Horror Movies Streaming Right Now

(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: With October’s howl now at full volume, Chris and I have so many different weekly themes to choose from! Maybe “Werewolf Wonders,” or “Sleepover Slashics,” or – well, let me rephrase that. If Chris and I had the time to follow such possible themes, we’d have a bounty to choose from. Unfortunately, we are busy little beavers inundated by Halloween articles on tight deadlines so you’re getting another grab bag! BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GET, GREEDY PIGGIES.

Chris: What do we have here? Why, a whole bunch of streaming horror! Just for you! Aren’t you lucky? In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve also been writing about one streaming horror movie a day, every day, this month in honor of Halloween. You can read every entry so far here. With that, and our latest column, I’m giving you a ton of options for Halloween season, folks. You’re welcome. 

The Slumber Party Massacre
Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: The greatest trick Amy Holden Jones ever played was crafting the horniest slasher film ever as an unsubtle commentary on the male gaze in horror cinema. The Slumber Party Massacre weaponizes norms of the fleshiest sins. Hot high school chickadees gather, invite some boys over, then are attacked one by one as a killer drills through their bodies. Oh, and in case you don’t get it by the multiple cinematic shots of the drill dangling between Mr. Driller Killer’s legs, the drill is a phallic reference. You know, just in case symbolism isn’t obvious! (It is, and that’s what makes Jones’ commentary so biting and noteworthy).

Chris: Did you know that Slumber Party Massacre screenwriter is also a popular mystery writer who wrote a series of books co-authored with her cat Sneaky Pie Brown? You do now. 

 

The Slumber Party Massacre II
Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: The greatest trick Deborah Brock ever played was – ha, just kidding. There’s no trick in her pop-rock sleepover followup. The Slumber Party Massacre II advertises Atanas Ilitch’s rockabilly “Driller Killer” right on the poster, holding his cherry-red demon guitar with a drill bit where his instrument’s headstock should be – but wait, there’s more! Illitch doesn’t just kill people with his body-piercing axe. Every death is accompanied by Illitch’s dance moves, his fake shredding, and ’80s-rock serenading to the tune of melodic mayhem. Did I mention he materializes from a young girl’s dreams, one of the survivors of The Slumber Party Massacre? Believe me when I say this sequel is something unpredictable and special.

Chris: Matt you cheeky bastard, including one film and its sequel here? I’m calling the cops. 

 

The Furies
Now Streaming on Shudder

Matt: The Furies is yet another reminder that the best video game movies are hardly based on actual gaming properties. This live streaming deathmatch pits “Beauties” (kidnapped women) against slasher villain “Beasts.” Contestants can survive by killing predatory “Beasts,” which becomes more complicated when it’s discovered each “Beauty” is tied to a “Beast” in some unforeseen way. Cue scream queen training grounds that deliver some of the year’s nastiest and most accomplished practical kill sequences, with all credit paid to special effects wizard Tony D’Aquino. Maybe not the deepest commentary on burning down the patriarchy, but still one hell of a slaughter flick.

Chris: This film boasts some nifty gore (if you’re into that sort of thing) and some cool masked killer designs. Is the story any good? Nah, not really. But it’s fun. 

 

Insidious
Now Streaming on Netflix

Matt: Wait, when did Insidious sneak onto Netflix?! I hadn’t noticed when I was perusing horror titles no farther than a few nights back, so consider this a Halloween miracle. Thank you, James Wan, for not giving us one knockout paranormal franchise in The Conjuring but two when you count the Insidious flicks. This is where it all starts, and I still can’t remember being scared by a haunted house flick so efficiently since. (Even counting The Conjuring, which I adore as a moody gothic throwback.) The shadowplay, Mr. Red-Faced Demon behind Patrick Wilson, “The Further” – are Leigh Whannell and James Wan the top horror tag team of our generation?

Chris: I love me some Insidious. Sure, it borrows heavily from Poltergeist, and the second-half of the movie isn’t as enjoyable as the first. But there’s so much spooky fun here. I’m so excited about James Wan returning to horror with his upcoming Malignant

Horns
Now Streaming on Netflix

Matt: Having just seen Guns Akimbo, I’ve got Daniel Radcliffe on the mind. When better to recommend Horns? Alexandre Aja adapts a Joe Hill novel with Radcliffe and Juno Temple starring. Horns is a sad romantic tale at heart, but also a twisted horror comedy in a broader investigative sense. Get ready for hints of a hellish film noir slickness as Ig (Radcliffe) narrates his thoughts while driving around collecting information and working out clues in synch with his audience, while protruding horns and anarchic actions stir up heaps of trouble. Not without visual horrors and the fiery accents you’d expect from Aja’s inclusion.

Chris: I actually never got around to seeing this, but I did read the book. And I didn’t care for it! I think Joe Hill is a much better short story writer than a novelist, but that’s me. 

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