12. Starry Eyes (2014)
Best for: Fans who like their horror light on shock but heavy on self mutilation.
A kickstarter can get you a lot of things these days. Turns out even a horror movie is one of them. Starry Eyes was a project that actually began on kickstarter and the film surpassed it’s goal of 50,000 in 2013 to be filmed in just 18 days.
The film is about a young girl named Sarah who suffers from trichotillomania, a very real life OCD in which people uncontrollably tear out their hair. Yikes! Sarah also happens to be an aspiring actress but works as a dead end waitresses at a local breastaurant named Big Taters. On top of that all her friends are stuck up narcissist losers who often end up stealing her auditioning roles.
Everything changes when Sarah goes to audition for the lead in a new film being produced by the powerful production company, Astraeus Pictures. Upon failing the audition, Sarah retreats to the bathroom where she begins to pull out her hair, much to the pleasure of the casting director who invites her back to hurt herself again in front of him in order to gain the role. Sarah does as she’s told continues to answer the director’s increasingly bizarre and sexual requests so that she may “transform” to become like him.
Starry Eyes does a good job of showing the desperate lengths people will go to gain fame these days and for Sarah the price is high indeed. By the end of the movie her self esteem, pride, friends and body will all go to waste in order for her to live her dream. Sarah definitely transforms towards the end of the movie but in ways nobody would ever suspect.
If you’re in the mood for a disgusting and smart horror film on Netflix, you can’t do much better than Starry Eyes.
11. Devil Seed (2012)
Best for: The Exorcist, one of the scariest movies of ALL time, sadly isn’t currently available to stream on Netflix. In that case, we have Devil Seed.
It’s said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Devil Seed makes no apologies for being a re-imagining of the the horror genre staple, The Exorcist. Even right down to the peeing scene. Sure some things have changed as the main protagonist is a sexy and often skimpily dressed college girl, but beyond that Devil Seed doesn’t stray too far away from what’s proven to be tried and true.
That can either be a good or a bad thing depending on how much of an Exorcist purist you are.
Alex is a young college girl who moves into a new home with her two friends. After a night panting the town red they visit a psychic who accidentally infuses Alex with something supernatural. As strange tings begin to happen at home and on Alex’s body. The girls ask their professor at school for help who in turn enlists his father, who happens to be a Father to join the fight to save Alex’s soul.
Part of the fun in watching Devil Seed was seeing how the film plays around with all the famous Exorcist scenes and makes them it’s own. Like the levitation scene and the previously mentioned pissing scene.
If you can watch this film comfortable in the fact that it’s an inferior, yet still quality, version of the Exorcist then you might get some enjoyment out of it. And if you haven’t seen the Exorcist, this is about the best you can do on Netflix so give it a try. (And shame on you.)