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

After a bit of a hiatus, my monthly new-to-Netflix column is back! Here I will fill you in on all the genre films recently added to streaming. Let's begin:


Angel Heart (1987)

Private detective Mickey Rourke is hired by Robert DeNiro to find a pop singer, but this case takes the gumshoe into dark and unexpected territory. Notorious for its hardcore Lisa Bonet sex scene.

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)

One of the latter Hammer horror films about a swashbuckling vampire hunter and his hunchbacked assistant taking on bloodsuckers.

The Last Days on Mars (2013)

Not nearly as bad as critics make it out to be, this is an entertaining sci-fi/horror flick about a team of scientists who find a dangerous life form on Mars. Liev Schreiber leads the solid, international cast.

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

From the Netherlands, this found footage film is about Nazi scientists using Dr. Viktor Frankenstein's journal to create super-soldiers from the body parts of fallen soldiers.

Frankenstein's Army

 The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Richard Matheson wrote this British film based on his own novel, Hell House. A scientist, his wife, a medium, and a survivor isolate themselves inside a notorious house to prove/disprove the possibility of life after death.

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

The original tale of Harry Warden, the miner-turned-killer who seeks vengeance every Valentine's Day upon those who dare to celebrate the holiday. 

Thinner (1996)

Tom Holland directed this Stephen King adaptation about a lawyer who pisses off a gypsy and subsequently is cursed to lose extreme amounts of weight.

Survival of the Dead (2009)

Sixth entry in George Romero's Dead series that began with Night of the Living Dead. Zombies on an island. Don't even bother.

Tentacles (1977)

John Huston, Shelley Winters, and Henry Fonda starred in this Italian Jaws rip-off about giant, killer octopus. Fans of The Visitor may enjoy this one, too.


 Alice (1988)

Czech adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that combines live-action and stop-motion animation to create a dark, surrealist dream.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Steven Spielberg classic about a blue-collar worker who is forever changed by a UFO encounter.

Dragonslayer (1981)

In this Disney co-production, Peter MacNicol stars as a wizard's apprentice sent to kill a dragon that is after the King's virgin daughter. This film marked the first time ILM created effects for anything other than Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Cult classic starring Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, a soldier-turned-cab-driver who must protect a beautiful but deadly alien girl (Milla Jovovich) in order to save the world.

The Fifth Element

The Running Man (1987)

Based on a short story by Stephen King, a wrongly convicted man (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is forced to compete in a fight-to-the-death television game show in a dystopian future. 

The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron's original classic about a machine (Schwarzenegger) sent back in time to assassinate the mother of a future rebellion leader who is destined to stop the robots. This of course spawned three film sequels, a television series, and numerous comic books.


Rapture-Palooza (2013)

 That other 2013 rapture movie starring Craig Robinson, this one also has Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley vs. the Anti-Christ in suburban Seattle.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Ryan Gosling plays a loveable weirdo who begins a relationship with a "Real Doll" much to the shock of his family and neighbors. Very sweet, funny film you should not miss!

Lars and the Real Girl

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Ang Lee's Oscar-winning martial arts epic about warriors battling over a stolen sword in 19th century China. This film is of course famous for its stunning visuals and choreography.

Death Wish 1-4

You can now watch the first four of Charles Bronson's violent revenge flicks that span from 1974 to 1987. The only one missing is Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994).

No Holds Barred (1989)

In this WWF/Vince McMahon production, Hulk Hogan faces off with Tiny Lister Jr. and evil network executives. Includes cameos from wrestling personalities like Jesse Ventura and Mean Gene Okerlund.

No Holds Barred

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