Amazon Video, the online superstore’s streaming arm, is free to members of Amazon’s Prime service. The available movies used to be so old and shitty that I forgot I had free streaming with my subscription. However, Amazon has been stepping up their game and may even have more “good” movies than juggernaut Netflix.
So, if you have Prime and want to start your Halloween marathon early, I have horror movies for you. Comedy horror. Thriller horror. Straight horror. Drama horror. OH THE HORROR.
Billy Peltzer ignores the warnings of a stereotypical Asian man in regard to the care of his new pet. Thus he does unleash the scaly, easily amused, and murderous Gremlin pack upon the town. Actually, I think a group of Gremlins is called an invasion.
Grace (Nicole Kidman) is plagued by unwanted visitors in the home she shares with her children during the latter part of World War II. As she awaits her husband’s return from the battlefield, Grace is victim to more and more unsettling disruptions.
With Mandy Lane, Levine takes the slasher-film blueprint and, without necessarily doing anything original with it, has created a dead-teenager movie that you can appreciate not for its campy gloriousness, its machete gore, its body count, or even the T & A. In fact, he’s done something I’d never even considered before: He’s crossed Friday the 13th with … Heathers. Actually, the film’s scribe, Jacob Forman, should get credit for the ’80s mash-up, but it’s Levine that sells it. And, my dearest cockswallows, does he ever sell it. Mandy Lane is the tits. - Dustin Rowles
Stephen King’s novella about creatures traveling in a mist trapping a group of people in a grocery store was made into this movie about creatures traveling in a mist because of armed forces stuff trapping a group of people in a grocery store.
Ryan Reynolds is a very lonely and messed up man with a crush on a co-worker. Lucky for him, his dog and cat are more than happy to give him advice on how to handle the situation.
If you don’t know what this movie is about, may I suggest skipping this blurb and watching immediately.
Goodnight Mommy is a masterful horror movie that puts you in the perspective of its young heroes from the first frame. We race through the woods with them. We’re welcomed into their dreams that turn into nightmares as their mother’s cruelty increases. We practically choke on the mystery that suffocates them. The sound design is sharp, loud and violent, making simple sounds of scratching, footsteps and flowing faucets cause for goosebumps. It’s a slow burn build that lures you in, setting you up for a second act that is one of the most disturbing cinema has ever seen. - Kristy Puchko
Two American travelers are attacked while backpacking through England. While recovering, one of them realizes that he’s changing.
Telekinesis. High school awfulness. Religious zealot momma.
Tremors is a flawless movie from 1990 that starred Kevin Bacon, Reba McIntyre, Fred Ward, Michael Gross, and big wormy things filled with orange Kool-Aid and murder. Valentine “Val” McKee (Bacon) and Earl Bass (Ward) are just a couple of handymen working in Perfection, Nevada when the Tremors start stalking and killing the people of the town. - Jodi Clager
This movie has Deborah Harry with a trapped Lawrence brother she plans to roast in her oven. In a ploy to divert the witch’s attentions and buy some time, Unidentified Because It Doesn’t Matter Lawrence reads some Tales from the Darkside. These Tales star Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, David Johansen, William Hickey, James Remar, and Rae Dawn Chong.
For the willing, it’s easy to give into the claustrophobic terror of Room 1408. I attended a midnight screening, by myself, and I had to remind myself on occasion that it was only a movie. I know it sounds completely ridiculous, but once, in fact, I got up and left the theater briefly, just so that I could temporarily break my suspension of disbelief and rescue my sanity. Credit the excellent job of the director (Mikael Hafstrom , who redeems himself, too, after the awful Derailed) for not feeling the need to throw in a lot of unnecessary gore; the disturbing and unnerving imagery does the job just fine. But, the real success of 1408 is the pitch-perfect casting of Cusack — he’s convincing, in part, because it’s so unusual to see the normally mild-mannered, unusually detached Lloyd Dobbler completely lose his freakin’ mind. - DR