The greatest time of the year is here: Halloween. The best way to get into the spirit of the spooky season is by watching horror films until your eyeballs bleed. Luckily, we’re here to help. You’ve probably watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th dozens of times. The classics are classic for a reason, but we wanted to offer you a selection of fright flicks that will add a little something different to your October horror movie marathon. Take a break from the masked men and pizza-faced killers of the horror-verse, and check out these Netflix-ready films.
Bay of Blood
The maestro of Italian horror cinema Mario Bava was one pioneer of the slasher film thanks to 1971’s Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve), which predates Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (usually cited as one of the North American progenitors). Unlike the Italian giallo film, the influential Bay of Blood doesn’t contain a convoluted mystery narrative. Instead, Bava goes straight for the kills, dispatching his characters in gruesome ways—making it a favorite of gore fans. Friday the 13th and other body-count films owe a lot to Bava. The plot is forgettable and the actors didn’t win any awards for their performances (it’s a massive cast, but the players exist only exist to be slaughtered in creative ways), but Bay of Blood is more stylish and inventive than all the Saw films combined.