Is there a better time than October to watch scary movies? Even those of us fans that enjoy them year-round seem to particularly like watching horror movies around Halloween. Most of the cable TV channels amp up their horror programming at this time of the year, and Netflix has some pretty decent choices (and a few not-so-decent choices) for streaming. Here are a few movies currently streaming on Netflix that I would recommend for anyone looking something spooky to watch at Halloween time.
I recently saw 'V/H/S' for the first time (on Netflix), although it is now a few years old. It's probably not a movie for everyone, since some people REALLY despise "found footage" movies. I'll be honest, I'm not usually crazy about them, either, but I enjoyed this one. 'V/H/S' is actually an anthology film, which sort of reminds me of 'Creepshow' and 'Tales From the Darkside: The Movie' (two other movies that I would count as favorites). I read a few online reviews and the main criticism that seemed to keep coming up was that the segments of 'V/H/S' were a little inconsistent. Some were really good, others were not as strong. I would agree with that, but I still enjoyed the movie. The sequel's not bad, either. It's also on Netflix.
'You're Next' is particularly interesting to horror fans in our area because it was shot in Columbia, Missouri. Let's face it, not a lot of major movies get shot in our region. If I remember correctly, Columbia is the hometown of the screenwriter. 'You're Next' also got pretty decent reviews. In fact, I think it actually received better reviews than what I would have personally given it. Not that it's a bad movie (I'm recommending it, after all), it's just that it seems to be a bit over-hyped. To me, the movie's good, but not amazing. Even so, it's a solid choice for a movie to watch during the Halloween season.
One of my all-time favorites from when I was a kid. It's got vampires, it's got Roddy McDowall and it's got Marcy D'Arcy (before she was Marcy D'Arcy). Definitely one of the most-loved horror movies of the 80s for a lot of us that grew up in that era. The movie was re-made a few years ago, and that was OK - I've seen a lot worse - but the original still holds up.
Speaking of 80s horror movies... this one might be the one that scared me the most when I was a kid. Honestly, I probably shouldn't have even been watching it, but I watched it. I remember a guy walking around the attic of this house... and he didn't have any skin. Scared me to death. 'Hellraiser' makes my list because it is the only one of the "iconic" 80s horror franchises with its first movie available on Netflix. The only Freddy Krueger movie currently streaming is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge' (which some people hate, but I don't. That's another story for another time), the only Jason movie is 'Friday The 13th Part 7' and Michael Meyers is represented in 'Halloween Part 6' and 'Halloween: Resurrection.' The 'Hellraiser' series appears to be available in its entirety, or at least close to it. Just watch out for that guy without any skin. It still creeps me out.
I read about 'We Are What We Are' in 'Fangoria' or 'Horror Hound' (or one of those type magazines) and thought it sounded like a decent movie. I was pleasantly surprised to log in to Netflix and see that it was an option, so I checked it out. It's a good movie. Technically it might be more of a "thriller" movie than a "horror" movie, but it's good. It's about cannibals. That's all I'll say. I don't want to ruin it for you.
While we're on the subject of cannibals, here's an interesting bit of movie trivia. Anthony Hopkins was not the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on screen. That distinction belongs to the actor Brian Cox, who portrayed Hannibal "Lecktor" in the 1986 film 'Manhunter.' Have you ever watched 'Red Dragon,' starring Hopkins, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes? 'Manhunter' is the same story, only with a different title and with Cox as Hannibal the Cannibal and William Petersen (from C.S.I.) as Will Graham.