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War Movies on Netflix- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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War movies are a real niche genre. For veterans, male and female, the movies have to be right around 100% realistic or we start yelling at the screen. If we hear somebody say, “Over and out” on the radio, it sends us into a wall-punching fit (you’re either “over” or you’re “out” but never both.) For men who never served in the Armed Forces, it gives a taste of what it might be like in battle, but with a bag of chips and a beer on the table next to the chair—nothing wrong with that. Not everybody is Audie Murphy. For women who never served… well… to be honest, I don’t know any non-veteran women who actually like war movies unless they happen to be married to a veteran and even then, it’s iffy. Before the hate mail shows up, I’m sure there are women who love war movies and don’t fit into that category. I just don’t know any.

Netflix has quite a selection of war movies currently streaming. Some of them are great and some are dogs; this might help you decide how to spend your evening if you’re in the mood…

The Good:

The Longest Day

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One of the greatest war movies ever made, The Longest Day tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy that led to the end of World War II. Although it’s an all-star cast headed by the likes of John Wayne, Richard Burton, and Henry Fonda (among others), the movie is so gripping that you don’t even notice who you’re watching because they all become their characters. This is a long film—3 hours—but well worth your time. If you’ve ever wondered why they call the folks from this era “The Greatest Generation,” watch this film and you’ll know.

We Were Soldiers

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This is the story of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry’s battle against the North Vietnamese Army in La Drang valley in 1965—the first battle of the Vietnam War. Mel Gibson does a super job as Lt. Col. Hal Moore, the battalion commander, and the re-telling of the operation along with the battalion’s training and preparation are right on the money. Equally interesting are the back stories of the wives and families of the combatants. They got this one right—there are no heroes, no glorification of war; just a story of guys doing their job and the families they left behind waiting.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

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An outstanding war movie that will have you shaking your head constantly at the blunders and mistakes the United States made that allowed the brutally savage Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to occur. This film tells the story from both sides and is almost “documentary” in style, but that does nothing to detract from the dramatic and gut-wrenching attack scenes. One of the great history lessons every committed to film, this powerhouse explains the stupidity of countries going to war better than almost any other movie out there.

Twelve O’Clock High

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This is “Patton” in the air. Gregory Peck plays Brigadier General Frank Savage, the meanest S.O.B. to ever fly through the sky. He takes over a demoralized, resentful, slipshod B-24 squadron and whips them back into shape by being a hard-ass; but underneath, we get a glimpse of the emotional and psychological cost of command. Based on the 306th Bomber Group (the first American bomber group to fly over Germany), this movie is a nice glimpse into how the air war was conducted.

Braveheart

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Nobody cares that Mel Gibson turned into a flaming asshole over the past few years because he was William Wallace, Colonel Hal Moore, Mad Max, Fletcher Christian, Martin Riggs, Bret Maverick, and Benjamin Martin. And you do not want to piss any of these guys off. In Braveheart, when his secret bride is murdered by an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace starts a revolt against King Edward I of England. No, it’s not completely, historically accurate; no, it’s not a history lesson. But it’s action-packed and has every element you should look for in a war movie including one of the greatest battle scenes every put on film.

Inglourious Basterds

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Quentin Tarantino hit another one out of the ballpark with this masterpiece. The real Inglorious Bastards were a British commando force of Jewish exiles from Germany and Eastern Europe who operated as spies during World War II. Chances are good that this film is 99% fiction, but nobody does violence, characters, and plots like Tarantino when he’s in the zone and he’s definitely in the zone with this one.

The Bad:

I’m not going to waste your time giving you links to these turds–just pass them by.

Jarhead 2

Jarhead with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx was a great movie. Jarhead 2 with a couple of guys I’ve never heard of was a joke.

Seal Team 8

Poor old Tom Sizemore can’t catch a break or a good role in a decent move. I guess it’s tough to play a convincing member of a Seal Team when you’re 55 and you look like you’re 90.

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

An extremely low-budget, preachy attempt to inject racism into a World War II tank movie. There are no racists in foxholes. When you’re being shot at, you don’t care what color the guy next to you is.

The Ugly:

Field of Lost Shoes

Laughable.

Day of the Siege

Makes you wonder what F. Murray Abraham was thinking when he signed on to this. Probably “$$$.”

Boys of Abu Ghraib

One of the truly stupidest war movies ever made and completely inaccurate in every way.

Fortress

I wanted to like this because it’s based on actual events concerning an Irish-American B17 bomber crew, but I didn’t.


“The Good” are films you really should see. I don’t mean to sound preachy, but they should be mandatory viewing for anybody who thinks war is fun and for anybody who glorifies war without ever having been in one. “The Bad” aren’t really awful—they’re just not… good. But “The Ugly” are truly ugly, so don’t waste your time.

 

Don Gillette is a novelist from Nashville, Tennessee who also spent 25 years in the US Armed Forces. His latest book, Old Leather, is a collection of short fiction and is available world-wide at booksellers and on-line retailers.

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New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]!

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October is going to be awesome with so many newly added movies ready to stream on Netflix USA. Netflix USA is already overflown with some favorite scary movies. The fans are already anticipating “The Haunting Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. Romantic comedies like “Must Love Dogs” and “Big Mouth” are also some of the new movies to stream on Netflix USA this October. The best part about this October is that Netflix USA has a diverse amalgamation of movies in store for you.

Here’s the list of new movies to stream on Netflix USA this October [2018] –

1. Dovlatov [2018] –

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With so much critical acclaim and interesting plot, Dovlatov already looks like one of the best new movies to stream on Netflix USA this October. Russian writers have always been known for bringing about interesting perspectives. It hardly gets better when we have a movie on them. Andrei Tarkovsky beautifully weaved the story of Andrei Rublev back in the 1970s. Similarly, Dovlatov by Aleksei German promises to bring the story of an ahead of his time iconic writer from the Soviet Union. The main plot depicts his talent, humility, and association with a fellow writer Joseph Brodsky. They watch their other artist friends suffer in the iron-willed state machinery.

2. Angel Eyes [2011] –

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Luis Mandoki’s Angel Eyes is a romantic comedy starring the star actress Jennifer Lopez. The movie tells the story of a mysterious man known as “Catch” played by Jim Caviezel who crosses the path of a lady named Sharon and they end up saving each other’s life twice. Using coincident as a narrative tool, the filmmaker weaves this romantic story in an unlikely archetype of a thriller. Jennifer Lopez won an ALMA Award for the Best Actress and Luis Mandoki won the same for ‘Outstanding Director’ for this thriller movie worth a definite watch.

3. Anger Management [2003] –

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“Anger Management” is an American comedy flick by Peter Segal. This movie tells the story of an under-confident guy named Dave played by Adam Sandler who undergoes a major transition of his life in a rather annoying tutelage of an anger management expert Dr. Buddy Rydell enacted by Jack Nicholson. The movie deals with a very serious problem of low self-esteem and the director chooses humor to convey the importance of the same. Adam Sandler’s terrific performance, Jack Nicholson’s usual wit and overall pleasant vibe of the flick make “Anger Management” one of the must-watch new movies to stream on Netflix USA this October.

4. The Shining [1980] –

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Have an appetite for horror movies? Netflix USA may be already full of some scariest horror movies but none can parallel the masterpiece that Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” is. “The Shining” is a psychological horror starring Jack Nicholson in one of the best performances of his career. Stanley Kubrick tells the story of a family that undergoes mental breakdown in the Hotel Overlook when the protagonist Jack accepts to stay there with his family in order to take care of the maintenance work. The movie is different from Stephen King’s novel of the same name even though the movie is an official adaptation. This October, “The Shining” is the best movie you can stream on Netflix USA if horror is your favorite genre.

5. V for Vendetta [2005] –

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James McTeigue’s “V for Vendetta” is one of the most radical movies ever made. Using allegory of oppression by political groups as a narrative tool, this movie brings the story of a masked vigilante who conducts guerrilla warfare against the fascist government of Great Britain. The movie also features Natalie Portman in one of her best roles. “V for Vendetta” has gained prominence in the popular culture and the Guy Fawkes mask is still used by people in protests against tyranny. For some thought-provoking dialogues, a terrific display of filmmaking, “V for Vendetta” is one of the best new movies to stream on Netflix USA this October to pump your adrenaline.

6. The Devil’s Advocate [1997] –

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“The Devil’s Advocate” is among the best supernatural horror movies to stream on Netflix USA this October. This movie by Taylor Hackford features Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in iconic roles. The movie tells the story of a successful lawyer from Florida who joins a firm in New York and eventually knows that his boss is Lucifer. It is filmed like a drama movie but slowly unfolds in the horror genre. For its extraordinary visual effects, supernatural concept, intense dialogue exchange, and tremendous performances, “The Devil’s Advocate” is a must-watch movie that you can stream on Netflix USA.

7. The Green Mile [1999] –

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Frank Darabont’s “The Green Mile” is a story in the backdrop of Southern prison wherein gentle giant John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan possess a power to heal people’s ailments. When the head jailer Paul Edgecomb played by Tom Hanks comes to know about John’s powers, he tries to save him from the sentence. This is arguably the best performance of Tom Hanks from his opulent career. The movie has a tight screenplay and Darabont’s convicting direction makes it an eminent watch. It was also nominated in Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, and Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.

8. She’s Out of My League [2010] –

She's Out of My League [2010] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October

“She’s Out of My League” is an American romantic comedy in which an average guy Joe dates a drop-dead gorgeous girl but his low self-esteem, friends, and family try to take away the relationship. The filmmaker Jim Field Smith handles the premise of the movie with quirky humor. Popular among fans as a feel-good movie, “She’s out of My League” is one of the best romantic comedies to stream on Netflix USA this October. Moreover, this movie has that post-modern and perpetually entertaining vibe like “Girl Next Door” and “Accepted”.

9. The Lake House [2006] –

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The movie tells the story of a lonely doctor played by Keanu Reeves who starts exchanging love letters with the former resident (Sandra Bullock) of a lakeside view house and an unlikely romance starts blooming between. Alejandro Agresti’s sensitively directed “The Lake House” thrives mainly on great performances by the actors, cinematography by Alar Kivilo and the soundtrack which has a variety of songs.  This is one of the underrated movies to stream on Netflix USA this October.

10. Pay It Forward [2000] –

Pay It Forward [2000] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]

“Pay It Forward” is a poignant story of a 12-years-old boy who believes in people and their goodness. He decides to change the world with his tender heart and succeeds, unlike other kids who think the same. The movie by Mimi Lader is one of the most heartwarming movies available now for streaming on Netflix USA. This movie was praised by critics for music, acting, writing, and cinematography. However, it had received a lot of flak for the utopian ideas and fake display of human emotions.

11. The NeverEnding Story [1984] –

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This is an epic fantasy drama based on the novel of the same name. “The NeverEnding Story” by Wolfgang Petersen is about a boy who reads a magical book which tells the story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark force called ‘Nothing’ from affecting a mystical world. This movie deviates from the novel but the filmmaker still manages to keep the essence of the original story. “The NeverEnding Story” was the most expensive movie produced outside the United States or the Soviet Union in those days.

12. Mystic River [2003] –

Mystic River [2003] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]

“Mystic River” is a mystery thriller by Clint Eastwood. Excellent cinematography has always been an integral part of Eastwood’s affluent filmography and same goes for “Mystic River”. It tells the story of the lives of three men who were childhood friends. One of them has a family tragedy which brings the conflict in the story. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and, Kevin Bacon have played the leading characters brilliantly and the movie received praise from critics and audience for its extraordinary background score and Eastwood’s direction. “Mystic River” is one of the most emotionally sound movies to stream on Netflix USA this October.

13. New York Minute [2004] –

New York Minute [2004] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]

“New York Minute” is an American comedy movie you will love if you like teen flicks. Directed by Dennie Gordon, this movie tells the story of a top student Jane Ryan who goes to Manhattan for a college scholarship competition and then things go haywire when she comes across a pursuing truant officer and a smuggler. The filmmaker conveys a heartwarming message about the importance of family through the story as it is Jane’s sister that comes to the rescue when she gets entangled in the situation. For its good storytelling and a lot of feel-good moments, “New York Minute” is one of the best movies to stream on Netflix USA this October.

14. Sommersby [1993] –

Sommersby [1993] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]

Jon Amiel’s ‘Sommersby’ is one of the best romantic movies you can stream on Netflix USA this October. It tells the story of a farmer named Jack Sommersby who returns home from the Civil War. Jack Sommersby played by Richard Gere is not a good man but when he comes back, he starts behaving strangely pleasant. Subsequently, his wife Laurel played by Jodie Foster starts suspecting that he is an imposter. ‘Sommersby’ has great performances by both the actors and Danny Elfman’s music is brilliant.

15. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991] –

Robin Hood [1991] - New Movies to Stream on Netflix USA This October [2018]

This movie is the retelling of the story of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood. “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” focuses mainly on the vengeance episode in which a Sherrif from Nottingham kills Robin Hood’s father. Latterly, he joins forces with a band of exiled villagers to kill the Sheriff. This is one of the best vengeance movies from the 1990s that you can stream on Netflix USA this October. Watch this for adventure, well-choreographed action sequences, and fast-paced screenplay.

There are some more movies like “22 July”, “Been So Long”, “Gnome Alone” and some Netflix Originals to stream on Netflix USA this October [2018]. Moreover, there is a hoard of classic movies available to stream on Netflix USA.

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Welcome to the 2016 official guide to the Best Movies On Netflix presented by Whats On Netflix.   In the next 50 pages we will cover all the top movies available for your streaming pleasure.

Make sure you keep this page bookmarked as Netflix updates its streaming library monthly some movies might not be available.

If you come across a movie that’s unavailable please be sure to reach out to us on social media so we can update the list. We will do our best to keep it updated but after all we are only human.

Now without further ado here our Official 2016 Guide To The Best Movies On Netflix. If you feel we left a movie off the list feel free to let us know down in the comments!

 

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 The Discoverers

Release Year: 2012

Director: Justin Schwarz

“Simple, dialogue driven, performance driven stories about quirky families who end up in a kind of crazy crisis,  they all re-connect while trying to deal with the situation they’re in. Been done a hundred times before, right? A few of these movies actually succeed in telling this kind of story though, and are fairly good. Little Miss Sunshine comes to mind. This film isn’t as good as that one, but nevertheless it’s still a good offering within that kind of genre.”

 

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Rosewater

Release Year: 2014

Written by Jon Stewart (Based on the book They Came For Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Malloy)

Directed by Jon Stewart

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia

“Brilliant! A great show of force by the Jon Stewart in his 1st direction of a major motion picture! The actors were wonderful and the plot and script was complex and a story that needs to be told that the Iranian/Persian people are fighting back within the country against the government. Mr. Bahari’s story was one of many & I am thoroughly happy & impressed the Jon Stewart decided to bring attention the Persian peoples fight for democracy in his first film! Highly recommend especially for the uneducated because the mainstream media surely won’t expose you to stories such as this in the country Iran.”

 

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Chinatown 

Release Year: 1974

Directed by Roman Polanski

Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston 

With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski’s complex neonoir classic.

Nicholson saunters though a 1930’s LA with confidence, until he pulls the wrong thread and find himself in the middle of a messy unraveling. Although just as entwined, Dunaway proceeds with caution and finds herself torn between the lies and the truths surrounding her life. Together, the pair light up the screen with coy smiles and excellent senses of style, timing, and tone. The story was basic but kept my attention, much like HBO’s “True Detective”- you witness the lengths a snoop will go to solve a case while taking in glances at his own personality. This film is smart, slick, and suspenseful. Highly recommended.

 

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 Good Will Hunting

Release Year: 1997

Directed by Gus Van Sant

Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver

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Horror Films To Watch On Netflix – Part Two

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Whew…
Good thing I didn’t try to review “Chick Flicks” or I never would have finished this little epistle. There are a million of those on Netflix, but still only 42 horror movies. My last column ran through the first 21 and here are the remaining 21 horror films streaming on Netflix:

A Haunted House 2:

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Not really a horror film, but it shows up when you look for “Horror” on Netflix. I’m a stickler for accuracy, so I have to include it. Having said that, though, it really is frightening, scary, and creepy that this film ever got made because it’s the stupidest waste of celluloid I’ve ever had to sit through. I can’t give you a plot synopsis because there is no plot. Depending on your sense of humor, you’ll either love this or hate it. If your sense of humor stopped developing when you were 7, it’s your cup of tea. Yes, I know I’m not rating Oscar winners or documentaries about the Holocaust–but this thing was neither scary nor funny. It was just bad.

The Damned:

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A family traveling in Colombia gets in a traffic accident and they hole up for the night in an inn. When they hear activity in the basement, they go down there and free a girl who was trapped inside. Surprise–the girl is an evil spirit. The Damned, also known as Gallows Hill is a pretty good horror movie; it’s formulaic, there are some good scares, the acting is decent, and it’s plenty creepy. Usually I avoid movies that were “also known as” because normally this means, “this was a shitty movie so we changed the title hoping you wouldn’t notice,” but on a dark and stormy night, you might enjoy this one.

Mercy:

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If you’re reading this particular column, you’re probably a Stephen King fan. If you’re a Stephen King fan, you might remember his short story “Gramma.” This film is based on that story and it’s an okay bit of horror. The premise is easy enough: a single mother and her two sons help take care of their grandmother who just happens to have mystical powers. This one’s not going to make anybody’s “Top 10” list, but the acting is solid (and there are some great actors in the ensemble) and it’s good enough for a watch. (By the way, there’s a Twilight Zone episode called “Gramma” that does the same story in 45 minutes and it’s better).

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers:

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The first Halloween team, Debra Hill and John Carpenter, also wrote this one, so you can put any memories of Halloween XXVII, etc., out of your mind. It’s old home day in Haddonfield, Illinois: Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist who wants Michael Myers dead; Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode (well, actually her daughter), and even little Tommy Doyle, the kid Laurie was babysitting in the original, are back. Six years after Michael Myers’ last outing, he comes back to Haddonfield looking for his niece (that’d be Laurie’s daughter) who escaped from him (after she gave birth to his kid). So not only is Michael still a homicidal maniac, he’s into incest. If you’re a fan of the Halloween series, you’ll enjoy this. They should have stopped after this one.

A Haunting At Silver Falls:

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A few years ago, a guy was wrongfully convicted of murdering his two daughters. The daughters haunt the town where the crime took place. Sounds very simplistic, but it makes for a good ghost story and they’re hard to come by. A good, rock-bottom, ghost story is actually a rare thing. No devils, no hell hounds, no Ouija boards… just a couple of murdered girls who won’t lay down until justice is served. Give this one a try; you won’t be disappointed.

At The Devil’s Door:

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Okay, I’ll make it quick. A real estate agent meets a crazy girl whom she thinks is the runaway daughter of a couple whose house she’s selling. The movie is 10 or 12 little stories that don’t quite synch up. Your best bet is to move rather rapidly along. I watched this for you–life is hard.

Exeter:

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The funny thing about Exeter is that it announces it’s “…from the director of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…” but the truth is it’s from the director of the remakes of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre—the two worst remakes in the history of horror films.

A group of teenagers, throwing a drug party in an abandoned insane asylum (always a good idea), decide they’ll fool around with the occult. When they’re possessed by evil spirits, they’re only slightly more amusing than they were when they were just drug-addled teenagers throwing a party in an abandoned insane asylum.

This movie isn’t scary, but it’s gory. If that’s your thing, you might want to give it a shot. Could it have been better? Well, yeah–but Ben Affleck is Batman. Hollywood’s lost its mind. Next up–Jesse Eisenberg as Muhammad Ali.

The Houses October Built:

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Pretty cool.

Tired of all the semi-haunted houses that crop up around Halloween, five friends take off in an RV in search of the real thing. Just when they’re about to give up, things start happening and they figure out the haunt has come to them.

It’s a “found footage” type of film and I think we’re all getting a little tired of them, but overall, this is a good ride. The acting is better than you’d expect for a “B” movie, the plot line is more original than most, and the scenes in all the haunted houses are a lot of fun.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil:

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A masterpiece. This movie was out for 5 years before I watched it because I thought it would be stupid. It was brilliant.

Tucker and Dale are just a couple of lovable West Virginia “good ole boys” who head out to their dilapidated vacation cabin to drink beer and go fishing. A group of hipster college kids run into them and just assume that Tucker and Dale are in-bred, murdering psychopaths.

It’s a horror film/comedy/cult classic that should be required viewing for anybody who’s ever watched The Evil Dead or Deliverance or Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland or Tremors or any of a hundred others. My idea of a good weekend would be to hang out with Tucker and Dale.

Haunter:

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Hmmm.

I just watched it (for this column) and it was most cool. When she hits 16, Lisa finds out she’s stuck in time living the same day over and over again a’ la’ Groundhog Day. Pretty soon, she figures out that she, her parents, and her little brother are all dead and trapped in the day they were murdered. Lisa discovers that she can contact people—people who are also victims of the killer in the past and the future. She learns the killer’s name (Oscar–go figure) and sets out to find a way to stop him.

Is it really a horror movie? No… it’s more of a thriller where most of the characters are dead people; a ghost story with bizarre turns and twists. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

V/H/S:

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Another “found footage” movie that tosses too many slices of horror movies at you to come together in a package.

Somebody hired a group of morons to burglarize a deserted house in the country to find a rare VHS tape. What they find are a bunch of old television sets, a dead body, and some film clips that show gory and ghastly imagery. This film tries to be an anthology tied around a central story, but it doesn’t quite make it.

It’s definitely worth a look, but it’s no Frankenstein.

The Den:

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Interesting, but a little claustrophobic.

A girl studying the habits of webcam chat site users watches a horrific murder one night during her research. When she, her family, and her friends, are targeted by the murderer, she gets more involved in the webcam chat scene.

Most of this film takes place on computer monitors, cameras, and cellphones and although that’s annoying, it adds to the suspense.

Well worth a watch, The Den is another “found footage” film, but not as bad as most.

The Seasoning House:

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A deeply disturbing horror and revenge film—and highly recommended.

In the Balkans in 1996, the population of a small town is slaughtered by the militia. A young girl, Angel, escapes death, but is taken by the commander and put to work caring for the girls of The Seasoning House, a brothel of drugged and kidnapped young girls who are prostituted to the military. Angel isn’t quite pretty enough to work as a whore, so she finds ways to move between the walls and crawlspaces in the house to help the other girls–and in so doing, she sees more than she’s intended to see. When the men who murdered her family show up, her revenge begins.

Doesn’t sound like a horror movie, does it? Give it 15 minutes and get back to me on that.

Killer Mermaid:

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Two American girls go on vacation in the Mediterranean and discover the hideout of a killer mermaid.

I’m sorry… I really am… I tried to watch it. Got 30 minutes into it and my neck got sore from shaking my head. I was afraid if I screamed at the TV one more time, my wife would call “the people” and have me taken away.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare:

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I don’t like these films that try and blend the movie with reality. And I don’t like it when a cult figure like Wes Craven has to have his name stuck in front of the film’s title to get somebody to watch it. But…

On the 10th anniversary of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp (who played Nancy Thompson in the original and is now playing herself in this one) starts getting phone calls from Freddy Krueger. When her husband (yes—her real husband) is killed in a car accident and is found with slash marks on his face, Heather begins to suspect something. (Really?) She discovers that Wes Craven is writing another “Nightmare” movie and somehow they figure that Heather has to play Nancy one more time in order to defeat Freddy.

If this makes you want to grab your head and yell “Son of a bitch!” as loud as you can, I understand, but surprisingly enough, this is a good horror film. If you enjoyed A Nightmare On Elm Street, you’ve got to see this.

The Pact:

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I’m not going to lie to you—I watched this film about 2 years ago, I liked it, and I’ll be damned if I remember why.

It’s the story of a woman who comes home, with her daughter for the funeral of her mother, moves into her mother’s house, and discovers that her mother’s ghost is still hanging around. The mother wasn’t what you’d call a nice person, either. As the story progresses, the woman and her daughter vanish and it’s left up to her sister to discover the dark secrets in the family’s past.

I know it sounds hokey, but it was terrifying. It starts slowly—regular haunted house movie—but it turns into a really great, low-budget excursion.

The Human Centipede 3:

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If you read the previous column which feathered The Human Centipede 1, then you know it wasn’t the greatest of movies. Imagine what they’ve done to it with two sequels. And this one’s got poor Eric Roberts in it, too. I like that guy—Julia Roberts’ brother–he’s a good actor. I don’t know why he picks such idiotic parts in such idiotic movies.

In this steaming pile, Eric Roberts plays the Governor of Someplace. A prison warden is trying to gain the governor’s approval by coming up with the best punishment in the universe for prisoners. The best he can come up with is sewing inmates together ass-to-mouth.

I didn’t want to watch it, but I did—mostly on fast forward. Trust me–you won’t want to watch it, either.

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A girl contracts a sexually-transmitted disease… or that’s what she thinks she’s got. It ends up being something a lot worse, but whatever it is, it couldn’t be as bad as this truly, truly horrible movie.

The first clue that a movie’s going to be bad is if the Director and the Writer are the same person. I’ve figured this out over many years of reviewing movies. If Eric England is the director and Eric England is the writer, you’re in for something stupid. If Eric England or his wife or his kid is also in the movie, you’re in for something infinitely more stupid. I think Eric England’s entire family must have been in this one.

Just walk away.

Creep:

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A cameraman answers a Craigslist advertisement for a one-day job in an isolated mountain village and when he arrives, he discovers his boss is a little bit on the strange side.

This is another “found footage” film and as soon as that stops, I’ll be a lot happier with the horror genre, but this one is actually good. It’s full of tension, very well-paced, and sort of takes the whole “stalker” thing to another level.

I predict this will become a cult classic in a few years—watch it now so you can nod your head knowingly at parties and say, “I saw it years ago.”

The Rite:

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Always nice to end on a high note and they don’t get much higher than Anthony Hopkins.

Father Lucas (Hopkins) is an eminent Jesuit priest who has performed several exorcisms in the past. His newest student, Father Michael, has come to him in the hopes that the older, experienced priest can help him strengthen his faith. Father Lucas is a bit of an oddball, but when his exorcism of a 16 year old girl fails and the demon that was inside the girl finds another host, it’s up to Father Michael to fight and destroy the evil.

Sure, it’s hackneyed, but it’s not “just another exorcism movie.” It’s a good one.

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So there you have it – all 42 horror films streaming on Netflix in two concise, little bundles.

And here we are in spring with summer looming ahead; hours and hours of sunshine each day, hot weather, and Halloween is months away…

But if you happen to awaken in the dead of night, no birds singing, no kids outside playing, thunderstorm crashing and banging outside, and you’re feeling the need for a little scare, dive right in.

The water’s frigid, the lightning is flashing shadows against the mirror, and you might have forgotten to double-check the front door before you went to bed. What to do, what to do…

Don Gillette writes thrillers, horror, and dark literature. He is the author of three novels, a dozen volumes of poetry, and hundreds of short stories and newspaper articles. His latest book, Old Leather, is a collection of short fiction available world-wide at booksellers and on-line retailers.

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