Netflix Now: Abe Froman’s Got a Posse Edition


Lots of titles showed up on Netflix Watch Instantly since last week: 201 by my count. Three of them are quintessential 1980s movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Trading Places, and Scrooged. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, you no longer have an excuse.

As for the other 198 titles, lots of variety. There’s the apparently addictive House of Cards, A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, The Raven, Nacho Libre, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Phat Beach starring Coolio.

For a retro geek like myself, I’m really excited to see the silent Fantomas serial from 1913 as well as The Man From Beyond starring the one and only Harry Houdini. There’s also the acclaimed 1962 samurai film Harakiri, the 1929 Russian silent documentary Man with a Movie Camera, and the nunsploitation movie The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine. (Full disclosure: I did at one time own a VHS copy of that movie. As a collector, okay — as a high-school-aged VHS collector.)

Everything else is a blur of red eye and carpal tunnel.

After the cut, all the new titles on Netflix Watch Instantly. Also: the worst thing to come out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dusty Rhodes may issue a challenge to Abe Froman (the sausage king of Chicago), and a nod to a Ferris Bueller knock-off.

Ferris Bueller TV Show theme and ending

Dusty Rhodes is the Cold-Blooded Sausage Maker

Weekly Netflix Now Awards

Most Likely to Be Watched First

All the Fantômas stuff

Honorable mention: The Man From Beyond, Harakiri

Movie I’ve Been Meaning to See That I’ll Finally See

The Man From Beyond

Honorable mention: Man With a Movie Camera

Most Likely to Be Watched Out of Perverse Curiosity

The Sex Thief

Most Likely to Be Watched Out of Perversity

The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine

Honorable mention: Zeta One, Schoolgirl Hitchhikers

Like Duh

Nightmares Come at Night

Ohh, That’s a Great Deal!

5 Dollars for an August Moon

Potential Buddy Cop Show

Orloff and the Invisible Man

Honorable mention: Hoodlum & Son

Rejected Wu-Tang Song Title

Killer Barbys

Possible Meal for Andres Bolivar if He Goes Cannibal

Hippie Masala

Wide-Release Movie Made to Be Seen via Netflix Instant

The Raven

Honorable mention: In the Cut

The One-Eared Man is King

In the Land of the Deaf

Sadly Not a Sequel to the Martin Lawrence Movie

The Black Knight Returns

Thing I’ll Get to Eventually

House of Cards

Best Title as Women’s Wrestling Name

The Iron Rose

Honorable mention: Siberian Lady Macbeth

Cumbersome Name for a Finishing Move in Pro Wrestling

The Double Headed Eagle: Hitler’s Rise to Power 1918-1933

Best Name for a Pet Minotaur


Best Title

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards

Honorable mention: A Talking Cat!?!

Parker Lewis Can't Lose - Teacher, Teacher (Opening)

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.