A Massive List of New Netflix Instant Streaming Horror Titles
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go...
FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) - Twenty years after several mysterious deaths shut it down, Camp Crystal Lake reopens -- but the place clearly hasn't shaken its "death curse," as a deranged killer terrorizes the teen counselors in this original version of the classic slasher flick. Gruesome makeup and effects, a nubile cast (including a young Kevin Bacon) and an iconic villain make this horror film a genre-defining classic for the ages.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981) (review) - Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, Paul (John Furey) opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away. A sexually-charged group of counselors follow -- including child psychologist major Ginny (Amy Steel). When the counselors learn that the sole survivor of the previous massacre was killed shortly after, they worry that Mrs. Vorhees's son Jason might be out to avenge his mother's death.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 (1983) (review) - Even taking an axe to the head, Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) is still donning a hockey mask and stalking targets. This time, he hits up "Higgin's Haven" to terrorize Chili (Rachel Howard), Chuck (David Katims), Chris (Dana Kimmell), Shelly (Larry Zerner), Debbie (Tracie Savage), Vera (Catherine Parks) and Andy (Jeffrey Rogers). The friends' idyllic summer in the woods, which was supposed to be all about sex, is about to take a bad turn.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 4: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984) - Hockey-masked psychopath Jason Vorhees is back in business at Camp Crystal Lake in the fourth (but far from final) installment of the popular horror franchise. As randy teens are slain one by one, Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) concocts a plan to distract the killer. Makeup master Tom Savini provides much of the wince-inducing gore, and actor Crispin Glover turns in an atypical performance as a stud in training.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5: A NEW BEGINNING (1985) (review) - Having landed in a mental hospital after "killing" Jason in The Final Chapter, an older Tommy (now played by John Shepard) is released to a halfway house populated by the usual maladjusted teens. Then, surprise, the grisly murders begin anew. Has the homicidal hockey goalie returned from the dead, or is Tommy turning into Jason himself? Juliette Cummins and Deborah Vorhees co-star, with Dick Wieand appearing as Jason.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 6: JASON LIVES (1986) (review) - As a child, Tommy (Thom Mathews) killed Jason Voorhees, the demented serial killer whose exploits landed many a corpse at the bottom of Crystal Lake. Years later, Tommy is losing sleep over a nagging question: Is Jason really dead? When Tommy and a friend visit the cemetery to dig up the murderer's grave, they find a well-rested Jason ready to spill blood again. Rocker Alice Cooper sings the title tune, "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)."
COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970) - A modern-day Dracula posing as psychic medium Count Yorga (Robert Quarry) preys on unsuspecting young women in 1970 Los Angeles -- leaving their surviving male consorts no choice but to band together and fight back. With the help of a doctor (Roger Perry) who suspects that his female patients' blood loss is the work of a vampire, they track down the count to inflict their revenge in this fast-paced thriller.
THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971) - Bloodthirsty vampire Count Yorga (Robert Quarry) descends upon an orphanage, where he falls in love with the comely Cynthia (Mariette Hartley). Yorga puts her under his spell and attempts to make her his bride, but Cynthia's boyfriend, David (Roger Perry), has something to say about that. With the help of a pair of police officers (including Craig T. Nelson), David bravely confronts Yorga's fanged minions to reach his beloved Cynthia.
VAMPIRE CIRCUS (1972) - Years after slaying ravenous vampire Count Mitterhaus, residents of a small European village are quarantined by plague, but their boredom is relieved by the arrival of a circus. Their joy turns to terror when the big top unleashes an ancient evil. Hoping to revive Count Mitterhaus and fulfill his dying curse upon the villagers, the vampires operating the circus wreak bloody vengeance until a schoolmaster uncovers their identities.
HANDS OF THE RIPPER (1971) - When she was just a baby, Anna (Angharad Rees) witnessed her father, Jack the Ripper, murder her mother. Now a disturbed adolescent, she frequently falls into trances and continues Dad's bloody business. Psychiatrist John Pritchard (Eric Porter) believes that Anna can be cured. But the doctor's interest in her goes beyond the professional, and his burgeoning passion may be his undoing. Horror vet Peter Sasdy directs this Hammer chiller.
DEEPSTAR SIX (1989) - Complete with a crew of intrepid explorers, the vessel DeepStar Six sets sail on a daunting mission to establish a top-secret nuclear Navy base on the ocean floor in this 1989 thriller starring Greg Evigan, Miguel Ferrer and Nancy Everhard. But as the courageous team works to finish its near-impossible task, they inadvertently disturb a terrifying alien life form that could kill them all at any moment.
SCARECROWS (1988) (review) - After pulling off a major heist, a group of ex-military outlaws commandeer a plane for their getaway. But when one of the group betrays them by parachuting out with the cash, the rest follow -- and find themselves in the middle of a nightmare. They take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse set in a cornfield, where sinister scarecrows soon come to life and start taking them out one by one in this spine-chilling cult classic.
BLOOD GAMES (1990) - A team of sexy female baseball players whips the local rednecks -- and things turn violent when the men refuse to pay up for losing in this campy thriller. While team manager Midnight (Ross Hagen) tries to collect the cash, the locals attack some of the babes. Soon it's an all-out war, with the hometown hicks hunting down the women, who start fighting back after a few of their teammates wind up dead.
IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958) - One by one, the crew members of a spacecraft returning to Earth from Mars are dying at the hands of a mysterious -- and seemingly indestructible -- parasitic beast stowed away on the ship. Marshall Thompson and Dabbs Greer co-star in director Edward L. Cahn's suspenseful, sci-fi classic, which features a script penned by Jerome Bixby, the scribe behind several episodes of "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone."
THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957) - Arnold Laven directs this 1950s sci-fi creature-feature centered on prehistoric mollusk hatchlings that emerge from the Salton Sea and terrorize Californians. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Twill (Tim Holt) teams up with scientist Dr. Rogers (Hans Conried) to eradicate the deadly threat. While overgrown slugs with huge, piercing mouths take over the land, Twill falls for lab assistant Gail MacKenzie (Audrey Dalton).
THE FOOD OF THE GODS (1976) - Morgan (Marjoe Gortner) and his friends are on a hunting trip on a remote Canadian island when they are attacked by a swarm of giant wasps. Looking for help, Morgan stumbles across a barn inhabited by an enormous killer chicken. After doing some exploring, they discover the entire island is crawling with animals that have somehow grown to giant size. The most dangerous of all of these, however, are the rats, who are mobilizing to do battle with the human intruders.
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) - Vacationers on an isolated island find themselves at the mercy of voracious ants when a toxic spill turns the pests into rampaging, radioactive reprobates. Stumbling into the ants' creepy lair, a sleazy land developer (Joan Collins) and her clients are horrified to realize that the ants are having a human picnic. Seems these bugs are hell-bent on exterminating mankind and taking over the island. Can anyone stop them?
TENTACLES (1977) - When the bodies of several dead swimmers and divers begin washing ashore, a seaside town is thrown into a panic. A giant octopus is responsible, and Dr. Ned Turner (John Huston) thinks that its appearance may be related to the construction of an undersea tunnel. And even though an upcoming sailing competition may endanger the lives of countless people, local authorities are hesitant to keep anyone out of the water.
TINTORERA: KILLER SHARK (1977) - This gruesome 1978 thriller follows the travails of two shark hunters, Miguel (Andrews Garcia) and Steven (Hugo Stiglitz), on vacation in Mexico. At the start of the trip, all the guys are after is some R&R and a chance to romance the sultry locals. But when bodies start surfacing on the water mangled and dismantled, the pair quickly take it upon themselves to begin hunting down the tiger shark responsible for the carnage.
OCTAMAN (1971) - In the radioactive waters off the coast of a Mexican fishing village, scientists encounter a mutant species of octopus with human eyes and an eerie childlike cry. Whatever the creature is, its outraged half-man, half-octopus father wants it back. When a morally bankrupt scientist (Kerwin Mathews) attempts to sell the critter to a circus sideshow, the creature's father stalks his team on a bloody rampage.
YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (1967) - When a mighty earthquake shakes South Korea, a terrifying reptilian monster burrows out from its subterranean lair and ascends to the Earth's surface to wreak havoc on Seoul, feeding on energy and impervious to the military's most potent weapons. The monster appears to be unstoppable -- until a scientist and his young assistant formulate a plan that just might stop the vile beast and save the embattled city.
THE HORROR SHOW (1989) - In the midst of being electrocuted to death, mass murderer Max (Brion James) transforms from flesh and blood into a free-floating supernatural essence. Now completely unstoppable, Max sets his murderous sights on the family of Lucas (Lance Henriksen), the cop who captured him. Full of graphic gore and surrealistic sequences, this horror movie follows Lucas's desperate efforts to safeguard his loved ones and maintain his sanity.
THE FIRST POWER (1990) - Det. Russell Logan (Lou Diamond Phillips) breathes a sigh of relief upon the capture and execution of a serial murderer known as the Pentagram Killer (Jeff Kober). But Logan's work is far from finished when he discovers that the killer transferred his soul into another living body. With the help of a psychic (Tracy Griffith), Logan grapples with the nearly impossible task of capturing a slayer with an ever-changing identity.
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970) - Fanged femme fatale Mircalla Karnstein (Ingrid Pitt) slakes her bloodlust for mortals of girlish figures in this Hammer horror story that has the 19th-century noblewoman stalking the Austrian countryside, bewitching young daughters at every turn. Appearing first as Marcilla, then as Carmilla, the insatiable siren steals women's hearts and leaves ruin in her wake, but in grieving General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing), she may have met her match.
SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK (1991) - Based on a story by novelist Stephen King, this Heartland-set chiller stars Tim Matheson as high school teacher Jim Norman, who returns to his quiet hometown only to find himself haunted by malign spirits spawned by a tragedy from his childhood. With his students expiring -- and ghouls of thugs past showing up in their place -- Norman realizes the horror won't stop until he sends his tormentors back to their graves, or further.