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.”

How We Are What I Live Now

We Are What We Are and How I Live Now are currently available on instant Netflix.

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.

What if we made a horror film with indie movie sensibilities? We Are What We Are is a horror movie with wonderful cinematography and an emphasis on character development. It unfolds slowly, almost gracefully and builds gradually to a very powerful conclusion.

We Are What We Are is based on a 2010 Mexican horror film of the same name. I have yet to watch the Mexican version but just a brief glimpse at a synopsis shows significant differences. The cannibalism in the U.S. version is clearly present but quite understated.

It manages to avoid most of the hoary horror tropes but does still have the person investigating who fails to tell anyone where they are going or what they are doing. Other than that all I will say is well played and let you discover this gem for yourself.

How I Live Now

 

How I Live Now (2013) – Rated R

An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.”

Since this is based on the novel by Meg Rosoff, I have to assume that the writer is British. All the British kids are delightful and helpful and our protagonist, Daisy, an American, is one of the most hateful and abrasive teenagers I have ever seen on screen. The character verges on a parody of the Ugly American tourist – so much so that the first fifteen minutes of the film are almost unbearable. Daisy also has an unintelligible internal monologue.

If you stick it out, the film begins to be rewarding fairly quickly after that. The children/young adults live out in the country and so, initially, they are relatively unaffected by the outbreak of war. It doesn’t take long for them to receive a rude awakening and a few lessons in martial law.

Irritatingly, the soundtrack often overrides the background news broadcasts. Another irritation is that large swaths of the story are told in montage format. I did like that the opposing force was nameless and faceless for the most part). How I live Now is pretty decent, though not great, once you pass the quarter hour mark.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 3/25/14

Another week, another set of viewing choices, mostly documentaries and foreign films.

American Dreamz

Comedy: American Dreamz, Anjelah Johnson: The Homecoming Show

Bhutto

Documentary: Ballerina, Bhutto, Breaking the Maya Code, The Devil’s Miner, Fidel, For the Bible Tells Me So, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, A Girl and A Gun, Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral, Live Nude Girls Unite!, Living Downstream, Nicky’s Family, War on Whistleblowers, 20 Feet from Stardom

Drama: Parting Glances, Bloomington, Jump, Least Among Saints, Out in the Dark, Princess Kaiulani, Big Sur, Mud

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Contracted

Foreign: Band Baaja Baaraat, Chak De! India, Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dostana, Fondi 91, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Veer-Zaara, The Prey

We Are What We Are

Horror: We Are What We Are

Television: New seasons of Good Luck Charlie and Drop Dead Diva

Thriller: Paranoia