Netflix has undoubtedly become one of the biggest streaming platforms and it is definitely no stranger to the original content as well. Netflix has continued to beef up its slate of original content, including numerous horror movies and TV shows that have achieved both critical acclaim and audience adoration. In fact, the streaming platform began pushing out such a high level of original horror movies and TV shows that they were able to launch a Halloween campaign around it called “Netflix and Chills.” Now when we speak of this, fans that love the hardcore/horror genre should really make their way to Netflix right now and binge-watch the content that have they have curated.
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, theatres from all around the world were shut down, and even when they were reopened, they could house only half of the capacity of the audience as a guideline to social distancing. And amongst all this, Netflix thrived well. Even though the streaming platform had planned a lot for the year, Netflix also acquired a handful of films that were meant to be released on the big screen but had to of films that were meant to be released on the big screen. However, most of Netflix’s best original content was always intended to be released by them, further cementing their place as a legitimate production company.
Not only horror, but even psychological terror and comedy were seen almost every time on Netflix, and it is no doubt that Netflix has a huge array of variety. Each one is enjoyable in its own right, allowing global audiences to enjoy new movies and television shows in a time when it has become more difficult to seek them out. Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorites from 2020. Check them out:
It is a Norwegian horror anthology series released in March 2020. The show told six unique stories, mixing dark humor with grim violence and terror. At the top of each episode, the camera slowly pans across an ominous bus before it zooms in on one of its passengers and tells that person’s unfortunate tale. Bloodride offers bite-sized pieces of horror and often ends each story with a cruel twist of fate. But unlike Black Mirror, Bloodride doesn’t ever really throw a bone to its audience in the form of the stray happy ending. There’s absolutely nothing cheerful about this anthology series.
First released in January 2020, His House did not manage to find much traction until later in this year. The horror movie works because it is deeply unsettling. Throughout His House, it’s clear that there’s something that the audience doesn’t know about Rial and Bol’s escape from their village to their new country. That underlying element of their story haunts them as much as the visions of people from their tribe that they see all over the house. The British film follows couple Rial and Bol as they escaped their war-torn village in South Sudan to start over in England. They struggle to adjust to their new life due to an evil lurking in their assigned home. The malignant spirit threatens both their relationship and their sanity.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen
It is a follow-up to 2017’s The Babysitter. The sequel picks up two years later when no one believes Cole about what happened. But during an overnight trip with his classmates, Bee’s old cult is back from the dead and out for blood. The Babysitter: Killer Queen is just plain fun. It invokes nodes of B-horror, which is a sub-genre not often seen in recent years. Because of that, it’s obvious that the cast had a blast making the film. That joy translates on screen, making it a fun watch for audiences.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
I’m Thinking of Ending Things unapologetically twists the viewer’s mind, long after the credits are done. The movie keeps the feeling of dread and unease going the entire time, truly delivering on the meaning of psychological horror. I’m Thinking of Ending Things unapologetically twists the viewer’s mind, long after the credits are done. The movie keeps the feeling of dread and unease going the entire time, truly delivering on the meaning of psychological horror.
Vampires vs The Bronx
The horror-comedy follows a group of teenagers from the Bronx. A group of vampires rolls into their neighborhood, so they take it upon themselves to protect the Bronx from the vampires. The movie works because it seamlessly blends two starkly different worlds into a perfectly silly comedic horror movie.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Bly Manor blends horror and emotion in a way that’s largely unprecedented. The audience may be cowering in fear during one scene and wiping away a tear in the next. The show pulls this off so well because of beautiful, detail-oriented scripts brought to life by an immensely talented cast. Bly Manor is a love story and a ghost story rolled as together.
With all this, we’re sure that Netflix is going to release better and crazier content in 2021 as well.