Friday the 13th has become entrenched in our pop culture. For some, it is a reason to not leave the house, throw salt over their shoulder, or stay away from black cats and ladders. For others, it is a reason to go to the local parlor for an inexpensive Friday the 13th tattoo. But for many, it is an extension of Halloween; but rather than dressing up or passing out candy, it’s a perfect time to binge on scary movies. Movie franchises like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, are the obvious go-to titles on this day. SyFy channel will be hosting a Nightmare on Elm Street all-day marathon for those who prefer the traditional horror movie icons. Below, find a selection of modern films that may have fallen under the radar of moviegoers, and many of them can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
For those venturing out to the theater this Friday the 13th, Green Room is a must-see movie, and will inevitably become a cult classic. The movie was initially released in 2015, but is just now hitting major cinemas. Similar to the cult classics Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left, Green Room has a B-movie essence to it that adds to the sheer realistic horror of the film. The movie is about a group of young punk rockers, The Ain’t Rights, who end up playing a gig in a backwoods white supremacist club. After witnessing a murder, the young misfits are held hostage in the club’s green room, while the skinheads’ leader, Darcy (Patrick Stewart), decides on the best way to dispose of the witnesses. This movie is not for the faint of heart, as it is utterly disturbing, and equally brilliant.
This movie is about a young woman (played by Maika Monroe) who is haunted by a curse and a series of visions after a sexual encounter with her new boyfriend. Although the premise may seem a bit sophomoric in nature, this movie earned a well deserved 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Monroe delivers a great performance in this film that is sure to leave viewers chilled to the bone, and contemplating the true meaning of the movie.
For those short on time this Friday the 13th, the movie’s runtime of 1:17 is a perfect fit for a quick thrill. Creep is another addition to the found-footage movie genre and is currently streaming on Netflix. The film stars only two actors, Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass (The League). Brice plays the role of Aaron, a man who answers an ad, placed by Duplass’ character Josef, to make a quick $1,000 to film an inconspicuous project; but as the film moves along, it is clear that Josef isn’t who he presents himself to be. This movie has moments that will make viewers laugh, jump, and leave them creeped out.
Another Netflix option is Hush, a movie about a deaf woman living a secluded life in the woods who becomes terrorized by a masked psychopath. Many horror critics are calling this the best horror flick of 2016. The film is directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and introduces some new elements to the home invasion genre.
Eight friends gather at a dinner party, and after a comet passes over them, very strange happenings ensue. This movie has a modern-day Twilight Zone feel to it, and one viewing simply won’t be enough to pick up on all the innuendos and happenings in this story. This original, and strange, independent sci-fi thriller just may be the most appropriate movie to watch on Friday the 13th. Coherence is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
[Image of the movie Creep via Blumhouse Productions]