Stream of Terror: Halloween picks on Netflix Instant

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From the October 25, 2012 edition

Nothing beats the communal feeling of getting the crap scared out of you in a dark room full of strangers. But if you don’t want to get off the couch, and you’re one of the people who complain there’s nothing good streaming on Netflix, this list is for you.

In the mood for: A creature feature

Watch: “The Thing”

John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of a ’50s classic pits a team of explorers in the Antarctic against a malevolent intruder. Still terrifying.

Also recommended: “Troll Hunter,” “The Host”

In the mood for: Horror-comedy

Watch: “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil”

Already a cult hit thanks in part to a quick launch to Netflix, this bloody and bloody funny spoof turns the murderous redneck cliche on its ear. Think “Shaun of the Dead.”

Also recommended: “Slither”

In the mood for: Arty terror with subtitles

Watch: “Let the Right One In”

Haunting, touching and terrifying, this Swedish import may be the best vampire movie ever made. There’s a solid American remake, but the original is better.

Also recommended: “Funny Games,” “Audition”

In the mood for: An awesomely entertaining contender for worst movie ever made

Watch: “Troll 2”

Bad movies are rarely as watchable — and as brimming with unintentional humor — as “Troll 2.” Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first “Troll.” It won’t make this one make any more sense.

Also recommended: “Leprechaun in the Hood,” “Jack Frost”

In the mood for: Real-life serial killer scares

Watch: “The Snowtown Murders”

It’s a grim flick based on a series of serial murders in Australia. It’s truly tense … and deeply disturbing.

Also recommended: “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”

In the mood for: Scary movie/birth control

Watch: “The Omen”

Kids are adorable … except when they’re the spawn of Satan. A reminder of little Damian is also a reminder to wrap it up.

Other choices: “Children of the Corn”

In the mood for: A classic … redux

Watch: “Psycho” (Gus Van Sant version)

Gus Van Sant’s ridiculous stunt — a shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock’s classic — has deservedly taken its lumps. Watch for yourself and find out why.

Also recommended: “Carrie” (made-for-TV version)