Queued Up: Instant Scares on Netflix Streaming For Halloween
October is the time for horror and thrills! Netflix has a slew of films available to watch instantly to get you into the Halloween mood – ranging from some campy B-movies, horror comedies, and then movies that will just straight up scare you. Below are a few of my recommendations, to help you sift through all the films that are available. Know any other good features on Netflix instant? Let me know in the comments!
MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS – Is this the SyFy Original Movie that put them on the map? It’s definitely the movie that started my friends weekly “bro nights” where we watch awesome bad movies such as this. Fun fact: the only time our neighbors ever complained about noise when a group of 5 of us watched this – shouting “MEGA SHARK! GIANT OCTOPUS! OOOOH” anything something awesome went down. Turn this on, make a drinking game out of it, and have a great Halloween night.
MEGA PIRANHA – The SyFy Original movie stars 80s teen pop star Tiffany as a genetic scientist. The government tried to help fight hunger in South America by genetically modifying fish to grow extraordinarily large. Of course, this brilliant plan backfires when the local piranha population starts to grow and feed and attack the nearby river communities. They become so large they can jump onto land, destroying cars, hotels, and everyone and thing in their path! How can Tiffany even begin to stop them?
THE FLY – A star making turn for Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, a scientist’s experiment of teleportation goes awry when a simply fly gets caught in the pod with him. Slowly, he and the fly’s genetics start to merge and we’re witness to the horrifying transformation.
THEM! – From the awesome B-movie era of the 50s, this is a cult classic. When a bomb test nearby creates giant, mutant ants the community is caught unawares. The bugs they exterminated for so long are out for revenge! A team of scientists try to stop “Them!” – will they be able to save the town? This is one of the most influential horrof films, brilliantly capturing the fears of the nation as the first Atomic Bomb was being built.
KILLER KLOWNZ FROM OUTERSPACE – From Netflix: An alien band of killer clowns descends from the cosmos to harvest scores of small-town victims, cocooning their prey in cotton candy to eat later. With the extraterrestrials disguised as simple circus workers, the authorities don’t suspect a thing. But the joke is on the clowns when two streetwise teens, armed with an ice cream truck, battle to save their friends in this cult favorite.
EVIL DEAD – This cult classic doesn’t need much explanation on why it’s great, does it? Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and those horrible horrible trees – need I say more?
TRICK R TREAT – One of the best horror movies in years. This horror anthology keeps you guessing and completely engrossed, never letting the film drag. The school bus storyline haunted me for a while after watching too. While Anna Paquin is one of the bigger names involved, she’s actually in the weakest plot thread. When she’s the weak link in your film, that’s a pretty solid sign.
RED STATE – While I haven’t seen this film, the very divisive nature of it makes it a much watch for any fans, or former fans, of Kevin Smith’s films.
EERIE,INDIANA (TV Show) – This supernatural teen show from my youth ranks up there with Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. While those other shows had more staying power, with more episodes and longer lasting imprint on pop culture, I’ve got a soft spot for this series about a crazy little town that no one else quite saw the same way as its young lead.
Enjoy the flicks and Happy Halloween! And don’t forget to let me know in the comments if there are any other good Halloween flicks to watch online.