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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 14 Aug 2020 - 4:50 PM

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Rosemary's Baby 

M
USA, 1968
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
What's it about?
This classic adaptation of Ira Levin's best-selling novel is the story of a loving young New York City couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary (Farrow) experiences confusion and fear. Her husband (Cassavetes), an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.

Streaming until 30th November, 2020

The Host

M
South Korea, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What's it about?
An American military base of Yongson releases toxic chemicals in the drain to the Han River under the direct order of an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people on the side of the river. The third feature from Bong Joon-ho (also starring his regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of this year's Best Picture-winner Parasite.

Streaming until 30th April, 2021

Good Manners 

MA15+
France, Brazil, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Language: Portuguese
Director: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Starring: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira
What's it about?
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

'Good Manners': A Genre-Busting, Class-Conscious Monster Movie

Streaming until 31st March, 2021

Subversive Brazilian horror film 'Good Manners'

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)

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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

The Ring

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Naomi Watts, Brian Cox, Martin Henderson
What's it about?
This US remake of the cult 1998 Japanese chiller follows a journalist (Watts) who faces a race against time when she investigates the legend of a strange videotape, which allegedly claims the life of the viewer one week after watching it.

Streaming until 29th September, 2020

Naomi Watts in 'The Ring', which leaves SBS On Demand on September 29th, 2020.

Vampyros Lesbos

MA15+
Spain, Germany, 1971
Genre: Horror
Language: German
Director: Jesús Franco
Starring: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller
What's it about?
Count Dracula's descendant, Nadine Countess Korody, entices young women to her isolated island, then seduces and kills them in order to remain young. A lawyer, Linda Westinghouse, becomes fascinated with Nadine, when visiting her about an inheritance from the Dracula family. Linda becomes her newest victim, giving her blood to Nadine, but now she must try and save herself from joining the vampire world forever.

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

She Killed in Ecstasy

MA15+
Spain, Germany, 1971
Genre: Horror
Language: German
Director: Jesús Franco
Starring: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller
What's it about?
A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to his death by luring each member of the committee into compromising situations and then killing them one by one.

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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.

Streaming until 31st August, 2020

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

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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.

Streaming until 29th August, 2020

Pet Sematary (1989)

The Shout

M
UK, 1978
Genre: Horror, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent
What's it about?
A traveller by the name of Crossley (Bates), forces himself upon a musician (Hurt) and his wife (York) in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the Aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Moonlighting) and based on a short story by Robert Graves.

Streaming until 31st December, 2020

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.

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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.

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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

Streaming until 30th September, 2020

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