(WARNING: Spoilers below, read with caution.)
Happy October! Since it's the month for horror buffs to tell ghost tales and share pictures of clowns to your coulrophobic friends, I figured I would revisit another one of my articles and add to it.
I wrote an article not too long ago about movies on Netflix that I felt got ratings they didn't deserve. It's gotten a lot of great feedback so I thought I would make another list since movies keep coming out and getting poor ratings they don't deserve. I'll get right to it, but first, the credentials for the movies I picked are as followed:
1. As the title suggests, all the movies will either be in the horror or thriller genre.
2. All movies can be found on Netflix right now (October 2016).
3. The movies have three stars or less. One of the common questions on my last list was how I choose the movies based on ratings. A lot of the films from that list actually had better ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes or IMDb. Regardless of those ratings, my list is solely based on the ratings they have on Netflix. I feel most people pass by movies with 1 or 2 stars because they automatically think it won't be good. This list serves the purpose of giving you a better idea of these films so you might give them a chance. You never know the gem you might pass by just because it has a bad rating.
If you would like to check out the first list, here it is: 11 Underrated Horror/Thriller movies on Netflix you HAVE to watch!
13. The Chosen
This film is a bit corny and the script could've been improved, but the story is very unique and intriguing. It's one of those common possession tales where the younger sister is on the verge of being taken over by a demon unless her brother can do something about it. The sick twist: He has to sacrifice other family members to the demon in order for it to release his sister. Now, of course, this idea could've been done a little bit better than how it came out, but the story is really why you wanna watch this film.
12. The Houses October Built
Those who have read my work know of the huge soft spot I have for mockumentary/found footage type films. I've loved them since The Blair Witch Project and I watch every one that comes out. This movie is no different. It follows a bunch of friends who go around the country checking out various haunted houses and attractions. Their purpose is mainly to record the evolution of the "haunted house" throughout history in America. They visit some really cheap ones and a few really well made ones until they come to one that is so secret, they need an invitation to experience it. A coworker recommended this to me and now I pass it on to you.
11. Apartment 143 (Emergo)
I'm not sure why this film has two names or why it is rated so low, but it deserves more attention. It's another mockumentary style film, but what I enjoyed about this, despite the filmography, was its setting. It takes place in the apartment of a family that is coping after the death of the wife/mother. The family has their own secrets (that I won't spoil that for you). A team of scientists come in to investigate the man's family to find out what is haunting them. It's Poltergeist meets Paranormal Activity in a 3-bedroom apartment. All I wish they added was what other people in the building witnessed and experienced all of that haunting stuff going on.
10. We Are Still Here
This is a typical haunted house tale, but there is a lot more etched in the reasoning to why it's haunted. A couple move into the house after the death of their son and try to get on with their lives. What they don't know is that the house wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice. The twist: HA! You'll just have to watch and see. There was a lot I enjoyed about this film and one of those things is the source of the house's haunting. I found it original even though the story is quite simple. Still, that twist is what sort of gets ya.
9. In Fear
I was very surprised to see this film had such a low rating. I would've thought it would scare the shit out of people with how simple yet real the setting is — lost in the backroads of Ireland at night with only your car headlights shining the path. I know people who can't get out of their car on some roads in Jersey at night simply because the street lamps are too far apart. Darkness is a very real fear for a lot of people and so is being lost. When those two elements combine, ya can't go wrong. What does this film add to that fear? Well, someone you can't seem to find keeps messing with your stuff when you're not looking. No ghosts. No demons. Just make sure you bring a flashlight.
Despite my love for found footage films, I'm also a sucker for a black and white flick done right. If the rather bright and vivid poster doesn't give that away, I'll let you know first off that, yes, this is an all black and white movie. I'll also let you know that it is a surprisingly short movie at only 75 minutes. It also has a small cast, which can be good or bad depending on the director's talent or how the story flows. Basically, it's a chronicle of a woman's decent into madness while house-sitting for a complete stranger. There is a lot of background music and sound effects, so make sure the volume is up (but not too high). Don't say I didn't warn you.
This was actually a suggestion from someone who commented on my other list. I looked it up and gave it a shot. I'm super happy I did. This film is another one with a short cast and, of course, found footage quality. The kicker is that it's not about demons in the woods or a haunting of any kind. Its about a guy who pays a complete stranger to come up to his cabin and record his life for a day. That doesn't sound too scary though, does it? Well, when you combine the plot with the title, I'm sure you can come to a conclusion. One thing I will say is that if you do give it a chance: go in without any expectations.
OK. This upsets me. A lot. This movie has only two stars on Netflix and I'm baffled as to why. I love movies that tell multiple stories overlapping the actual plot and each one is something completely different. Tales from the Darkside was the first movie I ever saw that played off that concept well and the original Tales from the Crypt movie (the 1972 film) also did well with that concept. If you have not giving this film a chance and if you liked either of the movies I just mentioned, I highly suggest watching this. They made two sequels, and the first one, V/H/S 2, was just as awesome as this one. V/H/S: Viral, not so much. I don't know what happened there, but they dropped the ball with that one. I wouldn't recommend it, but definitely the first two. OH! And did I mention it's in my favorite style?
5. V/H/S 2
4. The Blood Lands
This is based in an isolated farmhouse in Scotland. A happy couple buy it cheap and look to start their life there anew. Things seem to be going well the first day — moving stuff in, going on a picnic, and talking about the remodels for the house — but once night falls, they realize they are not welcome. It's like a mix between I Spit On Your Grave and The Purge. I love those bittersweet revenge films and if you do too, then give this a watch.
3. The Hallow
My fiance and I watched this film on a whim. We got bored and wanted to try a random horror movie. That is mainly how I find out about the major portion of the films I have seen — I catch a poorly rated movie on Netflix and I say, "Did it really deserve that many stars?" I know it sounds like a banal way to pick films, but I do it to discover hidden gems like this one. I think the low rating for this film was unwarranted because it is a fantastic tale of family and sacrifice.
When a couple move into a remote house in Ireland (yes, another film based in Ireland, because that's where scary shit happens) they think it would be a great environment for their new family. They are happy together and they have a beautiful newborn. What no one told them was that the woods surrounding the house are infested with demons. Haunted woods doesn't excite you? Wanna guess what they steal from the families? Watch it and find out. You won't regret it.
2. The ABCs Of Death 1 & 2
After my first list, and while I was researching this list, I was quite shocked to find that so many movies I thought were rated well actually weren't, including V/H/S and this gem of a collection. As the title suggests, this is a film about different ways people can die based on the alphabet. Yes, the entire alphabet. All 26 letters were given to 26 different directors and they were told to use any word they wished to come up with a way to kill someone. V/H/S only consists of about six different stories within an hour and half movie but this is 26 DIFFERENT tales of death. Of course, not all of them are great, but some of them could become their own film outright.
I love when short films become so popular they get movie deals. Mama, Lights Out, and The Babadook are prime examples of successful short films that became even better full features. So what could be wrong about 26 of 'em? I put the first and second one together because they both deserve the same attention and if you haven't watched either of them than they get my highest recommendation.
Now, don't hate me, but this is another anthology film. This concept seems to work well with the horror genre, but only if it is done right. So, like V/H/S and ABC's of Death, this film has a collection of stories about people dying based on one premise: the Holidays. I'm talking Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, you name a major holiday with a collection of Hallmark cards or a funny mascot for kids and this movie has someone dying around it. Once again, it also has a different director for each holiday. As you can see on the poster, even Kevin Smith directed a segment. That is what drove me to wanna watch this in the first place.
This infuriates me. If you are a fan of movies — not just horror movies, but movies in general — I'm certain you watched this film when it came out in 1990. Sure, it's a film made for its era and a lot of people these days who try to watch it probably hate it for its '90s feel, but it is still a great movie. Can you believe this has two stars on Netflix?
This is a Clive Barker classic, from the man who gave us classics such as the Hellraiser series, the Candyman series, and The Midnight Meat Train. Barker wrote and directed this film, and it's one of only three features he made. He's also written tons of other underrated horror films like Rawhead Rex, Lord of Illusions, Quicksilver Highway, and he even wrote an awesome video game called Jericho for the PS3 and Xbox. This guy's life is horror and he deserves more than two stars. Watch it people.
I hope you enjoy these movies, especially ones you haven't seen yet. All feedback is welcome, including recommendations. I always like something new to watch.
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Which of these movies would you be interested in watching?