Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Looper, Pitch Perfect, And V/H/S

By Kristy Puchko 2012-10-01 14:52:41discussion comments
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V/H/S
When a band of bungling thieves are contracted to steal a peculiar videotape, they find themselves entranced by a collection of VHS tapes that each contain a terrifying tale. This omnibus horror offering is helmed by a collection of directors including, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard, and Radio Silence.

Time and time again critics and audiences have decried the found footage genre as tired and in need of being put to rest. Cheaply produced, this subgenre is rife with poorly made messes. But when put in the hands of an able filmmaker, this devilish device can prove effectively terrifying. Be it evil spirits, a possessed girl, or towering trolls, sometimes the best way to capture the terror of being there is through this personal perspective.

Trollhunter (2010) This imaginative adventure out of Norway follows a trio of college students as their investigative reports on peculiar bear deaths lead them deep into the forests where they discover deadly beasts long thought to be legends. Following a secretive but beleaguered troll hunter, they rediscover their sense of wonder as he investigates some disturbances in standard troll behavior that’s leading to potentially society-shattering violence. You'll be stunned at the high quality effects and wry humor within this epic faux doc.

The Last Exorcism (2010) This indie chiller follows one Reverend Cotton Marcus, who after years of faking exorcism rituals decides to come clean and prove that there is nothing demonic—purely psychological—at play in these creepy cases. But his beliefs are challenged when he takes a film crew along to debunk the supposed possession of a shy country girl whose late night exploits defy reason. Notably, Ashley Bell earned a Spirit Award nod for her portrayal of the possibly possessed farm girl; Daniel Stamm directs.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)Strangely, the only of one the current trilogy that's streaming is its second entry. Taking place immediately before and after the disturbing events of Paranormal Activity, this sequel centers on the strange occurrences that plague a family of four once their latest addition—a baby boy named Hunter—is brought home. The household's security cameras capture strange sounds, slamming doors and more and more frightening phenomena. But when their teen daughter uncovers the cause of all this haunting, her father is urged to a drastic gambit to save his family. Sprague Grayden, Molly Ephraim, and Katue Featherston co-star; Tod Williams directs.
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