With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Evil Dead, Trance, and Scary Movie 5 for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of gory horror flicks, unreliable narrator tales, and wonderfully wild parodies.
This reboot of the 1981 cult classic follows five friends into a isolated cabin where they're relentlessly attacked by a sinister force. Tree rape, mutilation, amputations and chainsaw-centric carnage will follow. Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, and Lou Taylor Pucci co-star; Fede Alvarez directs.
With a time-tested premise, Alvarez takes tales of the undead into a gruesome and grotesque terrain. For more tales of evil filled with gore both ghoulish and giddy, check out a landmark original, a buzzworthy sequel and a sidesplitting parody that are sure to give you nightmares.
The Evil Dead (1981) This gorefest that started a sensation also launched the careers of writer-director Sam Raimi and big-chinned B-movie megastar Bruce Campbell. Five friends' trip to a cabin in the woods becomes a living nightmare when a devilish supernatural spirit takes possession of them one by one. Can Ash (Campbell) save his friends? Or at the very least survive the night? Campbell stars; Raimi directs.
[Rec] 3: Genesis (2012) In the third installment of this infected persons franchise, Koldo and Clara are prepared for the day that is meant to be the happiest in their lives. But their wedding festivities are derailed when their guests breakout with a bizarre illness that transforms them into murderous maniacs. Leticia Dolera and Diego Martin co-star; Paco Plaza directs.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010) Having fun with the tropes of the "cabin in the woods" and "evil redneck" subgenres, this horror-comedy centers on two well-meaning but bumbling backwood hicks who come across a group of weekending teens with hysterically catastrophic results. Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, and Katrina Bowden co-star; Eli Craig directs.