Now it's time for a brand new show called STREAM WARRIORS! Will it have legs? Will it get canceled? It's up to the horrifically random and meaningless nature of the universe I suspect. I don't care. There are stray cats freezing to death in the snow as we speak.
But that's stinkin' thinkin' and we're here to have fun, fun, fun. STREAM WARRIORS is a magazine that shows up on the doorstep of your computer every Sunday. It was invented by a tenure-denied Professor to help you get the most of your Netflix streaming experience!
Balk and awe as three films currently available on Netflix streaming are yanked out of the crowd and recommended for your consumption. Don't be afraid, it's here to help you and if you don't have Netflix streaming then well, you can still find some other way to check out the movies highlighted! Here you go with the first three, maybe you won't like them but hey, at least you are not freezing to death trapped under a car!
BLACK WATER (2007)
There certainly is a plethora of pissed-off animal films out there so I think it's important to distinguish this one from the riley pack. BLACK WATER is not a cheesy monster movie but a harrowing reality-based endurance film along the lines of OPEN WATER or this past year's FROZEN. You'll find believable, likable characters and a few genuinely sharp scares and the backdrop of the mangrove swamps of northern Australia brought to my mind both THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and ALGERNON BLACKWOOD's classic tale "The Willows." Explore more HERE.
AFTER MIDNIGHT (1989)
Horror anthologies are difficult to pull off and no matter how successful the result, it always seems to pale when held up against CREEPSHOW. AFTER MIDNIGHT, when taken on its own terms, is spooky albeit light fun and it's absolutely soaked in delicious eighties goodness. The middle tale involving a pack of teens (Including MR. BELVEDERE's adorable TRACY WELLS and ELM STREET 3's PENELOPE SUDROW ) facing off against a pack of dogs is a highly memorable must-see that would have made a fine feature length movie of its own. The last tale starring a young MARG HELGENBERGER may wear out its welcome a tad but AFTER MIDNIGHT is a rare anthology film whose wrap-around story (thanks in large part to the cast) satisfies as much as the segments it surrounds. Read more HERE.
LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF TERROR (1973)
The gritty cropped presentation of LEMORA on Netflix streaming leaves a lot to be desired but I'm compelled to recommend a watch anyway. (Ssssh, there's a nicer looking version that you can view on YouTube starting HERE!) I've got acres in my heart marked off for any Southern Gothic and even more territory reserved for any that is stuffed with fuzzy monsters, singing witches and tricky vampires. Buoyed by an ethereal performance by the late CHERYL "RAINBEAUX" SMITH, LEMORA is a beauteous nightmare journey somehow simultaneously silly and astonishing. This makeshift mini-masterpiece mash up of horror and fairy tale elements should be seen by anyone with a taste for the darkly poetic. For more on LEMORA visit HERE.
There you go. That's three movies that I think deserve your love or at least passing interest. Check them out soon 'cuz you never know when they might disappear! Thanks for dropping by and now it's time to close out the show with a rousing musical number….