So yeah, I made a post like this about trashy-fun horror movies you can watch on Amazon Prime, but the reason I did that was that I personally feel that Amazon Prime has some awesome cult film material to dig up, and platforms like Netflix don’t have as much to work with.
Well, I took a look the other day and… I wasn’t completely wrong. The selection is a bit more limited than I’d like for “fun” horror, it’s mostly serious stuff like
Rosemary’s Baby. You know, actual good movies.
But there’s plenty of gems (and duds that have gone so wrong they’re fun to watch) to be found on Netflix, so here are some places to start:
The Evil Dead (1981)
One of cult horror’s greatest contributions to the genre,
The Evil Dead, despite its extremely low budget production, is one of the most influential horror films of the 1980s. Unfortunately, none of its sequels are on Netflix, but the TV show Ash Vs. The Evil Dead is available.
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
A brilliant horror-comedy that feels totally undervalued,
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil flips one of horror’s oldest dynamics on its head: What if the rednecks were the good guys, and the asshole college students in the woods were the bad guys? The end result is hilarious (and bloody) stuff.
Train to Busan (2016)
I only call
Train to Busan “fun” in the sense that South Korea can shoot the hell out of an action scene, and the assaults against zombies in this film are so kinetic that it’s a blast to watch. If you thought the zombie genre didn’t have any life left in the 2010s, let Train to Busan enlighten you.
Event Horizon (1997)
I’m going to use this paragraph to let you know that we could have had a two-hour version of
Event Horizon, but unfortunately, the cut 30 minutes have been lost completely.
But at least we still have 90 minutes of
Event Horizon to watch, and god it’s a blast. Event Horizon feels like one of those 1980s low-budget Roger Corman horror movie setups, but with a Hollywood budget, and it’s glorious to behold.
Scary Movie (2000) and Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Sadly, these are the only two movies from the franchise available on Netflix (what can I say, I LOVE
Scary Movie 3, and we don’t talk about 4 and 5).
Thankfully, they’re the funniest entries in the entire horror-comedy series. I literally just rewatched
Scary Movie a couple of weeks back, and I was really surprised by how damn funny it still is.
Child’s Play (1988)
Apologies to those of you who were scarred by this movie (I know at least one person pretty closely who literally can’t look at images of Chucky without freaking out), but the original is a late 80s horror film with an odd edge.
I won’t get into specifics, but if you have no idea where this killer toy came from, this movie’s plot is going to immediately surprise you. Ultimately, the reason to watch this is for Brad Dourif’s horrifying voice performance as Chucky, which is one of the best voices in horror I can think of.
Shark Night (2011)
…so, remember how I said there were going to be some duds? This would be one of them.
Shark Night, also known as Shark Night 3D, sucks. It’s a BAD movie, but it’s definitely a fun one to watch with some beers next to you. Shockingly inept, even as far as bad shark movies go (and dear lord there’s a lot of them), this is strictly to be made fun of. You will not enjoy it otherwise.
The Bye Bye Man (2017)
The other entry on here for pure mockery,
The Bye Bye Man is a disastrous attempt at creating a “new” horror icon. The concept of The Bye Bye Man is almost interesting, but terrible writing, horrible acting, and unintentional comedy ultimately stop this movie dead in its tracks.
The Ritual (2018)
Look, this isn’t a fun horror movie, but it does have what most fun horror movies need:
A fantastic monster.
The Ritual’s monster is legitimately one of the best modern designs I’ve seen for a monster in years. The acting is solid, so is the writing, but the monster is the top bullet point here. For those who want to see a truly unique monster design, this is for you.
Friday the 13th (2009)
Yes, it’s the reboot. But we’re talking about “fun” horror, and while this movie misses the mark on a lot of things, it doesn’t skimp on the gore and… Well you know.
Will you remember the plot of this movie immediately after it’s over? No. Will you like the characters? Probably not. But it’s a hard-R rated slasher movie, and pretty much one of the only ones on Netflix.
Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 2 (2003)
While the entire
Final Destination franchise is available on Netflix, I’m highlighting the first two specifically because:
1. The first
Final Destination is a genuinely inventive and creepy horror film that probably didn’t need sequels.
2. However, the “vision” in
Final Destination 2 is so batshit and beyond description, that it makes any sequels worth it.
Only the absolutely devoted should sit through all of these movies, but the first two I’d genuinely recommend.
I don’t have to tell any of you how much this movie fucking rules. One of the greatest throwback horror movies ever,
Tremors has everything you could want from a fun horror movie: Hilarious characters, amazing practical effects, and a tight runtime.
All of the sequels are available to stream as well, but… Yeah. Maybe just stick with this one.
Bonus (Kind of):
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
This is NOT on Netflix. Yet. By April 1st,
Killer Klowns From Outer Space will be added to the service, and if you’ve managed not to see this wonderful cult oddity before, it’s a complete blast. I honestly wish it was already available, but alas it’s not.
So, that’s all the “fun” horror I could find, unfortunately. It’s less than I would have liked, but if you feel like I missed some stuff from Netflix, let me know below!
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