Old man winter will be rearing his ugly head shortly and I’m making preparations to shut myself in for the season. I intend to immerse myself in books, movies, records, home projects and possibly even an exercise plan to get myself through those long months. If you have intentions of hibernating through the winter season as I do, Netflix can be a valuable tool to utilize. I’ve comprised a short list of 10 fascinating and intriguing documentaries available on Netflix that can certainly help you pass the time. In no particular order…

American Grindhouse

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) narrates this explosive toast to the American exploitation film, an admittedly lowbrow art form with undeniably high entertainment value — and a staple of so-called grind house cinema. Highlights include clips from long-forgotten gems, plus interviews with grind house aficionados Joe Dante, Jack Hill, John Landis, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Fred Williamson and more.

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Behind the Burly Q

Dive into more than a century of decadence with this tantalizing look at the evolution of burlesque. Cabaret star Leslie Zemeckis traces the art form from vaudeville-style variety show through its extinction and contemporary rebirth. Vintage photos, film clips and ads illustrate burlesque’s resilient history and how the public’s sexual appetite kept it alive amid moral and legal ado. Zemeckis’s husband, Robert, executive produces.

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Cropsey

Directors Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio explore an urban legend that always disturbed them while growing up in Staten Island, N.Y. — a rash of child abductions that struck the area in the 1970s and 80s — in their gripping documentary. The legend became real when a handyman and drifter named Andre Rand abducted numerous young kids, setting off myriad motive theories, frightening residents in the community and tripping up the legal system.

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Anvil: The Story of Anvil

Formed by two 14-year-olds in the 1970s, heavy metal band Anvil influenced other acts, such as Anthrax and Metallica. This documentary joins Anvil’s now middle-aged founders as they cope with obsoleteness and try to end their careers on a high note.

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Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation

In Depression-era New York, an elderly man named Albert Fish lured children to their deaths. Filmmaker John Borowski tells the true story of the sadomasochistic cannibal in this grisly docudrama, which also features interviews with outsider artist Joe Coleman and true-crime author Katherine Ramsland. The film was an official selection at the 2006 Bloodbath U.K. Horror and Exploitation Film Festival.

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Once a sign of hope for the underprivileged, the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis fell into disrepair and was eventually demolished. In this documentary, archival footage and interviews shed light on the legacy and meaning of the project.

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Kill Your Idols

This surreal trip through the fringe music scene of the late 1970s and early ’80s looks at the contributions of art punkers who released a stream of genius songs but who, just like those who came before them, have been branded as unoriginal by the bands that follow them. An ode to creativity and originality that, apropos of its subject matter, manages to be offbeat itself, this film features The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop and more.

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk

Once a peasant, shady monk Rasputin worked his way into the confidence of Emperor Nicholas II, eventually becoming a dominant player during Russia’s final imperial years. But why did the royals tolerate his corrupt and scandalous behavior? Through the analysis of leading historians, period accounts and rare photos, this biography delves into Rasputin’s power over the Czar, his role in the Revolution and his death at the hands of aristocrats.

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Girl 27

Author-screenwriter David Stenn investigates a notorious Hollywood scandal more than 65 years after it occurred, a rape case involving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio execs and an underage dancer who refused to stay silent. Hired along with 120 other young girls to entertain MGM salesmen at a stag party in 1937, Patricia Douglas was violently raped and brought a landmark lawsuit against her attackers — then mysteriously disappeared.

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1965

From 1967 to ’75, a film crew aimed cameras at major figures in the Black Power movement, creating hours of footage that remained unreleased for decades. In clips, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P Newton and Angela Davis discuss the movement’s evolution.

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Ryan hasn’t asked anyone to write a bio about him so we’ll take submissions for one.

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