What to stream online this week: Masterpiece Horror Films

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Although it’s no longer Halloween there are still a ton of great horror movies to watch, for those nights when you’re bored and want to watch something freaky and perhaps more than mildly disturbing.

Not all horror movies are gory horror fests—there are a lot of amazing horror films with coherent plot lines.

You’re Next

“You’re Next” is a great modern indie horror film. Even though the movie is initially difficult to understand (because the characters are all extremely dislikable and can be perceived as annoying), it really turns around halfway through, with the emergence of an unlikely hero, and several twists.

The plot begins as a generic home invasion horror film, but quickly develops into more as the characters’ various motivations and ideals are revealed. Although “You’re Next” hasn’t won any awards, it certainly deserves a few. The movie employs some magnificent acting, has good pacing, and a great script that will keep you on your seat throughout.

“You’re Next” is available on Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Rosemary’s Baby  

Before the era of “jump scares” and “excessive gore”, the horror genre had a very different feel. Scary movies worked slowly, with increasing tension and suspense, to increase the viewer’s sense of dread, before peaking with an explosive finale. “Rosemary’s Baby” is an example of a horror movie in this style.

The movie begins by focusing on a normal couple moving into a new apartment. They’re happy, secure, and filled with optimism. As “Rosemary’s Baby” progresses, more and more seems off with what’s happening in the film, and the characters begin to notice. “Rosemary’s Baby” remains a prevalent piece of cinema that is still widely referenced today. Recently an unsuccessful television spin off was also produced, but that version isn’t worth watching.

“Rosemary’s Baby” is available on Netflix, Youtube Video on Demand.

Scream

In the 90s there were several good horror films. Due to the popularity of this genre amongst directors, more and more horror films began to populate the market, many of which were not produced well, thus giving movies classified as “horror” a bad name. “Scream” revitalized the genre, receiving well deserved critical and public acclaim.

Both the script and the acting in “Scream” are superb, and raised the bar for the genre. The dialogue is surprisingly well written and self-reflective, with a lot of commentary on the genre itself within the film. It’s a simple and well-made movie, with a lot of real drama below all of the horror.

“Scream” is available on Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

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