The hardest part about Netflix and chill is choosing what you’re going to watch next.
So if you’re struggling with the endless array of choices, here’s a list of new horror additions to Netflix NZ this Feb to get you started!
Tues 1 Feb: The Possession of Hannah Grace
From 2018, with a storyline similar to The Autopsy of Jane Doe, The Possession of Hannah Grace is the story of Megan Reed, an ex-police officer now working in a morgue, and the strange happenings that occur there after the body of a brutally murdered young woman is brought in. This film is actually based off real life events that occurred in France in 2001, where the bodies of 6 people were found dead in a morgue with all their bones broken and strange markings on their chests and backs. The movie doesn’t get fantastic reviews, but the concept and story behind it means it’s worth a watch.
Wed 9 Feb: The Privilege
This one is for all you foreign horror fans out there! The Privilege (or more accurately Das Privileg) is a German horror about a wealthy teen and his buddies investigating supernatural events at their super posh private school. Marketed as a “teen horror”, The Privilege looks like it could have some fun scares and provide a bit of entertainment while you’re trying to escape the heat indoors.
Wed 16 Feb: Unfriended
One of my personal favourites, Unfriended is a 2015 flick and one of the pioneers of the video chat found footage-style horrors that immerse viewers in the story. Here we follow a group of friends who get a creepy Skype message from a classmate who committed suicide the year before. Quickly they realize it’s not a joke and that their actions have dire consequences. Unfriended is super fun and has some unexpected scares to keep you on your toes.
Wed 16 Feb: Crimson Peak
A bit more on the mystery/thriller side, Crimson Peak is a 2015 flick directed by Guillermo del Toro about a young woman who moves into a creepy mansion in the English countryside with her new husband and his sister. Crimson Peak is perfect for those into more gothic style horror, and it’s full of all the things we expect to see from del Toro like beautiful costumes and dreamy set designs. And with Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok), Jessica Chastain (IT), and Mia Wasikowska (Only Lovers Left Alive) in the lead roles, you know there’s some fantastic acting in there as well.
Fri Feb 18: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A direct sequel to the 1974 original, the 2022 TCM takes place 47 years after Sally and her friends encountered Leatherface in rural Texas. With a new group of 20-somethings pushed into the firing line of the deranged madman, this one even has a throwback to the original by bringing back John Larrouquette to narrate the beginning sequence. Even with the splattering of sequels and remakes already out there, I’m looking forward to seeing Leatherface swing his chainsaw again.
Mon 21 Feb: Don’t Kill Me
Another foreign entry, Don’t Kill Me is an Italian movie about two young lovers who die at the same time of a drug overdose. But when one of them is brought back from death, forced to survive in a world without the other, the price to keep living may be too high to pay.
Mon 28 Feb: Escape Room
Escape Room was a bit of a sleeper hit from 2019 and has already spawned a sequel that was released last year. The original is a campy, good time and is kind of like Saw for beginners. The escape room themes are really creative, and even though the movie loses a bit of momentum towards the end, it’s pretty entertaining and worth checking out.
Watch Right Now: Archive 81
Based on the hit podcast series of the same name, Archive 81 tells the story of an archivist hired to restore a collection of video tapes. During the process, he uncovers a mystery of a missing director and the demonic cult she was investigating. The reviews promise supernatural thrills and spills, and you can watch it right now on Netflix!