TOP ZOMBIE MOVIES ON NETFLIX STREAMING-published 10/29/11
TOP HALLOWEEN TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX STREAMING-published 10/26/11
NOTE: This was the first Netflix post that I ever wrote (that’s why the format/tone is different). Netflix has changed so much since then that much of this isn’t applicable. I’m currently writing a new series of horror posts, all of which will be linked to at the top of this page. I’m not changing most of this particular post though.
Man, that’s an unwieldy title. I was going to write a post about my all time favorite horror movies, which I may still do, but then I thought about how I’m an instant gratification kind of girl. I’ve read lots of lists like that online and I usually skim them and then move on because that’s that. This way you can go check these out immediately. Just click the titles to be whisked away to the movies.
Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988) (not currently available)
The Return of the Living Dead is amazing and also sometimes available on streaming. I didn’t even know until a couple of years ago about this pseudo sequel to that movie. It’s even more goofy. It stars many of the same actors from the other film but in completely different roles.
This is definitely a cheesy favorite from my childhood. While it seems (to me anyway) that being afraid of clowns in general is ridiculous there is something very evil about the ones in this Chiodos Brothers flick. They look totally awesome too. There is a reason that over 20 years after the films release you can buy the masks in some Halloween stores.
Pin (1988) (not currently available)
A creepy movie about a guy who grows up thinking a dummy is real. Totally creeped me out as a kid.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (Not Currently Available)
“All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die. Now it may not sound too great to a sconehead like you, but I think it’s swell. And you come along and tell me I’m a member of the hairy mole club so you can throw things at me?”
I was a huge fan of the original movie growing up. It’s funny and oh, so 90s. Keep your eyes out for Paul Reubens’ awesome scene. Stars Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry and David Arquette.
Witchboard 3: The Possession (1995) (Not Currently Available)
I always rented rated R horror movies for my sleepovers from about ages 10-14. I would just pick out whatever looked the most disgusting/disturbing. I remember watching these Witchboard movies and thinking they were fucked up. Oh and we always used to play with Ouija boards. The trailer looks sufficiently awful.
The Dead Hate the Living (2000) (Not Currently Available)
I read an article about the making of this low budget flick years ago in Fangoria. It’s surprisingly good. It’s about real horror being unleashed on the set of a no budget horror movie.
Dead and Breakfast (2004) (Not Currently Available)
This is goofy zombie movie with singing and Jeremy Sisto, David Carradine and Diedrich Bader.
Stan Helsing (2009) (Not Currently Available)
So, this is not what I would call a good movie but it’s so bad I found it fun. It’s in the vein of the Scary Movie series. It stars Kenan Thompson and Diora Baird. Don’t forget to do the drinking game.
Yes, I’m a big Bruce Campbell fan so I’ve seen almost everything he’s been in.
The Evil Dead (1981)
I’m sure if you are a horror movie buff you’ve already seen this but here goes. Yes, this was the movie that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell made in a sort act of movie passion through grit and determination. You can read all about it in his book, If Chins Could Kill. Plot? You know, teens, woods, demons. I would love to be able to have Army of Darkness up here which is my favorite of the 3 Evil Dead movies but it isn’t currently streaming.
Alien Apocalypse (2005) (not currently available)
This was a Sci-Fi channel movie starring Bruce and Renee O’Connor. It was a sort of giant bug take on Planet of the Apes. It’s regarded as a really bad movie and even Bruce Campbell looked at me like I was nuts when I cheered at it’s mention at a convention one time. There is some funny stuff here. Plus you get to see Autolycus kiss Gabrielle!
Man with the Screaming Brain (2005) (not currently available)
Over the top, filmed in Bulgaria and co-starring Ted Raimi. I don’t think I need to explain the plot, just look at the picture.
My Name Is Bruce (2007) (not currently available)
This is a film starring a satirized version of Campbell himself where he has to be a real hero. I am a fan but it’s best for those who are big BC fans because of the in jokes and general feel.
The Thirst (2006) (not currently available) (Not Currently Available)
A film about drug addicts who become blood addicts. Definitely original. Also stars Adam Baldwin, Jeremy Sister, Matt Keeslar and Tom Lenk.
The Gravedancers (2006) (not currently available)
This film was part of the After Dark Horrorfest series (many which were terrible). Old friends return home for the funeral of one of their gang. They get drunk, do something stupid and horror ensues. Also stars Dominic Purcell.
THE CLASSICS: OLD AND NEW(ER)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Not Currently Available)
Although Romero recently lost his way since moving to Canada he used to be a genius. No matter how many times I see the granddaddy of zombie movies if it’s on TV I can’t turn it off. Of course the creepiness factor was upped by the factor that for much of my life I’ve lived about an hour and a half from where it was filmed and down the street from an old cemetery. My other Romero favorites are Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead.
The Exorcist (1973) (not currently available)
A little girl is possessed and acts wretched. I didn’t watch this until the theatrical re-release in 2000 because it seemed lame to me. Of course I got it after I saw it. My mother hates horror movies and cites this as one of the reasons why. She said my father took her to see it on one of their first dates and she was totally grossed out.
Carrie is about a telekinetic high school outcast who snaps. It’s definitely one of those movies that makes me uncomfortable. Stars Sissy Spacek and John Travolta.
The Amityville Horror (1979) (not currently available)
I didn’t even check out these movies until a few years ago because it didn’t seem scary to me but I was wrong. The film is based on a true story about a real haunted house. If you have a million bucks laying around and want to go insane and kill your family you can buy the real house since it was put back on the market this year. Pass on the remake with a ripped (as usual) Ryan Reynolds which was fairly bad. James Brolin stars.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)/Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) (Both are not currently available.)
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, better stay awake. / Nine, ten, never sleep again
I don’t care how many awful remakes they make Robert Englund will always be Freddy to me. There are the only 2 on streaming and they happen to be my favorites. You know Freddy is the serial killer who can only kill you in your dreams but you can’t stay awake forever. In New Nightmare the actors from the first film play versions of themselves but Freddy is tired of being fictional and comes through to the real world.
Beetlejuice (1988) (not currently available)
Yes, it’s a PG rated kid’s movie but you don’t know how cool I was when I played it at my 5th birthday (lol). But seriously Beetlejuice was awesome. Michael Keaton was spot on as this gross guy Betelgeuse who is a bio-exorcist (he exorcises the living). The film is by Tim Burton and also stars Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara and a disconcertingly hot, young and nerdy Alec Baldwin.
Child’s Play (1988)/Child’s Play 2: Chucky’s Back (1990) (The second is not currently available.)
Chucky was an ugly doll who would, pardon my French, fuck your shit up. He was actually infused with the soul of a serial killer. My favorite of the series is Bride of Chucky which is goofier.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) (not currently available)
The classic story that was true to the book and gorgeous. Gary Oldman plays Dracula to perfection. Also stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes and Anthony Hopkins.
Candyman (1992) (not currently available)
Candyman was up there with Bloody Mary in terms of carnage to our young minds back in the day.
Interview with the Vampire (1994) (Not Currently Available)
“I longed for death. I know that now. I invited it. A release from the pain of living. My invitation was open to anyone. To the whore at my side. To the pimp that followed. But it was a vampire that accepted it.”
Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Christian Slater, at their most virile, biting each other while dressed in finery, what more could a girl want? I think I watched my video of this about a million times back in the day. I’m also a huge fan of Rice’s book series. Too bad she told me on Facebook that she will never go back to writing them.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) (not currently available)
“Oh, you got a letter? I got run over! Helen gets her hair chopped off, Julie gets a body in her trunk, and you get a letter? That’s balanced!”
Teenagers accidentally kill someone and then a year later they start getting murdered. Originally I wouldn’t have watched this movie with someone else’s eyes. It seemed to be the kind of preppy crap I abhorred. (I was a freshman in high school when it was released). I later watched it and found out it was pretty fun. It’s based on the Lois Duncan book. Duncan was popular when I was young but I gravitated more towards Christopher Pike.
Stigmata (1999) (Not Currently Available)
I have a feeling a lot of people haven’t seen this movie but I’m a big fan. Patricia Arquette stars as an atheist, hair stylist who gets the stigmata. Also stars Gabriel Byrne, Nia Long, Enrico Colantoni, Portia de Rossi and Patrick Muldoon.
Saw 6 (2009) (Not Currently Available)
Watch this and get caught up before the new Saw 7 (in 3D!) comes out this Friday. I have grown to be a big fan of this sick series about the jigsaw killer. Most people agree that the first was very good but then it becomes divided into two camps, the ones who wished they’d stopped at 1 and the other who wish they’d never stop. I used to be in the middle. I’m still not crazy about the 2nd film but otherwise I’m a pretty big fan. If you want torture porn you can always pop one of these in. I really love that Costas Mandylor became a fixture of the series as I’ve always had a thing for him. Follow one of the stars, Tanedra Howard, on twitter.
*Last Updated October 2013*