Tis the season my lovelies, and what a lovely season it is; the air is crisp, the leaves are falling and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. In case you’re confused about my meaning, I’m referring to an exceptionally sacred day and my very favorite holiday, Halloween.
Of course, no Halloween is fully complete without a good ol’ fashioned horror movie marathon. Luckily, there’s lots of damn good horror streaming this weekend for your viewing pleasure. So to take the guess work out of your Hallows Eve entertainment, here’s 5 badass horror movies with a distinctively female edge that are currently streaming on Netflix.
When troubled twentysomething Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) is arrested for robbing an ATM, the judge sentences her to house arrest under the supervision of her eccentric mother (Rima Te Wiata) at her old family homestead. Hilarity ensues when it turns out her mom’s belief that the house is haunted may not be all that far fetched. Kylie is a tough broad though, who is not about to take any shit from anyone, not even a possibly homicidal ghost, and O’Reilly charms as the rough around the edges heroine who, despite her inherent bitchiness, you won’t be able to help but love.
Housebound was easily one of the best horror movies of 2014 and certainly one of the funniest to come along in recent years, thanks in no small part to Te Wiata’s pitch perfect performance as the bemused but lovable Miriam.
This one is as close to perfect as a horror flick gets, so you will definitely not regret giving it a watch.
American Mary (2012)
Few actresses have the ability to radically change your mind about their abilities with one single performance, but Katherine Isabelle’s phenomenal turn as the titular Mary will undoubtedly make you a fan for life.
In this sophomore film by the wonderfully twisted Soska sisters, Mary Mason is a down on her luck medical student who, through a series of events far too delicious to spoil, ends up embroiled in the shady world of underground surgeries. What’s starts off as a quick way to capitalize on her surgical skills soon turns into a journey into the dark side of human nature…and it’s fan-fuckin-tastic.
This is not a movie for everyone, but it is a gritty, stylish and intensely fascinating flick fueled by killer performances, so those who like their bloodsport with some meaning won’t just like American Mary, they’ll fucking love it.
Curse of Chucky (2013)
That’s right horror fans, Chucky lives again and this time he’s back to basics. In this latest installment in the wildly popular Child’s Play series, Chucky (Brad Dourif) faces off against his most formidable adversary yet. Wheelchair bound Nica (Fiona Dourif…the daughter of Chucky herself.) is a strong and determined young woman who, despite her disability, is staunchly independent and more than able to hold her own against everything life has thrown at her. Unfortunately, life decides to throw a homicidal, possessed doll with a mile long kill list her way and all manner of morbid fun follows. Ms. Dourif pulls off the role of the unsinkable heroine beautifully and watching her spar with the legendary villain her father still voices is a giddy joy only true horror fans will sincerely appreciate.
Blood is spilled and people die of course, as is typical in a Child’s Play movie, but this is the first time since the original 1988 nightmare that Chucky is at his purest and most malevolent, making Curse of Chucky a horror flick not to be missed.
The Relic (1997)
Based on the 1995 novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, The Relic is the story of a giant beastie run amok in New York City’s Museum of Natural History and the plucky evolutionary biologist (Penelope Ann Miller) who must destroy it.
Although decidedly dated, The Relic is an unexpectedly fun creature feature with a tough, no nonsense heroine who may not be the most badass of horror chicks, but she does have enough sense to kick off her heels before running from the monster. The real star here though is the creature itself which unfortunately gets precious little screen time. Still, what glimpses we do get are intriguing and although no character is fully developed enough to be as interesting as the elusive beast, The Relic will still manage to entertain even the most seasoned horror fan.
We Are What We Are (2013)
Nothing says family like sitting down to a hearty, home cooked meal…especially if that meal is made of people.
Well, at least that’s what family means to the Parker clan, a household of cannibals led by insanely pious father Frank and reluctantly endured by his two young daughters Iris and Rose (Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner). The girls are torn between the modern world that is free of murder and people eating, and the traditions of their family that claim heaven itself dictates that human flesh must devoured.
It’s a strange and unsettling movie, but Childers and Garner are nothing if not riveting to watch as they quietly rebel against the horrors of their reality. It’s a surprisingly poignant film for one with such a horrifying subject matter, and even more surprisingly, it’s a remake, and one of the rare few that is superior to its original, which definitely makes We Are What We Are a must see for any horror fan.
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Happy Halloween Viewing!