Thursday, October 7, 2010

Netflix Watch Instant: Halloween Edition

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. Below are a few of my recommendations, to help you sift through all the films that are available.

Creature Features
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. 

Horror Comedy
The Burbs - Starring Tom Hanks and Cory Feldman, this is one of my favorite 80s movies. When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. This does an excellent job of blending the suspense with the laughs. It's a lighthearted choice for those that can't quite handle the scares of other films on this list.

Killer Klownz from Outer Space - 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.

Zombieland - Probably the most popular and newest film on my list, I loved its blend of humor and action. The innovative way of teaching the audience the rules of survival, the fantastic opening credits, and Woody Harrelson's performance all make it must-see. I hope the sequel gets moving because I definitely want to spend more time in this world with Columbus, Tallahassee, and Wichita.

Don't Go to Sleep
A Nightmare on Elm Street - While the remake made a fair amount of money, it doesn't come anywhere close to the original. Skip the new one and go straight to the source. From Netflix: Years after being burned alive by a mob of angry parents, child murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns to haunt the dreams -- and reality -- of local teenagers in Wes Craven's spine-chilling slasher classic. As the town's teens begin dropping like flies, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp, in his big-screen debut), devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world.

CandyMan - From Netflix: While researching urban myths, grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-handed creature who's said to haunt a Chicago housing project. In this creepy film based on a Clive Barker story, the Candyman is made flesh by other people's belief in him. Not surprisingly, Lyle manages to summon him. Soon, the Candyman has committed a series of murders, and the cops are holding Lyle responsible.

Enjoy the flicks and Happy Halloween!

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