The progenitor of big money series such as Saw and Insidious has a knack for crafting populist horror that still carries a streak of his own artistic identity, a Spielbergian gift for what speaks to the multiplex audience without entirely sacrificing characterization. Train to Busan is one of the most pulse-pounding zombie movies ever. Endlessly quotable and always a refreshing watch, Tarantino re-invents what a crime movie should be. Instead, delve straight into this guide. Okja is a fantastic movie that proves Netflix really does know what it's doing when it comes to commissioning films.
Folks who love classic, impeccably made horror films like The Shining or Rosemary's Baby are always looking for the next iconic addition to the genre.
The Conjuring is a strong contender for one of the best horror films this decade, with director James Wan consistently proving to be spine-tinglingly skillful. I was lucky enough to catch this one in theaters where I watched from under my jacket , but I'm sure you'll find it just as terrifying from your couch while watching from under a blanket. This is me shuddering at my desk.
Just give it five minutes, and I promise you'll be hooked from the first scene. The film follows Milo, a teen obsessed with vampires, and his new friendship with Sofei.
Michael O'Shea's directorial debut moves at a slow, haunting pace and feels masterfully put together. Some might find the horror secondary to the powerful dark themes, but if Eric Ruffin's portrayal of Milo doesn't chill you to the bone there may be no hope for you.
In some ways, A Dark Song is unlike any film I've ever watched. It follows a woman who recently lost her son and the occultist she hires to help her contact dark spirits. The two characters lock themselves in an isolated house for months performing repetitive, traumatic rituals.
Both actors give raw, aggressive performances that anchor this chilling, must-watch horror film. After viewing this film, you might just have a new favorite female director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a vegetarian in her first year of veterinary school, who caves to peer pressure, eats raw meat and winds up with a rash all over her body. The film tackles questions of identity in a viscerally powerful and symbolic way, and is a must-see from Netflix's indie bench.
In this Korean zombie thriller, a man and his daughter are trapped on a train during a zombie outbreak. The rules of the world are clearly established, the zombie action is packed and the film includes some harsh socio-economic observations.
Just because zombies are mindless doesn't mean zombie films need to be as well. If you're looking for further proof the Duplass brothers are actually evil, here's an easy sell. Patrick Brice also the director and co-writer plays a videographer answering a Craigslist ad for Josef Mark Duplass , who wants to make a movie for his supposed unborn child.
I typically enjoy horror films that rely on performances to unnerve you, because they're incredibly difficult to pull off. And I've got to give it to Mark Duplass. He is, in fact, super creepy. It's been three years, so you might as well get your act together and finally check this one out.
After Jay sleeps with her boyfriend, she comes down with a deadly curse only passed on through intercourse. If you're like me and thought, "Hey, I'll just read the Wikipedia summary," don't bother. The summary doesn't do justice to how unnerving the thing slowly "following" Jay constantly moves.
A terrific November addition to Netflix's horror bench, Oculus follows two siblings who believe an evil mirror murdered their parents a decade earlier. I first saw Oculus at a drive-in, and maybe it was just the spookiness of watching a film late at night in the middle of parking lot, but my expectations were met. Oculus has some solid jump scares and is one of the few "heart pumping" horror films on this list. Wind River Synopsis When U. Fish and Wildlife employee Cory Lambert stumbles upon the frozen body of a teenage girl, FBI Agent Jane Banner is quickly dispatched to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Unprepared for the harsh conditions, she enlists Cory as a tracker. The last Gunslinger, Roland Idris Elba , has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black Matthew McConaughey , determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.
With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. The Florida Project Synopsis Living within sight of Disney World's glittering attractions, the children of families residing in tacky motels near the megapark create their own magical world together, led by the spirited 6-year-old Moonee.
Just Getting Started Synopsis It takes all kinds to make a community, which is why an ex-lawman and a former mob lawyer find themselves on the same side when it comes to fending off a threat to the tiny resort where they live. Home Again Synopsis Set in Los Angeles, this romantic comedy follows a recently divorced single mother as she defies common sense and takes in three young male boarders -- who become part of her unconventional family.
Baby Driver Synopsis Hired as the getaway driver for a series of bank heists, angel-faced Baby finds himself in deep trouble when a botched robbery sends him on the run, hunted by the cops and his criminal cohorts. This sports dramedy delves into the battles being played out in their lives beyond the spotlight. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.
A Bad Moms Christmas Synopsis A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn't hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.
By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers. Pacific Rim Uprising Synopsis John Boyega is the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous "Kaiju".
Now an even more fearsome alien threat has been unleashed on the world and Jake is called back into action by his former co-pilot, Lambert, and a year-old Jaeger hacker, Amara. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.
Fifty Shades Freed Synopsis A fairy-tale wedding and blissful honeymoon set the mood for the final chapter in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, but things take a dark turn when Elena re-enters the picture and Christian's sister is kidnapped. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Homecoming Synopsis Returning home from his spectacular adventures with the Avengers, Peter Parker keeps his superhero identity concealed from his high school classmates. But he's soon obliged to unleash his powers on supervillain the Vulture. Big Little Lies Synopsis In tiny Monterey, California, the lives of three women -- Madeline, Celeste and Jane -- intersect at a time when all face unexpected trouble at home.
As they share their frustrations, the trio becomes deeply involved in one another's lives. A Quiet Place Synopsis In this tense chiller, the horror mounts as the Abbott family struggles to survive in a postapocalyptic world where monstrous blind creatures use their supersensitive hearing to stalk human prey -- forcing the Abbotts to live in silence.
Winchester Synopsis In this biographical drama, reclusive heiress Sarah Winchester believes she's haunted by the spirits of people killed by the rifle her husband's family invented. To ward off the evil spirits, she begins constructing an enormous labyrinthian mansion. Westworld Synopsis Updating the futuristic landscape imagined in the big-screen thriller, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.
Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. The Hitman's Bodyguard Synopsis Fate comes full circle when a top bodyguard takes on the job of protecting the world's best hit man, who's bound for the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to testify against an Eastern European country's ruthless ex-ruler.
Based on the timeless classic and filled with spectacle, warmth and heart, this celebrated film follows an ordinary girl's epic adventure and brave journey home, with the ultimate triumph of love. The Man Who Invented Christmas Synopsis With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable "A Christmas Carol" -- which he hopes will revive his sagging career.
Ferdinand Synopsis While mighty Ferdinand the bull looks menacing, the star of this animated children's tale has a cheery nature -- and no desire to enter the bullring. But because of his scary looks, villains abduct Ferdinand, planning to make him fight. The Snowman Synopsis When an elite crime squad's lead detective Michael Fassbender investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit Rebecca Ferguson , the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
But tensions begin to mount for the couple when a spy-hunting FBI man moves in nearby. Milne comes to life in this illuminating biopic that focuses on his relationship with his son and inspiration , Christopher Robin, and how the books' phenomenal success affected the family.
The Disaster Artist Synopsis Opening to blistering reviews in , "The Room" has since become a so-bad-it's-good cult classic. This showbiz spoof provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and the friendship between the director and star who propelled it. Peter Rabbit Synopsis Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own cute, contemporary comedy with attitude.
In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. Get Out Synopsis Already uneasy about meeting his girlfriend's parents for the first time, Chris' anxiety doesn't diminish once he gets to their posh suburb and learns that young African-American men like himself have been vanishing from the spot.
War for the Planet of the Apes Synopsis Completing the "Planet of the Apes" trilogy, this epic of interspecies war pits the apes led by Caesar against a deadly human army. After catastrophic losses, Caesar reluctantly adapts ruthless tactics to assure his clan's survival.
Gifted Synopsis When his sister dies, something bachelor Frank Adler assumes the care of her 7-year-old daughter. But his plans to raise her are threatened when the child reveals herself to be a math prodigy, and his mom suddenly gets involved. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers.
A relentless, edge-of-your-seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son.
In this tense, action-fueled thriller from the producers of Salt and Transformers, one mother's heroic attempt to take back her son leads her to ask herself how far she will go to save her child. Going in Style Synopsis Cheated out of their pensions, three elderly friends decide to extract justice from the system by robbing a bank and then heading for Las Vegas.
But their grand plan starts to fall apart when a dogged FBI agent picks up their trail. There's superb performances by all but it's the ever-brilliant George MacKay whose standout. The plot for this one is fantastic. Their plan is to get some of it and sell it for a better life. This is one of the funniest comedies to come out of Ireland for a while. Young Offenders is a coming-of-age story with oodles of charm. When the mascot for the Miami dolphins goes missing he's in for the case of his life.
Expect a madcap adventure with a lot of energy and laughs. Richard Linklater's latest is a bedfellow to Dazed and Confused. As with most Linklater movies, not much happens in the movie but the characterisation is so spot on, that it really doesn't matter. A comedy all about three retired men who go to Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single friend. Sure that might not sound like the recipe for the best movie, but it's worth a watch because it's stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.
We don't really need to tell you the synopsis of the Ghostbusters reboot, do we? You know the drill. Critics were pretty divided when this version came out, with many praising the fresh approach but not being too keen on some of the story and script. Then again, it was always going to be near impossible to create a story so similar to the original. A cult comedy horror made in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs Evil is a whole lot of fun.
Hillbillies Tucker and Dale head out to a cabin in the woods for a vacation and, well, all horror breaks loose. With barrels of laughs and buckets of blood, don't expect award-winning performances but it's a lot of fun. Alexander Payne proves once again that he is one of the best directors around with Nebraska, a film that follows elderly Woody Grant Bruce Dern who embarks on a mile journey to Nebraska to cash in the supposed winnings of a sweepstake.
Nebraska is full of heart but also home truths when Woody arrives back in his hometown after years away. Based on Bret Easton Ellis' tale of greed, capitalism and serial killing, this dark comedy-meets-horror flick has a stellar cast, including Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon and Willem Dafoe, among many others.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a deep and intense rollercoaster ride through sprawling monologues, 80s pop tunes and murder. Martin Freeman stars in this Australian post-apocalyptic thriller that's based on a short film of the same name. It's about a world overtaken by a zombie virus and a husband and wife who are trying to survive with their young daughter. They've managed to stay uninfected so far because they've been living on a houseboat, but as you can imagine, that all changes.
It's been mostly praised by critics, who enjoy its refreshing take on the zombie genre, its emotional depth and Freeman's performance.
A series of murders has ravaged London, which leads many of the locals to believe there's only one explanation: But, as you'd probably expect, it turns out it isn't a creepy monster that's to blame after all. It's the perfect horror setup: At the same time a murderer is about to be executed, only for his psychiatrist to make a last-ditch effort to keep him alive.
So, how are these two tales linked? Well, that would be telling. Directed by The Wolverine's James Mangold, Identity may think it's brainier than it is but at least it's a whole lot of fun.
Creep was a mini indie marvel when it came out a few years back. In the sequel, Duplass is back and this time he lures someone to his home by claiming to be a serial killer. What ensues is a tense, brilliant low-fi ride. Bringing the tale of the story, which will be making anyone who has seen it wince right now, straight to your living room.
The movie follows a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by a fan. It uses some old-school cinematic techniques to give the movie a classic feel and it really works - having back projection for some of the special effects offers up a really unnerving look at Dracula.
Gary Oldman is fantastic as the titular character. The only let down is Keanu Reeves who is utterly miscast. If you can put up with that, though, then what you have is one of the most lavish horror movies ever made.
The Purge is low budget but brilliantly high concept. The idea is that there is one day a year when the world can go a bit crazy murdering and looting and it's all completely legal. This makes for a fantastic adrenaline rush of a movie that's modelled on John Carpenter style 80s heist movies. It's really good fun, as is a number of the sequels.
Gerald's Game is one of Stephen King's leaner novels, with the majority of the action taking place in one room, with one woman Jessie Burlingame alone, handcuffed to a bed, after a night of passion goes awry, with just her thoughts, her dead husband, and a number of things that go bump in the night for company. With this in mind, director Mike Flannigan has managed to pull off an adaptation that could have been very one note, by creatively bringing Burlingame's - a fantastic Carla Gugino - thoughts to life.
It's a bit too melodramatic at times and does suffer from the King curse of never knowing how to properly end his stories, but there's a lot to like about this Netflix exclusive. This horror story is all about a robbery gone wrong. The three thieves hoping to steal money from a blind veteran's home are in for a terrifying surprise when they realise he's much more violent, unpredictable and aware than they originally thought.
Blair Witch, the kind of remake, quasi sequel to the scare classic The Blair Witch Project was a big surprise when it first announced. Director Adam Wingard had made the film covertly with the title The Woods and then when it premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, they announced its link to the Blair Witch story and the crowd went, well, crazy. The film is a worthy addition to the franchise. It keeps the shaky cam stuff but also adds in some modern day twists such as drones and GPS.
It takes a while to get going but once the scares start they are relentless. This super-smart horror from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard is a movie that tries its hardest to turn the horror genre on its head, with continual knowing nods to movies of the past and a post-modern spin of the well-worn 'cabin in the woods' theme.
Don't go into this movie expecting a normal film-watching experience but do expect to have fun watching a highly original script at play. Thanks to Netflix's sometimes surprising rights, Under The Shadow has popped on to the service around the same time as the movie's Blu-ray release. We're glad it has. It's a fantastic horror film set in Tehran in the '80s, focusing on a mother and daughter seemingly terrorised by otherworldly beings in an apartment block.
The dread in this film is slow release but palpable, making it a terrific, scary watch. This ultra low budget movie comes from the Duplass Brothers and is one of the most inventive chillers in years.
Hush has a brilliant premise. Directed by Mike Flanagan it revolves around a killer who tries to get the best of a girl in the house on her own. So far so 'every horror movie ever made', but the girl who is being stalked happens to be deaf. Yes, the home invasion genre is getting tired, but Hush manages to quietly breathe new life into it. One of the more high-concept horrors on the list, Would You Rather is about a group of seven people who are invited to a millionaire's house to play a game of 'Would You Rather'.
The game turns out to be one of the most sadistic around. Justin Lin directs the latest instalment of Star Trek with bombast. And thank goodness he does, because the explosions and flash camera angles manage to mask some of the cracks in this film.
Don't get us wrong: Star Trek Beyond is a lot of fun, but feels a little smaller than the first two rebooted movies. There's more humour, though, and the cast still shine.
Next time, though, more Bones please! Alex Garland is a master of sci-fi. It has skipped past a wide cinema release, heading direct to Netflix. This sharp supernatural thriller sees Natalie Portman play a botanist investigating a mysterious, and expanding, wall of light in the deep south of America. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a cinematic masterpiece. We're pretty sure you could watch it without sound or subtitles and still be in absolute awe of the aesthetics. But if you did that you'd also be missing out on a well-paced drama starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock full of twists and turns all about things not going quite as planned in space.
It also has an exceptional soundtrack and visual effects. It's one to turn all the lights off for and watch on the biggest screen in your house - you won't be disappointed. Netflix surprised everyone when it revealed it had the streaming rights to the third instalment of the loose Cloverfield franchise, the Cloverfield Paradox, and now it has the original film.
Each Cloverfield film is different, and the original uses the 'found footage' narrative device to document an attack on New York by a huge alien monster. While the Cloverfield Paradox didn't quite capture the magic of the original, the first film is definitely worth catching while it's on Netflix. Based on the popular book series by the same name, Divergent is set in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic US in which people are divided up based on their skills and virtues.
The main character is Beatrice, who finds out she doesn't fit into one of the set categories, but is instead Divergent. It's the first instalment in The Divergent Series and two other movies, Insurgent and Allegiant follow it. A fourth and final movie is currently in production, but there have been a few hiccups due to the fact Allegiant didn't perform as well as expected at the box office.
Given it was made in , the effects of Back To The Future still stand up today. Actually, so does everything about the movie.
It's a fantastic old-school romp that showcases Michael J Fox as one of the most affable actors around. Spielberg may have only produced the movie but his fingerprints are all over it.
Back To The Future is a classic that is endlessly fun and rewatchable. The effects may look a tad dated now but The Abyss was SFX filmmaking at its best when it was released in the late '80s.
Directed by James Cameron, sandwiched between Aliens and Terminator 2 in his oeuvre, the film is about a diving team looking for a lost nuclear submarine but instead encounter something wholly different. It's a thought-provoking slice of sci-fi that's more thriller than action.
A sequel to sci-fi classic Robocop, in this follow-up movie the half-machine, half-man super cop is on a mission to rid Detroit of a deadly new drug. It may not be as good as the original, but it's still a solid sci-fi movie and full of cheesy one-liners.
Watch on Netflix here. In the not-so-distant future, people are ranked, judged and given jobs not based on their abilities and interests, but on their genetic makeup. Gattaca follows the story of a man with less-than-perfect DNA Ethan Hawke who is desperate to travel into space, which is a privilege only reserved for the perfect. Jim Carey has always been an actor that takes things to extremes - whether it's his face gurning or physical comedy.
Mixing exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Carey that the studios didn't want released, this is one revealing documentary about the things people do to make people laugh. Prepare to re-live your childhood with this movie length documentary that takes a deep dive into He-Man, its origins, stories and the impact the character had that went well beyond a toy line and a TV show.
The great thing about this documentary is it's the result of a crowdfunding campaign from a few years ago. It's always great to see a genuinely good idea become a reality. Full of hubris that you can only get when a documentary crew gets more than they bargained for see also: The Jinx , Weiner follows the mayoral campaign of Anthony Weiner only for him to be embroiled in a sex scandal as the cameras are still shooting.
Director Martin Scorsese may well be known for his Hollywood productions but he has a decent sideline in rock documentaries. The latest to hit Netflix focuses on George Harrison, knitting together archive footage with interviews and home movies.
With nuclear war still a threat today and a growing one at that , a documentary on how atomic warfare came to be was always going to feel prescient but The Bomb feels like more than that. It's a full-on assault on the senses that weaves archive footage together to create a non-linear, experimental piece that's more mosaic than montage, with a message that's pretty clear: While it's no doubt not as potent as it was in a live space, it's still well worth a watch.
Like a real-life Spinal Tap, the story of Anvil, the oft-forgotten heavy metal pioneers is as tragic as it is funny and uplifting. A huge influence on the likes of Metallica and metal's megastars, Anvil never got to enjoy the success of their peers, resigned to the axe-wielding history books. Anvil never went away. Continuing to shred on the toilet circuit, the documentary follows the ageing rockers as they make one last attempt at hitting the big time. Throw up the horns, but keep a hanky at the ready — Anvil: The Story of Anvil is as good as a rock-doc gets.
The White Helmets is, quite rightly, the winner of Netflix's first-ever Oscar.