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.
For the morbid mind that moves a mile a minute, horror anthology The ABCs of Death keeps up with all your twisted thoughts. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a different death: 'a' for 'apocalypse,' 't' for 'toilet.' In total, The ABCs of Death gives you 26 different stories, some animated, some live-action, all terrifying. Not only does it renew the suspense with every story, it also makes this movie the perfect background horror film.
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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.
Baskin tells the story of a group of policemen who descend into their own hells after eating at a restaurant that may (or may not) be serving up butchered corpses from their pasts. The movie is firmly rooted in the great tradition of noirish Japanese horror films like Jigoku. With falling fetuses, dark woods, Biblical frog plagues, and existential terror, Baskin exudes an almost palpable energy that's hard to shake. Its intertwining theme of childhood dreams and nightmares being and/or coming true have earned it frequent comparisons with A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it's much more cerebral and profound than that, and bound to become a classic.
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.