A few very creepy retro movies to watch this Friday the 13th
Another Friday the 13th? We totally just had one back in January, and now yet another has come our way. 2015 is either a very lucky year to have two of these days (three, if you count the one in November), or a very unlucky year — your call.
If you need an excuse to lock yourself inside all day, we’ve got the perfect one: there are a ton of awesome movies that totally fit the bill for a Friday the 13th marathon. Here are just some of the best, creepiest, campiest, and awesomely retro movies you need to check out before the end of the day. Best thing? They’re all on Netflix!
I’ll give you my faves (lotta sci-fi here, people) along with the descriptions gifted to us by Netflix. In this instance, my written words could never be as perfect as the poetry Netflix provides.
Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)
“Geologist Barry Rogers and his team of oil surveyors are sucked into a mad scientist’s scheme to create a hideous half-human, half-amphibious monster.”
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a more terrifying (or gross) premise.
The Fly (1958)
“An obsessive scientist invents a matter transporter but suffers horribly when he uses himself as a test subject and a fly gets caught in the machine.”
A bit like The Metamorphosis but way less highbrow.
The Man From Planet X (1951)
“An alien from a dying planet becomes the puppet of an evil scientist and uses his superior intellect to enslave the minds of his victims.”
Camp sci-fi at its very best.
“In a scarcely populated wasteland, a powerful alien touches down and begins to wield his destructive influence over anyone or anything in his path.”
Filmed in “terror-scope.”
Invisible Invaders (1959)
“Maj. Bruce Jay and his team of scientists must defeat an invading horde of invisible creatures from outer space capable of reanimating human corpses.”
Outfit need: That high-waisted plaid skirt.
Pharaoh’s Curse (1957)
“A crew of archeologists travel to Egypt and excavate a mysterious tomb containing a mummy’s sarcophagus, only to unwittingly unleash rampant death.”
Also, need this poster turned into a bag.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
“Traveling aboard a train, young Iris is alarmed when an acquaintance suddenly vanishes, and all the other passengers deny having ever seen the woman.”
This honestly sounds like the most terrifying situation imaginable. Also, Alfred Hitchcock directed this one.
“When a millionaire who kills any animal that moves on his island estate refuses to mend his ways, the swamp critters mete out some amphibian justice.”
The poster alone gives me nightmares.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
“When a criminal mastermind sets his sights on scamming a young millionaire out of his money, a police commissioner sets out to squash his plans.”
Fair warning: this movie was made in the 20s and is over four hours long.
Enjoy your creepy movie binge! And if you ever feel super freaked out, just remember, we’re watching too.