Netflix and co. What a strange looking-glass to pass through. A warped digital portal to fears and desires; a tar pit for the stoned, visionary, and otherwise psychedelically inclined. In case you hadn't noticed, there are a few brilliantly weird movies on Netflix. There are also a lot of cryptically fabulous and surreal horror movies on Netflix. Weird horror movies; insane horror movies; masterpiece-mind-fu##k movies like David Lynch. Those kinds of cinematic extravaganzas.
Bizarre horror movies, when done right, are a thing of joy forever, but rooting through the rubble of options out there in the wide world of streaming is a major challenge. So what are some notably strange movies that can be seen on Netflix right now? From the artsy Mexican splatter-fest Here Comes the Devil to the morbidly funny Housebound, there's a good handful of surreal horror choices there for the streaming, and in many of them, blood streams in time with visual images. Whether you're looking for unique relationships between humans and corpses, as in 2014's Irish horror gem The Canal, or out for birthing-horror on par with Eraserhead, as in 2016's hyper-freaky Antibirth, read on.
Found footage horror often goes both ways, but Creep goes the right way. A videographer answers a Craigslist ad where the poster simply wants to be filmed throughout his day. The man behind the ad, Josef, turns out to be a bit more unhinged that the videographer initially expected. His pregnant 'wife' never really shows up, and the wolf mask in his closet suggests all sorts of unsettling scenarios.
Part comedy and part horror film, Creep manages to scare you in the most unassuming ways, constantly shifting your perception of who, the videographer or Josef, is really losing it here. You've never seen Mark Duplass quite like this.
If the infamous Goosebumps story "The Mask" ever frightened you, you will be terrified by Clown. It's a simple yet horrifying premise: a father dons a clown costume for his son's birthday birthday party and then isn't able to get it off. Naturally, this clown costume comes complete with a dark curse that slowly takes over the host who wears it.
Featuring clowns and RL Stine nightmares from your childhood, Clown at least reminds you why you found yourself so scared of these things in the first place.
If you can imagine a grimmer Female Trouble or Pink Flamingoes doing drugs with a slightly more linear Gummo or Julien Donkey-Boy, you can imagine the general jist of 2016's Antibirth. Danny Perez's body horror film chronicles the fate of Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a hard-drinking party girl living in a trailer in a sh*tty, burned out meth-ish town with no future.
One day, after staying celibate for more than a year, Lou wakes up pregnant ... and the rest is psychedelic, grotesque, dystopian history. The film is relentlessly depressing, but it's also continually inventive, surreal, and unexpected, and well worth a watch.
The Wailing (2016)
South Korea has become one of the world's great epicenters of slow-burning (and truly terrifying) arthouse horror, and 2016's The Wailing is no exception.
Set in the mountains above Seoul, the film chronicles a plague that turns people into murderers. Actor Kwak Do-won plays Jong-goo, an investigating police officer who has unsettling dreams of a meat-devouring woman with glowing eyes, and whose daughter gets infected. What follows is a ghastly, riveting journey you won't soon forget.