It Came From Netflix Instant!!! – 2: Funny Meta Horror   Leave a comment

Welcome Back for another addition of It Came From Nexflix Instant! There is a lot of junk on Netflix Instant and I’m going to tell you what I don’t hate.  Today I am looking at Funny Meta Horror movies, where the concept of horror movies play into the plot and are played for laughs.

The Video Dead – 1987  Released direct to VHS in 1987 The Video Dead fell into obscurity and remains there to this day.  There has never been a DVD release so it had pretty much vanished until showing up on Nextflix instant.  Video Dead is about two teen siblings who move into their new house to discover the previous occupant had been killed by zombies that came out of an evil TV set.  The only two ways to kill the zombies, as told by the TV’s former owner and I’ll quote directly from the film, are to “Trap them in a place from which there is absolutely no escape. Then they’ll go crazy, eat themselves,” or “Since they think they’re alive, by attacking them like you would the living. With guns, knives, anything. For a time, they can actually be convinced they’re dead.”  Video Dead reminds me of Troll 2 or Frankenhooker, where the cheesy effects, nonsensical plot and terrible acting result in a movie that is actually a lot of fun to watch.  If you like good-bad movies, that is.  Video Dead would be right at home on a midnight movie screen.  If you don’t have Netflix, you can find the whole movie here on Youtube.

Behind The Mask – 2006 Told in the style of mocumentary, with narrative scenes worked in, Behind the Mask follows Leslie Vernon, an up and coming serial killer in the vain of Jason and Freddy.  The jokes are based around showing how Leslie sets up traps for his intended victims, how he is seemingly able to escape death and why he chooses specific targets.  In this case the target is the horror movie trope of the “teen-virgin.”  It is sort of like watching a magician revealing his secrets before doing a spell.  Act three takes a new direction I thought it shouldn’t have, but has a good pace and keeps you chuckling.  A sequel, B4TM, is currently in the works.

Waxwork– 1988– I watched this movie for the first time when I was about 12 years old and it scarred the crap out of me.  It stars the guy from Gremlins who along with his friends end up in an evil wax museum, run by one of my all time favorite bad guy actors, David Warner.  One by one the group of friends are tricked into entering the wax displays, each set up as a scene from a famous horror story, which transports them into the world of that story to become victims of the monsters that dwell there.  The special effects look very  1980 and the acting/plot is super campy.  One of my guilty pleasures.  The squeal, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, is also on Instant for double feature viewing.

Now I ask you again, what else is worth checking out on Netflix Instant or anywhere else for free online? Tell me below!


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