Apart from maybe sci-fi, the horror genre is the one that has the most loyal and fervent fans. Even when it's not particularly the best film in the world, fans will still take its side if it provides a little bit of the scares, atmosphere, gore etc. that they know and love. It's also a genre filled with more films than just about any other, simply because they can be made on an extremely low budget (just look at Paranormal Activity's $15,000!).
Netflix has become a great source for horror fans to both rewatch old favourites of the genre or discover new films that they can add to their ever-growing list. The platform is a particularly attractive prospect for up-and-coming filmmakers who can forego a big-screen release (either by choice or for budgetary reasons) in favour of getting their film out to the masses able to then watch it from the comforts of their own homes.
We all know about the bigger horror films like the latest Insidious movie or the much-discussed festival favourites like The Babadook making their premiere on the platform. But what about the hidden gems buried deep within the piles of more famous or, frankly, total crap horrors available?
I am a freelance writer specializing in film, writing for a number of different websites including my own ThoughtsOnFilm.co.uk, for which I am the editor and main writer. I am also the Freelance Film/TV Editor for student-focused magazine/website Scotcampus. I watch as many films as I can with some of my favourites including The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Mulholland Drive. I'm just a passionate film fan expressing his opinion.