It’s the Friday before Halloween and the weekend holds few certainties. If you’re not wondering which party to attend, you’re wondering what costume to wear. Maybe you’re debating which pumpkin beer is actually digestible enough to enjoy, if there is such a thing. The only certainty this weekend is what you’re going to be doing while hungover in between the two devious nights of partying and again on Sunday: getting take out and watching scary movies.
If you’ve been to our showroom for the many screenings we've hosted with Brooklyn Horror Fest and BK Horror Club, it should be no surprise that we’re suckers for the macabre. Here’s a quick list of the 10 best Netflix movies and series to nurse your candy corn hangovers.
10. Stranger Things
Okay, so this isn’t horror but we’re starting slow. This series completely nails the vintage sci-fi factor that makes so many awesome horror movies iconic. The casting is superb, including a new gang of child actors and a stellar performance by Winona Ryder. Also the soundtrack and score leaves little to be desired.
Recommended if you like: Interdimensional Space Travel, Extraterrestrials, Horror Movie Easter Eggs, The 80’s
9. Event Horizon
For some reason this movie never gets the love it deserves. Event Horizon takes place on a haunted starship in the year 2047. Between hallucinations, massacres, creepy found footage and latin phrases that chill your bones, this is not a movie to watch alone. Keep the lights on, okay? Space travel is close and apparently ghosts are already up there.
Recommended if you like: Space Travel, Unconventional Ghost Stories, Demon Hellscapes Set in Space
After a New Zealand millenial tries to knock over an ATM she’s placed under house arrest with her mother and step father. The twist? The house is haunted. I know that description sounds awful but hear me out: Housebound is a comedy horror. The plot stands up on its own and it’s a very entertaining hour-forty-five. Well worth your time.
Recommended if you like: Ghost stories, Disturbed Twenty-somethings, Halfway Houses, Dark Humor
7. We Are Still Here
Okay so this one is truly awesome. A family loses their son in 1979 and moves to a house in New England. Unfortunately the house was a funeral home in the 1800s and you know how that shit goes… A great watch all around with some pretty epic shots.
Recommended if you like: New England, Ghost Stories, Sheisty Villagers from the 1800’s
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
At the heart of it, this movie tells the tale of a lonely Iranian vampire who seems to be dropped in a Jarmuschian/Lynchian universe. The setting is a mash of locations, time periods, languages and genres. Being that the whole movie is wrought with subtitles, the score is effortlessly cool.
Recommended if You Like: David Lynch, Jim Jarmush, Westerns, Vampires
Clive Barker is sick and twisted story teller. Chances are you’ve seen Hellraiser and if you haven’t, just watch it. It’s a staple in horror movie classics and insanely difficult to describe but I’ll try… here goes: Blood on the floor of an attic in an old home resurrects a dead guy and manifests a puzzlebox which can span dimensions.
Recommended if You Like: Disturbing Imagery, British Horror, Sadomasochism, Bloodlust
Found footage films generally suck. I blame the Blair Witch for making it look so easy and for putting camcorders in the hands of would-be-film-makers all over the world. However, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice nailed this piece. Our main character responds to an online ad and unfortunately has no idea what's in store for him. Truly skin crawling, Creep is tastefully scary without being supernatural.
Recommended If You Like: Mark Duplass, Minimal Art-house Horror, Uncomfortable situations, Found Footage
I know what I just said about found footage films and I stand by it… but V/H/S is the 2000’s version of Creepshow. The vignettes are terrifying and realistic while still breaking the bounds of reality. If I had a dime for everytime I’ve had a few beers and made my friends watch this series I'd have a handful of dimes. Seriously, I make them stay up late and watch V/H/S. They hate when I do that.
Recommended If You Like: Aliens, Demons, Satanism, Found Footage, Ghosts, Jump-Out Scares, Gore, Everything Horror
2. Black Mirror
Black Mirror just released it’s third season making the entire series check out at a total of 15 episodes. This series is highly binge-able. Unfortunately it’s also a seriously disturbing look into the way we interact with technology on a day-to-day basis. Start at the beginning and work your way up. You’ll never look at your smart phone the same way again…
Recommended if you like: Tech Sci-fi, Uncomfortable Situations, Short Stories, Jon Hamm, The Subtle Crumbling of Society
Okay, so the shock value didn’t hold up over time but at one point, Jaws was considered a horror movie. A New England beach town is terrorized by the threat of a blood-thirsty, ageless shark. There’s a lot of talking and not a whole lot of action but it was directed by Steven Spielberg, what more do you want? Also the cast costuming looks straight out of Brooklyn circa now. An interesting piece I should include: In 2001, Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Recommended If You Like: The Ocean, Narragansett Beer, New England, Richard Dreyfuss