Netflix and chills

While putting together our top horror films lists, we asked Rowan to recommend some lesser-known horror flicks available on Netflix that you may have missed. Here are five excellent ones to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Rowan Morrison

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

Cattet and Forzani’s follow-up to their giallo-inspired erotic horror Amer. It’s incredibly cool, beautiful, and baffling. Think Amelie with better photography, leather and knives. Don’t look for narrative.

The Harvest

John McNaughton’s first film since Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a surprisingly old-school affair. There’s nothing particularly new going on here, but the story, script, and characters are strong and compelling, and it’s held together by a trio of excellent performances, including a supremely scary Samantha Morton.

Starry Eyes

There’s verve, energy, and invention in this story of an aspiring actress falling foul of demonic Hollywood. Naive ambition leads to a satisfyingly disgusting bodily disintegration that would make Cronenberg proud.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown

This remake of the ’76 slasher is knowing and oh-so-meta. It’s extremely well shot, and produced in a nostalgic and airy style reminiscent of House of the Devil and It Follows. Not really scary but beautiful fun.

(JLo’s note: I vaguely remember being scared witless by the original, though I couldn’t tell you anything about it other than there was a hooded serial killer involved.)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

OK it isn’t “recent” by any definition. But this film is an astonishing and singular creative achievement. If you haven’t experienced this unique cinematic work of art, do it before it disappears from Netflix.

Cheers, and thanks again to Rowan for weighing in this week. Look for more of his thoughts and recommendations in the coming weeks.

Posted on October 30, 2015, in Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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