appearances.

Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska wrote, directed, and produced American Mary. They had previously made the cult film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Not only do they appear as twins in American Mary but their father and mother, who remortgaged their house to finance the film, also have cameos as Dr. Janusz and a female officer respectively. American Mary is clearly a labor of love and it pays off.

I do not have a great deal of knowledge in body modification. Tattoos and non-ear piercings were not at all commonplace when I grew up yet most of the people I know now have them including my daughters and son-in-law. When the outrageous becomes common, boundaries have to be pushed further for people to establish their individuality.

American Mary is hard to define as a horror movie. It also is not really a revenge film although that is a theme that runs through it. The Soska sisters have found a way to weave as much body modification as they can into Mary’s descent or rise or empowerment (it can be viewed many ways) as possible.

American Mary is best viewed as an entertaining and fascinating overview of body modification. The storyline is somewhat episodic and does not always gel properly but all of the incidents are fascinating and drawn from real life. Katharine Isabel is engaging as Mary. Tristan Risk, a burlesque dancer, plays one of the more fascinating characters, Beatress Johnson. To say more of her character would be a spoiler.

American Mary is highly recommended.