EXPIRING SOON (updated 11/26)

The Good & the Notable*
Viewable until 11:59pm on the dates below
(see the full roundup here)

November 25

The King's Speech (2010)

November 29

Black Moon Rising (1986)
The Boys Next Door (1985)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Helvetica (2007)
House (1986) / House II (1987)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
The Stuff (1985)

November 30

1941 (1979) - Review
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
Better than Chocolate (1999)
Blood & Chocolate (2007)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Chaplin (1992)
The Choirboys (1977)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) - Review
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) / The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Double Indemnity (1944) - Review
En la Cama (2005)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
First Knight (1995)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Free Men (2011)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
House of Voices (2004)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ishtar (1987) - Review
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
King of the Hill (1993) - Review
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Magic Trip (2011)
Magicians (2007)
Mission Impossible III (2006)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) - Review
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
'night Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Opal Dream (2006)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2 (1978)
Our City Dreams (2008)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Parole Officer (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
School Ties (1992)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Spice World (1998)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Summer Rental (1985)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Walker (1987)
W.C. Fields and Me (1976)
Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live (1997)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

December 2

Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

December 4

The Pit (2011)

December 5

Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011) - Review

December 7

Sister Sister (1987)

December 9

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

*List includes only WoNN-recommended titles and those too big to ignore. Feel free to add others in the comments below.

Tip #1: Regularly check your online Instant Queue/My List for expiration notices, listed in red in the Notes column. They're usually posted a week before a title expires.

Tip #2: You can watch a title past midnight if you start streaming it by 11:59pmas long as you don't back out or pause it more than 15 minutes. On the east coast you may be able to go as late as 1:59am.


  1. The loss of the discovery channel shows really sucks. Anyone know why Netflix would do this?

    1. When titles expire from Netflix, it's not necessarily Netflix's fault. They negotiate contracts of certain lengths, and eventually those contracts expire. For all we know, Netflix tried to negotiate a new contract but the Discovery Channel was not interested in making them available anymore. In the years to come I suspect you will see more and more content providers (like Discovery) experimenting with different avenues to stream content to customers. Maybe they will start their own VOD services. Maybe they will sell to higher bidders, like Amazon or Hulu.

      I hate to say it, but I think that we will look back on these years as the golden years when you could pay a small fee and go to one source (Netflix) and find just about everything. The future of streaming content is probably going to look a lot like cable television, where you have to pay a large monthly price for a package of internet "channels". It is almost certainly with this view that Netflix and Amazon are both hastily developing their own content, with original series and soon even feature films.

  2. 12/1
    Blue Mountain State (TV Series)
    18 To Life (TV Series)

  3. 11/29
    Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

    Walker (1987)
    Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

  4. RE Tip #2: If you start streaming something by 11:59pm, you can continue watching it past midnight--as long as you don't back out of it or pause it more than 15 minutes.

    If you are on the east coast I've noticed that you can start up to 2am -- I think this is so the movies are unpluggged for everyone at the same time, less headaches and complaints for Netflix.

  5. Most (not quite all) of these look fairly awful, but here they are:

    Dragon Crusaders
    Paradise: Love
    The Northerners

    American Street Ballers
    I Sell the Dead

    Creepshow 2
    Dead End Drive-In
    Dead Heat
    House II: The Second Story
    Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under
    Return of the Killer Tomatoes
    Return to Horror High
    The Details
    The Vineyard

    1. Thanks, Lisa. Our awful may be someone else's genius, so it's good to at least note them here. ;-)

    2. David, I totally agree, and that's why I include everything I see that's expiring. I can picture somebody having a great Thanksgiving doing a B horror movie marathon. And I'd be happy to see a listing from anyone here of a title that might be a 1 or 2 for you, but a 4 or 5 for me.

      I really appreciate the way you've chosen to set up your blog, with some thoughtful selection in your main list on this page and commentary on other pages about which films you recommend, but a free invitation to anyone else to contribute to a list of what's expiring.

    3. HELVETICA is a *fantastic* documentary on the most pervasive type font of modern times. I don't watch documentaries much, but I saw this one twice. Well recommended -- and not a B movie!

    4. I'd heard similar things about HELVETICA and was definitely planning to add it to the list. Thanks.

      Lisa: Glad the blog's approach works for you. As for those people who watch bad horror movies on Thanksgiving--the more outlandish, the better--you just described my family! It's long been the holiday tradition, and trust me, it ain't always pretty. ;-)

    5. Along the lines of Ll's philosophy, of "it ain't my cup of meat" but it may be yours, (to quote Mrs. Zimmerman's little boy Bobby), in "Return to Horror High" a very young George Clooney has a small appearance in the 1st 15 minutes. I think it was his 1st movie (vs. TV) role.

  6. Replies
    1. Not really. House is the film with William Katt as a writer who must overcome his demons in the Vietnam War which is manifested in the house. Enjoyable horror comedy.

    2. I have not yet seen the 1986 film, but from the description, it sounds like it is very loosely based on the 1977 Japanese film. The 1977 film is a real hoot, a prototypical weird, comedy, horror film. I haven’t seen anything to compare it to. It is available for streaming as part of the Criterion Collection On Hulu Plus.

    3. I actually did waste 92 minutes on this. The only element similar to the Japanese film, and the only part really worth watching was the mounted fish coming back to life.

  7. 12/13
    The Bothersome Man

  8. 11/30
    Black Moon Rising
    The Boys Next Door

    Funny Lady
    Night of the Creeps
    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    The Paper Chase
    Going All the Way
    The Girl from Petrovka
    Flight of the Intruder
    They Might Be Giants
    The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    The Big Hit
    Count Yorga, Vampire

  9. The Dictator (2012 - Sacha Baron Cohen) just popped up today that it was expiring tomorrow (11/19/14). I was just online yesterday checking my queue and reordering movies and that WAS NOT listed as expiring. Weird.

    1. No, I am also seeing this movie in my queue as expiring on 11-19-2014.... so looks like TODAY is the last day to watch this streaming.

    2. Already gone! That's definitely not like Netflix to wait until the last moment to notify people, and then remove it before the actual expiration date!

    3. Wow, that's definitely strange--but unfortunately not unprecedented. See the bottom of my 8/11/14 post:


      That was never explained (or corrected), and it makes you wonder what else may have suddenly disappeared.

  10. 12/1

    The Colombian Connection
    Body count

  11. 12/14
    And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

  12. 11/30 (Netflix date 12/1)
    A Murder of Crows
    Audrey Rose
    Blood & Chocolate
    D2: The Mighty Ducks
    Fairy Tale: A True Story
    Five Easy Pieces
    Flight of the Intruder
    Free Men
    House of Voices
    Imagining Argentina
    Joe Kidd
    Magic Trip
    Mission: Impossible
    Opal Dream
    Our City Dreams
    Paper Soldiers
    Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
    Restless City
    RoboCop 2
    School Ties
    Set Up
    The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County
    The Parole Officer
    The Presidio
    The Serpent and the Rainbow
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Year of the Hourse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live

  13. I saw that you have Batman (1989) listed as expiring. I do not believe this is correct...its listing shows no expiration date.

    1. It was on Lisa's list. She uses a different source than you (and I) do, and she's usually pretty accurate. I'll keep an eye on that one, though. Thanks, Brian.

    2. It's unlikely that it's expiring after appearing on Netflix streaming for less than one month.

    3. Such a one-month "rental" is not beyond Netflix, as we've seen on more than one occasion, but I'll take it off the list until we can confirm otherwise.

    4. I don't see Batman expiring on 12/1 either. Although the one month rental has happened recently (see The Fourth Angel and Robocop 2), I do believe that my primary source would show it by now if it was going to happen.

  14. Also her list shows "Mission: Impossible" expiring. If she's referring to the TV show, it does not show any expiration date. If she's referring to the 1996 film, it currently is not available on streaming, although it will become available on 12/1.

    The only "Mission: Impossible" title that is expiring is "Mission: Impossible 3", which is on the list I posted above.

  15. Brian, thanks for catching these. Mostly I rely on the CineTap app, but I think I had seen "Batman" listed on another site. Good that somebody's checking the details.

  16. One of many Netflix anomalies. I've seen this before:
    Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast
    If "My List" is set to "Netflix Suggests," it shows as "Available until 12/19/14" (last day to watch 12/18/14). However, if the order is set to "Manual" no expiration date is shown. None shows if you hover your cursor over the movie in Search results or any other mode. No expiration date comes up on the page with Member Reviews etc. for that movie either. Finally, I don't see this behavior with the 3 or 4 other MST 3000 movies I have in the same list.

    1. I now have 2 more movies in my list showing the same behavior as described above.
      What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
      Beyond the Myth
      Both showing as "Available until 12/01/14" (last day to watch 11/30/14) but only if "My List" is set to "Netflix Suggests," no place else.

    2. My source (Roku) has both listed as expiring on 12/1. So if you want to see either one/both, I would get to watching them soon.

    3. > Brian Clarkson. Appreciate the info. It helps me figure out the rhyme, reason, & quantum random lack thereof of Netflix expiration management. I notice they are now showing as expiring on searches etc. unlike before, guessing because they are now within the 7 - 10 days before expiration show window for streaming only accounts.

  17. Expiring 12/1:

    Spice World
    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Killer at Large
    The Sci-Fi Boys
    The Cold Light of Day
    Foreign Student
    Prairie Love
    Corpo Celeste

    Expiring 12/22:

    Woody Allen: A Documentary

  18. Expiring 12/1


    Steel Magnolias (2012)

  19. I know you publish films being deleted from streaming, but I also subscribe to the DVD service, as many more films are available there than on streaming. Today I got this post at the top of my DVD queue, which is the first time Netflex announced (to me) DVD deletions:

    The following movies have been removed from your Queue:
    We no longer offer these movies for rental. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you find many other movies to enjoy at Netflix.
    To Sleep With Anger
    The Merry Widow
    Killing Kasztner: Jew Who Dealt with Nazis
    The Crowd
    Sons of the Desert
    Promise Her Anything
    Love with the Proper Stranger
    7915 KM
    A Taste of Honey

    1. I had that too, they were all in my "saved" queue except for five titles that were marked as "very long wait". Looks like they did a purge of out of print discs.

    2. Thanks, guys. Definitely good to know for the DVD subscribers out there. It's unfortunate but, given the number of DVDs that continue to go out of print, understandable. Replacement discs can be in short supply.

    3. Got a message today that 10 more were removed, again mostly from my "saved" queue.

  20. Two new expiring films:

    December 6: Sarah Palin: The Undefeated
    December 9: Madea's Witness Protection

  21. 12/1: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings

  22. Expiring 12/1:

    The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
    The Harvest/La Cosecha

    Also, Blue Mountain State appears to have been renewed.

  23. 11/30 (Netflix date 12/1)
    Better Than Chocolate
    Rejoice & Shout
    Mass Appeal
    Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell
    Photographing Fairies
    Scott Joplin
    The Calcium Kid