What's New on Netflix? (January '14)

Back in May 2013, I began this monthly series to keep you informed of what's new to Netflix streaming each month. Well, 2014 has arrived and brought with it some solid new titles! I also included a few just added within the last week or so. Enjoy!


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

This quality slasher film has already attained cult status thanks to being unavailable for the past 7 years. It finally got a proper release in 2013, and now you can stream it! Hooray!

American Psycho (2000)

Brilliant mind-fuck of a movie and Christian Bale's greatest role to date. 

April Fool's Day (1986) 

One of the best slasher flicks from the 80s!

The Amityville Horror (1979)

See where the legendary house of horrors began. The first two sequels, Amityville II: The Possession (1982) and Amityville 3-D (1983) are also now streaming.

Carrie (2002) (TV)

Although the 2013 remake outraged many, it was in fact the third film adaptation of Stephen King's novel. In 2002, there was this television version of Carrie starring Angela Bettis (May) in the title role. Bryan Full (Hannibal, Dead Like Me) wrote the teleplay. 


The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Supposedly based on true events, this one follows a family who moves into a mortuary-turned-house and are haunted by supernatural forces.

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Tim Robbins plays a Vietnam vet struggling with bizarre flashbacks and hallucinations in this creepy cult favorite.

The Keep (1983)

 After Nazis accidentally unleash an ancient demon in 1940s Romania, they call upon a Jewish historian for help in stopping it. Directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, and Ian McKellen.

The Ninth Gate (1999)

Roman Polanski helmed this thriller in which book broker Johnny Depp tracks down an ancient book thought to summon the Devil.

Sorority House Massacre II (1990)

Out-of-print sequel to the 1986 slasher Sorority House Massacre

Stitches (2012)

Well-received UK horror-comedy that appeared on a few recent best-of lists. It's about a killer clown. Need I say more? 


Texas Chainsaw (2013)

Piece-of-shit sequel to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I think it's an insult to the original but hey, some people like it and Tobe Hooper publicly praised it.


Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) 

This Roger Corman-produced vehicle was billed as "The Magnificent Seven in outer space." Indeed, it's about a farmer who recruits mercenaries to defend his planet. James Horner composed the score and James Cameron worked on the special effects. Cast includes Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, and Sybil Danning. 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

 Classic black-and-white science fiction film about Earth being visited by the alien Klaatu (and his robot Gort) with a warning to live peacefully or be destroyed.  The famous phrase, "Klaatu barada nikto" of course originated here.

Death Race 2000 (1975)

David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone starred in this cult favorite about a futuristic automobile race where contestants kill people for points.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)  

Man-fish mutants terrorize a fishing village in this Roger Corman-produced flick. The creatures were designed by the legendary Rob Bottin (The Thing). Fun fact: The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Ann Hurd was a production assistant on this film. 

Humanoids from the Deep

Mantera (2012)

Malaysian sci-fi/action film about a boy who finds weapon technology that can turn his motorbike into body armor.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

The very first film to bring the Star Trek television series to the big screen. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew face off with a destructive alien entity called V'Ger


Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) 

Axel Foley is back in this John Landis-directed sequel about a criminals running a counterfeit money ring out of an amusement park. Includes cameos by Joe Dante, Ray Harryhausen, John Singleton, and George Lucas. 

The Big Bird Cage (1972)

Jack Hill helmed this "women in prison" exploitation classic starring genre vets Pam Grier and Sid Haig. 

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Classic John Carpenter action-comedy starring Kurt Russell as hero trucker Jack Burton who must take on ancient supernatural forces in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Bloodfist (1989) 

Don 'The Dragon' Wilson plays a retired kickboxer who must enter a competition in the Philippines in order to avenge his brother's murder. 

A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

Melissa George stars in this thriller about mountaineers who discover a kidnapped Serbian girl and are pursued by her captors across the treacherous terrain. 

Narc (2002)

Joe Carnahan's well-received crime drama about two police detectives (Jason Patric and Ray Liotta) trying to solve the murder of an officer. Liotta gained 25 lbs to play the role which garnered him a lot of praise. 

Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear (2013) 

Scott Adkins returns in this sequel to 2009's Ninja. When his wife is murdered, ninjitsu master Casey seeks revenge in the jungles of Myanmar. Adkins is about as interesting as a log, but the fight scenes are pretty sweet.

Pathology (2008)

Milo Ventimiglia and Alyssa Milano star in this thriller about Harvard medical students who plot to commit the perfect murder for a twisted game. 

Reindeer Games (2000)

This John Frankenheimer-Ben Affleck movie is often shit on but it's a guilty pleasure of mine, especially around the holidays. It's pretty damn entertaining, and Gary Sinese is an awesome scenery-chewing villain. Plus, Charlize Theron. 

Reindeer Games
Red Dawn (1984) 

At the dawn of WWIII, teenagers (Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell) band together to defend their American town from invading Russians. Wolverines!!


Amelie (2001)

Sugary-sweet comedy-fantasy from genre director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Not as dark and edgy as his other films but a must-watch nonetheless. And director Mathieu Kassovitz is the love interest!

Catch-22 (1970) 

Joseph Heller's satirical anti-war novel came to life with this Mike Nichols film starring Alan Arkin as the great protagonist, Yossarian. Other notable actors include Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Charles Grodin, and Jon Voight.

Rock n' Roll High School (1979)

P.J. Soles (Halloween) and The Ramones take over an oppressive high school in this cult musical-comedy.  

Scrooged (1988)

A Christmas classic and in addition to being hilarious, it's often quite frightening! Ghost of Christmas Future is terrifying!

Sex Drive (2008)

Underrated comedy about a horny teenager who steals his brother's car and drives across-country to hook up with a chick he met online. It's pretty funny, especially James Marsden as the douchebag older brother. 

Sex Drive

Spaceballs (1987)

Mel Brooks' hilarious parody of Star Wars involving Lone Starr, Lord Dark Helmet, and the Schwartz. I think we've all seen it by now, but hey, watch it again if only to re-visit John Hurt parodying his own character from Alien. That never gets old.


Dexter Seasons 5-8

Now you can watch the complete series on Netflix streaming! Enjoyable television show - just prepare yourself for the rage the series finale will bring you.

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