There’s never been a better time to dig into the Netflix catalog for horror hits of the past and present. The service is also building a following with horror fans thanks to original genre films and series.
Horror has been one of the biggest markets among streaming services. Much like the Drive-Ins and Grindhouse theaters that made a home for titles that spanned genres, Netflix is offering an outlet for horror’s broadly growing groups of sub-genres and ratings. Catch up on the service’s best offering in horror this week.
“Final Destination” is the film that started a whole franchise as well as subsequent knock-offs. Based on the premise that death may(or may not) be unavoidable, this original entry is full of sinister deaths and central moments that would follow the film series until its conclusion with 2009’s “The Final Destination”.
The film stars Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, and Kerr Smith. Also look for “Candyman” star Tony Todd as a man all too familiar with death; his role was so popular that Todd makes appearances in subsequent ‘Destination’ films.
“The Craft” is considered by many as one of the best (and most fun) films about witches ever made. As a young woman searches for her place in a new school, she finds a group of welcoming friends with some very different perspectives on magic and family. More than just a film for teens, this 1996 features everything that adults will appreciate in their horror titles.
The film stars Rachel True, Fairuza Balk, and Robin Tunney. True was most recently seen in the Shudder documentary “Horror Noire”.
It doesn’t get more classic than “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”. Leatherface and his family are in the mood to eat thy neighbor; a group of teens are set to find out about it the hard way. This independent film made waves when it was first released with some audiences members leaving after the opening credits. It also gave mainstream filmgoers their first look at what director Tobe Hooper could do.
The film stars Marilyn Burns, Allen Denziger, and Paul A. Partain. Fans of the film should note this is not the unrated version; instead, the service opted for the R-rated version.
The cult of “Event Horizon” has only grown since its initial release in 1997. Set in the future, this dark and disturbing journey takes viewers into space as a rescue ship searches for answers after encountering another vessel. A set of twists and turns along with a welcome amount of gore only amp of the atmosphere.
The film stars industry veterans Laurence Fishburn, Sam Neill, and Kathleen Quinlan. Paul W.S. Anderson, whose other horror credits include “Resident Evil”, directed the film.