6 Must Watch Horror Movies on Netflix this Halloween [2015 Edition]

Over the past two years, Turn The Right Corner has sought out the best horror movies on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. It isn’t truly a successful Halloween without a good horror movie. There are still some frightfully good picks from 2013 (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, V/H/S, V/HS/2, Compliance, I Saw the Devil, and The Ward) and from 2014 (The ABCs of Death and The Sacrament) still available. Below, I’ve selected six new horror movies on Netflix you must watch this Halloween.

Without further ado, let’s begin:

The Nightmare Documentary 2015

The Nightmare (Rodney Ascher) Not Rated [91 min] – A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis. Starring Siegfried Peters, Stephen Michael Joseph, and Yatoya Toy

According to WebMD, up to four in ten persons have suffered from sleep paralysis. The condition may not sound appealing cinematically, but the way it is depicted in The Nightmare is both fascinating and terrifying. I can only recall one personal instance of sleep paralysis. From what I can remember, I had been stabbed in the chest within my dream. I awoke frozen, unable to move, until I had come to the realization I was not in a dream. Having no control over your body is a dreadful feeling, and The Nightmare paints sleep paralysis as frightening as any fictional horror story.

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Starry Eyes (Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer) Not Rated [98 min] – A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. Starring Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Sega, Fabianne Therese, and Shane Coffey

Refreshingly disturbing, Starry Eyes doesn’t try to hide its intentions – a chilling commentary on the state of Hollywood. For such a small indie horror, Alex Essoe gives her mind, body, and soul to deliver a purely vivid performance. The film has a dark core, full of uncomfortable situations that really capture the sleaziness of the entertainment industry.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) Unrated [99 min] – In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, and Marshall Manesh

If you’re looking for a horror movie that is less spectacle than your traditional Halloween fare, A Girl Walks Alone at Home at Night is wondrous vampire noir. Intimately set in the fictional town of Bad City, there’s something hauntingly poignant about the vampire’s relationship to its citizens. Vand’s subtle performance works to her advantage to convey in many layers her character’s tale of loneliness and isolation.

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Creep (Patrick Brice) Rated R [82 min] – When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. Starring Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass

If it weren’t for the ending, I would have been sadly disappointed by Creep. It’s not the frights that make this movie great, but the message it leaves behind. Creep is a slow burn horror that requires patience and doesn’t show all its cards until the final moments of the movie. What Creep manages to do well with its plodding momentum is build a unique rapport with its characters, playfully skewing your expectations of the story as well as your trust in others.

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Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak) Rated [87 min] – A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night. Starring Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, and Ben Huber

Sometimes the more personal the story the easier it is for a horror movie to resonate with your worst fears. As with any honeymoon, emotions are expected to be high, and to succumb to the horrors that this couple endures would be unimaginably horrific. The capacity of love and the lengths one would go to protect their significant speaks volumes in Honeymoon, giving it the right amount of depth to feel terrified for the newlyweds.

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Dark Skies Movie

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Dark Skies (Scott Stewart) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. Starring Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, and J.K. Simmons

Extraterrestrials and alien abduction stories are few and far between these days when it comes to the horror genre. Aliens have become less scary and more abundant in action fantasy or kids movies. Dark Skies is an admirable horror movie involving little grey men that flew under the radar back in 2013. The possibility of life outside our planet is so high that these fears should be explored more. And Dark Skies does so with incredible tension.

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BONUS:

The X-files Scully and Mulder

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The X-Files (Chris Carter) Rated TV-MA [44 min] – Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi

Now’s your chance to binge all of The X-Files before the revival miniseries debuts in 2016. Many episodes of this series are so eerie that they stick with you long after the credits role. Chris Carter and his team of writers were ahead of their time with brilliant ideas of the supernatural and unexplained. The truth is out there!

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And here’s an extensive list of other horror movies on Netflix streaming you may be interested in:

  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Den
  • The Babadook
  • Dead Snow
  • Dead Snow: Red vs Dead
  • Curse of Chucky
  • V/H/S: Viral
  • Scream
  • Scream 2
  • Scream 3
  • Saw I-V
  • Troll Hunter
  • The Host
  • Monsters
  • Bad Milo
  • Teeth
  • [REC] 4: Apocalypse
  • Day of the Dead
  • John Dies at the End
  • Frankenstein’s Army
  • Devil
  • The Hole
  • From Dusk til Dawn
  • Let the Right One In
  • American Mary
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Children of the Corn
  • Plus One
  • Hatchet 3
  • Mimic
  • Mimic 2
  • Mimic 3
  • Antisocial
  • Sharknado
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One
  • Hellraiser
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
  • Hellrasier: Bloodline
  • Hellraiser: Inferno
  • Hellraiser: Hellseeker
  • Hellraiser: Deader
  • Hellraiser: Hellworld
  • Hellraiser: Revelations
  • Tremors 4: Bloodlines
  • The Relic
  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Monster Squad
  • The Canal
  • Haunter
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Zombeavers
  • Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloween: Resurrection

What will you watch this October?


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Synopses source: IMDb.com

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KRAMPUS Brings Unhappy Holidays with its First Trailer

Yuletide cheer has come early this year with the first trailer for Krampus. Tackling the spirit of Halloween in his directorial debut, Trick ‘r Treat, Michael Dougherty’s long-awaited sophomore followup will arrive early December as a fun precursor to Christmas. Those who do not know the urban legend of the anti-Santa will soon remember his name if this trailer is any indication of the joy this film will bring this holiday season.

Black Christmas, Gremlins, and Jack Frost immediately come to mind when I think of Christmas horror movies. And it has been quite some time since we’ve had another stand out as a modern entry in the niche genre. From the witty banter across the dinner table between Adam Scott and David Koechner to the mysterious dark helpers, Krampus seems like it could become the next annual Christmas horror tradition.

Michael Dougherty did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Halloween in Trick ‘r Treat and I would figure he would approach Krampus with the same love and care for this new holiday horror. After he finishes Trick ‘r Treat 2, perhaps the next holiday he’ll take on is Easter or Valentine’s Day. I’m sure with his creativity Dougherty would be able to deliver.

Extended commentary:

  • I’m excited to see what kind of villainous toys Krampus will bring.
  • What’s Krampus’ deal? What’s his motivation to cause terror?
  • Will Santa come to the rescue of this family?

Here’s the official plot synopsis of Krampus, courtesy of Legendary Pictures:

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Directed by Michael Dougherty, Krampus stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Emjay Anthony, The film is set to arrive in theaters this December 4.


Source: Legendary Pictures

RIP Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Terrible news broke today as prolific horror director/writer Wes Craven has been announced dead after a battle with brain cancer. The famed director of such classic horror titles A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, and Scream passed away at the age of 76. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report Craven’s untimely death.

Unlike most horror junkies, I never grew up on the Elm Street series, but as a baby of the late 80s I was more familiar with the Scream franchise when they arrived on the scene. I knew of Freddy Krueger in image only and would later binge on all of the Elm Street series as an adult. Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street, which sparked many sequels due to Fredd’s terrifying mainstream appeal – iterations he hand no hand in other than the character himself. Wes only came back to the character for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and New Nightmare. Suffice it to say, Freddy would become Robert Englund’s most recognized role in the actor’s long career of character acting.

The Last House on the Left, Wes Craven’s first feature film, I only saw after having seen the remake; the same for The Hills Have Eyes, which is a phenomenal and disturbing remake in my opinion. And despite never having the pleasure of following his career from the beginning, his influence on the horror films I was brought up on is highly apparent.

Wes Craven’s last film was Scream 4, which set out to revitalize the series for the new generation. It didn’t wind up as celebrated as expected, but now we have an MTV series based on the property that has just been renewed for a second season. I won’t pretend to be a Wes Craven aficionado, there are many titles in his filmography I have yet to digest, but I hope to get to them some day.

When I look back at Wes Craven’s career, what I will miss most is his vision that continually pushed the genre to its limits, changing the fabric of horror storytelling for the better.

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Another iconic horror director, John Carpenter (The Thing; Halloween; They Live), conveyed his distress on the loss of his friend and colleague:

Other horror directors, such as James Wan (Saw; The Conjuring), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Mother’s Day), Tom Holland (1985’s Fright Night), Ti West (The Sacrament; House of the Devil), and Eli Roth (Hostel; The Green Inferno), posted their condolences on their own social media profiles too:

https://twitter.com/Ti_West/status/638195998079107072

https://twitter.com/eliroth/status/638179292233400321

The stars from Wes Craven’s Scream movies also expressed their deepest sympathies:

https://twitter.com/SkeetMe1/status/638170108909608960

If you want to catch up on some of Wes Craven’s film catalog, there are nine titles now available to stream currently on Netflix:

  • The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Music of the Heart (1999)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Cursed (2005)

You will be missed Wes Craven. You were an inspiration that will live on through the annals of horror history.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

First Images of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Tease the Franchise’s End

After various delays that may have prolonged a beautiful disaster, the first images of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension have finally materialized on the Internets. The latest and supposedly final installment of the found footage horror franchise that started a flurry of copycat films is set to debut this October.

The Paranormal Activity series has seen its ups and downs, but could The Ghost Dimension bring everything around full circle to offer horror fans with a satisfying conclusion? In a recent interview with USA Today, Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum believes so:

“We made this movie like it’s the end of this Paranormal line for sure. And that title promises quite a few revelations. It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale. We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way.”

As the mythology around the series took shape, many questions have built a delicate house of cards for such a basic premise. Answers to those questions will hopefully be unveiled. Blum continues:

“We couldn’t go just teasing. All the questions that everyone has asked from the past Paranormal Activity films: What does Toby look like? What’s the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered.”

Oren Peli, the creator of Paranormal Activity and producer of The Ghost Dimension says fans will get more than just answers, we’ll finally see what the demonic “Toby” looks like:

“We’ve done well without showing Toby, being able to create tensions and scares based on audiences’ imagination. But people are very curious.”

Toby, of course, is the paranormal presence that has haunted the lives of one little girl named Katie and her family up through her adult life. The series took a turn in the spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, but tied itself loosely to the events of the main story – read my review. To me, revealing Toby’s physical form could make or break this series for me. I’d rather be in suspense not knowing what horrifying figure he could be.

Here are the first images of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension for your viewing pleasure (Click on any image to enlarge):

To date, the five previously released Paranormal Activity titles have cost Blumhouse Productions $18.015 million and have earned the studio a jaw-dropping $811.6 million. Blumhouse is ending the series with a bang by introducing a 3D element into the scares, which is a franchise first. The additional costs for the 3D will definitely send the film beyond the micro-budget productions Blumhouse typically shoots for. The average production budget for each Paranormal Activity entry goes for $3-5 million, aside from the original that cost an astonishing $15,000.

Here is the official plot synopsis for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension centers on the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie. The video camera footage will be presented in 3D in theaters.

Directed by Gregory Plotkin, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension stars Katie Featherston, Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, and Ivy George. The last entry of the iconic horror franchise will hit theaters on October 23, 2015.


Source: USA Today

BRAHMM! The First ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Teaser Trailer is Here

With the first Fear the Walking Dead teaser trailer debuting for AMC’s The Walking Dead spin-off series, it’s as if October has come early. That certain sense of dread that comes every fall/winter will now also take place later this summer, with a six-episode first season pick up followed by an already green-lit second season next summer.

Entitled “Nick’s Escape,” the Fear the Walking Dead teaser trailer depicts one of our main characters, played by Frank Dillane, fleeing for his life. Equipped with a very Hans Zimmer-esque score, this teaser doesn’t really offer much of anything new from what we know about The Walking Dead universe. Since this series will depict the beginning of the zombie outbreak, for all we know Nick could be running away from a very pissed off dad whose daughter he had just had steamy, sexual relations with – he is pulling up his pants in the video. I would have the same sense of fear on my face if I were him in both situations.

It’s a cop out not to show any aspect of the zombie apocalypse, but also a brilliant marketing ploy as a teaser. After inspecting the video a few times now, I do honestly believe they’re setting this clip up to be something it’s not. They’re playing on our expectations, believing our first response will immediately resonate with the re-animated. But remember, this is just the beginning of the virus. Fear the Walking Dead could be even more of a character driven show than The Walking Dead, which could eventually lead up to the first appearance of the undead.

Fear the Walking Dead Title Card Teaser Trailer

Here’s the plot synopsis for Fear the Walking Dead courtesy of IMDb.com:

What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason, and Rubén Blades. The series kicks off late summer 2015.


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Official ‘Crimson Peak’ Trailer Conjures Up Dark Spirits

Crimson Peak Official Trailer

I love horror movies because of there are so many twists and turns they may take in order to terrify and disturb their audience. There’s never a lack of imagination that can be found because filmmakers can always stretch the boundaries of the genre to present unique stories never seen before. Enter Guillermo del Toro (Cronos; Mimic; Blade II; Hellboy; Pan’s Labyrinth) whose upcoming feature, Crimson Peak, just obtained its first official trailer. There may be more to this ghost story than meets the eye. Watch the trailer after the break. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: The Future of Blumhouse Productions and Jason Blum’s Favorite Horror Film

jason Blum Interview WonderCon 2015 Blumhouse Productions

After Blumhouse ProductionsWonderCon panel this weekend, members of the press got the chance to sit down with founder and CEO Jason Blum to have a more direct conversation about studio happenings and his views on the horror genre. From his favorite scary movie to reviving Blumhouse of Horrors to his love of the supernatural, the man behind your nightmares opens up on these topics and more. Read the interview after the jump. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: What Does the Cast of ‘Unfriended’ Fear Most About Social Media?

WonderCon 2015 Unfriended Cast Q and A

In Blumhouse Productions’ upcoming low-budget horror film, Unfriended finds a group of teens literally cyber-attacked by an unknown entity seeking revenge for something they may or may not have posted online. With many of today’s first world problems and humble brags, some believe that there could not be anything more terrifying than to lose your privacy to the Internet. Following their WonderCon panel this weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with the cast of Unfriended to discuss what they fear about social media and online culture. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Sinister 2 Teaser Revealed; First Trailer on its Way Soon

Sinister 2 Teaser Footage WonderCon 2015

During the WonderCon 2015 Blumhouse Productions panel yesterday, the folks who set out to frighten us each year teased something special would come for those who sat through to the end. That big announcement came in the form of promo teaser for Sinister 2. Dubbed “Warning,” this short little snippet of footage gave heed to the terror we’ll be seeing come August 21. Watch the video after the break. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Director Leigh Whannell Shares Villainous ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Details

WonderCon 2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Lin Shaye Leigh Whannell Interview

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with writer/director/actor Leigh Whannell at WonderCon to learn more about what we can expect from the third installment of the Insidious franchise. As a prequel, Insidious: Chapter 3 takes fans back in time to discover how Elise (Lin Shaye), Specs (Whannell), and Tucker (Angus Sampson) came together to become the ghost hunters we know and love. After the jump, learn about his writing process and how he conceived the film’s main antagonist. Continue reading