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11 Underrated Netflix Horror Movies Available Right Now

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So you’re flipping through Netflix for a great horror movie. Suddenly you realize it’s 30 minutes later and you still haven’t found something that looks interesting. We have you covered. The movies below didn’t get the love they deserved and maybe you were gaslit by a downvote on Rotten Tomatoes and didn’t realize it.

We have gone through the Netflix interface and put together a list of 11 movies that may not have caught your attention the first time, but definitely deserve your consideration in the long run. We have provided the trailer (and synopsis) for each which doesn’t mean it’s going to be a great movie, but maybe we’ve saved you a few minutes of getting hypnotized into the sunken place by that Netflix menu “clicking” sound.

Sweetheart (2019)

Here’s one that combines the isolation of Castaway with the suspense of Predator. This creature feature gets high marks for action, special effects, and acting. You’ll notice the final girl is actually the only girl so no tropes are needed.

By acclaimed director J.D. Dillard (Sleight), Kiersey Clemons (Dope) plays a mysterious woman who washes ashore on a mysterious beach. Trying to survive during the day, she discovers that she isn’t as alone as she thinks she is.

Eli (2019)

Maybe it’s unjust to compare this movie with The Shining. Still, there are similarities. A young boy starts seeing ghosts in his new home which also happens to be a giant mansion. The ghosts start communicating with him and his parents think it’s all a part of his illness. This may or may not be true, but you’ll want to find out.

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As a last resort to cure their son’s auto-immune disorder, the Millers move into a sterile manor during his treatments. Eli is tormented by terrifying visions — deemed hallucinations — but something sinister may lurk within these walls.

Countdown (2019)

This is probably the most derivative suggestion on this list. The gimmick is simple: you download an app on your phone and it tells you the exact moment of your death. It’s an American attempt at Japanese horror. Although not as good as some of the material it borrowed from, Countdown is an ample tale that gives bubble gum horror a little more flavor.

In Countdown, when a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

The Silence (2019)

Yeah, yeah, The Silence is reminiscent of A Quiet Place. But it’s not bad. Who doesn’t love Stanley Tucci? Cinematographer and director John R. Leonetti gives us a nailbiter. You may not agree with his treatment of the first Annabelle or The Butterfly Effect 2, but here, he is in top form and although the film is not perfect, it’s definitely a good time.

When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. Based on the acclaimed novel, The Silence is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf. Watch on April 10th, only on Netflix.

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Hell Fest (2018)

There are better movies with this premise out there, but Hell Fest is still a thrill ride with plenty of gore. And we love that Tony Todd makes a cameo as The Barker. With Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights recently making a return, this movie is the perfect primer for eager fans who love a scary Halloween-haunt house. The ending isn’t that great, but don’t let that get in the way of this above-par movie.

On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.

The Forest (2016)

A famous YouTuber got into trouble for filming a vlog in this forest known as the Aokigahara. This place is a notorious location where people take their own lives. It’s a scary concept and The Forest takes it there. Atmospheric and sometimes unpredictable this one isn’t getting an iHorror award, but it will creep out some, and distance others.

A young woman’s hunt for her missing sister leads to horror and madness in this terrifying supernatural thriller starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games franchise). When her troubled twin sister mysteriously disappears, Sara Price (Dormer) discovers she vanished in Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest. Searching its eerie dark woods, Sara plunges into a tormented world where angry spirits lie in wait for those who ignore the warning: never stray from the path.

We Summon the Darkness (2019)

Over-the-top and visually striking, We Summon the Darkness is one of those Blumhouse-like productions. Some great guitar solos, and Johnny Knoxville as a televangelist is a nice touch. And Alexandra Daddario (we love that last name) is always a pleasure to watch.

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Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls’ country home for an after-party.

Little Evil (2017)

This might be the most intentionally funny movie on this list. Adam Scott is the perfect everyman to play the lead in this hilarious send-up of Satanic Panic. Thanks to his character naivete he’s often the punchline, but give it some time, he gets his licks in. And Bridget Everett is hilarious as frank friend.

Meet Gary. He just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams. There’s one problem, his stepson is the antichrist. Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly star in the Netflix horror-comedy from the director of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

1BR (2019)

Have you ever looked for an apartment? How about in Los Angeles? Tinseltown is so rich in history that unless you somehow find a new build apartment building in town, you’re likely to get a place nearly 100 years old. 1BR is an anxiety-driven opus about knowing where you live and, more importantly, who your neighbors are.

After leaving behind a painful past, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment only to discover that her surprisingly welcoming neighbors may harbor a dangerous secret.

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The Devil Below (2021)

This masc-Descent clone has been called devoid of character development. That might be true, but when you’re scrolling through the thousands of other titles on Netflix, this one might be worth a watch. The monster is cool and so is Will Patton.

A group of four amateur adventurers who specialize in exploring remote and forsaken places pay a visit to Shookum Hills, a town in the remote Appalachian Mountains, which was abandoned decades ago due to a mysterious coal mine fire.

Unfriended (2014)

Screen life has become an unsteady trend. It’s become the natural progression of the found footage genre. Unfriended could arguably be the mainstream movie that started it all. The jump sacres and webcam acting are top-notch. You can add to the experience by viewing this on your laptop. This film was underrated when it first came out, but now that it lives on Netflix, it might be a good time to reconnect.

A group of online chatroom friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

There you have it. Eleven great titles you may have missed on Netflix for whatever reason. If you have seen some of these let us know. And as always, if we missed something drop us a comment.

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10 Horror Movies Trending on Netflix Right Now

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Ever wonder what’s trending on Netflix; what people are watching that sets their algorithm on fire? It’s probably not what you would expect. With nearly 4K movies currently in their catalog, it’s surprising what rises to the top, especially on the horror tab.

These trending movies are aggregated by a lot of precise criteria that range from the time of day to the time of week. It also takes into account the real-time interest of subscribers. That means if there is an award show happening or a special event or holiday, members are more likely to search for a specific movie trending in that timeframe. One wonders if the Monkeypox outbreak has anything to do with why It Follows is getting so many views.

Add in a pinch of data processing, or how many times a movie was viewed, and voila you have a trending title. The science is probably more complicated than that, but you get the idea. Since Netflix is a data-driven platform these titles aren’t just randomly selected.

We pulled 10 movies that Netflix has marked as “trending” for our FOMO readers and those who just want in on the “secret.” Below are 10 horror movies in no particular order that are being watched the most on Netflix.

It Follows (2014)

This is a modern masterpiece of storytelling. Even though it was released seven years ago it’s even more timely today. Director David Robert Mitchell tells the tale of a supernatural STD that can only be cured one way. When it was released this was critically praised. In fact, it still holds a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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With its cautionary tale about casual sex and the consequences that can happen if you decide to indulge, It Follows is terrifying in an original way.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

What will a mother do if her child is in danger? Anything. Blood Red Sky is an action-packed thrill ride at 30,000 feet with plenty of gore to appease genre fans. It’s nice to see the vampire trend making a comeback in such an original way.

Synopsis: A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempts to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight.

Fear Street Part I & II (2021)

You may have questions about this title. Not about the plot, but why only parts one and two are trending; there are three. Depending on who you ask, the third part isn’t as good as the second which only makes sense if you watch the first.

Still, this is a great series that should be enjoyed in all three chapters. It’s a great homage to the slasher genre with just enough supernatural surprises to make it an interesting crossover. It said they are working on more chapters to the R.L. Stein adapted work, and we can’t wait to return to Shadyside.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

One of the most polarizing films of the year, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (’22) spiked in genre conversation all over social media back in February. Some loved its brazen attempt at a requel, while others deemed it a hubristic punchdown to the classic Tobe Hooper original.

Nevertheless, it’s trending now which means it still holds interest in the community, and it left enough room for a sequel.

Apostle (2018)

This slow descent into madness has a two-hour runtime, but it’s filled with enough tension and dread to make you squirm throughout. As cult/folk horror goes this is a good one to watch if you’re thinking of joining an organized religion or know someone who has.

Synopsis: In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

The Old Ways (2020)

Does being a journalist mean selling yourself to the devil? No, not at first. But in The Old Ways a young journalist is accused of harboring Satan inside her which leads to a spiritual battle with a witch doctor in the middle of the Veracruz jungle.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This classic slasher will probably never stop trending on Netflix. Wes Craven’s masterwork still holds up even beyond the insipid remake released in 2010. The original is a powerhouse of 80’s practical effects, memorable monster-making, and teen angst.

For those who don’t know about the plot, A Nightmare on Elm Street follows teenager Nancy Thompson who is having bad dreams about a scar-faced man with knives for fingers. Turns out her friends are having the same dreams which are incredibly lucid. The dream world crosses into reality as those who die in their dreams are killed in real life. But why? Who is this fedora crowned phantom? Perhaps their parents know.

Eli (2019)

This is a surprisingly effective film. My first thought is that nobody has ever heard of it, but Netflix seems to think otherwise. It might be because the film stars Sadie Sink, the Kate Bush-loving teen of Stranger Things fame. She plays Max in that series.

In this movie, a young boy is undergoing treatment for a deadly disease, but nothing seems to be working. His parents move into an old mansion that now serves as a medical facility. Visions of ghosts and phantom writings lead Eli to certain truths for which there is no cure.

If you like supernatural mysteries with twists and turns then Eli should be on your watchlist.

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No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

This one has been getting great word of mouth. Director Santiago Menghini takes us on a creepy journey following a female immigrant forced to live in a boardinghouse while she pursues her American dream. Her new dwellings are dark and she is often visited by spirits.

Even though the material is derivative, there’s enough here to satiate the genre fans looking for a supernatural mystery.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022)

This comedy from India has everything you need for a good time: ghosts, creepy mansions, and vibrant dance numbers. This is Bollywood after all. This is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 original which has become a cult favorite.

Synopsis: When strangers Reet and Ruhan cross paths, their journey leads to an abandoned mansion and a dreaded spirit who has been trapped for 18 years.

There you have it; 10 horror movies trending on Netflix right now. Have you seen any of these recently and what do you think of the trending titles? Let us know.

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Top 10 Horror Movies on Peacock Right Now (August 2022)

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There are probably more than just these top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service is chock full of them. Some you’ve undoubtedly seen, others you’ve been curious about. We thought we would help you out with a little nudge if you’re willing.

Whether you agree with our list or not, you have to admit it’s pretty impressive.

You’re Next (2013)

You’re Next is the ultimate dinner party home invasion hybrid. This one still holds up today as a prime example of a redemption arc. Starring Sharni Vinson, and directed by genre favorite Adam Wingard, this is one of the gold star features streaming on Peacock.

Since this is almost a decade old, there is another generation out there who may have never heard of this title which would be a shame. Bloody, surprising, and oh-so-satisfying, You’re Next is a lesson in taut storytelling and edge-of-your-seat action.


The Purge Anarchy (2014)

Fleshing out the social hierarchy a little better in this, the second film in the Purge franchise, Anarchy spins a lot of commentary in its web of political terror. James DeMonaco returns as director and moves beyond the home invasion aspect that drove the first film.

Here we go outside during the mass homicidal event. We follow three stories that eventually intertwine. Bloodier, scarier, and longer, this sequel is better than the first only because it broadens its scope. DeMonaco sharpens his horns on the subject matter thereby solidifying The Purge’s place as a full-time franchise.


Sinister (2012)

Whether or not you liked The Black Phone, Sinister is something you should watch if only to see Scott Derrickson’s progression as a director. His first theatrical horror feature, The Exorcism of Emily Rose wasn’t bad, but in Sinister he commands the atmosphere using unnerving images and unforgettable jump scares.

Ethan Hawke is Derrickson’s muse and gets star billing as the writer Ellison Oswalt who will do anything to write his next book. That means moving his family into a murder house without disclosure and riffling through supernatural snuff home movies containing acts of violence against children.

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There is a sequel, but it’s not nearly as effective as the original.


Pet (2016)

This is probably one you’ve never heard of or if you have, the title is so generic that you passed it by. But this is a hidden gem in every sense of the phrase. Great acting, lots of tension, and a fine turn of events make this a weekend watch.

Basically, a psycho reconnects with an old crush who he kidnaps and holds captive in a cage beneath a pet shelter. A game of intellectual cat and mouse ensues and only one will survive. Does this have a happy ending or a justified one? You’ll have to see it to know. Fun fact: the final scene was filmed on the same set as the original Saw.


The Last Exorcism

Forget that this is rated PG-13. For some reason, The Motion Picture Rating system doesn’t account for nightmare fuel. This is one of the better found-footage-style films that will get under your skin. Produced by Eli Roth, the film follows Rev. Cotton Marcus, a renowned exorcist who is called to a remote farm in Louisiana to exorcise Satan from a young girl. Only, it’s not really Satan and stuff goes off the rails.

This has more bodily snap, crackle, and pop than Rice Krispies. And that ending.


Triangle (2009)

It might be too much of a spoiler to reveal most of this film’s plot. The less you know about this nautical ride the better. But what I will say is the payoff is worth it in the long run and things will all make sense in the end.

What I will say is that five friends are stranded in the middle of the ocean after their yacht capsizes. An ocean liner emerges to save them, but once on board, a masked killer runs loose. This has a jaw-dropper of a twist that might warrant a re-watch.


Train to Busan (2016)

Sigh, not another zombie movie; we’ve reached saturation. Or have we? There is a reason Train to Busan is so beloved among fans. South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho puts so much heart into this bloody thrill ride don’t be surprised if your eyes get watery.

The title explains pretty much everything you need to know about the movie just add “with zombies.” It’s an artform to create well-written characters around a zombie flick, but that’s just what Sang-ho does. Every consequence these people face hurts, but in the end, everything is as it should be. What would a top 10 list of horror movies be without this one?

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The Shallows (2016)

There is no better shark movie than Ja—! Wait, actually there is one and it’s called The Shallows. You might wonder how a movie starring one person and a seagull could scare you, but this one will. This shark movie is about as tension-filled as Jaws, and Blake Lively should have gotten an Oscar nod. No joke.

Lively plays Nancy who is stranded on a large rock only 200 feet from shore. The only thing stopping her from swimming to freedom is a huge Great White shark with what seems like a personal vendetta. Perfect summer viewing.


Better Watch Out (2017)

Another title that would give too much away if I wrote about the plot. But I’ll do my best.

Better Watch Out is a home invasion thriller like no other. Ashley is the hot babysitter hired to watch over twelve-year-old Luke. Her charge is smitten by her and tries to get her affections. Even though it’s Christmas Ashley is not in the giving mood and eludes the minor’s advances.

But they must team up when a stranger from the outside keeps threatening to kill them if they leave. And that’s all I can say about that. This one is twisty and twisted.


Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade is Leigh Whanell’s passion project that is more sci-fi than horror. But you can’t deny its brutality and gore effects.

With beguiling camera work bolstered by incredible stunts and a great performance by lead Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade is techno horror for the soul.

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These are our top 10 horror movies on Peacock

There you have it, our top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service has struggled a bit to gain traction among all the other paywall entertainment apps, but it’s coming into its own. Although not mentioned above, the Firestarter remake made its debut on the channel to mostly negative reviews, but it’s a start to their catalog of originals.

On August 5, they are debuting the Kevin Bacon horror film They/Them, a slasher that takes place at an LGBTQ conversion therapy camp. Let us know if you plan on watching it.

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7 Netflix Titles We’re Interested in Coming in August

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Netflix in August is giving us 7 titles we’re interested in. Some are returning series, some are original movies, but all are worthy of a watchlist ping. Let us know what you think and if there are some we missed that you want us to know about.

Coming in August 2022

The Sandman (August 5)

Here is a highly anticipated live-action version of Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic. At almost 40 years old, the story is getting a Netflix series. The streamer had a successful run with Lucifer, a spin-off character from the comics.

Gaiman himself describes the story of The Sandman: A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power.

I Just Killed My Dad (August 9)

Netflix has been hitting their true-crime docu-series’ out of the park. Often compelling and full of twists, these true crime titles are a popular sub-genre. I Just Killed My Dad is definitely an attention-grabbing title, so it seems we are in for another wild, interesting ride.

Synopsis: Anthony Templet shot his father and never denied it. But why he did is a complex question with profound implications that go far beyond one family.

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Locke & Key Season 3 (August 10)

Are you ready to return to Keyhouse? The popular series Locke & Key is dropping its third season, premiering this month. A nail-biting cliffhanger in the season two finale will most likely be addressed.

Not only that but this is reported to be the final season of the supernatural thriller. Don’t dodge this one if you know what I mean.

School Tales: The Series (August 10)

Who doesn’t like anthologies? With Asian horror becoming trendy again stateside, we get this offering from Thailand. There are eight stories in all, each with its own ghost story to tell:

A girl jumping to her death; a haunted library; canteen food made from human flesh; a headless ghost in the school warehouse; a devil-infested room; a vengeful demon in an abandoned building; and a classroom where only dead students attend class.

Will the stories have a wraparound arc? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Day Shift (August 12)

Jamie Foxx is a Los Angeles pool boy who just wants to provide for his daughter in Day Shift. So what’s a little side-hustle killing vampires? This highly anticipated action opus is from the creators of John Wick 4 so you know it’s going to be frenetic. The trailer alone is watchlist worthy and we’ve already checked the box.

Co-starring Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg, Day Shift is probably going to chart through the roof. Is it going to be Stranger Things popular? Probably not, but it looks like a real good time.

Echoes (August 19)

This Australian thriller is coming up top to the states this month. Not much is known about the plot and that might be a good thing if you like a little mystery with your horror. This comes from the creator of 13 Reasons Why but feels a little more like 2021’s I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Leni and Gina are identical twins who have secretly swapped their lives since they were children, culminating in a double life as adults, but one of the sisters goes missing and everything in their perfectly schemed world turns into chaos

The Girl in the Mirror (August 19)

Anyone else noticing a trend in movie titles that start with “The Girl”? This series is imported from Spain, another country that is rising in quality horror entertainment. With heavy Final Destination vibes, The Girl in the Mirror has us intrigued.

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Synopsis: After surviving a bus accident in which almost all her classmates die, Alma wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the incident… or of her past. Her house is full of memories that are not hers, and both amnesia and trauma cause her to experience night terrors and visions that she cannot clarify. With the help of her parents and friends, unknown to her, she will try to uncover the mystery surrounding the accident while struggling to recover her life and her identity.

From July:

July means half the year is over and boy, has Netflix had a great one. Stranger things have happened.

But it’s not over yet, and the streamer has more up its sleeve in July as far as fascinating content. In the remaining days they are offering up some intriguing stories and we have picked several that have caught our attention.

We present them here so that you can plan the rest of July in anticipation just like the rest of us.

The Wretched July 31

Even though 2020 sucked for a lot of people there were some decent titles that came out that year to appease the homebound horror fan. The Wretched is one of those titles and it delivers. With an interesting story and strikingly creepy visuals, The Wretched still holds up right down to its final act. If you didn’t get a chance to see this when it first came out, give it a watch on Netlfix and let it cast its spell.

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A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

Keep Breathing July 28

At first, it seems like Yellowjackets for one, but then it delves into some Stephen King-type territory. Either way, Keep Breathing looks like an adventure in terror and we’ve got our figurative tickets. Scream’s (2021) Melissa Barrera stars as a plane crash survivor who seemingly gets caught between reality and fantasy. The fantasy part might be more damaging than the elements as her will to survive lessens every hour.

When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone survivor must battle the elements — and her personal demons— to stay alive.

Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi

Netflix has shown up for foreign filmmakers recently. They aren’t afraid of subtitles even though they seem to love bad dubbing. This offering is based on true events and has some English-speaking interviews. But what intrigues us the most is how one person can dismember so many people and still evade authorities.

One city, one cold-blooded murderer and multiple horrifying crimes. Brace yourself for the most bone-chilling, blood curdling true crime story you’ll ever see. Because this time, evil is closer than you thought it would be.

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School Tales The Series TBD

As stated above, Netflix is leveling up on their foreign horror movie game. Earlier this month we got the found footage creeper Incantation, and now we get another Taiwanese horror movie, School Tales; this time it’s an anthology. It has all the earmarks of an Asian horror movie with its curses, classrooms, and evil school girls. But will we hold a grudge if it doesn’t hold up to our standards?

Every school has its tales of horror and mystery… the marching band is staying over at the school for annual camp and the members decide to “test” if some of their school’s ghostly tales are for real.

My Village People July 22

From East Asia to West Africa we get a witchy offering with My Village People. No, it’s not an autobiography about a 70s boy group who are famous for a wedding reception dance, although that might make our 6 Netflix titles we’re interested list. This one’s about a coven of witches who appear unhappy with a man who courts two of them. Will this put a spell on us or drive us into the woods?

A young man’s weakness for women lands him in trouble when he is caught in a bizarre love triangle with witches.

Bad Exorcist Wednesday, July 20

A TV-MA animated series? Yes and thank you very much. This Polish series looks two parts South Park and two parts Beavis and Butt-Head. Apparently, this series is about a freelance exorcist who is fouler than the monsters he’s provoking. Sounds like a regular Saturday to me!

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No demon is safe as Bogdan Boner, the alcohol-loving, self-taught exorcist-for-hire, returns with more inventive, obscene and deadly deeds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45tmBZM4G3w

So that’s it so far; our 6 Netflix titles we’re interested in to round out the month. Even if they aren’t as great as we would like, it’s comforting to know we are halfway to Halloween.

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