What new horror films are available on Netflix Instant? Glad you asked. This last week has seen a fair amount of interesting flicks unleashed for our home viewing pleasure. Choices range from modern classics like Tremors, cult classics like The Return of the Living Dead, and even a Z-grade homicidal turkey flick aptly named ThanksKilling. Yes, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Check out all the releases below and have a great couple viewing weeks.
Netflix Instant Horror In Your House
May 11, 2011
Recent Releases of note (date of release in parenthesis)
CAT PEOPLE (1982) (May 7)
After years of separation, Irina (Nastassja Kinski) and her minister brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell), reunite in New Orleans in this erotic tale of the supernatural from director Paul Schrader. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irina is drawn to the cat — and the zoo curator (John Heard) is drawn to her. Soon, Irina’s brother will have to reveal the family secret: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats.
MICAH SAYS: Sure, Malcolm McDowell and Natassja Kinski are sexually charged panthers. That’s enough to give this remake a shot alone. But the real fun, at least for me, was Ed Begley Jr.’s small role. Check it out.
CHILD’S PLAY 3 (May 7)
One of filmdom’s most notorious killers is back to wreak more mayhem as Chucky continues his quest to possess the body of a human child. Eight years after seemingly destroying the killer doll, Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin) turns 16 and is placed in a military school. Meanwhile, the greedy president of Play Pals Toy Company decides to resurrect the popular Good Guys doll line, confident that all the bad publicity is forgotten. As the assembly line recreates the first doll from a mass of melted plastic, the spirit of Chucky returns to renew his quest and seek revenge on Andy. Once again it’s up to Andy to stop the unrelenting killer in this fast-paced thriller.
SHIVER (Spanish) (May7)
When a sunlight-phobic teen (Junio Valverde) moves to a remote mountain town — coinciding with a series of mass killings — everyone naturally suspects the strange newcomer. But the forest holds a spine-tingling secret that explains everything. Academy Award-winning production designer Pilar Revuelta (Pan’s Labyrinth) applies her artistic eye to this atmospheric Spanish-language horror film that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.
MICAH SAYS: Feeling a little watching some foreign horror? This is a nice thriller that features a lot of the uneasiness that has swept through Spanish horror cinema of late.
LIFEFORCE (May 7)
In director Tobe Hooper’s stylized sci-fi horror flick, American and British astronauts on a joint mission exploring an alien spacecraft (concealed in Halley’s Comet gaseous tail) discover that the vessel contains several seemingly human bodies. But after they’re brought back to Earth, they come alive and start turning Londoners into zombies — leaving only surviving astronaut Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback) to save the planet.
MICAH SAYS: Hands down my top pick of this column. Not only is it mostly batsh*t crazy, it features Patrick Stewart and a female antagonist who walks around full nude for almost the entirety of the film. Get this one in your queue, stat!
A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature, which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can ‘pop up’ without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape.
MICAH SAYS: This one seems to pop on and off of Instant with regularity, but hey, it’s there now and it’s still as fun to watch as it ever was.
MANIAC COP 3: BADGE OF SILENCE (May 1)
The Maniac Cop (Robert Z’Dar) returns from the dead for the third time when a female cop is shot down during an attempted hostage rescue. This time, the “wrong” arm of the law wants a love girl, and nothing’s likely to stop him! He’s undead and unwed, so any cop with a pulse (and there are plenty in this flick) had better give this zombie a wide berth.
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (May 1)
The freshly risen undead are ready to party in this horror-comedy that finds two employees of a medical supply company unwittingly releasing several zombies from cylinders in which they’ve been trapped for years. Soon, the local citizenry is forced to deal with a large-scale zombie epidemic as the nasty, brain-eating creatures go on a rampage — hungry as ever and eager to make up for lost time! Dan O’Bannon (creator of the Alien franchise) directs.
MICAH SAYS: Send… more … paramedics.
SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM (April 22)
When a voodoo high priestess croaks, her ambitious son assumes he’ll be promoted to leader of the cult. But after being passed over, the vengeful son reincarnates Blacula. Together, they infiltrate (and contaminate) the voodoo.
MICAH SAYS: You can pair this with BLACULA (also available on instant )and have yourself a nice little horror Blaxploitation evening.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009) (April 23)
In the remake Tom (Jensen Ackles) returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the life of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders.
MICAH SAYS: It’s one of the few remakes that doesn’t make me fight the urge to vomit curdled milk all over the place. And for that it gets a recommendation.
Expiring Soon of note (date of expiration of parenthesis):
BAD BIOLOGY (May 15)
Driven by biological excess, a young man and woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other’s existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in an explosive and ultimately over-the-top sexual experience, resulting in a truly god-awful love story.
THANKSKILLING (May 17)
While on their way home for Thanksgiving break, five college kids run afoul of a homicidal turkey that wants them dead. As the cursed bird hunts them down one by one, the survivors scramble to find a way to defeat the possessed creature. Will the bloodthirsty turkey make this their last Thanksgiving feast ever? Writer-director Jordan Downey’s holiday-themed horror spoof features an appearance by adult-film star Wanda Lust.
MICAH SAYS: It’s a 70-minute movie about a talking homicidal turkey. Also, a guy tries to f*ck a turkey. Watch this only if you are high. Very high.