Netflix Streaming Safari is a plunge into the bowels of Netflix Watch Instantly and this October, I’m counting down a freaky horror movie (or two, or three) every day until Halloween. No big blockbusters, no movies you’ve already seen a million times. Just 31 days of weird horror movies that Netflix will instantly vomit into your home over the internuts.
Raw Meat (1973) – out of every movie on this Halloween list, Raw Meat is the one that you could show your mom, but that doesn’t detract from its unsettling power. Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee are two icons of British horror and here they are, together at last, in a film by the under-rated Gary Sherman (Dead and Buried, Vice Squad), so that trio of talent alone should convince you that this is a quality flick. A couple of crazy college students in London wind up running afoul of a killer who lives in the subway system, but it’s the identity of the killer that makes this movie so great. The last survivor of a group of miners who were trapped when the tunnels caved in, the “monster” is a pathetic, barely human being whose only words are “Mind the gap,” and who is crazed not with psychopathic rage but with grief after his last friend died. Not since Frankenstein has a movie monster elicited this much pity and terror. (Watch it!)