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August Brings the Schock to Netflix!

Once again, I’ve pilfered the INSTANT WATCH avails to suggest some of the more interesting under-the-radar releases now streaming.

Especially of note this month: 1970s Horror!

Have your very own Saturday Shocker Double Feature even if it’s not Saturday.  

You can even dress your cats up like a Horror Movie Television Host with mustache and top hat.

No you can’t.  Only I can do that.

FROGS

Although definitely a better film the way you remember it when you saw it as a kid, Frogs is still a hoot.

It’s not really about frogs attacking people, or eating their hands as the poster would have you believe.

In fact, I’m not sure that there’s a single frog that really attacks anyone in the film.

They’re the masterminds of the chaos, which is brought on by spiders, snakes and geckos.

Yep, geckos.

Watch that little guy from Geico.

You’ve been warned.

EMPIRE OF THE ANTS

What’s scarier than geckos?

Ants the size of freakin’ horses.

And Joan Collins.

Based (very) slightly on the H.G. Wells Food of the Gods story, it’s another eco-scare tactic that will keep you from picnicking for the rest of the summer.

It too isn’t as great as you remember it as a kid, but worthy of a double feature with Frogs.

Set your ant farm near the television so the whole colony can watch.

THE CRATER LAKE MONSTER

Imagine Land of the Lost special effects with your Cabin in the Woods plot and you’ve got what is arguably one of the worst movies of all time.

It features stop-motion-animation from David W. Allen (Willow, The Howling, Young Sherlock Holmes) but you would swear they’re out-takes from The Gumby Show, which coincidentally Allen worked on.

There’s a Riff Trax though for this one, to ease your pain.












THE THING WITH TWO HEADS

Ray Milland did this one around the same time as Frogs, and he didn’t kill himself.

Here he plays a racist bazillionaire who has his head transplanted onto the body of a black man, with the hitch that the black man’s head stayed along for the ride.

The legendary Rick Baker somehow escaped with his career intact from this one.

Ray Milland redeemed himself with Witch Mountain and Rich Man, Poor Man.

‘Rosey’ Grier went on to encourage millions of boys that it’s all right to cry.







SQUIRM

If the frogs and ants didn’t scare you, wait until you see the bloodthirsty worms that attack Georgia in this odd film.

From the director of The Neverending Story III.

Seriously. True story.

Go ahead, look it up.  I’ll wait.

Bonus trivia fact: the noise you hear of the worms are really screaming pigs.

That’s scarier than anything in the actual movie.




* Author’s Note: all movies available to WATCH INSTANTLY on Netflix as of early-August and availability is subject to studio licenses. It is recommended to watch before the month ends!

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