By Steve Newton
Hey horror freaks: there’s only 116 chopping days until Halloween, so why not get in the mood with some of the finest scary movies available on Netflix at the moment.
Here’s 10 that I’ve reviewed in my role as the Georgia Straight newspaper’s “horror guy” in Vancouver.
A Quiet Place (2018) “…ultimately A Quiet Place emerges as an effective nightmare-maker for parents that is one of those rarest and most welcome commodities for fright-flick fans: horror with heart.”
Backcountry (2015) “If you’re thinking about going camping anywhere bears might be, Backcountry is definitely not for you. It’s Stephen Colbert’s worst nightmare come to life, basically.”
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) “The Cabin in the Woods is crammed with so many twists and turns that the mere thought of reviewing it and ruining the fun for others is scary in and of itself. But I don’t feel bad about revealing at least one huge surprise: it’s the best horror flick ever made in Vancouver.”
The Call (2013) “The Call does falter near the end when some scary-movie cliches sneak in, but things are just so damn enthralling up until then that its winning sheen remains mostly untarnished.”
Creep (2015) “Duplass’s whacked-out performance keeps you fairly riveted to the screen, wondering what crazy shit Josef’s gonna pull next–and how the tormented Aaron will respond. It’s one of the most memorable sicko roles I’ve seen in a while.”
Hereditary (2018) “With so much real-life emotional torment going on, by the time Hereditary’s supernatural set pieces arrive you’ve already been horrified to the max. The wrath of Satan seems pretty tame compared to the suffering that damaged family members can inflict on one another.”
The Shallows (2016) “Things go beyond ridiculous when it comes to the shark’s vindictive mindset, but they got that way in Jaws too, you may recall, and nobody whined about it much.”