It's nearly Halloween, where our thoughts turn to the macabre: ghosts, ghouls, things that go bump in the night and things that might be lurking under the bed.
And what better way to indulge your taste for the pants-fillingly frightening than to dim the lights, curl up on the couch and watch a horror film? Thankfully, the days of having to venture out to the video shop or cross your fingers that something suitable is on are over - there's a horrifying wealth of scary movies available at your fingertips on Netflix India.
Here, you'll find the Stuff India team's pick of Netflix India's horror movie selection. There's sure to be something in here that'll put the willies up you.
It’s “found footage” time once more in this micro-budgeted indie flick concerning a videographer hired by a mysterious man for a job - one that initially seems simple but turns out to be anything but.
With a lean cast (it’s basically a two-hander starring writer/director Patrick Brice and co-writer Mark Duplass - yes, he of mumblecore movie fame) and a lean 77-minute running time, Creep relies more on mood and tone than special effects or gore – and it’s well worth sticking around until the conclusion.
In Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven riffs on the horror movie tropes that he himself helped define: the masked killer here sticks slavishly to the rules set by older scary films.
What could easily have turned out as a schlocky parody actually works as both a tension-packed slasher movie and an amusing meta-comment on the genre, helped in part by a strong cast (the most famous member of which is bumped off in the first ten minutes) and a solid script.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Robert Rodriguez’s movie starts out not as a horror but a typically stylish, snappily-scripted 90s action drama. You could call it Tarantino-esque, in fact, all the more so because Quentin himself (in rare actor mode) is one of its main stars, alongside Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and a pre-superstardom George Clooney.
In spite of its grounded-in-reality beginnings, there’s a point – and it’d be shameful if we spoiled precisely when that point is – where things take an unexpected turn for the supernatural. It’s then that a film that was merely wildly entertaining becomes almost transcendentally fun – not to mention fraught and compelling. A bloody blend of action, horror and comedy that never goes too heavy on any of those elements.
LET ME IN
Hollywood movie remakes are often about as welcome as a set of razor-sharp teeth to the neck, and while we wouldn’t say Let Me In comes close to matching the frost-bitten brilliance of Swedish horror flick Let the Right One In, it’s one of the few remakes that does stand up in its own right.
Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a boy tormented by bullies, who befriends a female vampire in 1980s New Mexico. While it lacks the same level of childlike innocence found in the original, it makes up for it with plenty of tension. If you really can’t handle subtitles (or you’re just a horror completist), Let Me In is well worth sinking your teeth into.
Reportedly filmed on a budget that would barely buy you a car, and running with the ‘found footage’ angle that was long in the tooth by its US nationwide release in 2009, Paranormal Activity nonetheless has the chops to put the willies up all but the hardiest viewer.
The story centers around a couple, one of which claims to have been haunted since childhood. A psychic tells them to not to try communicating with said demon, which turns out to be good advice, given that it then torments everyone throughout the remainder of the film. Cue: minor creepy occurrences captured on grainy video that gradually ramp up to the point you’ll be sleeping with the lights on.