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

As part of my continuing series on new Netflix streaming titles, here are the latest genre films you can watch instantly!


100 Bloody Acres (2012)

Critically acclaimed Aussie horror comedy about two guys who run a fertilizer business using car crash victims as their "secret ingredient." Think Motel Hell meets Tucker and Dale.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola's not-as-good as you remember adaptation of Stoker's classic horror novel. Bogged down by Keanu Reeves and a lot of eroticism, it is elevated still by the ever-amazing Gary Oldman and the stunning practical FX work.

Candyman (1992)

Tony Todd's terrifying titular villain came to life in this Clive Barker adaptation about a grad student who accidentally summons a hook-handed ghost. 

Cursed (2005)

 Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson re-teamed again after the Scream series for this often-frowned-upon werewolf flick starring Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, and Shannon Elizabeth.

Fido (2006)

Cute and clever zombie comedy that imagines a 1950s-esque reality where zombies are kept as house pets or servants. 

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Jason terrorizes Camp Crystal Lake once again when a teenager with telekinetic powers accidentally unleashes him from his watery grave. This marked the first appearance of Kane Hodder as Jason. 
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino collaborated as director and writer, respectively, for this popular vampire flick full of celebrities both new and old. 

The Incredible Melting Man  (1977)

An astronaut returns from an outer space mission only to find he's slowly melting into goop, driving him murderous and cannibalistic in the process. Widely considered to be a terrible film, but a must-watch for fans of great FX (Rick Baker!!) or melt movies. 

  Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Another one that is not nearly as good as I remember, but this Stephen King tale about Emilio Estevez vs. killer machines is still fun. To this day, when I see the Green Goblin, I think of this film, not Spider-Man. 

Ravenous (1999)

Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle star in this cannibalism flick set during the Mexican-American War in the 1840s. Did you know this was directed by a *gasp* woman?


Ichi the Killer (2001) & 1-Ichi (2003)

My favorite Takashi Miike film and its prequel are both available to stream right now. I cannot vouch for 1-Ichi but Killer is an crazy, fucked-up, hyper-violent piece of work you just need to see. Prepare to fall in love with Tadanobu Asano. 

Ichi the Killer
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

 Quentin Tarantino's fun-as-hell tribute to martial arts and revenge films. Uma Thurman is on a mission of vengeance that takes her across the globe. Sure, these movies are giant homages but goddammit, I love them. Volume 2 is my personal favorite.

Kiss the Girls (1997)

 Based on James Patterson's novel of the same name - and in the same series as Along Came a Spider and Alex Cross - Morgan Freeman once again plays a detective hunting a serial killer while Ashley Judd once again plays a survivor/victim.

The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

This sequel to Drunken Master stars Jackie Chan as a martial artist who specializes in "drunk boxing" (basically, numbing the pain with booze). He ends up facing off with Chinese gangsters over some smuggled artifacts. 

The Outlaw (2010)

A detective must work outside the law to get vengeance upon a serial killer in this South Korean thriller by director Kim Cheol Han.

 Return of the Dragon (aka Way of the Dragon) (1972)

Bruce Lee must protect his family against gangsters in this martial arts classic directed by Lee himself. Yes, this is the one where he fights Chuck Norris.
Cult Classics 

Adventure in Babysitting (1987)

Chris Hemsworth was not the first cinematic Thor, dammit! Vincent D'Onofrio earned that title (well, sorta) in this beloved 80s comedy about a babysitter and three kids on an adventure in downtown Chicago. This was Chris Columbus' directorial debut.

The City of Lost Children (1995)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's wonderfully imaginative fantasy set in a futuristic society where a scientist kidnaps children to steal their dreams. If you like Jeunet films (Amelie, Delicatessen), this is a must-see. 

City of Lost Children
Heavy Metal (1981)

Inspired by Heavy Metal magazine, this Canadian cult classic is an animated anthology of fantasy, erotica, and science fiction stories. Writing credits include Len Blum (Stripes), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing) and Dan O'Bannon (Alien).

Hook (1991)

Despite its reputation as one of Steven Spielberg's worst films, this Peter Pan adaptation is beloved by many 80s babies (myself included). Robin Williams plays Peter Pan himself, only he has forgotten since he left Neverland and grew up. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, he is forced to revisit his days as a Lost Boy. Ru-fi-ooohhh!!

Starman (1984)

One of John Carpenter's cuddlier films, Starman is about an alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes the form of a deceased man and uses his widow (Karen Allen) to get a lift to Arizona. That plot may sound like the makings of a thriller but it's actually a cute romance!

Top Secret! (1984)

Val Kilmer stars in this under-appreciated Abrahams/Zucker comedy that lampoons Cold War era spy films. Kilmer plays an Elvis-esque pop singer who becomes mixed up with resistance fighters in East Germany. It's pretty damn funny (if you like Abrahams/Zucker humor), and it has Peter Cushing in reverse.


With the release of Gareth Edward's Godzilla this month, Netflix has once again added a bunch of kaiju films for our viewing pleasure! Get ready for a marathon:

Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster (1964)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (aka Invasion of Astro-Monster) (1965)
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)
Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956)
Rodan (1956)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

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