Bloody Streams is BACK!!! With a vengeance! Kinda. We have another four wonderful films for you to stream this week. Because, we all love something free, right? I know I do. What with all this giant SDCC news coming out lately, this list feels a little on the smaller side in terms of films – and I guess it kind of is, but it’s also a list of films not to be missed. So, sit back, relax, grab a cold beer and a bag of Doritos and let’s get bloody!
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
Mick Taylor is back! Well, he never really left our minds, but you get my drift. Back in 2005 when the first Wolf Creek emerged on the screen, I didn't see much humor in it. I mean, Mick Taylor (played flawlessly by John Jarratt) was great and jovial in that kind of Crocodile Dundee way, but the film was grisly and dark and it stuck with me for a long time after. Upon repeated viewings between now and then, it held the same dynamic for me in the same sense that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still does. It demands your utmost attention anytime that you put it in. Last year’s sequel, in my mind, is the total opposite of that. It seems that the filmmakers saw what a likable character Mick is – even if he is a total maniac (the same way most horror icons are viewed and liked) – and just ran with it. Mick owns this film. He’s hilarious, frightening, calm and undeniably in charge the entire run time. Apart from the mood change, the film almost feels like an adventure story. After being caught in the act of kidnapping a young girl, Mick begins chasing the Good Samaritan across his own stomping grounds. Culminating at Mick’s amazing and terrifying underground lair, Wolf Creek 2 is a thrill ride of laughs and cringes. Not to be missed. If you don't have Netflix, this is also available at your local Redbox.
All Cheerleaders Die (2013)
As with a lot of Netflix streaming choices, I wasn't sure what to think of this movie before I sat down to watch it. I’d of course heard snippets and saw screen grabs over the past year, but it never grabbed my attention enough to read much into it. I’m equally glad that I didn't because it was nice going into this really fun film fresh, and equally disappointed I didn't because I would have loved to see this film a lot sooner. I’m just going to put the plot out there so, Spoilers: the story is ultimately about the death of four cheerleaders at the hands of their male, sporty counterparts, their revival by the outsider/wiccan girl at the school and the cheerleader’s revenge and acclimation to life as the living dead. That’s it. But, it’s so much fun; seriously. It takes a lot of the teen movie stereotypes and alters them all slightly so that it feels new. I would most definitely give this a try. Also available at your local Redbox.
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
The one, the only: the Rack. William Shatner, yes that Shatner, plays “Rack”, a veterinarian charged with investigating the mysterious death of numerous farm animals. Spoiler Alert (If the damn title didn't give it away): they were killed by a herd of tarantulas bent on a mission of destruction. This film has become somewhat of a cult classic because of, well, it’s cheesiness. Even Rifftrax has given it their “You get the movie and the jokes combined” treatment. No matter how corny this movie is, though, spiders freak me out. If I tried to re-watch this I'd have nightmares for a couple of days. Those eyes, the hairy legs, the staring, the creeping into your bedroom in the middle of your night to sit on your stomach, and waiting for you to wake up and have a severe heart attack; it’s too much. Released two years after Jaws, you can definitely see the influence the shark movie had on this film. The build-up of the attacks, only showing the victim, the music as the damage is done – it’s all here. If you're not too afraid of spiders and a Mystery Science Theater-worthy plot and acting don’t scare you away then click play. Hey, it’s even here in glorious 360p. It’s just like watching it on late-night TV in the early 80’s.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
No, this isn’t a movie about a parasite that eats its way out of human bodies. Well, maybe if that parasite was fear. The Killer Inside Me, to be fair, really isn't horror, but it works well as a vehicle for horrifying subject matter in that Casey Affleck plays a small-town cop who is also a total psychopath. It also fits perfectly well into the “deviant” category. Just his being alive implants fear into those around him. When his demeanor alone doesn’t get the job done then he lets his actions take over. Deemed fairly controversial and misogynistic upon its initial release, because of a scene with Affleck and the always vivacious Jessica Alba, I think it was misunderstood – as are most films that show the darker side of some people’s lives. The cast is rounded out by well-known actors Kate Hudson, Ned Beatty and Bill Pullman and directed by the often-controversial Michael Winterbottom. If you need it boiled down, think American Psycho meets L.A. Confidential. The film is rated R for “Disturbing brutal violence, aberrant sexual content and some graphic nudity” so, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth a trip to the dark side if you like horror, noir and period pieces.
Matt, Signing Out