10 Hidden Horror Gems on Netflix for Halloween
- Henry Northmore
- 21 October 2015
Life After Beth
The best scary movies you probably haven't heard of lurking in the Netflix vault
When you are searching for a horror movie this October it would be easy to go for one of the many classics Netflix have on offer. And while An American Werewolf in London, The Blair Witch Project, The Omen or Scream are great choices there are plenty of other interesting oddities hidden in the dark corners of the Netflix catalogue.
Two friends, Derek Lee and Clif Prowse (who also co-wrote and co-directed), head off on a trip round the world. Unfortunately one of them takes ill after a weird encounter with a mysterious woman in Paris. He soon starts to exhibit strange and disturbing symptoms in this gripping found footage feature.
2. The Burrowers
A downbeat horror western about underground creatures plaguing a small community. It also takes the time to examine the attitudes the early pioneers had towards the native population.
3. From Beyond
Director Stuart Gordon followed his classy zombie movie Re-Animator (also currently available on Netflix) with another HP Lovecraft adaptation (also starring Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs). Attempts to make contact with a fourth dimension end with predictably gooey and gory results.
4. Fear(s) of the Dark
Black and white French animated horror anthology. Fans of Charles Burns' award-winning graphic novel Black Hole will particularly enjoy his segment concerning creepy intelligent insects.
5. John Dies at the End
Director Don Coscarelli's (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) first feature film in 10 years is a brilliantly bonkers adaptation of David Wong's psychedelic novel that centres around a mind-altering drug called soy sauce. The rest is too bizarre to easily explain, just dive in and revel in the madness.
6. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Classic 80s nonsense as an evil alien race, who happen to look like demented circus performers, take over a small town killing everyone via ridiculously comical clown-themed methods. As stupid and funny as the title would suggest.
7. Life After Beth
Parks and Recreations' Aubrey Plaza stars alongside Dane DeHann in this indie zom-rom-com. John C Reilly, Cheryl Hines and Anna Kendrick add considerable support.
The spiritual successor of Killer Klowns … as Geordie stand-up Ross Noble plays the titular psychotic clown back from the dead to wreak revenge on the kids that killed him in this low budget Irish horror comedy.
9. The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears
Co-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani once again bow down and pay homage to the Italian 70s giallo movement in this twisting, turning tale of a man searching for his missing wife. Weird, unsettling and visually stunning.
10. Would You Rather
A party 'game' spirals into bloody violence as Jeffrey Combs raises the stakes and the gore quotient as he leads the contestants through a series of increasingly nasty physical challenges and moral conundrums.