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.”

Haunted by the Housebound Haunter

Haunter and Housebound are currently available on instant Netflix

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.

I am not a big fan of the haunted subgenre of horror. I love The Changeling growing up and have enjoyed more modern fare such as The Sixth Sense and The Others but it seemed to me that the subgenre was worn out.

I really enjoyed writer/director Vincenzo Natali’s Cube (1997) but the sequels missed why Cube worked. Cube used an imaginative science fiction setting to examine psychological and social archetypes. Parts of it were amateurish and flawed but, on the whole, it really worked for me. Sadly, the sequels just took the science fiction setting and jettisoned the rest.

In Haunter, Natali directs from a script written by Brian King and their collaboration bears remarkable fruit. This. This is the reason I sit through so much dreck. Haunter is one of the gems amidst all that coal.

The movie description appears to be a spoiler but it is revealed very early on that Lisa understands that she is dead because all of the particulars of each day are exactly the same a la Groundhog’s Day. The story takes many twists and turns from there and I am loathe to spoil them.

Performances are just fine across the board with two standouts. Oscar-nominee Abigail Breslin is perfectly cast and riveting as Lisa. Her turn anchors the whole film. The always delightful Stephen McHattie is, of course, delightful as the Pale Man.

If you need a good supernatural film, see Haunter.

Housebound

 

Housebound (2014) – Not Rated

A troubled young woman is convicted of petty crimes and placed under house arrest in the home of her strange family and a bunch of evil spirits.

But anyone who says there’s no such thing as a bad egg obviously hasn’t worked in social services.”

Housebound has some good moments, most involving a very creepy stuffed animal. It has a nice, intricate overall plot. There is a nice sense of humor that pops up at odd intervals.

Unfortunately it is very difficult to sit through as the protagonist is not just unlikable but is thoroughly repugnant. It is not a matter of not caring for her, she is so awful that you actively wish she would die. This makes the first act almost unbearable.

If you can get past that, the rest of the movie is actually quite good. Housebound is a very funny horror comedy but it requires quite a bit of work. While the first act is the worst, Kylie remains unlikable throughout.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 2/18/2014

The easy recommendation is the second season of House of Cards. The opening episode is phenomenal.

Action/Adventure: Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Ambushed, Force of Execution

Comedy: Were the World Mine, Ingenious, Chris Porter: Ugly and Angry, Rock and Roll Fantasy

The Summit

Documentary: Danland, The Motivation, The Network, The Summit

Cloudburst

Drama: Cloudburst, My Normal, Four, Inch’Allah, The Dynamiter, Somewhere

Foreign: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The Haunting of Helena, Evil, Mercury Man

Haunter

Horror: Haunter

Television: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford’s Puppy Days, and new seasons of Bridezillas, The Pitch, Burn Notice, House of Cards, and Lab Rats

Thriller: The Mystery of Spoon River, Passion