Horror/thrillers - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"Candyman": With the new sequel from Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods") coming out this summer (hopefully) and a whole lot of time on our collective hands, there's no better time to catch up with this cult horror hit about a murderous legend who kills you if you say his name five times in a mirror.
"The Evil Dead": A movie about the dangers of social distancing. (But not really.) Sam Raimi's gory cult classic follows a group of friends heading out to a cabin getaway only to accidentally awake the violently evil dead after reading a book they shouldn't have read. Whoops.
"The Gift": A couple's move to a new home gets an unwelcome housewarming gift: a visit from an old former school friend of the husband who seems to have some old gripes to bring into their new house. A creepy thriller of manners – with an A-grade casting pick in Jason Bateman as the husband.
"Green Room": When it comes to movies about punk rockers fighting neo-Nazis, led by an evil Captain Picard, "Green Room" is easily the finest. Jokes aside, this unnervingly tense thriller isn't for the faint of heart – spoiler alert: a lot of bad things happen to people – but it is one of the best movies of the past decade.
"Insidious": Before there was "The Conjuring," there was "Insidious," an equally freaky throwback-style horror flick with old-school style haunts given new (undead) life by director James Wan, telling a story about a family whose son falls into a menacing ghost-induced spectral coma.
"The Invitation": A group of friends gather for a wine night ... annnnd that's all I'm telling you. Truly the less you know, the better with this outstandingly intense slow-burn smart thriller.
"It Comes At Night": Why not liven a real-life pandemic situation with this moody horror thriller about a family living during a deserted apocalypse, whose solitude is broken by the arrival of a new family looking for shelter?! It's a tense thriller much more about paranoia and dread than blood and guts.
"Silence of the Lambs": Have yourself some fava beans and a nice chianti to go along with this outstanding Oscar-winning thriller about a young FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who makes a tenuous team with an imprisoned cannibal killer (Anthony Hopkins) in order capture another deadly murderer. The Jonathan Demme film may be almost 30 years old, but it's still terrific.
"Train to Busan": Getting into South Korean cinema after "Parasite"? Run out of Bong Joon-ho movies on Netflix? Thankfully, we've got your next favorite foreign hit right here with "Train to Busan," a horror-thriller about a bunch of train passengers trying to fend off zombies on their trip. And you thought YOUR commute sucks!
"The Witch": If bonus dread if what you're looking for during these strange times, try out this excellent horror-filled blast to the past – the 17th century, to be exact, as a family of religious settlers is menaced by a mysterious witch from the nearby woods.
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