The Haunting of Netflix House 5: The Netflix Dimension
October 2, 2017 5:54 PM   Subscribe

What’s up Octobocops, it’s Halloweason. Let’s get spooked. Here are some movies of the horror and horror-adjacent genres that you might watch by yourself or with a party of friends or with the spirit of a long-deceased duke who lives in inhabits your house. This is part five; you know the goddamn drill by now.
posted by Artw (66 comments total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
 
For more Spooktober fest recs this AskMe has some excellent suggestions.
posted by Artw at 5:59 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


Antibirth is on Netflix, and is a completely bizarre body horror movie with a midwestern gothic feel.
posted by codacorolla at 6:01 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


I am 100% here for this:
Under the Shadow (recommended; basically the Iranian Babadook)
posted by Flannery Culp at 6:02 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]


Also this:
Zodiac (biography of Ted Cruz)
posted by Flannery Culp at 6:05 PM on October 2 [17 favorites]


Standard warning: We Need to Talk About Kevin is probably "good" but an awful experience to watch and you probably shouldn't. Not saying this in a "don't google the AICN Blade II review comedy way.
posted by Artw at 6:11 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]


This is a good list of recommends, apart from Baskin, which is awful torture-porn garbage of the lowest order.
posted by turbid dahlia at 6:16 PM on October 2 [2 favorites]


I can’t remember the (previous) last time I watched a movie, but I watched It Follows on Saturday night. Fun in a really unsettling, low-budget-feeling way.

Also The Babadook is great, but “as a parent” I found it really tough to watch.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:18 PM on October 2 [7 favorites]


As a parent I found it oddly cathartic, but the kids were being super shitty that week.
posted by Artw at 6:19 PM on October 2 [31 favorites]


If I can't get into the Ouiji Board talk at the Satanic Temple HQ this weekend, I'm planning a Small Town Monsters binge on Amazon Streaming.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:22 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


I am not a big horror movie person and haven't seen a whole lot of the movies on this list, but the ones I have seen are excellent and lead me to believe that this list is excellent.

Let The Right One In is really, really good. It made kind of a splash with the staff when I worked at the movies but I'm not sure how successful it was.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 6:28 PM on October 2


Author has What We Do In The Shadows in the not on Netflix list, but it is on Netflix Canada btw. Highly recommended. And Housebound is an underappreciated gem.
posted by rodlymight at 6:32 PM on October 2 [7 favorites]


🎵 It's the most wonderful time of the year ... 🎵

If you have Amazon Prime and haven't seen What We Do in the Shadows, for the love of Mike, drop everything and go watch What We Do in the Shadows.
posted by rewil at 6:33 PM on October 2 [11 favorites]


I'm planning a Small Town Monsters binge on Amazon Streaming

Oh, those look great! Bookmarked or whatever you do with Amazon Streaming, which I don't have.
posted by turbid dahlia at 6:50 PM on October 2


Thanks!

Pretty much my only horror movie consumption these days is a colleague's October "Fright Night" party where he puts on some older movies (usually one silent and one classic talkie) and my annual "watch something streaming on Halloween itself."

This year the choices are pretty slim. Again. But Netflix's sparse pickings have worked before in my favor, as the limited choices are the reasons I saw Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and the Andrew Leman Call of Cthulhu.

I don't understand why the latter isn't still available streaming--an 2005 indie silent movie can't be that expensive can it? Still highly recommended.
posted by mark k at 6:51 PM on October 2


I'm not really a horror aficionado, but It Follows is incredibly tense and unnerving, especially with the sound cranked up. Probably don't watch it alone.
posted by neckro23 at 6:54 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


Ooooh yay, the horror movie thread!

Here are some of my favorites that I've seen recently:

The Berlin Syndrome - VERY unsettling. At first I was angry about it, because I was like, oh good another movie about power over and violence against women, but I admit that I did end up liking it.
The Invitation - this is one of those rare movies that really sticks with me and that I've wanted to watch again on several occasions, even though I only saw it maybe a year ago.
Hush - VERY tense and scary
Unfriended - teen slasher horror flick (I love horror movies with teenagers)

Also this:
Zodiac (biography of Ted Cruz)


Lol. "WHY am I persecuted?!" ;-)
posted by triggerfinger at 7:06 PM on October 2 [4 favorites]


IT'S DECORATIVE GORE SEASON MOTHERFUCKERS!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:08 PM on October 2 [20 favorites]


I'll pile on, some of my favorites that I don't see mentioned a lot - or saw recently:

The Wailing - Crazy haunted Korea
Pontypool - On the air spooky
Lake Mungo - Slow spooky
It Comes at Night - End of the world spooky
The Void - WTF spooky
Train to Busan - Zombies on a train
posted by proneSMK at 7:18 PM on October 2 [6 favorites]


The Host actually deserved the Academy Award for best picture of the year in 2006.
posted by ovvl at 7:19 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]


Author has What We Do In The Shadows in the not on Netflix list, but it is on Netflix Canada btw. Highly recommended.

Will second this. Recommended especially if you're looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok.


"What are we? We're Werewolves, not Swearwolves."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:21 PM on October 2 [7 favorites]


They are totally right that Shudder rules. I recently paid for a year's subscription after getting the 7-day trial and finding about 100 movies to put on my "to watch" list. It's so nice to be able to watch cult horror movies again. It's movie nerds like me who were burned the most by the death of video stores.

For anyone with Shudder who has never seen it, I would recommend The House on Sorority Row. It is much, much better than it sounds. Plus, it passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, and the plot doesn't derive from exploiting women (aside from one tacked-on nude scene that was probably a contractual obligation with the distributor). Ms. dusk and I just watched it recently (I'd seen it before, but not in like 10 years), and it surprised us both. I'd be curious to know what other people think.

We're currently going through all their "nature attacks" movies. Grizzly, The Day the Animals Attacked, etc. It's been good fun.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 7:21 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


Author has What We Do In The Shadows in the not on Netflix list, but it is on Netflix Canada btw. Highly recommended. And Housebound is an underappreciated gem.

Nthing both of these ... and justwatch.com/us vs. justwatch.com/ca seems to capture at least this one difference accurately. Those links are theoretically set to show horror films (sorted by popularity) that are rated above 5.0 at IMDb / 50% at RT and available at Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu for each respective country.
posted by Wobbuffet at 7:27 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]


"What are we? We're Werewolves, not Swearwolves."

The title of the sequel is "We're Wolves".

Lake Mungo

We watched this off of an Ask Me a few years back and it was a major hit with us.
posted by Artw at 7:27 PM on October 2


Parchwork (Netflix) wasn't half a hoot, if you enjoy the gruesome horror comedy stylings of people like Frank Hennenlotter. What We Are In The Shadows (Amazon) is a brilliant mockumentary (or is it?) about urban vampires rooming together. Both recommended if you want your horror spiced with a little lovely humor.
posted by Samizdata at 7:53 PM on October 2


I would add Fritz Lang's Metropolis to the list...
posted by jim in austin at 8:24 PM on October 2


I don't feel at home in this world any more

Compared to other movies on the list it's fairly low key. Lead actor, Melanie Lynskey, is amazing and as usual Elijah Wood plays a great weirdo. Here's why you should really see it though:

David Fucking Yow
posted by blairsyprofane at 8:39 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


Dang, The Colony was streaming on Netflix for quite a while but it appears they've dropped it. That one is fun apocalyptic neo ice age horror with Lawrence Fishburne and the dearly departed Bill Paxton. Great film.

I need to find the time/energy/attention span to give The Void a shot.
posted by Existential Dread at 9:14 PM on October 2


The Void is probably better if you lower your expectations from what you've seen in the astounding looking trailer - it's by a could of fx/make-up guys and that really shows in good ways and bad.
posted by Artw at 9:23 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


Haven't even seen the trailer, so I'm gonna go in blind. Woooooooooooooooooo
posted by Existential Dread at 9:33 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


The Netflix original adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game was surprisingly well-done; good suspense with a couple of great performances by Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:05 PM on October 2


One of the sucky things about living alone is not being able to watch horror movies. I need someone to tell me when it's safe to open my eyes again, and to reassure me when I wake up at night in terror.
posted by AFABulous at 10:31 PM on October 2


Some radio dramas in the mix, for those who prefer interior visuals:

The Darker Side of the Border (BBC R4): Series of Scottish 19th-century tales of terror and mystery, dramatised by Marty Ross

The Drowned Village by Berlie Doherty (BBC R4): Kate returns to the village where she spent her childhood. There's a reservoir nearby which was formed by flooding a neighbouring village. She believes that on the anniversary of the death of that village, its church bell tolls and voices can be heard calling…

Echo Point by Lewis Nowra (BBC R4): A couple arrive at an old hotel in the Blue Mountains - a breathtakingly dramatic beauty spot in New South Wales. Gavin has come to work on the renovations. The building used to be a Victorian spa. He has brought his wife Esther for a holiday hoping that the she will find the setting restorative. Esther a pianist, hasn't played for a while but she noodles away on the piano in the hotel ballroom and a strange tune comes to her. Esther becomes convinced that the music has something to do with strange sounds and voices that she begins to hear in different parts of the old building. As her husband and his team hack away at the walls and find the inner rooms of the old spa, Esther discovers secrets that help her to feel more vital and to take control.

The Edison Cylinder by Mike Walker (BBC R4): Rhona Forrester, a physicist in a sound laboratory, is persuaded by an old flame to restore some early wax cylinder recordings. But the voice that emerges begins to exert a malevolent influence.

Five Tales by Saki (BBC R4): A collection of tales from the master Edwardian short story writer HH Munro, who wrote under the pen name of Saki. He wrote fine short stories in which people who are far too knowing caused panic & chaos, and sometimes terror. The stories usually had a cruel but funny denouement.

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (AUDIBLE link/ BBC R4): Strange children with the power to bend people to their will are born in a quiet English village.

The Stone Tape by Nigel Kneale (BBC R4): In 1979, a team of scientists moves into a new laboratory in a Victorian mansion. When Jill Greely hears a strange disembodied scream, the team decides to analyse the phenomenon, which appears to be a psychic impression trapped in the wall. The scientists begin to realise that their work has disturbed something hidden beneath the stone, something ancient and malevolent. Also a film.

The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral by Robert Westall (BBC R4): In the cathedral spire, a malevolent gargoyle wields its evil power over the fate of steeplejack Joe Clarke.

Time After Time by Gerry Jones (BBC R4): Paul Wood finds himself in a strange hotel. He doesn't know how or why he's there - or even how he got there. Every time he tried to "escape", he's brought back and the vicious circle begins again. Is it a nightmare? Has he lost his memory, or it is, perhaps, even more extraordinary?
posted by mykescipark at 10:41 PM on October 2 [21 favorites]


oh! Some of you might like The Interior, it's short and pretty.
posted by proneSMK at 10:42 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]


I love you all. Used this list and started It Follows tonight; good lord I am tense an hour later. my husband is nicely snoozing and thereby maintaining my safety. this is why I cannot watch such things alone.
posted by samthemander at 12:18 AM on October 3


I was kind of pleasantly surprised by Gerald's Game. I read the book years ago and wondered how the hell they could make the story of a woman handcuffed to a bed interesting as a film, but I actually ended up pretty creeped out by the resolution. Don't watch it if you're triggered by sexual abuse.

(It's too bad they don't have The Taking of Deborah Logan streaming on Netflix anymore. It's far and away my favorite "found footage" horror movie.)
posted by xyzzy at 3:39 AM on October 3


This thread alone was worth the $5 Metafee.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 6:56 AM on October 3 [2 favorites]


I don't feel at home in this world any more

Compared to other movies on the list it's fairly low key. Lead actor, Melanie Lynskey, is amazing and as usual Elijah Wood plays a great weirdo.


I classified this one more as a really well done Coen-esque seriocomic thriller than horror. But it is very horror/psychological thriller adjacent thanks to writer/director Macon Blair, who played the main character in Jeremy Saulnier's excellent Blue Ruin, and the mousy middle-manager neo-nazi in Green Room (another Saulnier picture).
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:13 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]


Deathgasm (the best the best the best; watch immediately)
I concur.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 7:14 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]


I'll vote, too. Many of these will be "Me too!" votes. But no big...

Train to Busan - terrifically satisfying mix of brutal zombie horror with emotional family survival melodrama
Tales of Halloween - like all anthologies, it's uneven, but at least three of these are great fun; segments by Lucky McKee, Neil Marshall and others
The Void - the first two thirds of this are solid gold John Carpenter-esque stuff; the payoff is a wet fart, but still a net positive
Deathgasm - the ultimate horror comedy for people who've given deep thought to heavy metal logo fonts
Honeymoon - Rose Leslie stars as a newlywed whose personality takes a weird turn during her honeymoon
V/H/S/2 - another uneven anthology but totally worth the time for the Indonesian cult segment (by the team behind The Raid: Redemption) alone
Dead Set - Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror) wrote and produced this satire in which the zombie apocalypse comes to the Big Brother house
V/H/S: Viral - another anthology; this one has a Nacho Vigalondo segment!
The Babadook - it's as good as you've heard; like a horror movie version of post-partum depression
John Dies at the End - possibly the ne plus ultra of smartass horror comedies for stoned people who are like, wondering if this is like, even the real world, or just like an illusion, man
It Follows - a stone cold modern classic
Housebound - antisocial asshole young woman is under house arrest at her folks' house, but they aren't alone; terrifically funny and energetic
He Never Died - Henry Rollins stars in this tale of a desperately depressed retired man living quietly in a rough neighborhood, until local hoods decide they have beef with him... possibly the worst imaginable decision
The Girl with All the Gifts - thoughtful semi-sci-fi flick about a young girl not sure who the bad guys really are in her zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic world
The Innkeepers - surprisingly languid and light setup for a legit fright flick on ghosts
Green Room - tense, grim drama mostly set in a single room as a low-rent punk band has to fight for their lives against neo-Nazis
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:27 AM on October 3 [5 favorites]


I would add Fritz Lang's Metropolis to the list...

That's not really horror, though. Sci-fi, but not horror.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:28 AM on October 3


That's not to say that you shouldn't watch it nevertheless on its own right. Look for the 2010 recut, though (and avoid Giorgio Moroder's cut with all the modern music like the plague).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:33 AM on October 3


I really enjoyed "The Dead Room" more than I expected to, and I watch a lot of horror movies. (As in there wasn't actually anything on this list that I hadn't either watched or started to watch before giving up in disgust/boredom, e.g. "Baskin" because ugh spending a whole movie with those assholes was a big ask.)

Anyway, "The Dead Room" is a very standard haunted house/ghost hunters/sort-of-found-footage movie, but I loved it a lot primarily because it has the closest I've ever seen to an actual scientist character in the scientist versus psychic argument that is traditional in the first twenty minutes of such films. He has a pet theory about real ghosts, he at least pays lip service to actively attempting to disprove his hypothesis, and his reaction to finding an actual apparently for-real ghost that is trying to murder him is a sort of maniacal child-on-Christmas-morning glee. The movie overall is a solid entry, some nice scares, a fun minor twist on the nature of the haunting, no super-cringey acting or any other flies in the ointment. I dug it.

(But really, I was so, so happy that the scientist was actually science-minded instead of the usual cardboard cutout. Ghost movie scientists who argue with their psychic allies always remind me of the "atheist" character in a Chick Tract.)
posted by Scattercat at 8:50 AM on October 3 [2 favorites]


I don't feel at home in this world any more

Go for the Jeremy Saulnier/Macon Blair hat trick of Blue Ruin, Green Room, & IDFAHITWA. I've not seen Murder Party, and it's not on CA Netflix anyway. They are not horror, but definitely tight suspense thrillers and engaging & effective in different ways. The closest thing to a horror I've seen is The Wailing, which is also worth a watch.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:04 AM on October 3


Train to Busan

I gotta say, watching the preview for this looked extremely cool but the scenes with the dad fleeing the zombies on the platform while carrying a toddler are a little too real for me. I've got three y/o twins and I could probably manage about 10 seconds of sprinting with them before collapsing
posted by Existential Dread at 9:21 AM on October 3


We're currently going through all their "nature attacks" movies.

One weirdo movie in this vein is Prophecy. Not the Walken hey-monkey-boy Angel War thing, but the 70s Canadian eco horror film. Hard to find.

And semi-adjacent to that is The Manitou.

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Yes. Yes it is.

70s horror is good horror.

Also 80s horror.

(none of these are streaming that I know of.)
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:03 AM on October 3


A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Plus LASER BEAMS.
posted by Artw at 10:16 AM on October 3


It Follows and the original Let the Right One In are pretty much mandatory. Also, The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe is a great haunted house flick.
posted by Beholder at 10:28 AM on October 3 [2 favorites]


Curse of Chucky (way better than you think it is)

Well really, how could it not be?
posted by Naberius at 10:47 AM on October 3 [4 favorites]


The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe is a great haunted house flick.

Yeah, it's a cliche-a-minute kind of movie, but it's a hell of a lot of fun, and can be scary as hell if you let it.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:52 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]


I really like dark, twisted, fucked-up, psychological stuff but:

Standard warning: We Need to Talk About Kevin is probably "good" but an awful experience to watch and you probably shouldn't. Not saying this in a "don't google the AICN Blade II review comedy way.

yeah...that movie...it was SO upsetting. I would never ever watch it again. its just too much...
posted by supermedusa at 1:17 PM on October 3


Haven't seen Crimson Peak touched on yet (and I'm not sure of its streaming status), but it's a great Gothic tale.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 2:24 PM on October 3 [1 favorite]


I will watch any crappy horror movie as long as it isn't a slasher/let'swatchteensdie flick

I recommend A Dark Song, creepy, weird, but ultimately satisfying.

(I am one of those people who did not like The Babadook, because it was so damn depressing.....ugh. I am also one of the few who liked Sinister - take my movie recs with that in mind.)
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 2:33 PM on October 3 [1 favorite]


Addendum, I will watch terrible adults die..... I really liked You're Next, but it could just be that I like watching resourceful young women whoop ass.....
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 2:39 PM on October 3 [2 favorites]


1)What we do in the shadows is amazing
2)Housebound is also amazing
3)The Host is amazing, but a very different kind
4)Tucker and Dale vs Evil is so, so good, even though I hate gore.
5)The Innkeeper is a delight and has one of the funniest scenes I've ever...well, seen.
These are all great if you want to be scared but not stressed.

The Invitation was an excellent watch, but a very very slow burn. The Bay was a terrible movie why is it on this list it was laughable honestly.

-V/H/S was really triggering for me, there's lots of sexualized violence, as well as sexual violence (the distinction I'm making here is: violence they're portraying in a 'sexy' way, and then sexual assault) as well as gaslighting and general violence against women.
-It follows is great, but more sexualized violence.
-Rape tw for The Craft, it happens on screen, though it's "incomplete"
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:40 PM on October 3 [3 favorites]


This is so totally my jam. There is a bunch of stuff on that list I have watched and loved, and a bunch I hadn't committed to watching because I can't tell if stuff is good or terrible anymore since Netflix dropped the stars.

And dammit, I was going to come in here to recommend "A Dark Song" because wow, something I'd seen and liked that wasn't on the list but then Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. got there first. But I liked it too.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 4:37 PM on October 3 [1 favorite]


The Voices by Marjane Satrapi is an offbeat serial killer story with talking animals. Trigger warning for some weird psychological violence. Saw this on CDN Netflix last year, not sure what the availability is now.
posted by ovvl at 5:52 PM on October 3 [2 favorites]


Addendum, I will watch terrible adults die..... I really liked You're Next, but it could just be that I like watching resourceful young women whoop ass.....

Also You're Next has an amazing soundtrack and the total lack of a release for that soundtrack is a damned shame.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:03 PM on October 3 [1 favorite]


I watched The Den because it was "highly highly highly recommended"; I would steer clear of it, it's fairly derivative stalker/torture porn that engages in a lot of sexualized violence without really bringing anything redeeming to the table.

I've also seen The Void, which is visually inventive even if the plot is nothing special, and Beyond The Gates, which squanders its amazing premise of a haunted vhs board game. Like seriously, the board game makes zero sense and it's like the creators lost interest in the premise fifteen minutes into the movie. If I'm watching a movie about a haunted board game, I want to see a haunted board game being played.
posted by Pyry at 6:14 PM on October 6 [2 favorites]


How can you fuck up Ghost Jumanji? Gah!
posted by Artw at 6:33 PM on October 6


I watched The Void last night, and loved it. It didn't really defy any genre conventions, but used them effectively. It did transition pretty obviously from homage to The Thing and Attack on Precinct 13 to abandoned hospital horror to almost Bloodborneesque cosmic horror, but it felt very natural arising from the story. And yeah, very visually inventive and cool. Great film.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:52 AM on October 7


That ghost Jumanji movie is completely terrible. It reminds me of a movie my friends and I would've rented from Redbox and then MST3Ked in college.
posted by codacorolla at 9:04 AM on October 7


Hatchi matchi. I have a pretty good tolerance for horror movies, but I just watched Gerald's Game and I was thisclose to puking my guts out at... that scene. I think part of the problem was that I was watching it with Descriptive Audio on, so not only did I see it, but I had to hear it described in some detail. Let's just say the phrase "scrunches up" was used, and I did not like it one bit.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:14 PM on October 7


In the past few days, I watched a few things on this list.

Creep was okay, but just okay. It used its format well, but didn't really hold my attention.

The Bad Batch was wonderfully strange in a lot of ways, both whimsical and disturbing. Parts reminded me of A Boy And His Dog.

The Pact was a really enjoyable haunted house movie that played with a lot of the haunted house tropes. I had avoided it for a while just because the poster is so awful. Don't let the terribly bland poster stop you.

Deathgasm was fun. Over-the-top heavy metal high school Evil Dead style horror comedy.

The Void was amazing. It's probably in my top ten horror movies now.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:06 PM on October 7 [1 favorite]


Watching It Follows stressed me the hell out. Really well done, and the cinematography and audio track really ratcheted up the tension. It does an amazing job of taking the sexual thriller and rendering it completely, horrifically unsexy.

Great Carpenter-esque soundtrack too.

Only quibble was the fact that they had female nudity at points, but the naked dude on the roof had a big black censor box over his hog.
posted by Existential Dread at 9:56 PM on October 7


Out of curiosity, I went to Google images and checked, and you can definitely see a dick. It does go by pretty quick, and the lighting and framing aren't really emphasizing it, though.
posted by codacorolla at 10:23 AM on October 8


but the naked dude on the roof had a big black censor box over his hog.

You def got dong in the cinema version.
posted by Artw at 10:33 AM on October 8


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