[Updated January 29, 2014]
With this round of the Best Horror Movies Netflix January 2014, it looks like Netflix might be saving some of the best for later. Sure they added the Amityville Horror, which has become a ghost story staple, but beyond that they seem to be holding back on the good horror. Maybe they just want us to watch some of the great sci-fi flicks that were just added to the library first. Keep checking back here for updates as they come in!
Day of the Dead
Romero opens up a whole new line of thinking about how human zombies still may be in this third stage of the zombie apocalypse.
The third chapter in writer-director George Romero's zombie saga finds scientists and soldiers hiding in a bunker to escape a world overrun by the undead. The two groups butt heads, but infighting takes a backseat when zombies invade the facility.
Ok, I'm not gonna lie, this movie is pretty bad, but it is directed by the great Dario Argento so it can't be all bad, right?
When Englishman Jonathan Harker visits the exotic castle of Count Dracula, he is entranced by the mysterious aristocrat. But upon learning that the count has sinister designs on his wife, Mina, Harker seeks help from vampire slayer Van Helsing.
Cockneys vs. Zombies
In the vein of Shaun of the Dead, this is a fun romp through England with zombies hot on your heels.
In an attempt to save their granddad's old age home, slacker Cockneys Terry and Andy team up with three friends to rob a bank. But their caper goes awry when they run afoul of a horde of hungry zombies, who then do battle with the feisty pensioners.
Not quite as good as the book, but worth a watch if you're looking for a quick scare.
Trying to recover from the nearly marriage-breaking stress following the death of their child, Jack (Reynaldo Rosales) and Stephanie (Heidi Dippold) spontaneously take off on a road trip. But when their car breaks down in a remote area, they find themselves in a horrific nightmare. Seeking shelter in a house, they soon realize that more danger lurks inside than outside in this spine-chiller based on Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti's best-seller.
I still don't understand why so many people hate this movie. I think it is engaging, creepy and since it is directed by Miami Vice's Michael Mann, it is highly stylized.
German soldiers are slain by an ancient spirit after they commandeer a Romanian castle during World War II. A Jewish scholar wants to unleash the demon to decimate the Nazis, but an enigmatic wanderer intends to keep the evil contained.
The Amityville Horror
This movie always appear near the top of any top ten ghost story movies ever made. It can be a bit slow at times, but it is definitely a must-see.
After moving into their Long Island dream house, George Lutz, his wife and their three children find their lives turning into a hellish nightmare as the legacy of a murder committed on the premises gradually affects the family.
Tim Robbins is outstanding in this supernatural psychological thriller. You may not always know what is going on, but you will still be glued to the screen.
A Vietnam veteran returns home, only to be haunted by his son's death, plagued by flashbacks of the war and tortured by his psychological demons. Despite support from his ex and his girlfriend, the line between reality and delusion becomes blurred.
Amityville II: The Possession
Watch the original, but if you just need more, give this one a try.
In this prequel to the original film, the Montelli family moves into their dream house at 112 Ocean Avenue -- except it turns into a nightmare when the oldest son becomes possessed by an evil spirit.
Humanoids from the Deep
Seriously, if you've never seen a Roger Corman movie, just drop what you are donig and watch this one now.
From schlockmeister Roger Corman comes this creepy chiller about some mutant fish monsters who bring mayhem to a sleepy oceanside community as they kidnap -- and mate with -- the town's nubile teenage girls.
If you aren't freaked out by clowns, especially the variety that turn psycho, then perhaps this isn't the movie for you. Then again, you might be after watching this one.
Never accidentally kill a clown at a party. Stitches the clown is on the loose and is hunting down partygoers who caused his untimely death. Are the revelers to blame, or is Stitches criminally insane and using the accident as an excuse for revenge?
I'm not gonna lie, this movie is bad. I only include it here in case there are some die hard "anything Amityville" fans out there.
To debunk the Amityville house's infamous reputation and take advantage of a rock-bottom asking price, skeptical journalist John Baxter (Tony Roberts) buys the place and settles in to write his first novel. But as soon as the ink on the deed has dried, people who have come into contact with John and the house (including Meg Ryan) begin to meet with shocking fates. Is it all just coincidence, or is the house really the gateway to hell?
The Haunting in Connecticut
Sure, this isn't a very scary movie, but it is a decent ghost story with some good special effects.
In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past.
This is one of those love it or hate it movies. While I found the plot a bit thin, it still kept me engaged throughout and was an interesting study of some dark characters.
After a recent med school grad lands an internship at a prestigious pathology unit in a Philadelphia hospital, he soon finds his new colleagues have some pathological tendencies themselves.
Loved this movie. It captures the whole sociopathic wall street douche attitude perfectly.
With a chiseled chin and physique, Patrick Bateman's looks make him the ideal yuppie -- and the ideal serial killer. Bateman takes pathological pride in his business card and his CD collection, all while plotting his next victim's vivisection.
Ok, I know this is the TV remake of the classic movie, and it falls WAY short of the original, but it is still a great story and better than most TV adaptations.
This remake of the classic 1976 horror flick finds misfit Carrie getting revenge on all the people who've bullied her over the years. As the teenager develops physically, her telekinetic abilities also blossom with a power she's never had before.
The Ninth Gate
This flick is all over the map, and doesn't quite seem to know what kind of movie it is trying to be, but it has Johnny Depp and is directed by Roman Polanski, so despite its failings it is still well-made.
An international search for a rare copy of a demonic tome, "The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom," brings an unscrupulous book dealer deep into a world of murder, double-dealing and Satanic worship in director Roman Polanski's gothic mystery.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Good looking girls in a slasher movie, how novel.
Beautiful teen Mandy Lane is perfect, and all the boys want her. Badly. But when she accepts an invitation to a weekend party at a secluded ranch, the bodies begin piling up, and Mandy finds herself in a fight for her life.
The Bell Witch Haunting
There was a lot of chatter, mostly bad, about this movie when Netflix added it, so I checked it out. Not as bad as many said, but not very good either.
At the scene of an apparent murder-suicide, a Tennessee family's video footage suggests their deaths mark the return of a centuries-old demon. The entity -- a true legend in this region -- is known for mercilessly tormenting a family in the 1800s.
Kinda reminds me of Session 9 though with a bit more supernatural elements. This is a quick, watchable popcorn flick when you can't find anything else to watch.
Psychiatry intern Clark Stevens investigates the murder of a nurse at Cunningham Hall Mental Facility, home to a slew of dangerous psychotics. Soon, he encounters supernatural forces that would drive any sane person mad.
April Fool's Day
Standard slasher fare. Watch it when you need a Friday the 13th fix, but have already seen enough of Jason for a while.
A group of college friends gather at an heiress's island mansion to celebrate their final year of school. As secrets come to light, bodies start piling up, but are they really dead, or just part of an elaborate and cruel April Fool's joke?