When you think of Halloween, a lot of great things probably come to mind, like trick-or-treating, going out to the bars or, the best of all: spooky and scary movies.
Halloween is the perfect time to watch all the classics of the horror genre. Despite how nearly perfect films like “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” are, they all have one problem: more likely than not, you’ve already seen them.
You may have watched them last Halloween or the Halloween before that or just at some point earlier this year because you were in the mood for a horror movie and you knew they were great.
So, what are you to do if you want to watch something scary this Halloween while still keeping it fresh with something you haven’t seen before?
Never fear! There are those of us, like me, who have taken the time to peer through Netflix’s horror catalogues to find the unknown classics.
‘Don’t Kill It’
Every student at Ole Miss needs to watch “Don’t Kill It,” and every incoming student should be required to watch it just to soak in how truly great it is. Why? It’s scary, and it involves an ancient demon that possesses the innocent folks of a small town. But it’s also funny, thanks, in large part, to its lead actor: former top dog, action movie star of the ‘90s, Dolph Lundgren, who gives a tour de force performance as demon hunter Jebediah Woodley. But the best part of all? It takes place in and was shot on location in Mississippi. Definitely reason enough to give it a watch.
Halloween isn’t just for horror movies. Sometimes you’ve just got to have something that’s a little spooky but mostly just laugh-out-loud hilarious, and “Little Evil” is just that. For a Netflix original, this movie definitely needs more fans. Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” stars as a newly married dad who’s having trouble relating to his stepson — who just so happens to be the son of Satan. From there, the story gets just as chaotic and comical as you would think.
Milo is a vampire. Or maybe he’s not. By the end of “The Transfiguration,” we still don’t really know for sure. But he’s definitely killed people, he’s definitely drunk their blood and he definitely loves vampire movies more than anything. While “The Transfiguration” may be a slow burn and not what you’d expect from a typical horror movie, what unfolds is a story that makes the viewer question what’s scarier — a vampire living in your apartment building or being killed by the people who aren’t living there.
This is another Netflix exclusive, although not listed as a Netflix original, which honestly hurts its chances of getting watched. “Creep” is bare-bones horror. Two men and a camera quickly spiral into a maniacal tale of paranoia, lies and obsession. Josef (Mark Duplass) is one of the most fascinating horror movie villains in years, being creepy, charming, insane and genius all at the same time.
Fair warning: “Antibirth” is one weird and gross movie. You think that you’ve seen body horror? This is the body horror of body horror. It’s like “Rosemary’s Baby” on acid. It’s also incredibly weird, with plenty of drugs and neon and hallucinations to make your head spin faster than that of the girl from “The Exorcist.” But if you can make it through these more bizarre elements, what you’ll find is a weirdly beautiful movie that, above anything else, is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.