Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives to Oblivion, Lords of Salem, And Mud

By Kristy Puchko 2013-04-26 05:20:17discussion comments
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The Lords of Salem
Writer-director Rob Zombie returns to horror with this twisted witch tale. Sheri Moon Zombie stars as radio DJ Heidi Hawthorne, whose spinning of a fateful record "a gift from the lords" brings back the heinous history of Salem, Massachusetts in the form of a bloodbath. Bruce Davison and Jeff Daniel Phillips co-star.

Zombie's brand of horror might be too gory or grungy for your tastes. Perhaps you prefer the slick and sick meta humor of Wes Craven? Or the spine-tingling terror of gothic ghost tales? Or maybe you like being at the cutting edge of the genre, where bites and blood can unfurl fast and furious. Whichever version of terror you prefer, we got you covered with horror three ways.

Scream 4 (2011) Wes Craven revisited his genre-defining slasher franchise with this bold new installment. Picking up ten years after the last string of Ghostface murders, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has come to grips with her past, and with the publishing of an inspiration memoir is ready to move on. But someone else wants to relive the nightmares of the Woodsboro murders, killing off a new cast of young characters who grew up with a deep love of horror movies. Bloody and bonkers, this one has David Arquette and Courtney Cox reprising their roles as Dewey and Gale, as well as newcomers like Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, and Rory Culkin. Wes Craven directs.

The Awakening (2011) For something less graphic but still deeply chilling, try this British thriller set in the wake of World War I. Rebecca Hall stars as a professional skeptic, who lives to prove so-called clairvoyants are frauds and that ghosts are a fantasy. When the death of a young boy at a strict boarding school is rumored to have been caused by a tormented child's spirit, she's eager to uncover the truth…but is totally unprepared for what lies within the creepy school's walls. Dominic West, Imelda Staunton co-star in this engaging horror-thriller. Nick Murphy directs.

Hemlock Grove (2013) The next wave of Netflix original programming is now streaming. Set in a deeply strange Pennsylvanian town, this series executive produced by Hostel director Eli Roth kicks off with the bizarre murder of a local teen girl. It seems she's been ripped to ribbons by a brawny beast, which spurs talk of a werewolf running amok. Could it be the new gypsy kid whose just moved to town? Or maybe the rich kid with the malevolent mother? In a town with this many secrets, everyone is a suspect. Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, and Penelope Mitchell co-star.

For even more selections, peruse our Now Streaming archive.
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