'Stranger Things' Has Arrived, So Peep These 5 Spooky Picks From Netflix
For those of us with a penchant for cinematic spookiness, this time of year is hella depressing. Horror films and series are statistically produced less during the dog days of summer. Netflix, for whatever beautiful reason, has turned these bleak stats on their head, saving our gore-hungry hearts from starvation with the release of two new original horror series. As if that gift wasn’t enough, the streaming empire has also supplied us with some classic thriller favorites since the onset of summer.
To help ease your anxiety over what horror-screamer-thriller to turn on while engulfed under countless blankets with your AC on its highest level (who really cares about the electricity bill until the end of the month?), we’ve amassed five newish macabre shows you can stream right this second on the world’s premier cinema hub (aka Netflix). Just don’t forget to turn off the lights.
Stranger Things (2016)
From the genius Duffer brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder as the mother of a boy who disappears in Indiana in the 1980s. The eerie, extraterrestrial Netflix series, which feels like a trip back to the good ol’ days of horror, is easy binge material—there are only eight episodes. And it’s good: even the ultimate god of horror has taken to social media to sound off on the show’s greatness.
STRANGER THINGS is pure fun. A+. Don't miss it. Winona Ryder shines.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 18, 2016
The show’s creators developed the show with the intent of paying homage to Stephan King, Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg. Coupling supernatural elements with a creepy, frightening storyline involving childhood abduction, the show is like E.T. blended with The X-Files—but better.
Blood-obsessed Canadian company Chiller teamed up with Netflix to release Slasher in May. Following the narrative of a young girl (Katie McGrath) who moves back to the town where her parents were murdered, the horror anthology series quickly reveals that there’s a copycat killer and—you guessed it—he wants the young girl dead.
The show has American Horror Story vibes (the mysterious killer somewhat resembles the clown in Freak Show) and is oftentimes seen reusing some tropes originated in the ’90s Scream franchise (e.g. panic ensues in community, more townsfolk die—blah, blah, blah). But, when juxtaposed against the show’s fantastic editing and disturbing aesthetics, you don’t really bother scrutinizing the small details.
Between – Season 1 and 2 (2015 – 16)
Yikes! Between is the one science-fiction horror series you need to keep your eyes peeled for—the show is in talks of a third installment only weeks after its second season premier in June. And it’s understandable: would you ever want to stop watching a show that revolved around a disease that wipes out everyone except those under 21 years old? The characters we’re introduced to are messy, complicated and overtly determined; and when time is merely separating you from life and death, and your current political climate is stuffed with anarchy, it’s acceptable to act manically.
Routines are terrifying. Wake up. Go to work. Go home. Sleep. Redo. Rebirth, an offbeat psychological thriller, went live on Netflix this past week, and it explores the dangerous mindset of those living inside the “zombie world” of corporate America. Indie film stalwart Adam Goldberg stars as a man whose old friend introduces him to a cult. The film firmly places itself among literal great cult movies like Children of the Corn—because making a cult successfully seem enticing and bonkers at the same time is one extraordinary feat.
Bloodline – Seasons 1 and 2 (2015 – 16)
The creators of FX’s Damages switched gears when developing the Netflix original series Bloodline. Centering around lurking demons ravaging the lives of a Florida family, the creative team behind Bloodline took a once tight-knit clan and filled them with paranoia and mistrust as a crime involving their kin begins to unravel. With shining cinematography and a multitude of moments that’ll leave you distressed and scurrying away from your laptop, Bloodline, on its own terms, works as horror pretty well.
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