5 Horror Films to Stream Now

Five Horror Movies to Stream Now

These new horror films feature fear from a global perspective, including an Indonesian witch, an Irish vampire, Canadian intruders, and an American family nightmare.

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No film in 2021 has so divided horror fans as this bold fairy tale, written and directed by Devereux Milburn.

After a young couple (Sawyer Spielberg and Malin Barr) are thrown off the property they wanted to camp one night, they wander through the woods and come across a house where a friendly but eccentric woman (Barbara Kingsley) invites them to spend the night in her basement. It turns out to be a very bad decision – there wouldn’t be any horror movies without bad decisions, right? – that leads to bizarre twists in which the bandaged son of the woman is involved, cannibal rituals and surreal nightmares with Popeye.

Critics are right that there is a lot of familiarity in “Honeydew”, from the Hansel and Gretel vibes to the grotesque family dynamics (and meals) that made “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” so bone-terrifying. But Milburn adds an original twist to the familiar beats of the Backwoods shock genre thanks to his hallucinatory storytelling, John Mehrmann’s annoying score, and Spielberg’s passionate performance. There is also a wowza celebrity cameo that allows you to take a double shot.

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When a mysterious figure attacks Anne (Barbara Crampton), the wife of a conservative small town pastor (Larry Fessenden), it doesn’t just turn her into a blood-sucking monster. The master’s bite, as the Nosferatu-looking vampire is called, also arouses in Anne a thirst for self-determination and sexual self-confidence that she has kept under wraps throughout her marriage. Reinvented as a vampire (sorry), Anne has to wonder what it means to be a woman, a woman and a human.

Indonesia has a rich tradition of horror cinema that goes hand in hand with the filmography of George Romero and Lucio Fulci. Shudder has a small but excellent collection of Indonesian titles, including Kimo Stamboel’s latest reinterpretation of “The Queen of Black Magic” (1981).

Witchcraft is a common element in Indonesian horror films, and witchcraft is what you learn in this menacing story about Hanif (Ario Bayu), a father traveling with his family from Jakarta to the remote orphanage where he grew up. Things start terrifying when Hanif drives the family car over what he thinks is an animal. (Not quite.) Then his son is startled when he hears a story about the evil woman who is buried behind a closed door in the orphanage. (Not quite.)

When Hanif comes across a bus full of dead children, it is a sign that almost nothing is seen or experienced in the orphanage – caretaker, scars, a threatening creature – it seems. Vengeance, Hanif learns, is what the supernatural world calls justice.

This is a really scary place to get an introduction to Indonesian horror as long as you are good at dealing with angry bugs and blood galore.

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It’s Halloween night and Romina (Lora Burke) comes home after leaving her late shift as a nurse and finds a tense hostage situation in her kitchen. Angry and wielding a hammer, Chris (Nick Smyth) has tied the bloody Alan (Colin Paradine) to a chair that Chris suspects of raping his young daughter. When a group of masked invaders appear at the door while Romina gets things under control, her home becomes even more of a claustrophobic house of horror.

With an unforgiving ride that almost never fades in the 80 minutes, this Canadian action-horror hybrid is for fans of ultraviolet horror. I don’t know if directors Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen decided to have the most chaotic moments in a small kitchen because it served the story or because it was required by their tight budget. Either way, it feels like every image is filling the screen with violence so gruesome and also incredibly hilarious that watching it becomes the cinematic equivalent of diving into a crowded mosh pit at a pub. As a father, Smyth is stunningly unglued at the end of his rope.

This stupid horror comedy takes place in a rural Irish village where, according to legend, Bram Stoker was so fascinated by the local stories of an Irish vampire character named Abhartach that he based “Dracula” on the thirsty bloodsucker. When a construction team disturbs the pile of stones above the place where the citizens believe Abhartach was buried, the vampire is awakened and the village becomes his hunting ground. Not even an evening cup of tea goes by without someone bleeding from their eyes.

Written and directed by Chris Baugh, this is as much a punchy creature as it is a touching drama about friendship and family ties. Much of the credit goes to the actor Jack Rowan, who, as a young man who defends his hamlet against an ancient evil, all shows courage and charm. I really want to reveal the stunning weapon that was used against the vampire in the end, but that would work out on a branch.