Back again with another quick recap of some various horror finds on Netflix. For the first time in a long time, we have three total winners making up the bunch. There is definitely a common theme between them, as they are all very tense films, and high in drama. So if you’re looking for films that semi-stress you out (in a good way), these are it.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)
At a Catholic boarding school, two teen girls are left alone for the weekend and find that something evil lurks within the walls. Directed by Osgood Perkins and starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, and Lucy Boynton, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a tension-filled horror film that benefits from its slow-burn. Bouncing from a couple of timelines throughout, the film culminates in a really unsuspecting way.
Perkins’ budding signature atmosphere wins once again with this, delivering an intriguing story with a moody aesthetic. The latter being something I enjoyed in his other film I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, even though I wasn’t completely blown away by the story overall. I think he does a great job with creating tone and does an even better job grounding his supernatural elements. While the “twist” didn’t quite impress me, I certainly enjoyed this film as a whole regardless.
Green Room (2015)
A punk band get a last-minute gig at a secluded neo-Nazi bar and stumble upon the aftermath of a murder in the back lounge. Trapped by the club employees, the band must fight their way out, as the owner does everything he can to ensure they never make it.
Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Sir Patrick Stewart, Green Room is one wild, unexpected ride the whole way through, with a brutally satisfying ending. It’s one of few films I’ve seen in recent years that has really captivated me in full and kept me on the edge of my seat. It also features an incredible performance by the late Yelchin, who just lights up the screen, even in the most disturbing of films.
It Comes at Night (2017)
A family keeps themselves locked inside a remote home, hiding from an unexplained disease plaguing the outside world. When another family seeks refuge on their compound, paranoia sets in and the two families find themselves weary of one another. Starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough, It Comes at Night carries an unnerving tone throughout with a gut-wrenching ending.
Writer/director Trey Edward Shults builds so much tension with such vague storytelling, and I loved every bit of the ambiguity and metaphorical message it provides. It’s a fun film to dissect and reflect upon, and one that certainly offers new views upon a second watch. It leaves so much to the audiences interpretation and I love that it doesn’t answer all your questions.
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