Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix
Here’s the rest of Tuesday’s new Netflix “Watch Instantly” acquisitions, continued from yesterday’s post.
I’ve decided to start including, for each listing, a link to each film’s IMDb page, a link to its trailer and — in the case of grindhouse films — entries in the Grindhouse Cinema Database.
New for August 2, 2011
Daughters of Darkness aka Les lèvres rouges (1971), directed by Harry Kumel, with Delphine Seyrig, Andrea Rau and Danielle Ouimet – A recently married couple staying at a posh hotel in Belgium suspect that a Hungarian countess who is also staying at the hotel — and who only comes out at night — might be a vampire. When they discover the truth about the strange woman and her “secretary,” sadism and murder follow. (Available until August 2, 2012) [Links: IMDb, GCDB, Trailer]
Dead and Buried (1981), directed by Gary Sherman, with Melody Anderson and James Farentino – A series of unsolved gruesome murders in a small New England town proves even more confounding when the victims begin reappearing seemingly from beyond the grave. Dead and Buried, a “video nasty” in its day, is an entertaining and gory science-fiction/horror tale just begging for a Hollywood remake (not that a remake is neither wanted nor needed — I’m just sayin‘.) Jack Albertson — Grandpa Joe of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — gives a surprising performance as the town undertaker. Adapted from a screenplay written by the team behind Alien and directed with loving care by Gary Sherman (Poltergeist III — don’t hold it against him.) (Available until August 2, 2012) [Links: IMDb, GCDB, Trailer]
Deathdream (1974), directed by Bob Clark, with John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus and Henderson Forsythe – A soldier believed to be dead returns from Vietnam, but something’s not quite right. He’s sullen and quiet. His complexion has grown pale, as if his blood has been drained from his body. Then there’s that little matter of the rash of murders which has taken place since his return. Deathdream is an odd little film that plods along until its last act, when it suddenly springs to life. Fantastic make-up only partially makes up for an average story. (Available until August 2, 2012) [Links: IMDb, GCDB, Trailer]
The Girl Next Door (2007), directed by Gregory Wilson, with Blythe Auffarth, Madeline Taylor and Blanche Baker – Based on the true story from the 1950s of a teenage girl imprisoned in a cellar by an abusive aunt who subjects her to all means of unspeakable torture. Worse yet are the neighborhood boys who not only know about what’s going on and fail to report it to police, but actually involve themselves in the sadism. Something about this film felt inauthetic — maybe it was the dialogue or the costumes — regardless, it felt cheap and that’s why I turned it off at about the 20 minute mark. Sorry, The Girl Next Door. You were giving me a real “torture porn” vibe and I just wasn’t in the mood. Maybe with better production values and acting, we could have hit it off — but right now, I’m just not feeling there’s any sort of connection. What do you think? Did I jump the gun? Should I have given The Girl Next Door more of a chance? Leave me a comment and let me know. (Available until August 1, 2012) [Links: IMDb, Trailer]
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