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Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and the king of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and “Scream” franchises, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76. Wes lost a long battle with brain cancer, according to a statement from his family.  IMDB

Mr. Craven’s most famous villain was Freddy Krueger, who haunted the nightmares of high school students in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series and became one of the top killers in horror movie history.  His other horror film achievements include “The Hills Have Eyes,” “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” “The People Under the Stairs”, and most notably “Scream.”  Scream was inspired by his love for the movie“Halloween,” and went on to spawn three sequels.

Wesley Earl Craven was born Aug. 2, 1939, in Cleveland to Paul and Caroline Craven.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton and a master’s in philosophy from John Hopkins University and was a professor in Pennsylvania and New York for a short time.  But his biggest achievement was bringing his creativity and horror mastery to the big screen.  He was once quoted in saying “Horror movies have to show us something that hasn’t been shown before so that the audience is completely taken aback. You see, it’s not just that people want to be scared; people are scared.”

Welcome to the third installment of What to Stream Right Now! If you’ve been keeping up with us so far, you’ve seen some pretty great movies and TV shows. We have even more to share with you today, but make sure to check out Ep. 1 and Ep. 2 to catch up and slack off!

THE EXORCIST – Dir. William Friedkin (1973)

Everyone seems to love complaining about horror movies these days, and quite frankly, I can’t blame them. There’s no magic or genuinely frightening moments anymore, just loud sound effects and gore. That’s why I’m recommending to you an old, but undated and horrifying film, THE EXORCIST. You’ve probably seen one of the multitudes of sequels/spin-offs inspired by this classic, but if you haven’t seen the original, you’re really missing out. Actually, I should rephrase that: If you’re a fan of horror films and you haven’t seen the original Exorcist, you’re really missing out. This is not a movie for weak stomachs. That’s not to say it’s a gore-fest like you we’re used to now, it’s simply disturbing. It also tells a great story by interweaving characters that we actually care about and want to prevail!

And maybe I’m in the minority in thinking that it’s an actual horror film, but do yourself a favor and read about the audience reactions when the film first hit theaters. People actually fainted from being so scared. I was convinced that only happened in movies! …Not at the theater.  IMDB

 

BOB’S BURGERS – Four Seasons (2011- )
Unfortunately, BOB’S BURGERS is also not a show for everyone. But it’s a light-hearted cartoon and I figured you could use something fun to ease your mood after watching The Exorcist.

The show is about a dad (named Bob), who owns and runs a burger joint (named Bob’s Burgers) with his family. He has a kind, but mildly annoying wife, two polar opposite daughters, and a son who takes far too much after himself. It’s a quirky, odd, comedy that many claim is reminiscent of early THE SPIMPSONS episodes. Essentially, the show revolves around a middle-class family dealing with common struggles while adding in some bizarre and outlandish elements. The comedy is off beat, but relatable and the characters are instantly loveable with their strange characterizations and phenomenal voice work. Since there are only 4 seasons available on Netflix, (six seasons in all) and the show is still being produced, there’s plenty to enjoy but even more to look forward to.  IMDB

The summer is almost over and once again you’ve found yourself so bored you can’t even pull yourself off the couch to find some food in the fridge. Not to worry! Here are some awesome recommendations for what to stream RIGHT NOW on Netflix!

THE TERMINATOR – Dir. James Cameron (1984)
Save your money and forget about TERMINATOR: GENISYS. If you haven’t already seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic sci-fi film, you’re in for a real treat. Chances are you know all about THE TERMINATOR, whether you’re a fan or not, but this movie holds its own today. Of course some of the effects are cheesy and the story might leave a bit to be desired (that’s why there are way too many sequels), but it’s an insanely fun action flick that deserves a viewing or two. This is the film that put TITANIC and AVATAR director, James Cameron, on the map and he’s continued to create classics for three decades since. As far as 80s, sci-fi, action films go, this is the best you can hope for. Shwarzenegger plays The Terminator, a cyborg sent from the future with the task of “terminating” a young woman named Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton. Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn, is also sent from the future to protect Sarah. What she doesn’t know is that the person who sent Reese is her future son, the leader of the cyborg resistance. If this sounds intriguing at all, or if you simply want to quote this film with your friends who have most likely already seen it, make sure to check it out. IMDB

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – Seven Seasons (1997-2003)
Now, before you click away, hear me out. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is a great show. “But it’s for teenage girls!” you might be thinking. True. However, throughout its seven-season run, I can guarantee it’s relatable to any demographic. And it’s just really really fun. Buffy follows the young adulthood of the prophesized “Slayer”, one girl who is given the task of ridding the world of the blood sucking demons for which this show is named. “But I don’t want to watch seven seasons of a girl slaying vampires!” You don’t have to! Buffy faces many more monsters and challenges during her time in Sunnydale, most of which are simply metaphors for real life struggles. That’s what makes this show so relatable. Creator Joss Whedon, now known for directing Marvel’s AVENGERS films, expertly tackled several crises faced by teenagers and young adults, but was capable of putting these crises in demons and other bad guys to not make it seem too preachy. “Well, I tried watching a few episodes and I didn’t like it.” Fair enough. Not everyone will like it, but you should at least try to make it through the first season if it sounds interesting to you. IMDB

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