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MFF Streaming: Five Horror Films Worth a Watch on Netflix

May 30, 2016

The streaming landscape is so vast it becomes difficult to single out one film to watch.  In an effort to save you time and energy I’ve scoured the streaming services and started offering film/television recommendations that you might appreciate. These five horror films are incredibly eclectic, but they all offer something different for the viewer. If you are looking for something to watch you can’t go wrong with these five films. Enjoy!

1. Scream 2 

Scream 2 is so good it defies all sequel logic.  Scream hit the theaters in 1996 and exploded into a cultural phenomenon. A sequel was ordered and it was to be released in 357 days. Thus, in one year a script needed to be written, actors had to be cast, locations had to be scouted, filming had to commence, editing was required and marketing needed to do its thing. In the world of sequels a one year turn around is tantamount to disaster. No other sequel that has been released a year after the original has been as critically beloved and audience appreciated. It was a perfect blend of craftsmanship, talent and synergy.

Scream 2 is the best horror sequel ever made. Make sure to check out the piece I wrote about it and our podcast on all things Wes Craven.

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2. Hush

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Hush is the best horror film of 2016 (so far) and Netflix was smart to snatch it up. Hush tells the story of cat-and -mouse game between a resourceful woman and a deadly killer. You will love how practical, smart and efficient it is. Director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) is turning out to be a fantastic horror director and I can’t wait to see what he doesn next. An added bonus is Stephen King loves it!

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3. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is gloriously violent and all kinds of fun. Director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel and Gretel) is a maestro of mayhem who turns the violence and humor up to 11. He has found a way to make head smooshes, decapitation and blood eruptions palatable via his offbeat humor. The antics never seem mean-spirited because Wirkola infuses his films with a glee filled imagination that incorporates blood-letting very well.

Dead Snow 2 is so full of life and ludicrous characters that you can’t help but enjoy the ride. We are blessed with likable characters, cheeky one-liners and a zombie sidekick who routinely gets killed and brought back to life (Martin’s hand revives dead zombies). Just when you think the gore can’t get any crazier we get a massive Russian zombie vs. Nazi zombie battle. It is excessive (miles of intestines are pulled), inventive and ends on a tank fist fight.

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4. The Hallow

The Hallow is a neat little Irish horror film that excels at creating likable characters and gooey practical effects. What I love about the film is how it plays with conventions while subverting them. You never know where it is going and despite the familiar elements it all feels fresh. If you like the movie make sure to check out our podcast where we go in-depth into all things gooey and evil.

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5. Devil

I am a big fan of Devil (even the toast bit). It is an under appreciated horror film that starts strong and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The opening shot of Philly upside down does a fine job of establishing dread and proving that the world is upside down.  It has a refreshing lack of pretense and it simply wants to tell the world a new story. Shakespeare it ain’t but it was never intended to be the next Exorcist, Omenor Sixth Sense. The horror landscape has a dearth of original ideas so it pains me when something trying to be original gets dismissed before it ever hits the movie screens (people laughed out loud when they saw “produced by M. Night Shyamalan”).

The lack of interest and preconceived notions is a shame because Devil is a neat little one-off film that features a claustrophobic vibe and singular story. The 52% Rotten Tomatoes rating is better than the standard horror film rating and it is light years ahead of the 25% average of Shyamalan’s prior three films. Devil features one of the coolest openings of recent memory and I loved the grey and off-kilter vibe it established. Also, I have no problem with toast being used a devil detector.

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