The Haunting of Netflix House VII: Wes Craven’s New Netflix
October 2, 2019 8:01 AM   Subscribe

What's up, Halloweirdos and Octobrocops? Every year I collect a list of good or good-adjacent horror or horror-adjacent movies available for streaming on American Netflix for your falltimes enjoyment. In past years this list has been available on Tumblr; in this year the seventh installment is located elsewhere and now features a darker sweater and a trench coat. That's right, it's The Haunting of Netflix House VII: Wes Craven’s New Netflix , comics writer Benito Cereno's yearly recommendations of the creepiest, kookiest, most mysterious and spookiest movies on Netflix. Now on Letterboxd, to make it even easier to add some scares to your watchlist...

(with apologies to fellow Mefite Artw, whose previous HoNH posts, as well as almostmanda's original post, helped inspire my midlife re-engagement with cinematic horror and the dark blessings of the spooky season.)
posted by Strange Interlude (26 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
 
BTW, if you're looking for Benito's customary one-line reviews and descriptions, just click the orange "read notes" button at the top of the list. Or just click here!
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:04 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


I live for this annual post!
posted by magstheaxe at 8:13 AM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


There's something satisfyingly correct about Benito's one line comment about American Psycho - DO YOU LIKE HUEY LEWIS.
posted by Ashwagandha at 8:19 AM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


If anybody wants to help filter out the ones we'd enjoy in our household (+scary +atmospheric +tense; -gore -violence -torture -cruelty) that would be helpful.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:30 AM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


Oh, hey, The Endless! I wanted to see that when it came out but it wasn't playing anywhere nearby.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:48 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


RAW!
posted by agregoli at 8:53 AM on October 2, 2019


Yay! Does anyone want to do some of these on FanFare? Like, this kind of thing is what "clubs" are for, right? I'd be willing to set it up if it would get some use. Also seconded on Wolfdog's comment: that's my horror sweet spot as well. (Although glancing at the link with descriptions, he does a pretty good job making clear which have violence/gore.)
posted by youarenothere at 8:58 AM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


This list is the shit.
posted by OrangeDisk at 9:07 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Signal-boosting hot take on one entry: Under the Shadow is great. A lot of horror flicks really struggle, frequently to unintentionally-comedic levels, for reasons to have the protagonists in them isolated and trapped. This one does not; the societal context surrounding war-separated Iranian mother in emptying apartments is frequently more terrifying than the evil presence itself.
posted by Drastic at 9:09 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


YESSS i look forward to this every year. Thanks for posting!
posted by capnsue at 9:22 AM on October 2, 2019


Oh man I need this so hard. I spent maybe half an hour trying to find a horror movie to watch the other night until I somehow settled on The VVitch (which I will insist on pronouncing as-stylized). I enjoyed it -- I strongly prefer atmospheric / slow-paced horror -- but the ending made me groan and laugh in a way that I suspect was not intended.

I really appreciate the genre-classifiers that will help me avoid straight-up violence shit, which is not really my thing. Slashers: yes. Pure violence porn: no.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:54 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


the ones we'd enjoy in our household

The VVitch is probably the perfect Hallowe'en movie. Tense from the word, "boo!" Not gory. Great cinematography. Thought-provoking.
posted by SPrintF at 10:36 AM on October 2, 2019 [5 favorites]


His Green Room review:

Hella violence shit. Nothing supernatural, just terrifying violence by and against Nazis by and against a punk band. This is a movie with performances so good, Patrick Stewart as the villain is only the third best performance in the movie. Nazi punks, fuck off. Skip if you can’t handle blood

This checks out. It's a great movie.

There's something satisfyingly correct about Benito's one line comment about American Psycho - DO YOU LIKE HUEY LEWIS.

Huey Lewis posed a similar question to Weird Al.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:48 AM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


Twitter icon Nicole Cliffe (has she reached National Treasure status?) put a nice list of her favorite Netflix spookums up recently. I'll reproduce it here as she auto-deletes her tweets.

As Above, So Below
Backcountry
Hush
Would You Rather
The Lodgers
Havenhurst
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Green Room
Under the Shadow
Head Count
The Invitation
Don't Knock Twice
Gerald's Game
The Ritual


I watched As Above, So Below on this recommendation and it is SO GOOD! Some violence and one hella jump scare, but not what I would call gory. Real real spooky and mind-trippy. It did nothing to quell my obsession from afar with the Paris Catacombs.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


A friend of mine did wardrobe for I Am The Pretty Thing...I am thrilled it made this list.
posted by aclevername at 11:24 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Man, everybody in the whole world wants me to see The Blackcoat's Daughter. Got to bump it up the SHOCKtober list.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 12:22 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Does anyone want to do some of these on FanFare?

I can say with a high degree of confidence that most of these are already there. I posted sixteen to eighteen of 'em myself.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:28 PM on October 2, 2019 [2 favorites]


We could probably do with a FanFare Talk post collecting links to all of them though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:31 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


The Blackcoat's Daughter (inexplicably called "February" in the UK) and The Invitation make for an excellent if depressing double bill. Both films are tense as hell and feel more like tragedies disguised as horror movies.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:27 PM on October 2, 2019




Ha! I was just working on one per your suggestion. Thanks, DirtyOldTown!
posted by youarenothere at 2:10 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


The VVitch is probably the perfect Hallowe'en movie. Tense from the word, "boo!" Not gory. Great cinematography. Thought-provoking.

An infant is disemboweled on screen in the first 10 min?
posted by tatiana wishbone at 2:53 PM on October 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


If anybody wants to help filter out the ones we'd enjoy in our household (+scary +atmospheric +tense; -gore -violence -torture -cruelty) that would be helpful.

I have similar tastes, and The Endless hits this sweet spot and is also excellent.
posted by Roommate at 3:30 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


I just watched The Autopsy of Jane Doe because of that Nicole Cliffe list. Holy shit. I don’t scare easily anymore, but you had to peel me off the ceiling after that one.
posted by holborne at 7:24 PM on October 2, 2019


The Blackcoat's Daughter (inexplicably called "February" in the UK)

My friend worked on this film too. It was called February right up until it's TIFF release if I recall correctly.
posted by aclevername at 8:49 PM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


I’m glad he mentioned Apostle. The director of The Raid made a weird old cult movie.

Train to Busan should be watched by anyone who likes action or zombies even a slight bit. It really is the absolute best zombie movie is the consensus I agree with.

Deciding if it’s a would you rather night, havenhurst or murder party...
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 5:10 PM on October 3, 2019


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