• From left: Raw, Pet Sematary, Near Dark, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus (SBS Movies)
A selection of spooky, unsettling and horrifying features – some straight-up horror, others that subvert the genre – now streaming on SBS On Demand.
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25 Oct 2019 - 4:07 PM  UPDATED 25 Oct 2019 - 4:07 PM

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Near Dark

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror, Western
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
What's it about?
A mid-western farm boy (Pasdar) reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl (Wright) he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires (including Hendriksen and Paxton) who roam the highways in stolen cars. From Kathryn Bigelow, director of Point Break and The Hurt Locker.

David and Margaret review Near Dark (The Movie Show, Episode 18, 1988)

Lace Hendriksen, Jenny Wright and Bill Paxton in 1987's 'Near Dark'

mother!

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
What's it about?
A couple's (Lawrence, Bardem) relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The controversial latest feature from Aronofsky, director of The WrestlerBlack Swan and Requiem For a Dream.

Dachra

MA15+
Tunisia, 2018
Genre: Horror
Language: Arabic
Director: Abdelhamid Bouchnak
Starring: Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jbali, Bilel Slatnia, Hela Ayed
What's it about?
Set against the backdrop of contemporary Tunisia, this feature – the country's first horror film – revolves around female journalism student Yasmin (Dimassi) and two male classmates (Jbali, Slatnia) who set out on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago and now imprisoned in an asylum, suspected of witchcraft.

Director Abdelhamid Bouchnak on 'Dachra', Tunisia's First Horror Film

Pet Sematary

MA15+
US, 1989
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist
What's it about?
Dr. Louis Creed's (Midkiff) family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life - with "minor" problems. At first, only the family's cat makes the return trip, but an accident forces a heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

Pet Sematary (1989)

The Devil's Candy

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Sean Byrne
Starring: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kiara Glasco
What's it about?
Jesse, a struggling artist, and his young wife Astrid and daughter Zooey buy the house of their dreams after the price is driven down by the property's mysterious dark past. Their lives begin to unravel when Jesse's paintings take a satanic turn as he begins to channel the voice of the devil, and then Ray, the deranged son of the former owners, becomes obsessed with Zooey after showing up on their doorstep demanding to return home. From Sean Byrne, director of 2009 cult horror favourite The Loved Ones.

Let the Right One In

MA15+
Sweden, 2008
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
Oskar (Hedebrant) is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli (Leandersson). However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems. 

Let the Right One In review: A masterful story of outsiders and urges

Are We Not Cats

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Horror
Language: English
Director: Xander Robin
Starring: Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez, Theodore Bouloukos
What's it about?
A young man (Nicholson) seeks a new beginning after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment on the same day. His plans soon get diverted when he meets a woman (Lopez) who shares his same strange habit - an inclination for eating hair.

Only Lovers Left Alive

M
UK, France, Germany, USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright
What's it about?
Underground musician Adam (Hiddleston) reunites with his lover for centuries (Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Wasikowska). From cult director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Down By Law).

Only Lovers Left Alive Review: An Unhurried Pleasure
Tilda Swinton interview: Only Lovers Left Alive

Raw

MA15+
France, Belgium, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: French
Director: Julia Ducournau
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
In Justine’s (Marillier) family, everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

Raw review: A sensitive and sophisticated cannibal coming-of-age tale

Director Julia Julia Ducournau was nominated for best director at the 2018 Cesar Film Awards for 2016's Raw

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee re-imagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult classic Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

Body Melt

MA15+
Australia, 1993
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Philip Brophy
Starring: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Lisa McKune
What's it about?
In this gory, tongue-in-cheek horror film, a mad scientist has developed a vitamin pill with horrendous side effects. Soon the inhabitants of an entire Melbourne suburb are experiencing ghastly symptoms - hallucinations, splitting throats, exploding stomachs and body meltdowns.

In appreciation of Oz gross-out social satire 'Body Melt'

The Aussie gross-out horror-comedy classic Body Melt (1993)

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