Since cancelling our cable subscription, at my house we are often at a loss for what to watch. We have every imaginable streaming service, but I feel like all of that variety makes it even harder to narrow down what we would like to watch. I’m often so bombarded with review copies of things that I seldom have a chance to watch what I “want” to watch in the first place, so wasting time choosing something on Netflix/Hulu/HBOGO/Amazon Instant is even more infuriating. Sometimes I wish somebody would just tell me what to watch. Please note that this is no kind of “Top” list. These movies are not ranked. This is just a list of 4 horror films currently on Netflix instant that I feel must be watched by fans of the genre. If you have any recommendations, please put them in the comments, or send me an email at Shawn@liberaldead.com and I will include them in a list down the road, provided that they are still available to stream.
Almost Human is a recent release from IFC Midnight. Though their output is somewhat hit and miss, it is almost always consistently entertaining, at the very least. Almost Human had some detractors, but I really felt like it was one of the most entertaining horror films that I have seen in the year 2014. It has a lightning-fast pace, and some really impressive practical gore effects. Almost Human is sort of a hybrid, with obvious influences. This is like an alien-abduction-slasher type of film, one that borrows heavily from films like Fire in the Sky, The Terminator, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and more, but still manages to feel fresh in the way that it is executed. If you are looking for something a little different than most of the indie horror flicks that we’ve seen so far in 2014, I strongly urge you to give Almost Human a chance.
+1, also known as Plus One, was a film that I had interest in, mostly because it was directed by Dennis Illiadis, that also directed the Last House on the Left remake. I wasn’t exactly a fan of the Last House remake, but I can admit that that is in-part due to my personal bias. I’m generally the one defending remakes from illogical arguments, but Last House holds a special place in my heart, in that it was the first movie that really made me feel dirty for having watched it. The remake felt to sanitized in comparison, but I was at least interested in seeing where the director would go from there. +1 is another film that owes its existence to already-established piece of work, but weaves its concept/story in a way that makes you feel like it is a wholly original picture, even though it really isn’t. +1 is really hard to explain, but it really focuses on time travel, more than anything else, and I really dug it quite a bit. Horror films that involve time travel aren’t all that common. There have been a few, but it is still a fairly uncharted concept.
Chop! is a title that I have decided to list, that some may disagree with. It is certainly not for everyone, but I feel like it is a film that should be seen, at the very least. Chop! is directed by Trent Haaga, who is a modern-day Jack-of-all-trades. You may even be familiar with his work, and not be aware of who he is. For those that don’t know, he is a writer, producer, actor, and now director. He has written such films as Citizen Toxie, Deadgirl, and Cheap Thrills. Chop! was written by Adam Minarovich, who also wrote the screenplay for Pawn Shop Chronicles, another recent favorite of mine that remains criminally underseen. Chop! is a horror/comedy hybrid, that mixes outlandish dialogue and situations, with torture. The movie is equal parts gory, and hilarious. Chop! was one of the films released under the Bloody Disgusting Selects banner. Most of what they released was DVD only, with the exception of The Woman, and even that had a fairly limited Blu-ray release. You may not have the same feelings about Chop! when it is over, but I feel it is something that must be watched by fans of the genre, at least once.
Halloween is right around the corner, and so long as it stays available until then, Satan’s Little Helper is the perfect film to have in your queue for such an occasion. I watch this film once per year, during the month of October, and I know at the very least, Dead Air’s Jeff Konopka does as well. Satan’s Little Helper is one of the most mean-spirited Halloween movies you’ll likely ever see. That’s what makes it so great. You follow a kid that is obsessed with a particular video game, so when a serial killer shows up on Halloween, dressed as the main character from the game, he follows him around, assisting him in his massacre. To say that this film is bizarre would be an understatement, but as it stands, it is one of the most prolific titles in my yearly October lineup. This is a film that, if you haven’t seen it yet, I STRONGLY urge you to add it to your rotation this year. I have a feeling you’ll end up adding it to your yearly rotation, as most people I have turned on to the flick have.