As part of my continuing series about the ebb and flow of Netflix streaming titles, here are the latest in new genre films! It's been almost a month since my last update, so I'm going to list some titles added in the last 2-3 weeks, including cult classics mixed with new titles:
New This Week:
A genre-bending horror film about a man who helps his best friend detox amidst some creepy occurrences. Of all the new releases, this one I recommend highest because a) chances are you haven't seen it, and b) I freaking love it! This one is not even available on DVD yet (that comes next month), so check it out asap! You can check out my full review here and my interview with the filmmakers here!
There Will Be Blood (2007)
From the master Paul Thomas Anderson came this stunning piece of perfection starring Daniel Day Lewis as an oil tycoon. It was a strong presence at the Academy Awards, so you've problem seen it by now, but if not, it's is a MUST SEE. Brace yourself for amazing performances and jaw-dropping cinematography.
Terror Tract (2000)
John Ritter (R.I.P.) stars in this horror anthology about a real estate agent trying to sell houses, each with a different creepy backstory. I always enjoy a horror anthology, and hey, Bryan Cranston is in it!
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Another slice of cinematic perfection, this one courtesy of Darren Aronofsky. It is one of the most harrowing, disturbing portrayals of addiction ever put on celluloid. One sequence in this film left my jaw dropped for a couple minutes as I lost myself in how horrifying it is. Not to be missed!
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Wes Craven directed this horror flick about a boy trapped in a house with a terrifying murderous family. It's one of Craven's lesser talked-about films, but still lovingly embraced by many horror fans.
Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams team up to take down international terrorist, Rutger Hauer. Nuff said. Enjoy with a bottle of Colt 45.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Terry Gilliam directed this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical-but-not-really book of the same name about a drug binge road trip across the desert. Starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro (and a lot of surprise appearances), this trippy movie is a visual treat and often hilarious. Another absolute must-see for all film fans.
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
Udo Kier stars as Dr. Frankenstein in this gory, erotic re-telling of Mary Shelley's classic novel. But this is an Andy Warhol production, so don't expect it to be anything like the Frankenstein tale you know. In this one, the mad doctor re-animates two humans - one male, one female - in hopes of breeding them and creating a new super-race of humans.
Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a killer who strangles women with a necktie, and a man wrongly accused of the crime. This is Hitchcock's penultimate film, and it is often considered to be his last great one.
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Apollo 18 (2011)
Found-footage horror film about the astronauts of NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission and why the U.S. never went back to the moon. A good, creepy idea for a horror film, but I never got around to seeing this one. If you watch it, be sure to comment and tell me how it is!
Other Recent Additions:
This is Christopher Nolan's second feature and one of my all-time favorite films. Guy Pearce stars as a man who can only hold onto new memories for minutes at a time, yet he sets out to find his wife's murderer. Rivaled only by The Prestige as my favorite Nolan film to-date, this one is just perfect.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Here is another film I've always adored, though it seems to get mixed reactions these days. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a mentally-disturbed young man plagued by knowledge of the world's end and a giant rabbit. I was 17 when I saw it, and it blew my mind into a thousand pieces. Somehow this movie became every emo kids' anthem, causing some cinephiles to shun it, but I still love the hell out of this movie and wish Richard Kelly would make something even remotely this good again.
Harold's Going Stiff (2011)
An emotional mockumentary about an elderly British man slowly turning into a zombie, and the caretaker who befriends him. It's often funny but mostly this one injects some genuine heart into the zombie sub-genre.
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Initially dismissed as just another 3-D bomb or worthless remake, this one quickly stole the hearts of countless genre fans with its intense violence and badassery. In a dystopian city overrun by criminals, Judge Dredd and a rookie cop with psychic powers take on an apartment complex controlled by a dangerous drug lord.
The Road (2009)
Based on Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name, this bleak post-apocalyptic drama is about a father and son trying to survive. It was directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition). Very, very good film you should not miss.
Kiss of the Damned (2012)
Familiar but sexy vampire fare about a vampire who falls for a human, and the reckless sister who threatens their happiness and ability to hide among the humans. Xan Cassavetes (yes, from that family) directs. Check out my full review here.
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The Possession (2012)
I went into this one hopeful because director Ole Bornedal has made some stellar Danish films (Nightwatch; Just Another Love Story), but honestly, this one is a piece of crap. I'm letting you know it's there, in case you just love possession horror and wanna see it, but I cannot recommend it.
The following Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes are now available:
Touch of Satan
The Final Sacrifice
The following Kaiju (Japanese monster) movies are now available:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)