Oh, the horror! The horror! And how great it is. Of all the genres in Netflix, the horror section is truly the most impressive. Sure in other areas Netflix provides major blockbuster hits like “Iron Man” and “Super 8,” but the horror section gives notice to some of those independent gems that may have been missed by the average moviegoer.
If you’re a fan of the found footage movies like the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, which can also be found on Netflix, you should check out “Grave Encounters.” It’s a story of a ghost hunting team filming for their television show. They go explore an abandoned insane asylum and guess what? Things get a little crazy.
Now before you toss this movie to the side based on the plot, just hear me out. Although it sounds like a cliché, it is done superbly. The characters are funny in their own way as they try and fake the show to make it better. The scares are more constant as opposed to other found footage films, and as the twists and turns start to unravel and the desperation starts to set in for the characters, the viewer is treated to some intense breakdowns. Each character begins to unwrap and snap in their own way.
Perhaps ghosts don’t scare you. Maybe a psychological horror is more up your alley. Then “Dread” is a movie to view.
A few college students are doing a study of fear. Everything is going just fine until one of the students takes it a step further by trying to recreate these fears. There are some pop-out scares for those who like that kind of thing, but the majority of the fear comes from imagining what it’s like to be in their position. It’s torture, but for the mind. After all the disturbing images, you really want the bad guy to lose and the good guy to win. It’s a very scary movie, unless your sensibilities are already a little off balance.
There are also good collections of foreign horror films. There is “Ju-On,” known in America as “The Grudge.”
“Atrocious,” a Spanish found-footage movie.
But most importantly, the Swedish movie “Let the Right One In.” The American remake is known as “Let Me In,” but the original is far superior than the beat for beat remake.
“Let the Right One In” is considered a horror-romance movie that includes vampires. Now when most people hear romance and vampires, immediate connections to “Twilight” are made. “Let the Right One In” is nothing like that. In fact, it just may be the best movie to ever appear on Netflix. A bullied twelve-year-old is planning revenge in his town, which is being plagued by mysterious murders. Not scary in the traditional sense, but horrifying in realism and graphic images. It’s hard to even describe how great it is. Art is really the best word for it.
There are also some decent mainstream films that got national release, like “Insidious”, but what about those horrible horrors? What about those scary movies that are so bad, they’re actually good? Of course there is “Birdemic: Shock and Terror,” which includes a minute long applause scene.
But the winner for best worst movie goes to “Troll 2.” This is a movie so iconically bad it even has a documentary made about its cult status. Pop some popcorn, grab some friends and get ready to be stunned by how truly awful it is.
There are even more great films that I haven’t covered, (“Session 9″ and “The Innkeepers”) and these are all movies that will have you saying “Oh my God”!