Now Scream This: Stay Inside And Stream These 10 Horror Movies

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: It's getting to the point where I don't know how many times I can reword the same introduction in this space. Viral cases are still on the rise, we should all still be staying home when possible, and horror movies are more enjoyable than ever. How else to reword things? Lock your door, turn out the lights, and yell at characters in scary movies from the safety of your couch because it'll momentarily fill the void left by social isolation. It's the "Now Scream This" way.

Chris: Every other week, Matt and I try to come up with a clever theme for Now Scream This. We try to tie the theme into current events, or current releases. But current events these days are just endlessly hopeless, and there aren't really any current releases to piggy-back off of. So to hell with it, we're going with a grab bag of titles this week. Please clap. 

Sea Fever

Now Streaming on Hulu

Matt: While Chris and I were busy with themed "Now Scream This" entries, Hulu sneaky-dropped Sea Fever on their service. I've had this one in my pocket for a rainy day, one like today. Neasa Hardiman finds a balance between Lovecraftian existentialism and viral contagion horror that's a more scientific spin on The Thing meets Cabin Fever meets Alien at sea. Do I think it's better than any of those films? Welp, maybe Cabin Fever now that we're on the topic? In any case! A stacked cast chases curiosity into unknown depths and pays a deathly price in the name of research. Oh, and there's some squeamish body horror. Honestly, Sea Fever has it all.

Chris: I've been meaning to check this out, but I haven't, because I'm a giant a**hole who deserves to be sent to the electric chair. 

The Pool

Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: I think I recommended The Pool when it first hit Midnight Pulp's streaming service, but I'd venture to guess more of you are familiar with Shudder. In that case, here's your chance. There's nothing else to say that I haven't already covered in my Fantastic Fest review from last year. One man, in a drained Olympic sized swimming pool, trapped with a crocodile, in desperate need of escape. Holy buckets is this film mean to its lead character, dangling a carrot only to tear the tease away time and time and time and time again – but that's somehow the film's sadistic charm? Oh yeah, dog lovers beware.

Chris: I was advised against seeing this at Fantastic Fest by people who know I really don't like to watch movies where dogs die. So I haven't seen this, and probably never will! 

The Voices

Now Streaming on Tubi

Matt: Remember that movie where Ryan Reynolds channels his untamable charm to play a serial killer who talks to animals? One a cat who instigates serial killing, the other a dog who pushes a path of normalcy? The Voices is one of those oddball genre roles that an actor takes after being typecast, and it works rather well. It doesn't hurt to have Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick flank as supporting actresses, one with or without their body for most of the film. It's quirky and murderous and, again, how unthinkably charming is Ryan Reynolds? Watch him play the nice-guy-gone-twisted for once (at the time of release, before his proper Deadpool performance).

Chris: I like the idea of this movie, but there was something about the execution that left me disappointed. 

Warning: Do Not Play

Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: The concept of killer media is not new (see: The Ring). What Warning: Do Not Play does is marry the filmmaking process with a soul-sucking piece of media, something that'll haunt whoever presses "Play." You're right to assume characters in Shudder's "doomed shoot" thriller ignore warnings and find themselves at a cursed narrative's mercy. What might throw some viewers is a blending of timelines and supernatural freakiness that's handled with more subtlety in something like Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made. I prefer the former since I think Antrum is all talk and no show where Warning: Do Not Play gives you something to fear.

Chris: I liked this! There's not much here that you haven't seen before, but I'm a sucker for cursed movies/books/etc horror, and this delivers that. 

Evil Dead (2013)

Now Streaming on Tubi

Matt: I don't think Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead has ever hit streaming while I've been a part of this column. You know, the superior Evil Dead? Might be an unpopular opinion, but Fede's "remake" is one of the best horror remakes around by a longshot and one of the past decade's brightest genre accomplishments. Jane Levy is a gift, Deadites are done proud, and Alvarez has the stylistic wherewithal to create a standalone Evil Dead that doesn't even need nostalgia to succeed. It's just good horror. Plain and simple.

Chris: Boy oh boy am I conflicted about this movie. It looks amazing and the gore is phenomenal. But the script is a mess, full of groan-worthy dialogue that makes me want to watch the whole thing on mute. 

Maniac Cop

Now Streaming on Shudder

Chris: William Lustig's Maniac Cop seems all the more appropriate these days, telling the story of a violent cop who actually got sent to jail for his crimes and was believed to be killed in prison – only to then resurface and start murdering people on the streets of New York. We're supposed to believe the Maniac Cop was railroaded and got a bum deal being sent to jail, but he clearly was in the wrong – and he's even more in the wrong now that he's murdering innocent folks on the streets. This isn't the most well-made film – it's actually kind of clunky. But the premise is too good to pass up, and any movie that has both Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins in it can't be all bad. 

Matt: Starting off by throwing me for a loop, but I've seen these added to Shudder so will get to fixin' that blind spot.

Session 9

Now Streaming on Netflix

Chris: A slow-burn horror classic, Session 9 is the movie that put director Brad Anderson on the map, and it's the movie he's been chasing ever since. Filmed inside a real abandoned mental asylum, the plot concerns a group of working glass guys hired to clear the asbestos from the building. But there seems to be someone – or something – lurking in the shadows. The results are genuinely creepy, and while you might see the eventual twist coming, it still works. Bonus: David Caruso saying "Fuck you!" as the camera zooms in on his face. 

Matt: I finally gave this one a watch and I can admit I get most of the hype.

Crawl

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Chris: A lean, mean horror thriller about hungry gators terrorizing a competitive swimmer (Kaya Scodelario) and her dad (Barry Pepper) during a hurricane, Crawl is a modern-day B-movie done right. There's nothing overly complicated here, and that's fine. This movie knows exactly what it wants to do, and does it. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than a movie about killer gators, and that's more than fine. 

Matt: Between Crawl and Piranha 3D, I'd be fine if Alexandre Aja committed the rest of his career to aquatic horror.

Hollow Man

Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Chris: Paul Verhoeven takes the Invisible Man premise and works it into something incredibly sleazy and violent, because of course he does. Cool scientist Kevin Bacon and his team have found a way to make people invisible, and Bacon decides to be the first human test subject for the procedure. Unfortunately, going invisible turns an already narcissistic guy into a full-blown psychopath. Consider this film the gross, offensive, black sheep cousin to Leigh Whannell's recent The Invisible Man

Matt: This precursor to Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man is big dumb stupid see-through fun when it comes to Kevin Bacon's horror canon.

Pulse (2001)

Now Streaming on Tubi

Chris: There's an eerie loneliness to Pulse that feels extra relatable these days. A sense that even though we're all connected by technology we're further apart than ever. The premise concerns ghosts breaking into the world of the living via the internet, and I know, I know – that sounds really stupid. But this movie is anything but stupid. It's a melancholy ghost story with more than a few scenes that are guaranteed to make your blood run cold. 

Matt: What's there left to be added after this enlightening Google audience review that says it all:

"fantastic picture.i am honoured too be the first to review this masterpiece. Truly sent shivers wriggling through my spine, so much so that ectoplasm appeared on my crotch. B=====D thanks for listening, goodnight god bless (hope you manage to get to sleep >:)) xoxox"