With over 80 original films released this year, Netflix is flooding the market with original content. The number is astounding. But there's no reason you should see them all. Netflix makes a lot of crappy movies. But they make some great ones too. In the coming months, Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will debut on the streaming site and both have Oscar potential. Thankfully, however, you don't have to wait for them to see something great. You'll just need an iron stomach.
There are three particularly amazing thrillers on Netflix right now that nobody is really talking about. It's likely because they all feature extreme graphic violence and little romance. They can't all be To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Thank Satan for that.
So FEAST! Behold the aforementioned thrillers... And Happy Halloween!
Starring: Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton
"The promise of the divine is but an illusion. God is pain. God is suffering. Beware false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Gnarly in that ironclad, medieval way, Apostle should definitely be viewed on an empty stomach. Directed by action phenom Gareth Evans (The Raid films), this is a horror thriller with style and substance both. And the creativity of the violence is something special. I literally said, "Oh shit!" out loud at least twice. The story follows a Welsh drifter who visits a cult looking for his sister in 1905. It's the 20th century, but it might as well be Salem 1660 with all the blind piety. However, this cult isn't worshipping the almighty, they've found a goddess who's much closer to home. As the drifter discovers the truth about the group, the walls close in and the movie gets very claustrophobic. But it's not until the heavy metal torture devices come out that the real horror begins.
The Night Comes For Us (2018)
Starring: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang
This is the movie you'd think Gareth Evans would be behind — The Night Comes For Us is a pencak silat-filled barrage of enemy combatants coming at you. But it was actually directed by Timo Tjahjanto, Evans's buddy and one half of the Mo Brothers, who've been pushing the horror envelope in Indonesia for the last decade. This is a guy who knows how to let the blood flow. And does it ever in The Night Comes For Us. The action flick is a bloodbath of stab wounds and broken limbs that pits the South East Asian Triad against one of its former and most legendary members. He saves a girl who shouldn't have been saved and is hunted mercilessly. The bad guys come in waves and the action never relents. Don't blink watching this one.
Hold the Dark (2018)
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough
From the vaunted director of Blue Ruin and Green Room, Jeremy Saulnier, Hold the Dark is another thriller that'll make your hands sweat throughout. It's an original concept written by Macon Blair, Saulnier's favorite actor (who also appears in a brief role). The story follows Jeffrey Wright as a wolf scholar who travels to deep woods Alaska at the request of a young woman whose son was tragically taken by a wolf pack. And other children have been taken as well. However, the truth runs much deeper and the local natives have a different, more demonic theory for the violence. Hold the Dark is a slow-burning thriller that's easily the least-blood-soaked film of the three listed here, but don't be fooled. It'll leave you gasping for air.