In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Netflix Pix 11.0

While bouncing back and forth between BoJack Horseman Season 3 and Dragon's Den Season 9, I realized that Netflix Canada had recently added some really great horror titles from the last six to twelve months. It's been a while since I've done one of these, so here are some solid titles to get your October started.

You know doubt heard about The Witch when it hit theaters earlier this year. I think it is a fantastic film. It is not only incredibly well acted, but I love that everyone involved was one-hundred-per-cent invested in inhabiting the time and place of the film. While I admit the pace and language may not appeal to everyone, there is no denying this was an effort at the top of its craft.

Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus) has recently switched gears from the supernatural to something more grounded (but no less terrifying) with Hush. It starts out as a fairly simple home invasion film, but I was surprised by how much the protagonist's disability added to the narrative. It was also rather chilling to see quintessential nice guy John Gallagher Jr. play a villain for once.

I saw this indie at Tribeca last year and was very glad to see this one pop up on Netflix. As you know, I love babysitter flicks, and Sarah Bolger plays one of the most unpredictable and unhinged child minders to ever hit the small screen. I was also pretty impressed with the child talent, as well, especially since, if I recall correctly, one or more of them had to be replaced last minute. I think this one is a hidden gem.

This one about night terrors made a splash on the festival circuit last year and it's quite good. Though its execution and “science” can be a little wonky, some of the re-enactments are genuinely creepy, as are some of its assertions about the very nature of sleep paralysis.

For those who grew up in the nineties, I noticed that five seasons of Goosebumps are now on Netflix. This stuff was a bit after my time, but I did ingest my fair share of Stine & Christopher Pike while working at a local book store.

There! I dare say these should keep you busy for a while. Enjoy your weekend, folks!

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