Hey Creepy Catalogers,
Quick follow-up on last week’s streaming guide. Last week I described the just-released on Netflix horror movie The Block Island Sound as a remote island community preparing for a storm. This is not the plot of the movie. It was a (kind of bad) description of the setting of the film. I didn’t want to get into what happens because I hadn’t seen the movie yet (it dropped on Netflix earlier that day) and I didn’t want to describe what happens because from what I read, it’s the kind of movie that is better to go in not knowing what happens. After seeing the movie, I agree! And I though it was scary! It’s still on Netflix if you didn’t get a chance to watch it yet.
I understand “good horror” is very subjective. What makes a “good movie” is already subjective but when you enter into the horror genre, b-movies and camp is part of what horror fans love and every fan’s tolerance for “bad horror” is different. I try to keep in mind that we all have different ideas about what an enjoyable scary movie experience is and recommend from different categories and a range of high/low brow. I’ll do my best to describe the movies so that it’s as easy as possible to pick out what is a match for your taste. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest! PS if you’re a horror writer yourself, we’re looking for someone like you to write for Creepy Catalog.
Here’s the best (in my opinion 😂) horror streaming around the internet this weekend:
Best of Netflix:
Deadly Illusions. A thriller about a famous writer who hires a nanny to care for her children while she battles with writer’s block. It premiered Thursday on Netflix so it’s brand new. Kristin Davis, Dermot Mulroney and Kelsey Grammer’s daughter star. I’m gonna be honest and say I think this movie looks very enjoyable but it also seems like it might be the same plot as Obsessed, Inconceivable, and Unforgettable. I’m not sure yet if this is just another spin on the “hot/evil girl trying to steal your husband” trope or something that can stand on its own.
Jason X. The year is 2455 and the cryogenically frozen body of Jason Vorhees is aboard a spaceship. Unfortunately for a group of students on board, they accidentally wake him up and Jason does was Jason does best: he stalks and kills them one by one.
I Am Legend. This post-apocalyptic zombie movie with Will Smith is one of the highest grossing zombie movies of all time. If you haven’t heard about the alternate ending, which in my opinion makes the entire movie 100x better, now is a good time to rewatch the movie with it in mind. Also, if you remember the zombies are created by a vaccine for a virus, so it’s timely good scare.
For true crime/Full House/fans of the upcoming class war, Netflix’s docuseries Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is also streaming.
Other good horror:
- Prime has the perfect psychological horror movie for anyone who has been quarantining alone during the pandemic and is worried they are now too feral to return to normal life. Citadel is about a man who develops agoraphobia as a result of witnessing a violent attack on his pregnant wife that leaves him alone to raise a newborn in a dilapidated, crime-ridden area of the city. Unsure if his fears are rational, he oscillates between the desire to protect himself and his baby and the advice of his therapist who believes he is simply paranoid and suffering from the trauma of his wife’s attack.
- If you loved Vampires vs. The Bronx on Netflix, you’ll love Attack the Block (2011), which was added to Hulu this month. It’s about aliens who pick the wrong neighborhood to invade (South London). Critics love it and it’s a cult classic. If you love it, a sequel might be in the works.
- My personal viewing list for this weekend is a rewatch of the best horror movie I’ve seen since Midsommar, (Saint Maud) on Amazon along with the not-at-all-horror-adjacent documentary/concert Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) which was also added to Hulu this month.
This week’s horror link library:
- Here’s a bunch of true crime cases that *seem* super bizarre, but probably just have boring explanations.
- The reason of all professions, nurses tend to be the most open about ghosts and the paranormal.
- Talking about ‘missing white woman syndrome’ and the disappearance of Phoenix Coldon.
- The really depressing ‘van life’ murders that make me feel better about not being a free-spirit.
- The ‘down the hill’ killer is hiding in plain sight.
- Yet another frustrating case where a woman alerted people in her life to a man who was harassing her and *still* ended up being murdered by him.
Here’s a lil true scary story from our recent compilation for you to mull over this weekend:
“My 2-year-old used to have what I thought were nightmares. He’d wake up and say “bad man. bad man” while crying and really shaking. Heard him whimpering one night and saw a freakishly tall figure in the baby monitor. Nearly shat myself, grabbed my pistol, and ran to his room to find my son locked in the closet and the figure nowhere to be found. The door can only be locked from the outside. There was a grey wool scarf on the floor of his room that I had never seen before. Cops came and filed a B&E report, but there was no signs of forced entry or anything. We’re planning on moving in a few months.”
Happy streaming and stay spooky!!! 👻