In this, the first instalment of the reanimated Friday Fright Fest, our resident crypt keeper Phil Robinson has opened up the vault of horror that Netflix holds to pick out the best films on there that you need to stream and scream along to (and in one case, a film that you really need to avoid).
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
Horror fans can always get a bit over critical when it comes to remakes, but what The Town that Dreaded Sundown does by using the original as a movie within a movie, based on a real series of killings is rather smart and sets up one bloody good slasher flick.
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
From the mind of horror legend Clive Barker, directed by Japanese heavyweight Ryuhei Kitamura and starring a pre-Hangover Bradley Cooper as a photographer who descends into the madness that surrounds the brutal murders of people in the New York subway. This is essential viewing for diehard gore fans.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
Alarm bells usually ring when you hear a film is taking the tropes of the slasher genre and tries to make a parody or a comedy out of them. Lucky for us then, that Tucker & Dale is not only side-splittingly funny, but a bloody good take on the story of two hillbillies, a group of partying teenagers and a cabin in the woods. Expect the unexpected.
John Dies At The End (2012)
Like the weird horror-obsessed cousin of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, this mind melting adventure was a return to form for Don Coscarelli, the director of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep. This is one that needs to be seen to be believed.
The Sacrament (2013)
The slow-building descent into the documenting of a bizarre religion-driven colony, this is both Ti West and found footage at its best.
Life After Beth (2014)
Like Warm Bodies if it had been good, Life After Beth is a twisted tale on adolescent love, if one of you was a flesh eating zombie. Audrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are on top form.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Lightening the mood a bit, this campy 80s classic about, yep, a group of human hungry aliens from outer space who look to get their fill of tasty people pick the wrong small town in America to mess with. A little dated by today’s standards, but that’s part of its charm. The soundtrack will be stuck in your head all day too.
From Beyond (1986)
A bizarre take on a short story by HP Lovecraft, this is what the guys who brought us Re-Animator did next; it’s bonkers, it’s disgusting and it’s on the same level as its sister flick.
Would You Rather (2013)
A couple of years too late to be lumped in with the torture porn sub-genre, but that would have done this film a great disservice. When a group of strangers desperate for money are made to take part in a deadly game of truth or dare (should that be a game of dare or death?) for their wealthy “hosts”, this makes for some edge-of-the-seat viewing.
And in the name of FFF tradition, our final entry:
Avoid Like The Plague: The Human Centipede 3 (2015)
We brought this on ourselves, didn’t we? We all freaked out the first time we saw the trailer to The Human Centipede. It became an Internet phenomenon for a while, and it’s a pretty good twist on the “mad scientist creates a monster story.” The sequel that got a bit meta was style over substance; upping the shock and the gore and sacrificing anything of weight lead it to getting reviews somewhere in the middle of the road. The third instalment of what shall hopefully remain a trilogy seems to have been written by a series of typewriters sewn together and left to produce a story from the regurgitated remains of its predecessors. Trying to push the meta even further, giving up entirely on any kind of political correctness and not even making a halfway watchable film. What a shame. I won’t even encourage it by sharing the trailer, you look that garbage up in your own damn time if you have to.