Eraserhead
Now Streaming on FilmStruck

Along with the aforementioned Blood Simple, FilmStruck is running a series this month that highlights the first features of acclaimed filmmakers. That includes David Lynch’s darkly comedic nightmare Eraserhead. Lynch’s brilliant Twin Peaks revival just ended, but if you haven’t had your fix of the filmmakers particular brand of weirdness, why not start at the very beginning with his feature debut, where Jack Nance and his unique haircut travel through a black and white world of misunderstandings and parental anxiety. It might be too much for you to handle, but just remember, in heaven, everything is fine.

Carrie
Now Streaming on Hulu

The highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It will be giving audiences the creeps this weekend, but if you need some more King in your life, you can’t go wrong with Brian De Palma’s stylish adaptation of the master of horror’s first novel. Sissy Spacek is a shy, bullied girl who learns to harness her destructive psychokinetic powers, all while trying to get a date to prom and deal with overbearing, super-religious mother. We’ve all been there, right?

Conspiracy
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Conspiracy, produced for HBO, is like the anti-12 Angry Men. While 12 Angry Men was about a room full of hot-tempered men slowly coming to their senses to perform a noble deed, Conspiracy follows cool, collected men methodically plotting an act of unmitigated evil.  Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci lead a star-studded cast in this film based on the actual meeting where Nazi leaders plotted their “Final Solution.” This is a chilly, chilling film that perfectly illustrates the banality of evil, as a group of well-dressed, well-spoken individuals whittle millions of lives down to cold, hard numbers.

Lovely Molly
Now Streaming on Shudder

One of the best horror movies you’ve never seen. Eduardo Sánchez, one half of the filmmakers who made The Blair Witch Project, directed this slow-burn, dread-inducing film, which follows former drug addict Molly (Gretchen Lodge, giving an absolutely incredible performance) trying to put her life back together. Molly and her new husband move into her old family home, which may or may not be haunted by the ghost of her abusive father. Or maybe the presence haunting the house is something far, far worse. Lovely Molly is like an glove full of ice that takes hold of your heart and slowly squeezes until the credits roll. Watch it with all the lights out and you might stay up all night with all the lights on. As if that’ll keep you safe.

Into the Forest
Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Writer-director Patricia Rozema helms this post-apocalyptic fable the posits that the end of the world won’t come as the result of war, or plague, but rather from a lack of power. Electricity and energy are so vital to our modern way of life that if there was a massive power outage that shut down everything, life as we know just couldn’t survive. Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play two sisters struggling to survive in this new, powerless world.

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