The Best Movies On Netflix – Official 2016 Guide
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Release Year: 2012
Director: Justin Schwarz
“Simple, dialogue driven, performance driven stories about quirky families who end up in a kind of crazy crisis, they all re-connect while trying to deal with the situation they’re in. Been done a hundred times before, right? A few of these movies actually succeed in telling this kind of story though, and are fairly good. Little Miss Sunshine comes to mind. This film isn’t as good as that one, but nevertheless it’s still a good offering within that kind of genre.”
Release Year: 2014
Written by Jon Stewart (Based on the book They Came For Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Malloy)
Directed by Jon Stewart
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia
“Brilliant! A great show of force by the Jon Stewart in his 1st direction of a major motion picture! The actors were wonderful and the plot and script was complex and a story that needs to be told that the Iranian/Persian people are fighting back within the country against the government. Mr. Bahari’s story was one of many & I am thoroughly happy & impressed the Jon Stewart decided to bring attention the Persian peoples fight for democracy in his first film! Highly recommend especially for the uneducated because the mainstream media surely won’t expose you to stories such as this in the country Iran.”
Release Year: 1974
Directed by Roman Polanski
Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski’s complex neonoir classic.
Nicholson saunters though a 1930’s LA with confidence, until he pulls the wrong thread and find himself in the middle of a messy unraveling. Although just as entwined, Dunaway proceeds with caution and finds herself torn between the lies and the truths surrounding her life. Together, the pair light up the screen with coy smiles and excellent senses of style, timing, and tone. The story was basic but kept my attention, much like HBO’s “True Detective”- you witness the lengths a snoop will go to solve a case while taking in glances at his own personality. This film is smart, slick, and suspenseful. Highly recommended.
Release Year: 1997
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver
Horror Films To Watch On Netflix – Part Two
By Don Gillette
Good thing I didn’t try to review “Chick Flicks” or I never would have finished this little epistle. There are a million of those on Netflix, but still only 42 horror movies. My last column ran through the first 21 and here are the remaining 21 horror films streaming on Netflix:
Not really a horror film, but it shows up when you look for “Horror” on Netflix. I’m a stickler for accuracy, so I have to include it. Having said that, though, it really is frightening, scary, and creepy that this film ever got made because it’s the stupidest waste of celluloid I’ve ever had to sit through. I can’t give you a plot synopsis because there is no plot. Depending on your sense of humor, you’ll either love this or hate it. If your sense of humor stopped developing when you were 7, it’s your cup of tea. Yes, I know I’m not rating Oscar winners or documentaries about the Holocaust–but this thing was neither scary nor funny. It was just bad.
A family traveling in Colombia gets in a traffic accident and they hole up for the night in an inn. When they hear activity in the basement, they go down there and free a girl who was trapped inside. Surprise–the girl is an evil spirit. The Damned, also known as Gallows Hill is a pretty good horror movie; it’s formulaic, there are some good scares, the acting is decent, and it’s plenty creepy. Usually I avoid movies that were “also known as” because normally this means, “this was a shitty movie so we changed the title hoping you wouldn’t notice,” but on a dark and stormy night, you might enjoy this one.
If you’re reading this particular column, you’re probably a Stephen King fan. If you’re a Stephen King fan, you might remember his short story “Gramma.” This film is based on that story and it’s an okay bit of horror. The premise is easy enough: a single mother and her two sons help take care of their grandmother who just happens to have mystical powers. This one’s not going to make anybody’s “Top 10” list, but the acting is solid (and there are some great actors in the ensemble) and it’s good enough for a watch. (By the way, there’s a Twilight Zone episode called “Gramma” that does the same story in 45 minutes and it’s better).
The first Halloween team, Debra Hill and John Carpenter, also wrote this one, so you can put any memories of Halloween XXVII, etc., out of your mind. It’s old home day in Haddonfield, Illinois: Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist who wants Michael Myers dead; Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode (well, actually her daughter), and even little Tommy Doyle, the kid Laurie was babysitting in the original, are back. Six years after Michael Myers’ last outing, he comes back to Haddonfield looking for his niece (that’d be Laurie’s daughter) who escaped from him (after she gave birth to his kid). So not only is Michael still a homicidal maniac, he’s into incest. If you’re a fan of the Halloween series, you’ll enjoy this. They should have stopped after this one.
A few years ago, a guy was wrongfully convicted of murdering his two daughters. The daughters haunt the town where the crime took place. Sounds very simplistic, but it makes for a good ghost story and they’re hard to come by. A good, rock-bottom, ghost story is actually a rare thing. No devils, no hell hounds, no Ouija boards… just a couple of murdered girls who won’t lay down until justice is served. Give this one a try; you won’t be disappointed.
Okay, I’ll make it quick. A real estate agent meets a crazy girl whom she thinks is the runaway daughter of a couple whose house she’s selling. The movie is 10 or 12 little stories that don’t quite synch up. Your best bet is to move rather rapidly along. I watched this for you–life is hard.
The funny thing about Exeter is that it announces it’s “…from the director of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…” but the truth is it’s from the director of the remakes of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre—the two worst remakes in the history of horror films.
A group of teenagers, throwing a drug party in an abandoned insane asylum (always a good idea), decide they’ll fool around with the occult. When they’re possessed by evil spirits, they’re only slightly more amusing than they were when they were just drug-addled teenagers throwing a party in an abandoned insane asylum.
This movie isn’t scary, but it’s gory. If that’s your thing, you might want to give it a shot. Could it have been better? Well, yeah–but Ben Affleck is Batman. Hollywood’s lost its mind. Next up–Jesse Eisenberg as Muhammad Ali.
Tired of all the semi-haunted houses that crop up around Halloween, five friends take off in an RV in search of the real thing. Just when they’re about to give up, things start happening and they figure out the haunt has come to them.
It’s a “found footage” type of film and I think we’re all getting a little tired of them, but overall, this is a good ride. The acting is better than you’d expect for a “B” movie, the plot line is more original than most, and the scenes in all the haunted houses are a lot of fun.
A masterpiece. This movie was out for 5 years before I watched it because I thought it would be stupid. It was brilliant.
Tucker and Dale are just a couple of lovable West Virginia “good ole boys” who head out to their dilapidated vacation cabin to drink beer and go fishing. A group of hipster college kids run into them and just assume that Tucker and Dale are in-bred, murdering psychopaths.
It’s a horror film/comedy/cult classic that should be required viewing for anybody who’s ever watched The Evil Dead or Deliverance or Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland or Tremors or any of a hundred others. My idea of a good weekend would be to hang out with Tucker and Dale.
I just watched it (for this column) and it was most cool. When she hits 16, Lisa finds out she’s stuck in time living the same day over and over again a’ la’ Groundhog Day. Pretty soon, she figures out that she, her parents, and her little brother are all dead and trapped in the day they were murdered. Lisa discovers that she can contact people—people who are also victims of the killer in the past and the future. She learns the killer’s name (Oscar–go figure) and sets out to find a way to stop him.
Is it really a horror movie? No… it’s more of a thriller where most of the characters are dead people; a ghost story with bizarre turns and twists. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
Another “found footage” movie that tosses too many slices of horror movies at you to come together in a package.
Somebody hired a group of morons to burglarize a deserted house in the country to find a rare VHS tape. What they find are a bunch of old television sets, a dead body, and some film clips that show gory and ghastly imagery. This film tries to be an anthology tied around a central story, but it doesn’t quite make it.
It’s definitely worth a look, but it’s no Frankenstein.
Interesting, but a little claustrophobic.
A girl studying the habits of webcam chat site users watches a horrific murder one night during her research. When she, her family, and her friends, are targeted by the murderer, she gets more involved in the webcam chat scene.
Most of this film takes place on computer monitors, cameras, and cellphones and although that’s annoying, it adds to the suspense.
Well worth a watch, The Den is another “found footage” film, but not as bad as most.
A deeply disturbing horror and revenge film—and highly recommended.
In the Balkans in 1996, the population of a small town is slaughtered by the militia. A young girl, Angel, escapes death, but is taken by the commander and put to work caring for the girls of The Seasoning House, a brothel of drugged and kidnapped young girls who are prostituted to the military. Angel isn’t quite pretty enough to work as a whore, so she finds ways to move between the walls and crawlspaces in the house to help the other girls–and in so doing, she sees more than she’s intended to see. When the men who murdered her family show up, her revenge begins.
Doesn’t sound like a horror movie, does it? Give it 15 minutes and get back to me on that.
Two American girls go on vacation in the Mediterranean and discover the hideout of a killer mermaid.
I’m sorry… I really am… I tried to watch it. Got 30 minutes into it and my neck got sore from shaking my head. I was afraid if I screamed at the TV one more time, my wife would call “the people” and have me taken away.
I don’t like these films that try and blend the movie with reality. And I don’t like it when a cult figure like Wes Craven has to have his name stuck in front of the film’s title to get somebody to watch it. But…
On the 10th anniversary of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp (who played Nancy Thompson in the original and is now playing herself in this one) starts getting phone calls from Freddy Krueger. When her husband (yes—her real husband) is killed in a car accident and is found with slash marks on his face, Heather begins to suspect something. (Really?) She discovers that Wes Craven is writing another “Nightmare” movie and somehow they figure that Heather has to play Nancy one more time in order to defeat Freddy.
If this makes you want to grab your head and yell “Son of a bitch!” as loud as you can, I understand, but surprisingly enough, this is a good horror film. If you enjoyed A Nightmare On Elm Street, you’ve got to see this.
I’m not going to lie to you—I watched this film about 2 years ago, I liked it, and I’ll be damned if I remember why.
It’s the story of a woman who comes home, with her daughter for the funeral of her mother, moves into her mother’s house, and discovers that her mother’s ghost is still hanging around. The mother wasn’t what you’d call a nice person, either. As the story progresses, the woman and her daughter vanish and it’s left up to her sister to discover the dark secrets in the family’s past.
I know it sounds hokey, but it was terrifying. It starts slowly—regular haunted house movie—but it turns into a really great, low-budget excursion.
If you read the previous column which feathered The Human Centipede 1, then you know it wasn’t the greatest of movies. Imagine what they’ve done to it with two sequels. And this one’s got poor Eric Roberts in it, too. I like that guy—Julia Roberts’ brother–he’s a good actor. I don’t know why he picks such idiotic parts in such idiotic movies.
In this steaming pile, Eric Roberts plays the Governor of Someplace. A prison warden is trying to gain the governor’s approval by coming up with the best punishment in the universe for prisoners. The best he can come up with is sewing inmates together ass-to-mouth.
I didn’t want to watch it, but I did—mostly on fast forward. Trust me–you won’t want to watch it, either.
A girl contracts a sexually-transmitted disease… or that’s what she thinks she’s got. It ends up being something a lot worse, but whatever it is, it couldn’t be as bad as this truly, truly horrible movie.
The first clue that a movie’s going to be bad is if the Director and the Writer are the same person. I’ve figured this out over many years of reviewing movies. If Eric England is the director and Eric England is the writer, you’re in for something stupid. If Eric England or his wife or his kid is also in the movie, you’re in for something infinitely more stupid. I think Eric England’s entire family must have been in this one.
Just walk away.
A cameraman answers a Craigslist advertisement for a one-day job in an isolated mountain village and when he arrives, he discovers his boss is a little bit on the strange side.
This is another “found footage” film and as soon as that stops, I’ll be a lot happier with the horror genre, but this one is actually good. It’s full of tension, very well-paced, and sort of takes the whole “stalker” thing to another level.
I predict this will become a cult classic in a few years—watch it now so you can nod your head knowingly at parties and say, “I saw it years ago.”
Always nice to end on a high note and they don’t get much higher than Anthony Hopkins.
Father Lucas (Hopkins) is an eminent Jesuit priest who has performed several exorcisms in the past. His newest student, Father Michael, has come to him in the hopes that the older, experienced priest can help him strengthen his faith. Father Lucas is a bit of an oddball, but when his exorcism of a 16 year old girl fails and the demon that was inside the girl finds another host, it’s up to Father Michael to fight and destroy the evil.
Sure, it’s hackneyed, but it’s not “just another exorcism movie.” It’s a good one.
So there you have it – all 42 horror films streaming on Netflix in two concise, little bundles.
And here we are in spring with summer looming ahead; hours and hours of sunshine each day, hot weather, and Halloween is months away…
But if you happen to awaken in the dead of night, no birds singing, no kids outside playing, thunderstorm crashing and banging outside, and you’re feeling the need for a little scare, dive right in.
The water’s frigid, the lightning is flashing shadows against the mirror, and you might have forgotten to double-check the front door before you went to bed. What to do, what to do…
Don Gillette writes thrillers, horror, and dark literature. He is the author of three novels, a dozen volumes of poetry, and hundreds of short stories and newspaper articles. His latest book, Old Leather, is a collection of short fiction available world-wide at booksellers and on-line retailers.
Horror Films To Watch On Netflix – Part One
By Don Gillette
There are 42 horror movies streaming on Netflix at this writing. That’s not what you’d call overwhelming–unless you intend to write a review of each one of them which is exactly what I intend to do, starting with the first 21. I know–it’s a lot of movies–but I don’t intend to keep you here all day. Just a line or two to let you know what to expect and whether to give the film a try…
Pretty good and pretty creepy. Kaylie Russell is convinced that her brother, who was convicted of murder, was driven to the crime by a supernatural entity inside an antique mirror in their old house. When her brother is released from a mental institution, they return to the house (bad idea) to get to the truth. Lot of flashbacks, some great suspense, and some nice scares.
Good acting saves this one. James Bond and Rachel Weisz move their family into a house where the former owner murdered his wife and daughter. Then they find themselves being stalked by a “mystery” visitor who might or might not be the former owner. The suspense is great, the story line is plausible, and Daniel Craig is solid.
I would rather not. In this one, a rich dude gathers a group of strangers together and pits them against one another in sadistic games. It’s formulaic, poorly acted, and a waste of time.
Couple of good scares in this combination horror/sci-fi flick. Starts slowly with a family experiencing some strange events at home and builds to a pretty good pace when they realize extra-terrestrials are after them.
I didn’t like it; some people raved about it. A young widow’s son is afraid of a monster he claims hangs around their house. More psychological yawn than horror, but as I said some people loved it. When a movie is named for the monster in it, I want to see the monster. The Babadook never shows up.
This was actually pretty good. In the 1940’s, a ventriloquist was accused of kidnapping a young boy. As punishment, the townspeople cut out her tongue and buried her with her dummies. Cut to the present and the guy who played Jason Stackhouse in True Blood shows up. He receives a puppet in the mail, his wife is murdered, and he sets out to solve the mystery. Very atmospheric, the 1940’s backstory was cool, and the acting was good.
You’d really like this to be good… but it’s not. A group of researchers learn how to bring back the dead but when they do, the dead aren’t who they were. It’s Flatliners, Pet Semetary, and a few dozen others rolled into one. Such a shame because the cast is first-rate.
Dynamite acting from Jill Larson and Anne Ramsay make this a keeper. Deborah Logan has Alzheimer’s and she’s also the subject of a documentary. During filming, it becomes obvious that something besides the disease is going on inside of her. Excellent scares, some jump-out-of-your seat moments, and well worth a look.
Another keeper–a classic ghost story that takes place in an English boarding school shortly after World War 1. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is called in to dispel the rumors of a ghost and she meets more than she bargained for. The suspense builds very slowly, but not so slowly that it doesn’t hold your attention–and the ending is terrific.
Yeah, it has some scares and suspense, but it’s a comedy. Kylie Bucknell is sent to live with her crazy mother after a run-in with the juvenile court. Her mother’s convinced the house is haunted and Kylie’s having a hard time deciding if her mother is right or if the old lady is making her crazy enough to believe it. A few laughs, a few scares. Overall, a waste of time.
This really sounds like a stupid movie, but it was completely engrossing. Five strangers trapped in an elevator–and one of them is the devil. Kind of claustrophobic even with the brief “away” scenes of the police trying to determine who’s who in the elevator. Solid acting and a good plotline will keep you guessing.
A group of film makers, seeing that they made some easy cash on a movie called The Woman In Black, decide to see how many viewers they can sucker in to watch the same movie again with different actors.
A group of film makers, seeing that they made some easy cash on SIX movies about a red-headed doll, decide to see how many viewers they can sucker in to watch one more. No–actually, if you like Chucky, you’ll enjoy this sequel. I hate Chucky.
A bunch of kids go to a remote cabin in the woods to play Truth Or Dare at the invitation of a kid they humiliated playing the game a few years earlier. What could go wrong? It’s not bad, but it’s not The Exorcist. It tries a little too hard to be scary and is a bit over-the-top for my taste, but give it 15 minutes–you’ll know by then whether you’re going to like it or not.
The most amazing thing about this film is that there’s actually a The Ouija Experiment 2 that’s even dumber than the original. In this one, kids playing with a Ouija board open up a portal to the spirit world (surprise, surprise) and have contact with a little girl who drowned years before. Just walk away.
This also became known as Stephen King’s Children Of The Corn when it was decided the movie was so bad the only way to get anybody into the theaters was to invoke the name of The Godfather Of Horror. I’m betting he wishes he had this little experiment to do over again. Seriously, it’s just ridiculous.
This is a pretty decent horror/ghost film. Officer Jessica Loren is waiting alone for a Hazardous Material team to pick up some bio-waste in the last hours before a police station closes its doors for good and moves into a new location. Rumors are the station is haunted by a cult leader who committed suicide there with two of his followers exactly one year ago and Jessica finds out the rumors are true. Good action and some serious scares.
I could walk out the front door of the house and within 15 minutes I’d have 10 people who could act better than the best actor in this piece of junk. It was so bad it made my eyes bleed. The worst “horror” movie in the past 10 years. It’s about a demon who steals children, but all you really need to know is that it’s just terrible.
First-rate, old-style horror flick that takes place in an insane asylum. Newly graduated from Oxford, Dr. Edward Newgate arrives in Stonehearst and sees some “revolutionary” treatments he considers inhumane. Meanwhile, he falls for a patient (who wouldn’t? It’s Kate Beckinsale) and also begins learning the secrets of the institution. Can’t give away the rest, but this one is excellent.
Another first-rate, old-style horror flick with a great surprise ending. Nicole Kidman lives in a dark, old house with her two kids (both of whom are photosensitive) and she gradually becomes convinced the house is haunted. A really well-made film not to be missed. Nicole Kidman has always been a powerhouse actress and she doesn’t disappoint here–plus I’m hoping she and Keith will offer to buy our lunch next time we run into them at the Copper Kettle.
Disturbing, disgusting, and like a train wreck–hard to look away. This is about a mad scientist who kidnaps three unsuspecting victims and reassembles them into one creature by sewing their mouths to the other ones’ anus. I re-wrote that sentence six times, but there’s no other way to say it. Good movie? No. Bad movie? No. Unusual movie? Bingo.
That wasn’t too long, was it? And more than half of these films are well worth your time if you’re a fan of the genre. If you’re a huge fan, you might like them all (except The Chosen–only a lunatic would enjoy that one.)
Part Two will be online next Sunday. Meanwhile… kick back, crack a beer or open a bottle of wine, turn the lights off, and settle in for a few good scares.
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