March has been a HUGE month for instant horror releases with just over 60 films added through the midpoint of the month. Yeah, that’s a lot and great news for genre fans. Instead of listing them all I sifted through them and have chosen to highlight ten films that are worth a watch that have been released in March and three that absolutely suck. Enjoy!
Netflix Instant Horror In Your House
March 15th, 2011
Recently Released (date of instant release in parenthesis)
CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER (March 15th)
CABIN FEVER delivered terror in the flesh, but now your flesh will crawl with CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER, the bloodcurdling sequel to the hit horror film. Days after a killer virus consumed his friends, Paul emerges from a ditch by a river. Though his body has been ravaged by the virus, he is determined to survive and to warn others of the danger. However, a water bottling plant has already distributed contaminated water to the local high school. The school’s students are excitedly preparing for the prom, unaware they’re about to have a grisly date with death.
MICAH SAYS: TI West and lots of gore make for an enjoyable film. It’s nothing like the original, but it certainly has its moments (Read: Not for the weak-stomached).
DANCE OF THE DEAD (March 15th)
On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance.
MICAH SAYS: If you like Zomedies look no further. Features some very inventive slapstick gore and hilarious dialogue. A perfect film for hitting the sauce with some friends on a Saturday evening.
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (March 1)
With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose…literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane’s mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb’s End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane’s twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent’s problems….
MICAH SAYS: Sam Neil gives a virtuoso performance in what has to be considered one of John Carpenter’s best films. Personally, I think this is one of the most underrated horror films out there. A true nightmare of creepiness.
SANTA SANGRE (March 1)
A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.
MICAH SAYS: Does this movie really need any introduction? BD reviewers and users give this masterpiece a perfect 5 skulls. It belongs in everyone’s queue and should be considered a must watch as are most Jodorowsky films.
MONSTERS (March 3)
Six years after a NASA probe crashes, bringing alien life forms to Earth, a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
MICAH SAYS: A character driven love story involving Lovecraftian-looking aliens and blatant in your face border politics. Spoiler (not really): The moral of this film is that drinking tequila always leads to bad things. All-in-all a good solid film that illustrates budget restrictions don’t mean a movie has to look like sh*t.
DRACULA (1979) (March 4)
Seeking refuge in the seaside home of a doctor (Donald Pleasence) and his daughter (Kate Nelligan), seductive shipwreck survivor Dracula (Frank Langella, reprising his Broadway role) works his deadly magic on a nubile houseguest (Jan Francis). Soon the noted vampire hunter Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier) is called to the scene. Dynamite performances and a moody score from John Williams highlight this stylish retelling of the horror classic.
MICAH SAYS: Always down to watch another version of the classic Dracula. This one has legends of film Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasance. Well, Donald is a legend in horror…
FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND (Mach 11)
In Los Angeles of the near future, Dr. Buchanan’s (John Hurt) newest project forms a wormhole in time that sends him back to 1817 Switzerland. There, he encounters Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Raul Julia), whose own experiments are also upsetting the natural order. Nick Brimble stars as the monster in director Roger Corman’s twist on the classic Frankenstein legend. Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and INXS’s Michael Hutchence co-star.
MICAH SAYS: Don’t feel like shelling out a few bucks to pick up SHARKTOPUS this week? Give this Roger Corman directed film that puts an interesting and original twist on the classic tale a chance.
Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of the macabre, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh, a young man who discovers that the truth will not set him free instead it condemns him to a waking nightmare of unrelenting horror. A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca looking for help. As night falls, people start to disappear and things not quite human start to appear. Paul finds himself pursued by the entire town. Running for his life, he uncovers Imboca’s dark secret: that they pray to Dagon, a monstrous god of the sea. And Dagon’s unholy offspring are freakish half-human creatures on the loose in Imboca…
MICAH SAYS: Stuart Gordon seems to be the only person that can do Lovecraft right – by injecting about a million volts of crazy into his adaptations. Piles of gore and some downright scary moments. And let’s all hope the Del Toro does us good with his upcoming Lovecraft film.
DAYBREAKERS (Feb 25)
Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
MICAH SAYS: Featuring a great cast (Sam Neil, Willam Defoe, and Ethan Hawke) this Blade rip-off (kinda) does a great job of holding your attention for 90 minutes. Fun, mindless entertainment.
SEVENTH SIGN (March 5)
Demi Moore plays Abby, a pregnant woman with a curious new boarder in the apartment over her garage. Turns out he’s heaven-sent and is speeding along the Apocalypse by bloodying rivers, egging on plagues and following scripture word for word. As the nosy and nearly-to-term Abby uncovers her tenant’s secrets, she finds out her role in bringing about the seventh sign. This drama’s popularity stems from Moore’s turn, which smoothes over plot holes.
MICAH SAYS: An interesting and thought provoking religious thriller about the end of the world. The highlight of the film being an extraordinarily unnerving performance by Jurgen Prochnow.
And now the three films that absolutely suck…
SUMMER’S MOON (March 15th)
Visiting a rural town to find a father she’s never met, Summer (Ashley Greene) falls into a trap set by deranged serial killer Tom (Peter Mooney). Buried in an inescapable mound of dirt, Summer frantically tries to win her captor’s confidence and stay alive any way she can. Full of shocking twists and turns, this frightening horror movie also stars Barbara Niven, Stephen McHattie and Peter Michael Dillon.
MICAH SAYS: I would rather have my balls caught in a vice grip than have to sit through this film again. The movie is terrible, but the producers and marketing team attempting to cash in on Ashley Greene’s connection to the TWILIGHT franchise makes this an abomination.
KILLER WEEKEND (March 1)
With her marriage to troubled businessman Mason (Eric Roberts) on the rocks, Linda (Jenna Zablocki) invites her sisters for a weekend party — not suspecting that her martial arts-loving husband plans to vent his frustrations by slicing and dicing them all. What should have been a few days of rest and relaxation turns into a frenzied fight for survival. Cherie Johnson and Frida Farrell co-star in this indie horror flick.
MICAH SAYS: Eric Roberts, man! He roundhouses a bunch of people to death. Not really, but this one is so much bad fun.
ZOMBIES ZOMBIES ZOMBIES (March 1)
When an unorthodox drug experiment conducted by a mad scientist transforms the residents of a small town into flesh-eating zombies, a motley crew of exotic dancers, pimps, hookers and johns are forced to take refuge inside a seedy strip club. Helmed by first-time filmmaker Jason Murphy, this zany, tongue-in-cheek horror-thriller stars FHM model Jessica Barton and Playboy Playmate Hollie Winnard.
MICAH SAYS: The tagline is “Strippers vs. Zombies” and if you need to more than that then you’ve clearly thought about this film far too much.