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Horror Films To Watch On Netflix – Part Two

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By Don Gillette

Whew…
Good thing I didn’t try to review “Chick Flicks” or I never would have finished this little epistle. There are a million of those on Netflix, but still only 42 horror movies. My last column ran through the first 21 and here are the remaining 21 horror films streaming on Netflix:

A Haunted House 2:

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Not really a horror film, but it shows up when you look for “Horror” on Netflix. I’m a stickler for accuracy, so I have to include it. Having said that, though, it really is frightening, scary, and creepy that this film ever got made because it’s the stupidest waste of celluloid I’ve ever had to sit through. I can’t give you a plot synopsis because there is no plot. Depending on your sense of humor, you’ll either love this or hate it. If your sense of humor stopped developing when you were 7, it’s your cup of tea. Yes, I know I’m not rating Oscar winners or documentaries about the Holocaust–but this thing was neither scary nor funny. It was just bad.

The Damned:

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A family traveling in Colombia gets in a traffic accident and they hole up for the night in an inn. When they hear activity in the basement, they go down there and free a girl who was trapped inside. Surprise–the girl is an evil spirit. The Damned, also known as Gallows Hill is a pretty good horror movie; it’s formulaic, there are some good scares, the acting is decent, and it’s plenty creepy. Usually I avoid movies that were “also known as” because normally this means, “this was a shitty movie so we changed the title hoping you wouldn’t notice,” but on a dark and stormy night, you might enjoy this one.

Mercy:

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If you’re reading this particular column, you’re probably a Stephen King fan. If you’re a Stephen King fan, you might remember his short story “Gramma.” This film is based on that story and it’s an okay bit of horror. The premise is easy enough: a single mother and her two sons help take care of their grandmother who just happens to have mystical powers. This one’s not going to make anybody’s “Top 10” list, but the acting is solid (and there are some great actors in the ensemble) and it’s good enough for a watch. (By the way, there’s a Twilight Zone episode called “Gramma” that does the same story in 45 minutes and it’s better).

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers:

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The first Halloween team, Debra Hill and John Carpenter, also wrote this one, so you can put any memories of Halloween XXVII, etc., out of your mind. It’s old home day in Haddonfield, Illinois: Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist who wants Michael Myers dead; Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode (well, actually her daughter), and even little Tommy Doyle, the kid Laurie was babysitting in the original, are back. Six years after Michael Myers’ last outing, he comes back to Haddonfield looking for his niece (that’d be Laurie’s daughter) who escaped from him (after she gave birth to his kid). So not only is Michael still a homicidal maniac, he’s into incest. If you’re a fan of the Halloween series, you’ll enjoy this. They should have stopped after this one.

A Haunting At Silver Falls:

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A few years ago, a guy was wrongfully convicted of murdering his two daughters. The daughters haunt the town where the crime took place. Sounds very simplistic, but it makes for a good ghost story and they’re hard to come by. A good, rock-bottom, ghost story is actually a rare thing. No devils, no hell hounds, no Ouija boards… just a couple of murdered girls who won’t lay down until justice is served. Give this one a try; you won’t be disappointed.

At The Devil’s Door:

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Okay, I’ll make it quick. A real estate agent meets a crazy girl whom she thinks is the runaway daughter of a couple whose house she’s selling. The movie is 10 or 12 little stories that don’t quite synch up. Your best bet is to move rather rapidly along. I watched this for you–life is hard.

Exeter:

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The funny thing about Exeter is that it announces it’s “…from the director of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…” but the truth is it’s from the director of the remakes of Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre—the two worst remakes in the history of horror films.

A group of teenagers, throwing a drug party in an abandoned insane asylum (always a good idea), decide they’ll fool around with the occult. When they’re possessed by evil spirits, they’re only slightly more amusing than they were when they were just drug-addled teenagers throwing a party in an abandoned insane asylum.

This movie isn’t scary, but it’s gory. If that’s your thing, you might want to give it a shot. Could it have been better? Well, yeah–but Ben Affleck is Batman. Hollywood’s lost its mind. Next up–Jesse Eisenberg as Muhammad Ali.

The Houses October Built:

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Pretty cool.

Tired of all the semi-haunted houses that crop up around Halloween, five friends take off in an RV in search of the real thing. Just when they’re about to give up, things start happening and they figure out the haunt has come to them.

It’s a “found footage” type of film and I think we’re all getting a little tired of them, but overall, this is a good ride. The acting is better than you’d expect for a “B” movie, the plot line is more original than most, and the scenes in all the haunted houses are a lot of fun.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil:

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A masterpiece. This movie was out for 5 years before I watched it because I thought it would be stupid. It was brilliant.

Tucker and Dale are just a couple of lovable West Virginia “good ole boys” who head out to their dilapidated vacation cabin to drink beer and go fishing. A group of hipster college kids run into them and just assume that Tucker and Dale are in-bred, murdering psychopaths.

It’s a horror film/comedy/cult classic that should be required viewing for anybody who’s ever watched The Evil Dead or Deliverance or Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland or Tremors or any of a hundred others. My idea of a good weekend would be to hang out with Tucker and Dale.

Haunter:

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Hmmm.

I just watched it (for this column) and it was most cool. When she hits 16, Lisa finds out she’s stuck in time living the same day over and over again a’ la’ Groundhog Day. Pretty soon, she figures out that she, her parents, and her little brother are all dead and trapped in the day they were murdered. Lisa discovers that she can contact people—people who are also victims of the killer in the past and the future. She learns the killer’s name (Oscar–go figure) and sets out to find a way to stop him.

Is it really a horror movie? No… it’s more of a thriller where most of the characters are dead people; a ghost story with bizarre turns and twists. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

V/H/S:

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Another “found footage” movie that tosses too many slices of horror movies at you to come together in a package.

Somebody hired a group of morons to burglarize a deserted house in the country to find a rare VHS tape. What they find are a bunch of old television sets, a dead body, and some film clips that show gory and ghastly imagery. This film tries to be an anthology tied around a central story, but it doesn’t quite make it.

It’s definitely worth a look, but it’s no Frankenstein.

The Den:

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Interesting, but a little claustrophobic.

A girl studying the habits of webcam chat site users watches a horrific murder one night during her research. When she, her family, and her friends, are targeted by the murderer, she gets more involved in the webcam chat scene.

Most of this film takes place on computer monitors, cameras, and cellphones and although that’s annoying, it adds to the suspense.

Well worth a watch, The Den is another “found footage” film, but not as bad as most.

The Seasoning House:

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A deeply disturbing horror and revenge film—and highly recommended.

In the Balkans in 1996, the population of a small town is slaughtered by the militia. A young girl, Angel, escapes death, but is taken by the commander and put to work caring for the girls of The Seasoning House, a brothel of drugged and kidnapped young girls who are prostituted to the military. Angel isn’t quite pretty enough to work as a whore, so she finds ways to move between the walls and crawlspaces in the house to help the other girls–and in so doing, she sees more than she’s intended to see. When the men who murdered her family show up, her revenge begins.

Doesn’t sound like a horror movie, does it? Give it 15 minutes and get back to me on that.

Killer Mermaid:

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Two American girls go on vacation in the Mediterranean and discover the hideout of a killer mermaid.

I’m sorry… I really am… I tried to watch it. Got 30 minutes into it and my neck got sore from shaking my head. I was afraid if I screamed at the TV one more time, my wife would call “the people” and have me taken away.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare:

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I don’t like these films that try and blend the movie with reality. And I don’t like it when a cult figure like Wes Craven has to have his name stuck in front of the film’s title to get somebody to watch it. But…

On the 10th anniversary of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp (who played Nancy Thompson in the original and is now playing herself in this one) starts getting phone calls from Freddy Krueger. When her husband (yes—her real husband) is killed in a car accident and is found with slash marks on his face, Heather begins to suspect something. (Really?) She discovers that Wes Craven is writing another “Nightmare” movie and somehow they figure that Heather has to play Nancy one more time in order to defeat Freddy.

If this makes you want to grab your head and yell “Son of a bitch!” as loud as you can, I understand, but surprisingly enough, this is a good horror film. If you enjoyed A Nightmare On Elm Street, you’ve got to see this.

The Pact:

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I’m not going to lie to you—I watched this film about 2 years ago, I liked it, and I’ll be damned if I remember why.

It’s the story of a woman who comes home, with her daughter for the funeral of her mother, moves into her mother’s house, and discovers that her mother’s ghost is still hanging around. The mother wasn’t what you’d call a nice person, either. As the story progresses, the woman and her daughter vanish and it’s left up to her sister to discover the dark secrets in the family’s past.

I know it sounds hokey, but it was terrifying. It starts slowly—regular haunted house movie—but it turns into a really great, low-budget excursion.

The Human Centipede 3:

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If you read the previous column which feathered The Human Centipede 1, then you know it wasn’t the greatest of movies. Imagine what they’ve done to it with two sequels. And this one’s got poor Eric Roberts in it, too. I like that guy—Julia Roberts’ brother–he’s a good actor. I don’t know why he picks such idiotic parts in such idiotic movies.

In this steaming pile, Eric Roberts plays the Governor of Someplace. A prison warden is trying to gain the governor’s approval by coming up with the best punishment in the universe for prisoners. The best he can come up with is sewing inmates together ass-to-mouth.

I didn’t want to watch it, but I did—mostly on fast forward. Trust me–you won’t want to watch it, either.

Contracted:

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A girl contracts a sexually-transmitted disease… or that’s what she thinks she’s got. It ends up being something a lot worse, but whatever it is, it couldn’t be as bad as this truly, truly horrible movie.

The first clue that a movie’s going to be bad is if the Director and the Writer are the same person. I’ve figured this out over many years of reviewing movies. If Eric England is the director and Eric England is the writer, you’re in for something stupid. If Eric England or his wife or his kid is also in the movie, you’re in for something infinitely more stupid. I think Eric England’s entire family must have been in this one.

Just walk away.

Creep:

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A cameraman answers a Craigslist advertisement for a one-day job in an isolated mountain village and when he arrives, he discovers his boss is a little bit on the strange side.

This is another “found footage” film and as soon as that stops, I’ll be a lot happier with the horror genre, but this one is actually good. It’s full of tension, very well-paced, and sort of takes the whole “stalker” thing to another level.

I predict this will become a cult classic in a few years—watch it now so you can nod your head knowingly at parties and say, “I saw it years ago.”

The Rite:

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Always nice to end on a high note and they don’t get much higher than Anthony Hopkins.

Father Lucas (Hopkins) is an eminent Jesuit priest who has performed several exorcisms in the past. His newest student, Father Michael, has come to him in the hopes that the older, experienced priest can help him strengthen his faith. Father Lucas is a bit of an oddball, but when his exorcism of a 16 year old girl fails and the demon that was inside the girl finds another host, it’s up to Father Michael to fight and destroy the evil.

Sure, it’s hackneyed, but it’s not “just another exorcism movie.” It’s a good one.

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So there you have it – all 42 horror films streaming on Netflix in two concise, little bundles.

And here we are in spring with summer looming ahead; hours and hours of sunshine each day, hot weather, and Halloween is months away…

But if you happen to awaken in the dead of night, no birds singing, no kids outside playing, thunderstorm crashing and banging outside, and you’re feeling the need for a little scare, dive right in.

The water’s frigid, the lightning is flashing shadows against the mirror, and you might have forgotten to double-check the front door before you went to bed. What to do, what to do…

Don Gillette writes thrillers, horror, and dark literature. He is the author of three novels, a dozen volumes of poetry, and hundreds of short stories and newspaper articles. His latest book, Old Leather, is a collection of short fiction available world-wide at booksellers and on-line retailers.

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You may have heard of all the secret codes on Netflix before but did you know there are quite a few Disney specific codes too? Here’s a list of all the Disney secret Netflix codes on Netflix.

Bare in mind these codes only work on desktop computers. All you have to do is type this in: http://www.netflix.com/WiAltGenre?agid=INSERTNUMBER and add the code to the end.

Category Name Category Code
Disney 107538
Disney Films 65437
Classic Disney Movies 68780
Disney Channel 100406
Blockbuster Disney Movies 521214
Disney Princess Movies 60719

Every Disney Category on Netflix

Disney Shorts

Cover Title / Description
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (2015) IMDb Score: 7.9/10
This collection of 12 short films from Disney includes “Frozen Fever,” the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse!” and Oscar winners “Paperman” and “Feast.”

Animated Disney Movies

Cover Title / Description
An Extremely Goofy Movie An Extremely Goofy Movie (1999) IMDb Score: 6.1/10
Goofy’s son Max is eagerly heading to college. When Goofy loses his job, he gets sent back to school himself and ends up at the same college as Max.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
This action-filled animated tale follows the exploits of a group of adventurers as they journey under the sea to the fabled kingdom of Atlantis.
Bolt Bolt (2008) IMDb Score: 6.3/10
This tale follows German shepherd Bolt, a canine actor who makes a cross-country trek when he’s mistakenly shipped from Hollywood to New York City.
Brother Bear 2 Brother Bear 2 (2006) IMDb Score: 6.5/10
After awakening from a long hibernation, Kenai and his bear buddy Koda set off on a life-changing mission to help their human friend Nita get married.
Chicken Little Chicken Little (2005) IMDb Score: 5.8/10
No one believes Chicken Little when he tries to warn of an alien invasion — so it’s up to him and his misfit friends to save the world!
Coco Coco (2017) IMDb Score: 8.1/10
On Día de los Muertos, young would-be musician Miguel crosses into the afterlife on a quest to meet his ancestor and understand his family legacy.
Coco (Spanish Version) Coco (Spanish Version) (2017) IMDb Score: 8.1/10
On Día de los Muertos, young would-be musician Miguel crosses into the afterlife on a quest to meet his ancestor and understand his family legacy.
Hercules Hercules (1997) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
The heavenly Hercules is stripped of his immortality and raised on Earth instead of Olympus, where he’s forced to take on Hades and assorted monsters.
Lilo & Stitch Lilo & Stitch (2002) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
Disney’s song-filled animated comedy follows a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo who adopts a funny-looking dog and doesn’t realize it’s a wacky alien.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (2005) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Just as rowdy alien Stitch begins settling in with his new adopted family, he suddenly goes haywire and reverts to his destructive behavior.
Meet the Robinsons Meet the Robinsons (2007) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
Young Lewis, who’s always wondered why his mother put him up for adoption, may get his answer when Wilbur Robinson whisks him away to the future.
Mulan Mulan (1998) IMDb Score: 7.8/10
Disney brings an ancient legend to life in this animated tale of a tomboy who disguises herself as a man so she can fight with the Chinese Army.
Mulan 2 Mulan 2 (2004) IMDb Score: 6.3/10
Courageous heroine Mulan and her hilarious luck dragon, Mushu, are back for more adventures in this sequel to Disney’s smash hit.
Pocahontas Pocahontas (1995) IMDb Score: 6.9/10
A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.
Tarzan Tarzan (1999) IMDb Score: 7.3/10
After being shipwrecked off the African coast, a lone child grows up in the wild, and is destined to become lord of the jungle.
The Emperor's New Groove The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
In this animated Disney adventure, a South American emperor experiences a reversal of fortune when his power-hungry adviser turns him into a llama.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) IMDb Score: 6.8/10
When suspicious scout fairies scheme to capture the fearsome-looking NeverBeast, Tinker Bell and Fawn set out to save the wondrous creature.
The Incredibles 2 on Netflix The Incredibles 2 (2018) IMDb Score: 7.8/10
When Elastigirl gets recruited for a high-profile crime-fighting mission, Mr. Incredible takes on his toughest assignment ever: full-time parenting.

 

 

Live Action Disney Movies on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time (2018) IMDb Score: 5.1/10
Years after their father disappears, Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace cross galaxies on a quest to save him from the heart of darkness.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast (2017) (2017) IMDb Score: 6.9/10
Held captive in an enchanted castle where clocks and candlesticks come to life, a brave young woman clashes with a beastly but good-hearted prince.
Bridge to Terabithia Bridge to Terabithia (2007) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
New classmate Leslie unlocks a mesmerizing world of fantasy and imagination for fifth-grader Jesse in this adventure based on the best-selling novel.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) IMDb Score: 6.4/10
A group of seniors who are having a hard time leaving high school behind stage a musical expressing their hopes and fears about the future.
National Treasure National Treasure (2004) IMDb Score: 6.5/10
Modern treasure hunters search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
In the third installment of the swashbuckling series, Capt. Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth set sail for Davy Jones’s locker to rescue Jack Sparrow.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself in hot water when Salazar escapes the Devil’s Triangle and makes it his mission to obliterate every pirate at sea.

DisneyNature Titles on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
Born in China Born in China (2016) IMDb Score: 7.2/10
Experience life through the eyes of a giant panda and her young cub, a golden monkey, and a mother snow leopard as they traverse the wilds of China.
Disneynature: Wings of Life Disneynature: Wings of Life (2011) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
This mesmerizing documentary looks at bats, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees – increasingly endangered creatures vital to the world’s food supply.
Growing Up Wild Growing Up Wild (2016) IMDb Score: 7.2/10
Five baby animals from different parts of the world grow up learning to survive in the wild, nurtured by the love and guidance of their families.

Classic Disney Movies

Cover Title / Description
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk (2009) IMDb Score: 6.6/10
Mickey and the rest of the gang star in this collection of stories inspired by fairy tales, including “Gulliver Mickey” and “Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip.”
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 2: Three Little Pigs Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 2: Three Little Pigs (2009) 
The Three Little Pigs refuse to be scared by a hungry wolf — and get a crash course in construction — in this classic anthology.
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 3: The Prince and the Pauper Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 3: The Prince and the Pauper (2009) 
In a faraway land, a poor lad and a crown prince — who look exactly alike — switch places and soon uncover a plot to overthrow the king.
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 4: The Tortoise and the Hare Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 4: The Tortoise and the Hare (2009)
In this charming adaptation of Aesop’s classic fable, Max Hare and Toby Tortoise compete in a foot race that pits speed against perseverance.

Other Disney Movies on Netflix

Cover Title / Description
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) IMDb Score: 7.7/10
The ragtag, wisecracking band of miscreants known as the Guardians of the Galaxy return to unravel the mystery of Peter “Star Lord” Quill’s origins.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
A former thief leads an eccentric band, including a blind monk and an enemy robot, on a mission to steal plans for a powerful imperial space station.
Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
As the remnants of the Resistance flee Kylo Ren and the First Order, Rey seeks out Luke Skywalker — but he wants nothing more to do with the Force.
Thor: Ragnarok Thor: Ragnarok (2017) IMDb Score: 7.5/10
To save Asgard from a bloodthirsty goddess of death, the mighty Thor will have to battle his way to freedom and find a way back home.
Black Panther on Netflix Black Panther (2018) IMDb Score: 7.4/10
T’Challa, the superpowered new leader of the hidden, highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, strives to protect his home from enemies old and new.
Ant-man and The Wasp on Netflix Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) IMDb Score: 7.1/10
Problems big and small pop up when Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, gets drafted by Dr. Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp, for an urgent rescue mission.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) IMDb Score: 7.0/10
A young Han Solo tries to settle an old score with the help of his new buddy Chewbacca, a crew of space smugglers and a cunning old friend.

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War Movies have had their share of fanfare and popularity several decades ago. These War Movies are still very much favored, liked, and appreciated by the audiences across the globe. The movies never fail to invoke a myriad range of feelings among the viewers, by showcasing the cruelty and nobility of the mankind. It is not a surprise, that Netflix has included this genre, although the choices are less. Here are the best War Movies of all time, available for streaming on Netflix.

1. Full Metal Jacket [1987] –

‘Full Metal Jacket’ is a classic War movie by the legendary director, Stanley Kubrick. A hard-hitting critique of the American Military, Kubrick has explored two different topics in the film- that of American Military, and Masculinity. It can rightly be said that this is the best movie about the Vietnam War, ever made. It’s a pretty dark film, full of dark humor, which exhibits the consequence of taking up arms against someone.

2. Schindler’s List [1993] –

This epic movie, based on World War II is an absolute must-watch.  With the spectacular direction of Steven Spielberg, and a brilliant script by Steven Zaillian, accompanied by the perfect music, cinematography, and casting, this movie is awe-inspiring. The film follows the journey of Oskar Schindler, who helps the Jewish flee the Nazi regime. The movie has won a lot of critical appreciation, and it is surely one of the best movies on Netflix. It is also a seven-time Oscar Award winner.

3. Inglourious Basterds [2009]-

Quentin Tarantino’s love for the two themes- vengeance and cinema, could not have led to a better outcome than this. Available on Netflix, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ revolves around the World War II era, where a group of soldiers, led by their ‘drawl-heavy’ Lieutenant (played by Brad Pitt!) go undercover to take down the cruel Nazi government. The movie also gave us the gem Christoph Waltz, a brilliant villain. Do not miss the opening dialogue of the movie, which is a classic Tarantino move.

4. Beasts of No Nation [2015] –

Based on the fierce novel by Uzodinma Iweala of the same name, the plot traces the development of Agu. Agu is a child, who is recruited to be a soldier in the African Civil War. Such radical groups are plenty in number, in a politically turbulent country. This movie shows the struggle of many such young children, who sacrifice everything. Presided over by a fierce warlord, played by the talented Idris Elba, Agu surfaces to be a strong character, who faces a cruel loss of innocence.

5. Hurt Locker [2008] –

The dynamic duo Katheryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s film ‘Hurt Locker’ won a lot of critical acclaims, even before they made ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. The film unravels the ‘addiction’ towards the idea of war, which can engulf the country, and even the soldiers. Sgt. William James is a maverick and a genius, who has a knack for defusing bombs, but ironically, he loves doing so. Bigelow dwells upon the outsider’s perspective of James, as well as his own perspective, making the audiences resonate with the film.

6. War Machine [2017] –

It’s a hard-hitting satirical take on USA’s implementation of the ‘democracy, law, and order’ in Afghanistan. The film is based on the non-fiction ‘The Operators’, written by Michael Hastings. It is his narration in the film, which contributes to the setting of a sardonic tone. The movie is set in 2009, when General Glen McMahon, after being ‘victorious’ in Iraq, is sent to Afghanistan, to remove the Taliban, and restore it as a country.

7. Pearl Harbor [2001] –

Although ‘Pearl Harbor’ can be classified as a romance, it is more of a war movie. The title of the movie being suggestive of nature, the plot is based on the deadly attacks on Pearl Harbor. The sub-plot is about the two fictional military pilots, who are competing to win over the heart of the lovely young nurse, played by Kate Beckinsale. The dramatization of Japan sneakily attacking the Navy base, and US responding to the attack, are brought to life, in a vivid manner.

8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [2011] –

Based on the Cold War, the movie ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is a story of a retired MI6 agent, who is brought back on the forces, to facilitate the investigate the accusations of a mole being inside the British spy agency. You may find the film a tad bit slow, but it’s high tension, as well as the suspicions of agents and spies are surely gripping enough to keep you captivated. This film was also nominated for three Oscars. The star cast is more than perfect- with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy’s brilliant performances.

9. Defiance [2008] –

‘Defiance’ is certainly one of the best films on Netflix, which is based on the real-life events. The novel ‘Defiance: The Bielski Partisans’ by Nechama Tec, sets the stage for the movie. Set during the Nazi’s takeover on Belarus, the plot revolves around the Bielski brothers, who join hands with the Jews, to form a militia. In their attempts to avoid the captivity, they also forge an alliance with the Russians, while their own ideologies are not perfectly in sync. It is a lesser-known movie and it got mixed reviews, but it is worth a watch.

10. The Longest Day [1962] –

The title is a reference to June 6, 1944, the day which changed the fate of the world, and even the course of World War II. This was the day when the Allied Forces invaded Normandy, with the world setting the sight on the USA. Utmost care was taken while making the film- and the film just goes on to show that. International and real-life locations were used, with an international star cast. It was a brilliant attempt to recreate the D-day, which is etched in the sands of time.

This particular genre is too vast to be summed up. The entire genre of ‘war movies’ emphasizes on the various virtues, traits, and perspectives, which are exhibited by the humans in such tragic times. The films listed above encompass these, in the best way possible. These films have won a lot of critical acclaims, and have moved the viewers across the globe. Netflix has a fine selection of such movies, and you would surely not regret to watch either of the above, as they give an insight into the past.

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Top 10 Thrillers to watch on Netflix

Netflix has a wide range of movies to choose from, especially in the genre of ‘Thrillers’. However, over the decades, the genre has digressed a bit, with the inclusion of several movies, which are merging the boundaries of this genres with other genres. Generally, the term ‘thriller’ is used to describe movies which are rich in action, drama, crime, and sometimes, even borderline horror. Due to this, one may get confused while browsing through the Netflix category for thriller movies. Here are the 10 best thrillers on Netflix, sorted out for you.

1. Se7en [1995] –

A jewel of the thriller genre, ‘Se7en’ is a neo-noir crime thriller, directed by none other than David Fincher. This film won the director a lot of critical acclaim and appreciation. With a serial killer on the loose, two detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, desperately search for clues and try to nab him. The only clue- the killer uses the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ as an ‘inspiration’ for the murders. With the cast giving wonderful performances, this movie is a treat for all the thriller lovers on Netflix.

2. The Invitation [2015] –

Underrated movie, yet, a must watch on Netflix. Karyn Kusama’s brilliant and mature direction in the film ‘The Invitation’ only goes on to show that she has grown remarkably as a director, since the film ‘Jennifer’s Body’. The film takes a jibe at the social anxiety which is often faced by the guests at a dinner party they didn’t want to go to. This is until the protagonist discovers that something sinister may be in store for everyone, as the guests have started to act weirdly.

3. It Follows [2014] –

Based on a very simple concept, the film is directed in a masterpiece manner by David Robert Mitchell. The plot is relatively easy to understand- till the ‘monster’ takes over! Maika Monroe plays a young girl, who catches upon an STD. The STD is a monster of sorts. It can kill you- unless you pass it on to someone else. The cinematography and music scores just add to the creepy feels you get while watching the film, making it a quite a thriller of a movie.

4. Inside Man [2006] –

The film ‘Inside Man’ continues to be one of the most entertaining films of the talented director Spike Lee. Again, a simple plot, where a bank heist is involved, and an expert hostage negotiator is called to diffuse the situation. Enter Denzel Washington, at his best! What would seem to be an ordinary film turns into a complex and a hardcore thriller, when there is a series of unexpected twists and turns. Spike Lee uses the storytelling devices, which will leave you guessing till the end.

5. The Departed [2006] –

A remake of the Hong Kong film ‘The Infernal Affairs’, Martin Scorsese has certainly made it even better than the original, and this film even won him the award for ‘Best Direction’. The high on ‘octane’ story follows the lives of the Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio, who end up in the same mob but with different purposes. One is an undercover cop, while another is a dirty cop. While both of them try and hide their identities, the movie picks up a pace. What ensues is a game of brutal backstabbing, and the endless wait for the truth to come out. With the impressive cast supported by Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and others, it is a must watch on Netflix- it is surely going to keep you entertained.

6. The Sixth Sense [1999] –

One of the best films by M. Night Shyamalan, ‘The Sixth Sense’ was quite of a big release in the year 1999. Of course, this was before the skepticism rose in the minds of the viewers upon seeing his name. The plot revolves around the young boy, who is unable to distinguish between the dead and the living. The child psychologist has also issues, and a highly emotionally compelling story is crafted around them. This film is one of the four horror movies to have been nominated for the Oscars in the category of ‘Best Picture’.

7. The Interview [1998] –

The initial few minutes may seem to be a bit too ‘claustrophobic’. The film begins in a very ‘Kafka’ style of story. Tables are turned sooner than later when it turns into a battle of sorts between an apparently ‘innocent’ man, and interrogator, a detective. Both of them have their own personal demons to fight with. Through the dialogue and flashbacks, the plot emerges out properly. Both the lead actors, Hugo Weaving, and Tony Martin throw the ball out of the park with their captivating and realistic performances. This Australian psychological thriller is a must watch on Netflix.

8. No Country For Old Men [2007] –

One of the best films by the Coen Brothers, ‘No Country For Old Men’ is a jewel on Netflix. The movie is an adaptation from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. The story follows the trials and tribulations of a hunter, who stumbles upon two million dollars in cash, which is an outcome of a drug deal gone rogue. His happiness is short-lived when he finds out that he is pursued by thugs as well as an assassin, who likes to have his victims play a coin of toss, to find their fate.

9. The Silence of the Lambs [1991] –

This psychological thriller is bound to give you chills and thrills while streaming on Netflix. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ is a brilliant adaptation of the novel written by Thomas Harris. The story unravels when a young FBI trainee seeks help from a prisoner- an intelligent psychologist but a cannibal! Together, they try and catch the serial killer, the ‘Buffalo Bill’- who skins corpses of his female victims. The film went on to be critically appreciated and to win five Academy Awards.

10. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [2011] –

David Fincher at its finest! This movie is worth streaming on Netflix, in case you haven’t seen it yet. The film is a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name, written by Stieg Larsson. The story revolves around the quest to find a woman who vanished 40 years ago, without any trace or major clue. The film won a lot of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

Thrillers always manage to tempt us and lure us into the mysteries it weaves. It is not necessary for the thrillers to be gory at all times. The mystery element in it is enough to keep you gripping the edge of your seat, biting the nails off, and giving you the adrenaline rush- all in the comforts of your home. This list is surely going to rattle you up, while you stream some good ‘ol thrills from the Netflix.

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