Five horror movies to stream now
“Bleed with me”
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Rowan (Lee Marshall) is a Weird Girl who turns into a Weird Girl when she goes to a secluded cabin in the woods with her friend Emily (Lauren Beatty) and Emily’s boyfriend Brendan (Aris Tyros). The first night, the three have a drink and a lively conversation. But things quickly take a worrying turn as Rowan has waking nightmares that Emily slices in his arms and steals his blood.
As Rowan’s suspicions about Emily start to escalate, Rowan wonders who Emily is and why she invited her to the cabin in the first place. When she finds an old photo album and a hidden box, they offer only obscure clues. It doesn’t help when Emily tells her, “Sometimes we do crazy things to find our friends.”
In her intense feature film, screenwriter and director Amelia Moses lets calm and haunting atmospheres, not gore and traps, drive her slow and deeply frightening study of codependency and female friendship. The mysteries are constructed in a constant and disturbing way over 80 hallucinatory minutes, unfolding like an intimate piece, until a strange, bloody and haunting finale. Marshall gives a focused and emotionally charged performance as a young woman gripped by uncertainty.
Writer-director Brandon Christensen’s latest film (“Still / Born”) is a dark, comedic social media indictment that’s also an entertaining entry into the burgeoning genre of home horror film.
Claire (Sara Canning) and Teddy (Osric Chau) set off on a couple’s getaway to a beautiful woodland mansion, where they plan to create content for their struggling travel vlog. Things hardly start when their door code doesn’t work. Out of the blue, their wacky hostess Rebecca (a maniacal Gracie Gillam) shows up to help, but her overly jagged demeanor gives Claire and Teddy goosebumps.
As their host’s behavior gets more bizarre, Teddy and Claire believe they’ll win social media gold if they make Rebecca appear unbalanced in their videos. She accepts, but her surprise at helping Teddy and Claire get more likes and followers comes with a dreadful twist.
Good luck not to be disturbed by a short scene in which a dark figure with bright eyes gives Teddy an ominous salute.
I’m a fan of low budget regional gay cinema, the genre that looks like the whole city showed up as extras in the dance party grand finale.
So I’m very indulgent for this horror comedy about a masked killer who roams Providence, RI, and slaughters homosexuals to drain their blood. Directors Michael J. Ahern, Christopher Dalpe, and Brandon Perras-Sanchez show so much love – for the horror genre, for the Providence drag scene, for gay seniors – that I feel bad to call the script rigid and unevenly funny.
But they did score points with Michael McAdam, a fixture in the Providence drag scene who stars as Payton St. James. McAdam walks away with the film as old-fashioned drag queen Gloria Hole, a messy marriage of Milton Berle and Ann-Margaret that has a smoker’s laugh, a cupboard of turbans, and a tired musical repertoire. She also has a vicious smile, a sharp wit, and a sailor’s mouth like a possessed – maybe even possessed – drag queen. I ate it.
This one is best known with your best friends from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, hard lemonade and cheese bread, and gay goodwill.
There is a good reason to stay out of this granary: the Nazi experiments.
Albert (Ryan Francis), owner of Second Chance Moving Company, learns it the hard way when Vern (Michael Flynn), an older man with a German accent, gives Albert and his crew Imani (Morgan Alexandria) and Carlos (Bryce Fernelius) for extra money to speed up the departure of his spooky mansion.
Things take an alarming turn when Albert, a former skinhead, recognizes the crest of a German-made lock and Carlos discovers a letter signed by Josef Mengele. The movers, all ex-convicts who could use the money, decide to stick their noses and get the job done quickly.
But their plans are thwarted when they encounter a mute young woman (Brynne Hurlbutt) who is held captive as she is horribly sewn to her misshapen sister. The name of the hidden girl is Anne, and Vern is not just any Nazi.
Jerren Lauder made this bold and crass addition to the bizarre catalog of Nazi horror films. Dark humor runs through the film, which may deter viewers uninitiated to the genre.
But others will enjoy the film’s heart-wrenching gore, unusually candid class discussions, and the demented revenge tale. When Imani, a young black woman, hits the film’s Nazi antagonist, it’s a beating you’ll applaud.
Stream it on Netflix.
A sniper stalks a group of men through the forest in this German survival and revenge thriller from writer-director Thomas Sieben.
The film begins as Roman (David Kross), his brother Albert (Hanno Koffler), and their three friends walk through the woods during Roman’s bachelor party weekend. They believe the hunters were responsible for a strong shot in the distance, until one of the friends, Vincent (Yung Ngo), found out he had been shot. The next bullet goes through the tire of their vehicle, forcing them to flee on foot from the unknown sniper aiming at them from the woods.
When they meet a woman standing near a lake, they ask her for help. But the poor suckers don’t realize that she’s not there for help. It’s revenge.
What this film lacks in originality and reward, it more than makes up for in constant suspense and a surprising and sympathetic enemy. It ranks at the bottom of the Truly Terrifying scale, so consider it a suitable choice for horror fans who prefer to walk the darker streets of Lifetime.