It’s Halloween season, and so, we’re always looking for a spooky show or movie to watch. That’s where Netflix Canada comes in handy, as they always start streaming some stellar horror tricks and treats around this time. Just as they did last year, they’ve partnered with Rue Morgue magazine’s editor, Dave Alexander, to make the scariest picks possible via #StreamSomeScreams. Dig into our five favourite horrors now on Netflix Canada, and enter a contest for a chance to win a 1-year subscription and an Apple TV at the bottom of this page.
We Are What We Are (2011)
I caught this wonderful film, a remake of a Mexican film of the same name, at last year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival and I still can’t stop thinking about it. It’s a expertly crafted tale of a family of cannibals trying to keep their ancient way of life alive in rural America with excellent acting from all three leads (Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers). It’s pretty gore, especially in its final act, but the storytelling is there to back it up, not to mention stellar character development split between the two sisters (Garner and Childers) trying to figure out if they should continue to do–and eat–as Daddy (Sage) says, or rebel. – Emily
Red State‘s distribution strategy (or lack thereof) was a bit of a mess, which is likely why you may not have seen Kevin Smith’s first foray into horror–but now’s your chance. This movie was easily one of my favourite movies of 2011. It’s palpably unsetting, performance are really strong and it takes a route with its story that incomparable to much else in horror (not to mention, it’s also a critique of religion and state). If you haven’t seen it, you are truly missing out on one of the most original horror movies as of late. – Michelle
This is a no-brainer considering that David Lynch recently announced we’d be getting new episodes of his landmark ’90s drama via Showtime in 2016. But besides it being “in” to get into this show, it’s actually quite brilliant, not to mention spectacularly spooky, and thus, perfect for this time of year. If you don’t get sucked in by the 90-minute pilot, which is almost a film in itself, then you might not like the series. But if, like me, you desperately want to find out who killed Laura Palmer and where this wonderfully strange creature Agent Cooper came from, you’ll want to settle in for two seasons of coffee, donuts, logs, ladies, red rooms and whatthefucks. – Emily
The Woman in Black
This film was Dan Rad’s first chance to prove he had some acting chops post-Harry Potter, and he didn’t disappoint–neither did this ghostly tale. As far as haunted house horrors go, this one hit all the points. As I said when I originally reviewed this movie, it’s one of the creepiest I’ve ever seen. Dan Rad plays a dad at the turn of the 20th century, a lawyer investigating a death in a small town and encountering a dark, mysterious curse along the way. A chilling story combined with beautiful yet haunting styling, this film instantly became one of my favourite contemporary ghost stories. – Michelle
You may have seen this classic horror movie, based on Stephen King’s novel, before, but it begs to be revisited. I rewatched it early this year and was floored by how excellent it still is. Some may argue the foggy cinematography seems dated now, but I think it adds to the otherworldly quality of this tale of a unpopular girl scorned. The score also remains incredibly haunting, right down to the final moments, and Sissy Spacek manages to make you both upset and empowered in the title role. Watching this will make you forget that terrible remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz even made it to theatres last year. – Emily
Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize of a 1-year subscription to Netflix Canada and an Apple TV or a Runner Up Prize of a 1-year subscription:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and tell us which #StreamSomeScreams movie or show you’ll be watching on Halloween night.
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This contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Winners will be announced on Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2014.