Best Horror Films on Netflix Right Now

Best Horror Films on Netflix Right Now

Looking for something on Netflix? With the new Stephan King horror film ‘It’ KILLING it at the box office this past weekend (well-deserved by the way), I thought this would be a good time to give some suggestions to you all about the best horror films that are streaming on Netflix right now if you are looking for a horror film to watch! Below I listed the four best horror films (in no particular order) that are steaming right now in my opinion.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

This is a remarkable film for a few reasons. One is that this is one of the best horror/comedies ever made. But this film is more terrifying than it is funny. It’s directed by John Landis who’s known for making LEGENDARY comedies like ‘Animal House’ and ‘The Blues Brothers’. It follows two friends who go to England on vacation and well……one of them gets bit by a werewolf and all hell breaks loose. The comedy comes from the two college students at the beginning of the film and is peppered in throughout the rest of the film, But what this film truly is is a scary and surprisingly an emotional film. If you looking for a classic horror film to watch I would totally recommend this one. Also, if you’re into special effects/makeup, this movie has some of the best effects I’ve ever seen. Most notably the infamous scene of the transformation from human to wolf is almost too real looking and makes you squirm in your seat with terror.

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V/H/S (2012)

If you’re looking to get the living piss scared out of you, V/H/S is your movie. I’m going to tell you guys an embarrassing story about this film. I was watching this film by myself in my room back in my junior year in high school. If you don’t know what V/H/S is, this is an anthology movie. It is a movie that basically is a compilation of about 5 short horror films that are all directed by different people, acting in a larger story about people in a house who find V/H/S tapes and watch them. The tapes are the short films. So anyway, the one about the skype conversation, I yelped. Yes. I yelped. I felt like I have been defeated. But this movie is extremely creepy, but it makes no sense. But it’s not made for that. This is a movie that is made purely to scare you and I think works really well.Vhs-film-poster

The Babadook (2014)

This was my favorite horror film of 2014. It was also one of my favorite films in 2014. Period. This is an Australian horror film about a widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. This film falls into the category of a psychological horror film. This film is way more than just a monster movie. This is, in my opinion, the most disturbing film on this list. It’s a film that is disturbing because of its themes about dealing with loss and how one does that. I don’t want to spoil this movie for anyone because I didn’t know anything about this movie when I saw it, so I was blown away by this movie, Director Jennifer Kent does a brilliant job building tension and creating genuine scares and Essie Davis gives one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

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The Shining (1980)

The most classic horror film on Netflix right now. If you haven’t seen this CLASSIC film yet, I highly recommend it. This is probably my favorite horror film of all time so just for me PLEASE WATCH IT. Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick changed horror filmmaking forever when this came out. This is a highly influential Stephen King adaptation with an ICONIC performance by Jack Nicholson with a ton of iconic scenes as well. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and truly marvel at how beautifully constructed and unsettling this film is.

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‘IT’ Review

‘IT’ Review

Short review: This movie scared me. A lot. Long Review: Stephen King has  A LOT of novels and short stories. Many of them have been turned into films and TV shows. ‘IT’ being one of Stephen King’s most beloved books, it was bound for a studio to make an adaptation of this one. We had a two-part mini-series on TV back in 1990 that starred Tim Curry as Pennywise. I have never seen the mini-series nor read the book so I will not be comparing those to this movie. I will be judging the movie just on its own merits. And I’m happy to say that this is a damn good horror movie.  I was pretty excited to see this because, like most people, I saw the trailer and was genuinely freaked out by it. I don’t do well with clowns at all. I was really scared of them as a kid. Still am. So as you can probably tell, this movie frighten me quite a bit. If you don’t know what this movie is about, the plot is a group of bullied kids, known as the “Losers Club”, band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. The thing that I loved this movie for and what I think most people will get out of this is that this movie is a fantastic blend of two genres: Coming of age and horror. This movie is actually an extremely sweet, funny, and emotional coming of age film, expertly fused with a R-rated horror film. And a SCARY one at that. Some of the images in this film I know will stick with me. My favorite thing about this movie by far is the “Losers Club”. All the kids, every single one of them, is fantastic. They each have a distinct character trait and background and they all have amazing chemistry with one another. My favorites were Richie and Eddie. But they’re all great, seriously. All these kids have bright futures in front of them as actors. I can see people having conversations arguing who their favorite is. Director Andy Musechietti constructs these scares in a unique way. The jump scares are really fun and sometimes very unexpected. Not gonna lie I jumped a few times. Now let’s discuss what everyone wants to know. How was Pennywise the clown? I thought Bill Skarsgard was excellent in this role. He was really charismatic and inviting, so you were drawn to him every time he was on-screen. He had many voice inflections and body movements that really creeped me out. One thing that I loved about Pennywise too was the effects on him. They used some CGI and practical effects on him and I was impressed how seamless it was. There were a couple of shots where it was noticeable but for the most part it looked really good.  Another thing that was great about this film was the way it looked. It was shot beautifully and had a nice color palette to it. My last positive is this film takes some risks with its story. It does things with the kids that I wasn’t expecting them to do and I applauded them for doing that. They really pulled no punches with these scenes. For example the opening scene. If you’ve seen the movie…..you know what I’m talking about. I do have a couple of negatives though. In my opinion there were a couple of cheesy things that happen towards the end of the movie that I felt were really unnecessary. Also, all the adults in this movie are horrible people. It seemed to be a theme in the film, I just wish that theme was a little clearer of why all the adults in the movie were so horrible. And like most horror movies, I could telegraph some of the scares. But other than that, I think this is an awesome and fun horror film. I loved both the horror aspects of this film as well as the sweet coming of age elements. I love all these kids and was having a blast the whole movie and honestly didn’t really want the movie to end. I honestly believe that this version of Pennywise is going to go down in history as one of the best horror movie villains of all time. Up there with Freddy Kruger and Jason.

8.3/10

‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ stars Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olson and is about a FBI agent (Olson) and the town’s veteran game hunter (Renner) who team up to investigate a murder in the Wind River reservation. This film comes from writer/director Taylor Sheridan who is responsible for writing Sicario in 2015 and Hell or High Water (both oscar nominees). So I was interested in this film just based on the fact this was Sheridan’s directorial debut and I loved both Sicario and Hell or High Water. I really think Sheridan is one of the best writers working today. And this movie proves that without a doubt. This film knocked me flat. When the credits started to roll I sat in silence for a few minutes. This is a powerful, incredibly acted, intense, and chilling film. Themes of grief and how living in a place (in this case Wind River, Wyoming) that you are forced to live in can dictate how you view the world are shown in this movie in excruciating detail.  Jeremy Renner gives by far his best performance he’s ever given. His character has a sad past and has a connection with the other locals of Wind River and there are a lot of great scenes between Renner and Gil Birmingham, who plays the Native American father of the girl who was murdered. Renner is very understated and subtle in his performance but it’s as powerful as it could ever been. Elisabeth Olson is great in the film too and I was really happy about her character. In the beginning when she showed up I was hoping that she was not going to be a damsel in distress or anything like that but she was anything but that. Sheridan’s direction is fantastic with the cinematography being excellent as well. His dialogue as well can only be describes as honest. Sheridan has his characters say it like it is and I loved the dialogue for that. Like movies like Se7en, the town of Wind River feels like a character because of the way it’s shot and it incorporation in one of the themes of the film. One thing that surprised the hell out of my was the BRUTAL action scenes in this movie. I was really not expecting them but they are very very satisfying. Like Sicario and Hell or High Water, ‘Wind River’ has a punch in the gut finale that is truly….cathartic. Lastly, what makes this movie one of the best of the year for me is just how emotional it is and how Taylor Sheridan treated the subject matter. By some end text that appears at the end of the film it will be sure to knock you flat. It reveals another layer to the film and what it truly is about, which is heartbreaking. I think this is a film that you are probably going to hear a lot about come Oscar season and will definitely be in my top ten at the end of the year.

10/10 

 

Top Ten “So Bad They’re Good” Movies

Top Ten “So Bad They’re Good” Movies

Believe it or not, finding movies that are just so bad that they are either hilarious or just plain entertaining, is a passion of mine. There is something so entertaining about laughing at a disaster. So here I’m going to list a few movies that I feel fall under this category. My advice to you is to get a group of your friends together and watch one of these. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

 

  1. Gods of Egypt

This is going to be the most recent movie on this list. This movie came out in 2016 and I saw this movie on cable one day and I was in tears with laughter. This movie was so bad that director Alex Proyas was literally offended by the awful reviews of this movie that he went on a rant about how critics don’t “understand” this movie. The rant is highly entertaining in comparison to this movie. The CGI is SO BAD in this movie. What makes me crack up watching this movie is that the movie’s plot is ridiculous and insane. The problem is that the actors are taking this insane plot SUPER SERIOUS. That compared with hilarious dialogue that sounds like a six-year-old wrote it with a crayon and the fact that these actors are acting in an entire CGI environments that looks like a cartoon makes this the best comedy I saw in 2016.

 

  1. The Happening

“Guys, take an interest in science!”- Mark Wahlberg (The Happening). M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s career is an interesting one. His first two films are great, one being an Oscar nominated film (The Sixth Sense), one being one of my favorite movies (Unbreakable), his next two (Signs and The Village) are divisive. His 5th film “Lady in the Water” is a horrible disaster. “The Happening” was his next movie and this was his worst movie at the time. He later topped himself in awfulness with “The Last Airbender” in 2010. While “The Happening” is one of M. Night’s worst movies, its friggin’ hilarious. When Mark Wahlberg is playing a middle school science teacher in your movie you know it’s going to be great. The plot is literally about the plants are mad at humans so they release a toxin that makes people kill themselves. Scary, right? I’ll admit this could be disturbing if done right. M. Night Shamalamadingdong does not do it right. The way he films the suicides is just hilarious. I hate saying that but it’s true. When people jump off the roof in this movie it’s so obvious that they are dummies. It’s insane. There are so many great quotes from this movie from the hilariously awful script. Most notably one about hot dogs. You won’t miss it. And Mark Wahlberg in this movie doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. You can just tell.

  1. Batman & Robin

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the movie that killed the Batman franchise for a little while. This movie was so bad that Warner Bros. put the brakes on making any more Batman films in the future. George Clooney constantly apologizes to Batman fans for this movie. And with good reason. This movie is…..good lord. This is one of those movies that as you watch it you literally think to yourself “What the hell were they thinking?” For example, who thought it was a good idea to include nipples and a cod piece on the Batman and Robin suits? And who told director Joel Schumacher that having a literal shot of Batman’s ass, front side, and his new nipples was a good opening shot? Who thought the line “Hey Batman can I drive the car? Chicks dig the car!”, was a good line? And lastly casting Arnold as Mr. Freeze was a horrible idea. He delivers such zingers as “What killed the dinosaurs? The ice age!!” and “Ice to meet you!” This movie is just hilarious based on the fact alone that it was made. Trust me there is a lot more that I can talk about. I just don’t want to spoil the hilarity.

 

  1. Steel (1997)

Wouldn’t be great if an NBA superstar starred in a DC comic book movie? No, it wouldn’t. Case in point “Steel”. “Steel” stars the one and only Shaquille O’Neal as a friggin guy who makes a suit made from steel and fights crime. What more would you want? If you looking for a movie with seemingly endless amount of basketball puns look no further than “Steel”. These basketball puns don’t even make sense. Shaq isn’t playing himself. He’s playing a character who happens to be 7’1 and 325 pounds. In the movie, kids keep coming up and asking him to shoot a shot. And we all know about Shaq’s free throw shooting so it’s always a joke that he can’t make the shot. It’s so weird. There are so many unintentionally hilarious moments in this movie. There’s a scene where a cop screams “Where did that son of a butt go?!” Son of a butt? Who says that? My favorite moment in this movie is when Shaq falls off a roof and the shot of him falling you can see the wire that’s holding him in the shot. Just awful stuff be endlessly entertaining.

6. Nine Lives (2016)

All I have to do is explain the plot of this movie and you’ll get why this is just hilarious. Academy award-winning actor, Kevin Spacey’s character, is a bad father. He’s a big business man and he doesn’t have time for his kids. So to make up for his horribleness, he decides to get his kids a cat from Chirtopher Walken’s character. Lighting strikes the pet store, (which just looks so sketchy), and Kevin Spacey’s soul possess the cat. Not like a CGI looking cat…..no a real cat. So he has to find out how to get out of his new cat body by trying to convince his family that he is the cat! Mr. Spacey why did you take this role? Oh yeah–money. This movie is hilarious because it does things that are just SO bad that you seriously could not believe that they are doing. I don’t want to spoil the incredible things that happen in this “kids” movie. It will for sure have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

5. Jaws: The Revenge

“Jaws” is quite possibly my favorite movie. It’s one of the movies that I saw when I was a kid that made me fall in love with movies. Jaws’ sequels on the other hand are a very different story for me. “Jaws 2″ isn’t terrible. It’s actually pretty enjoyable. Roy Scheider returned as Chief Brody which helped the films likability a lot.”Jaws 3-D” is awful. It takes place in Sea World. That’s really all I have to say. But “Jaws: The Revenge” is hilarious. It’s like the studio forgot literally everything what made the original Jaws great. Great characters, fantastic dialogue, and incredible suspense. Instead they chose to make a movie with, quite possibly the dumbest plot ever, include original characters from the first one but this time around make them as bland as a cracker, and HAVE THE DUMBEST PLOT EVER. I mean seriously, who wrote this? If you don’t know, the plot of Jaws 4 is that the original shark, who got blown up in the first one, has family members apparently. So this shark HUNTS DOWN THE BRODY FAMILY. Not only is this dumb, it makes no sense. a shark will have no way of knowing where and who these people are. The shark not only does that. When the Brody family gets scared of the sharks they move to the Bahamas. The shark follows them from Amity Island to THE FREAKIN’ BAHAMAS. HOW?!?!? And lastly, how they kill the shark at the end is incredible. It makes no sense and is just hilarious. If you don’t feel like watching this movie just look up the clip on youtube and you won’t be disappointed.

4. Battlefield Earth (2000)

This film is based on the book by L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of the most insane religion ever, scientology. This is the origin story of scientology. It stars John Travolta as a 9 foot tall alien with dreadlocks. I think that’s all I have to say.

3. The Wicker Man

Nicolas Cage is the king of making these kinds of movies. Vampire’s Kiss, Bad Lieutenant, Left Behind etc,. The best film in this company is by far is ‘The Wicker Man’ in my opinion. When your movie is marketed as a disturbing horror film and you end up not scaring your audience, you end up putting your audience into stitches–you’ve failed. This movie is an interesting one though. The first three-quarters of this movie is bad but not AWFUL. The plot of this movie is as follows: Nicolas Cage is a sheriff who goes to an island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, only to find out that the island has a DARK SECRET. They sacrifice men to get the bees to come back and give them their honey! Scary! The last quarter of this movie is when it gets absolutely hilarious. If you ever wanted to see Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage punch two women in the face (one being in a bear suit), this is the movie! But what really makes me lough about this movie the most is the fact that none of it makes sense after the movie ends. After thinking about this movie after it was over I realized that things that were introduced into the plot earlier in the film don’t make any sense. NO QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED.

2. Samurai Cop

You probably don’t know anything about this movie. And that’s understandable. This was a film that recently in the past few years resurfaced. This was a straight to VCR film from 1991. This movie is probably the worst movie you will ever see.  I’m pretty serious about that. Literally everything that the director tries to do he fails. Literally everything. The shots are even off. In the same scene one shot will be shot in an entirely different part of the day. It’s that obvious.The acting is HORRENDOUS. There are so many incredible lines and scenes that are just so freaking funny. I mean just to give you a glimpse, it’s said that the main character is a Samurai and can speak fluent Japanese. He can not. Nor is he a samurai. The “attempts” at filming action scenes are so freaking funny. The director thought it would be a good idea to during the fist fights, to speed the film up, to mask the fact that the actors can’t fake fight. You can imagine how horrible that looks. This movie is also a blatant ‘Lethal Weapon’ rip-off.

1. The Room

Without this classic, I probably wouldn’t have made this list. This movie opened my eyes to so bad it’s good movies. If you haven’t heard of ‘The Room’, I beg of you watch it with a group of people. I can’t even put in words how incredible this movie is. Like ‘Samurai Cop’, everything infamous writer/director/actor Tommy Wiseau tries to pull off–he fails. Incredible lines like “Your tearing me apart Lisa!” and “This is bullshit I did not hit her I did not! Oh hi Mark.” have become infamous. This movie has been such a cultural phenomenon that Academy Award nominee James Franco directed a movie set to come out later this year entitled “The Disaster Artist” which is based on the making of this film. I’ve seen this movie about 5 times and I honestly can tell you I have no idea why it’s called ‘The Room’.

 

 

 

 

‘Logan Lucky’ Review

‘Logan Lucky’ Review

Director Steven Soderbergh is back from his “retirement” from film after 2013’s “Side Affects”, with a new heist comedy staring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough and Katie Holmes. It’s a story about 2 brothers (Tatum and Driver) who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was excited to see this for a few reasons. I’m a big fan of most of Mr. Soderbergh’s work.  Most notably Ocean’s 11, Traffic, and Magic Mike. I love the cast and the trailer was really funny and intriguing. Everything that I was expecting to get in this movie (and even a little more) I got. This is a really funny, smart, wonderfully acted, and brilliantly directed movie in my opinion.  Channing Tatum basically disappears into the role as one of the Logan brother and is truly exceptional. I honestly sometimes forgot Channing Tatum was in the movie. Adam Driver, who I am also a big fan of, is also great ion this movie. Everyone was great with a couple of exceptions. There’s an actor in this movie towards the end that. I did not know was in the movie and was a little surprising. And I thought this actress was really off. I think she thought she was in a different movie. I don’t want to spoil the famous actress who’s in it for you because I really didn’t know she was in this. But, really,  the standout in this film is Daniel Craig as Joe Bang. He was on fire in this movie and you can tell that Craig was having a blast playing this character. It was great to see the current James Bond just do something that is quite literally the totally opposite of Bond. He was so funny and kind of charming in a very strange way. Soderbergh doesn’t stray away from his “art-film” roots as he directs this movie in kind of a unconventional way. The way he structures the heist is very entertaining and different. That’s what makes these seemingly simple movies more complex. When you have a director who can tell a story in a unique way, that’s special and that’s why ‘Logan Lucky’ is so enjoyable. The cast is great, the dialogue is hilarious, the direction is superb, and I honestly don’t have a lot of negatives for this movie. This is just a really well told and super entertaining heist film that I almost guarantee your average person will love.

8/10

‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

‘Atomic Blonde’ is the new action film starring Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate a murder and recover a list of double agents. This film comes from one half of the directing duo who brought us ‘John Wick’, David Leitch. I was looking forward to this because I love action movies, Charlize Theron is probably my favorite actress working today, and I love ‘John Wick’. I had a really good time with this movie! The story is pretty generic and is what you kind of expect from a movie like this. There are some cool twists and turns in ‘Atomic Blonde’ that I wasn’t expecting though. But for the most part this is a pretty straight forward action film. I’ll be honest the first 30-40 min or so is kind of slow. It takes some time to get going, But when an absolutely incredible action scene happens that starts in a staircase and goes into a car chase, that’s when this movie gets better and better as it goes along. That action scene I mention is, no joke, one of the most brutal action scenes I have ever seen. One of the best action scenes in any film you’ll see this year without a doubt. All of the action is great in this and the stunt work is incredible. David Leitch obviously knows how to shoot action right. No “shaky cam”, no quit cuts, and you can clearly see whats happening and its glorious. James McAvoy, who I’m also a big fan of, has a really good supporting role and he’s a lot of fun in this as well. This movie has a cool style that I liked a lot. It’s style with a lot of neon lights and it’s in-camera style with the action scenes really worked. I did have some issues with this movie though. The way it tells it’s story I felt was a little sloppy. They decide to have Charlize’s character in an interrogation room telling the story of what happened to her. I think that kind of sucked some of the tension out of the movie and the action scenes because we already knew that she was going to be okay. I wish that they just told the story straight forward instead of that. And like I said, for me it took a while for it to get going. But other than that I thought this was a pretty good action movie! I recommend this to people who just want to check out a cool action movie with a badass heroine in Charlize Theron. She’s fantastic as always.

7.5/10

 

‘A Ghost Story’ Review

‘A Ghost Story’ Review

‘A Ghost Story’ is the new art-house film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, directed by acclaimed director David Lowery. This film is about a recently deceased husband (Affleck) who comes back as a white-sheeted ghost and returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his wife, in an exploration of one’s legacy, loss, love, and existence. Have I lost you yet? The more and more I explain this plot its going to get even stranger and stranger. BEAR WITH ME. Before seeing this, I was VERY intrigued by this movie. The premise is fascinating to me. The trailer was also extremely intriguing to me as well (link for it below) and just like ‘The Big Sick” it was getting a good amount of buzz coming from Sundance. I like to see movies like this that are just completely different from your average movie. I really like it when a talented filmmaker can tell a story in a totally unique way and make it emotional and work. I try to seek those films out. And after seeing this movie….I had to process it. I saw this movie a couple of days ago and I have not been able stop thinking about it. This film is absolutely beautiful, haunting, emotional, and a poignant portrayal of love and loss. This is honestly one of the saddest and most depressing movies I have ever seen. But even though I feel that way, after I left the theater I was so happy because I had seen a movie that was unlike anything I had ever seen and watched filmmaker who, I can tell by watching it, put his heart and soul into it. The way David Lowery directed and wrote this movie is something to be applauded. There is barely any dialogue in this film. The story is basically all told through visuals. This movie has a hypnotic and cosmic quality that I loved. But what really blew me away about this movie is it’s themes and how much it impacted me. This movie has a bunch of layers, visual metaphors that had been thinking about for days. If you are looking for a truly unique film that you will no doubt be moved by or moved to tears by, check this movie out. This movie is not for everyone though. If this review peaks your interest, watch the trailer and familiarize yourself with the style of this movie and I think you’ll love it. Also, a quick shout out to Daniel Hart who was the composer of this film who composed a beautiful theme for this movie called “I Get Overwhelmed”. Great and emotional song.

8.5/10