Instant Classics: May

Here are the classic movies new to Netflix Watch Instantly in May.

Angel and the Badman (1947)
John Wayne flexes his acting muscles in this first-rate oater about a wounded outlaw who falls for the daughter (Gail Russell) — and under the humanizing influence — of a Quaker family. Like Alan Ladd in Shane, it isn’t long before gunfighter Wayne must decide between a life of violence and a life of peace.

The House of Usher (1960)
Vincent Price stars in Roger Corman’s first Edgar Allan Poe adaptation as Roderick Usher, whose cursed New England bloodline dooms him and his sister, Madeline (Myrna Fahey), to madness and debauchery. When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) arrives at the grim Usher mansion with plans of marrying Madeline, Roderick attempts to dissuade him with the tales of the Usher curse. But Philip is undeterred … until the horrors begin.

Premature Burial (1962)
Medical student Guy Carrell believes his father was buried while still alive and fears he’ll suffer the same fate. Growing increasingly paranoid, he builds himself a mausoleum rigged for escape.

The Raven (1963)
Roger Corman directs this hoot of a film featuring Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price), a washed-up sorcerer who turns a talking raven back into a man and learns that his presumed-dead wife is actually living with a rival magician (Boris Karloff). But when Craven tries to rescue his wife, he gets more than he bargained for. Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, this tongue-in-cheek classic co-stars Peter Lorre and a young Jack Nicholson.

The Trip (1967)
Paul Groves, a TV commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John, a self-styled guru who’s an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first “trip.”

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