Netflix, the deep-pocketed streaming juggernaut and original content provider, has been pumping out and promoting a wealth of high-profile blockbuster and indie fright films for the past 10 years. Many of these spooky offerings are their own proprietary productions but most are Hollywood studio treats that evoke gobs of gooseflesh and waking nightmares.
But as streaming becomes the preferred method of content delivery, the Los Gatos, California-based entertainment firm still offers a much greater assortment of scary movies both old and new with its little red-enveloped-mailed DVD service. Believe it or not, nearly 3 million customers still use this old-fashioned mailboxed system, adding an estimated $50 million to their total annual revenue.
To honor their deep commitment to the genre since 1998, Netflix has just released an eclectic list of the 13 most-rented horror movies from its DVD division over the past decade. It's an interesting roster, combining some big-budget boo-fests like Zombieland and The Wolfman as well as several lesser-known jewels such as Red Riding Hood, Daybreakers, and Drag Me To Hell. While some of these modern offerings may not be something you'd dash out to grab from your mailman, it's a well-rounded bunch with widespread appeal.
Since it's the season of our hallowed Halloween, check out Netflix's unholy 13 and see exactly what sorts of scares and screams Americans are ordering up via the U.S. Post Office!