Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Seven Psychopaths, Argo & Paranormal Activity 4

By Kristy Puchko 2012-10-16 09:09:04discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we present this bi-weekly column that highlights now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases, to help you cut through the clutter!

Inspired by Seven Psychopaths, Argo and Paranormal Activity 4, we've picked some crazy comedies, acclaimed dramas inspired by real events, and haunting horror for your home-viewing pleasure.


Seven Psychopaths
For playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh's sophomore effort, the heralded writer-director goes meta, spinning a hilarious story about writing maniacs, while being crowded by them. Colin Farrell stars as a screenwriter who gets pulled into the kidnapping schemes of his demented best bud (Sam Rockwell), when the latter enrages a vicious gangster who'll stop at nothing to get his adored Shih Tzu back. Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson co-star. Craziness and comedy are as great a pairing as chocolate and peanut butter. So embrace your love of hilarious maniacs with these three darkly comic capers.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Cary Grant stars in this Frank Capra classic as a man in love who's eager to introduce his new bride to his darling aunts…until he finds a corpse in their sitting room. Initially, he suspects its his dear demented uncle who's to blame, but is shocked to discover his beloved aunties are sweet but serial killers of lonely widowers. Just a little elderberry wine with a bit of their preferred poison blend, then a no frills burial in their basement. Hysterical old school hijinks ensue! Josephine Hull and Jean Adair co-star.

She-Devil (1989) Roseanne stars a Ruth Patchett, an undervalued wife and mother who is nonetheless content in her lot until her husband runs off with Mary Fisher, a glamorous romance novelist played by Meryl Streep. Like the saying goes: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and so Ruth sets out to destroy her ex by taking away all he values, from his new romance, to his career, and freedom. And hey, if she can destroy Mary while she's at it, all the better! Ed Begley Jr. and Sylvia Miles co-star; Susan Seidelman directs.

Heathers (1989) Winona Ryder stars Veronica Sawyer, a teen who is totally over the popular mean girls named Heather who rule her high school. So, when she spots the brooding loner J.D. she thinks she's met her perfect partner in crime for reputation-destroying revenge. But when the two accidentally spark a new trend of teen suicide, Veronica begins to question their connection. Michael Lehman helms this cult classic; Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty co-star.
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