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Netflix has been getting a lot of heat lately, but with this being Halloween I thought it would be nice to put all issues aside for at least a day and get into the season.

Here’s five horrors you can stream right now. Why only five? Well, assuming you indulged in some of your ghoulish favorites over the weekend, five seems about right for just today. And don’t be shy, comment below on what you’re watching.

Happy Halloween!

5. Cronos

Guillermo del Toro‘s debut feature still creeps me out. A testament to low budget ingenuity, the film follows an aging antique dealer who is given eternal life when he is stabbed by a spider-like antique. Many elements of del Toro’s robust repertoire (the use of fairy tales, insects, Ron Perlman) can be found throughout the film.

4. Inferno

The second film in Dario Argento‘s The Three Mothers trilogy, a poet in New York City comes across The Three Mothers book and realizes that she may be living in one of the homes that the evil witches dwell in. She calls on her brother, who lives in Rome, to come visit her, but by the time he gets there she’s murdered. And that’s when the fun starts. Though it’s not my favorite Argento film, the music, set design, gore and that great scene with the cats makes for a fun watch.

3. The Last Man on Earth

One of my favorite Vincent Price films, here he plays Dr. Robert Morgan, who is the only uninfected human left on the planet after a strange plague wiped out mankind. Now he spends his days trying to kill the vampire-like zombies they’ve become and ward them off while they’re awake at night. Later expanded in scope in films like The Omega Man and I Am Legend, the cheesiness of this one makes for a great choice if you’re looking for a good B-horror.


2. An American Werewolf in London

One of the landmark horrors of the ’80s, John Landis mixed gore and comedy to perfection; and let’s not leave out Rick Baker‘s HUGE contribution. Following two college friends who get attacked by a werewolf while backpacking through the moors in Yorkshire, one survives and we watch as he comes to terms with what he’s become. Which includes horrific nightmares and visits from his dead friend. This gets better every time I see it.

1. The Exorcist

It’s impossible to leave off one of the greatest horrors of all time. And I think what puts William Friedkin‘s masterful film at such acclaim 38 years after its release (outside of the scares, top notch cast and score) not only on a filmmaking basis but pop culture as well is the strength of its story. The building of the characters and playing with our feelings on religion and superstitions is the foundation to what makes this film so great.

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