Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ten + Horror Flicks You Can Instantly Watch On Netflix That You Should Instantly Watch On Netflix!

For those who are uninformed, one of the great things about Netflix is that, no matter your level of subscription (even the $4.99 one!), you can watch an unlimited number of movies instantly right on your computer from a limited but fairly impressive selection. No waiting for the DVD's in the mail and no getting off your lazy ass to slide a disc into a player! Free movies right in the comfort of your own computer chair.

Like I said, the selection isn't nearly as massive as the selection that the Flix offers up in disc format, but it's got some great titles in it and the available titles are ever growing and ever changing.

Here's 10 horror movies (in no particular order) that they have available for instant watching that are worth your time in checking out! Whether it's the classics, the gore fests, the foreign, or the dramatic horror you're into, this list should provide something for everyone! Click each title link to be taken directly to the page where you can watch the movie (if you in fact are a Netflix subscriber)! If you're not a member, sign up now and get the first two weeks free! One last note before we get to the movies! If you are a member, send me a friend request on there so you can check out what movies are in my queue as well as my ratings on over 650 movies! The e-mail's mortis45@aol.com

The first two are from the first season of the Masters of Horrors series which, while all around not being so great, had some worthwhile installments ....

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Takashi Miike's Imprint

An American journalist is searching for a prostitute in 19th-century Japan ; what he finds instead is a deformed courtesan with a tale of unspeakable cruelty.

I'm still not certain whether i'm a fan of Miike's movies or not (ok, I love him), but I certaintly cannot deny that i'm endlessly fascinated and shocked by his work. Some of his stuff i've loved, some of it i've been incredibly bored by. But one thing is certain ; when you watch a Miike film, you're in store for something you have NEVER seen before. On that level, Imprint certaintly does not dissapoint. The acting and dialogue at times are atrocious, but I think every horror fan needs to check this little fucked up movie out. This installment never aired on Showtime as part of the series because of its shocking content, so it's really cool that it's now readily available to be instantly watched in this format. I remember the days when I had to seek out a bootleg copy at horror conventions!

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Lucky McKee's Sick Girl


A bizarre bug tries to horn in on the fleshly action of a torrid lesbian tryst in this sensual and shocking thriller from writer-director Lucky McKee. A cryptic package from Brazil containing an unusual insect arrives on the doorstep of introvert entomologist Ida Teeter (Angela Bettis). When the creepy crawly bites Ida's new lover (Misty Mundae), the sapphic couple finds their erotic affair transformed into a gruesome ménage à trois.

This is hands down my favorite of the series. Being a huge fan of McKee, Bettis, and of course their first flick May, Sick Girl is a real treat. It's fun, it's campy, it's unique, and Mundae gets topless (duh)! Speaking of McKee, the awesome Brian Cox starring Red can also be watched instantly, which McKee (partially) directed.

Every episode from MOH season 1 is available for insta view as a matter of fact. Worth checking out also are Dario Argento's Jenifer and John Landis' Deer Woman

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Hatchet

When Ben, his friend Marcus, and assorted strangers embark on a creepy nighttime boat trip into the bayou, their journey takes them into the lair of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), a freak of nature whose deformity has turned him into a bloodthirsty killer. Only Marybeth, one of the travelers, holds the secret that may keep them alive. Horror legend Robert Englund co-stars in this comic gore fest.

What can I say about Hatchet that I haven't already said? Pure and simply, it's one of the most fun horror movies to come along in the last several years. From the over the top gore to the Robert Englund and the Kane Hodder to the hideously deformed Victor Crowley, Hatchet is an incredibly entertaining throwback to balls to the wall gory horror. Try watching this movie without having a hell of a good time. I dare ya!

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The Orphanage

With fond memories of the seaside orphanage where she was raised, Laura persuades her husband to help her revamp it as a facility for disabled children. But once they move in, their son Simón begins to exhibit dark and disturbing behavior. As Laura tries to understand Simón's increasingly malevolent actions, she becomes drawn into the house's terrifying secrets in this gothic chiller.

Tied with Let The Right One In for my favorite horror flick of last year. In fact, The Orphanage is one of my favorite movies PERIOD of last year. How often does a horror film come along that deeply emotionally impacts you enough to make ya squirt out a few tears? Or more than a few, in my case. Watch it, pay close attention, and then read my in depth fanalysis of it HERE.

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The Host

Seoul's River Han is the watery birthplace of a giant mutant creature bent on the city's total destruction. Hie-bong is a humble snack bar owner whose precious granddaughter Hyun-se is scooped up by the scaly lizard, presumably as an appetizer before the beast devours all of Seoul. Can the mild-mannered concession peddler, his dim son and slacker grandson band together and save both child and city?

While most giant monster flicks hide the monster from sight throughout much of the film, The Host wastes absolutely no time in showing you every little detail of the beautifully CGI'ed sea best in FULL DAYLIGHT! The first time I saw this one, my jaw literally hit the floor when I laid eyes on this thing. I'm a total sucker for sea creature movies and this one has quickly become one of my favorites. It's at times very bizarre and uncertain of whether it wants to be a comedy or a serious movie, but I personally would take Hostie over Clovie any day! This coming from a Cloverfield fan.

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Them

Late one night, Lucas and Clémentine encounter strange events in their remote country home. It starts with prank calls and strange noises, but when the power is cut off and their car disappears, the terrified couple is trapped by the unseen force. Is it simply kids from the school where Clémentine teaches, or could it have something to do with a mother and daughter who mysteriously vanished the day before?

Creepy and fucking utterly disturbing (and based somewhat in reality), the best way I can describe Them is that it's a better foreign version of The Strangers. If you liked The Strangers, you will probably love this one. And if you didn't, this might be more your cup of tea. I can't recommend you check this one out enough. Everyone that's seen it based on my recommendation has loved it.

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Spider Baby

The last of the Merrye clan afflicted with a degenerative brain disease that's turned them into bloodthirsty savages live in a tumbledown mansion, spinning a homicidal web and carving up those unlucky enough to cross their paths. Meanwhile, loyal family chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) covers their tracks. Trouble arrives in the form of two conniving cousins and their unctuous lawyer, who decide to spend the night … and come to regret it.

HURRY! This one will only be available to instantly watch until March 1st!

The main reason I was interested in watching this movie is because it was one of Sid Haig's first. He plays a pinhead Schlitzie (if you've seen Freaks, you'll know whom I speak of) type character and it's a real sight to behold. This movie is totally twisted and fucked up and its influences can be seen on many classic horror movies that have come in its wake. The Merrye clan may be one of my favorite fucked up horror families of all time!

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The Eye

When a young girl, Mun, undergoes a corneal transplant to correct her blindness, she not only receives the gift of eyesight, but second sight as well: She can now see ghosts. To exorcise the demons tormenting her, Mun looks into the life of the person who donated the corneas and unearths a deep mystery that she becomes desperate to solve.

I won't lie. This movie scares the shit out of me and I don't think i'll ever be able to watch it alone in a dark room again. It's not the best movie, but it's pretty fuckin creepy and there's one or two moments in there that are the scariest i've seen in a horror flick. And I don't scare easy! Stay away from the Jessica Alba remake and watch this one. Alone. In a dark room.

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Phantasm

Often considered one of the icons of 1970s independent horror cinema, director Don Coscarelli's classic nail-biter follows two boys who, in pursuit of an odd-looking grave robber, may wind up as the newest members of a freshly dead slave race. Jody and Mike discover that the creature stealing cadavers walks the earth but lives in the afterworld -- and that it needs more corpses.

I'm sure the good majority of you reading this have already seen this one but I had to include it in case some of you have not. Phantasm is one of my favorite old school 70's horror movies and The Tall Man one of my favorite villains. When Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep) is good, he's reallll good.

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Last but not least, if somehow it has managed to slip past you all these years or if you just want to revel in its gory glory once more, you can watch The Evil Dead on your computer right this instant!

8 comments:

Peggy said...

MOH's 'Fair-Haired Child' did it for me. I can sometimes still see that bloody thing sometimes when I turn the light out. 'Pro-Life' gets an honourable mention, too. If I had balls, they would have crawled up into my body never to be seen again after seeing that.

Johnny said...

Fair Haired Child was alright but I didn't really like Pro-Life so much.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

I thought Pro-Life was ok, but that may have a lot to do with wanting John Carpenter to make a good movie...

My absolute favourite(s) of the series are Pelts and Haeckel's Tale - for me they both far outdo any of the other episodes.

Johnny said...

Interesting. I thought Pelts was terrible. I was embarassed for both Meat Loaf and Argento!

thebonebreaker said...

Great list Johnny!
The only one that I have not seen is The Orphanage - guess I better get on that! :-)

P.S. I sent you a friend request

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Anonymous said...

from what i understand ills (aka them) came before the strangers, which was supposed to be an american remake. both were supposedly based on the same 'true story,' which.... no one can quite track down.

btw, i liked ills/them better, because the first 8 minutes are some of the best in horror, and you never see a damn thing.

-girl trouble

Anonymous said...

Another good list for instant watch horror:

http://www.offbeatinklings.com/best-horror-on-netflix-instant-watch/