Nicole Kidman protects her daughter from 'The Others'

‘The Others’ – Elegant chills on FilmStruck and Showtime Anytime

While I’ve not necessarily been a fan of the new flood of found footage-style horror movies, I do appreciate the return to a different approach to scaring audiences in the dark: films about the creepy, the unnerving, the inexplicable, and the unseen. It beats watching another director try to come up with yet another unique […]

Bong Joon-ho's 2006 South Korean monster movie 'The Host'

‘The Host’ on Netflix and Hulu

The Host (2006), Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean monster movie hit, is neither a parody, subversion, or revision of the often campy horror movie genre. It stirs a stew of genre conventions, from political commentary to dysfunctional family satire to earnest emotional pathos, into an often thrilling monster movie as indebted to the B-movies of seventies American […]

Essie Kent and Noah Wiseman in Jennifer Kent's horror film.

‘The Babadook’ on Netflix and Hulu

The Babadook, one of the best and most original horror films in years, raises goosebumps with old-fashioned scares, relatable characters, and a provocative psychological foundation. Amelia (Essie Kent) is a single mother who is still in mourning for her dead husband—she barely seems to be able to rouse herself to face the world—and is unable […]

David Naughton stars in John Landis's 'An American Werewolf in London'

Quick pick: ‘An American Werewolf in London’ – Full moon freakout on Netflix and Amazon Prime

John Landis teaches us two things in An American Werewolf in London (1981): turning into a werewolf is a very painful process, and the dead are boring! American tourist David Naughton survives a moonlight animal attack in Northern England only to turn into a hairy, bloodthirsty beast back in London when the moon is full. […]

Kevin McCarthy stars in Don Siegel's 1956 'Invasion of the Body Snatcher'

The original ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ on Amazon Prime

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – The original version of the oft-filmed science fiction horror is still the most insidious alien invasion film ever made. This is an invasion from within. Small town family doctor Kevin McCarthy returns to his small California coastal community from an out-of-town trip to find everything just a bit […]

Jeffrey Combs in Stuart Gordon's 'Re-Animator'

‘Re-Animator’ – Gruesome horror comedy on Netflix

Re-Animator (1985), Stuart Gordon’s cult horror classic from the gory eighties, is a mix of metaphysics, medicine, zombies, and Frankenstein loosely adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West: Re-Animator.” Bruce Abbot is ostensibly the hero, a nice-guy medical graduate student in love with the dean’s daughter (the frequently naked Barbara Crampton), but Jeffrey Combs steals the […]