New on Netflix is a weekly feature here at Wicked Horror where we take a look at the latest additions to everyone’s favorite streaming service. It can be tough sifting through all those horror titles, not really knowing what’s worth watching and what isn’t. Sometimes, you know exactly what you’re looking for, but when you go to watch it the title has already been taken down. Here, we do our best to let you know what’s been added and re-added from week to week.
As always, the beginning of the month hits us with a lot of strong material, with some current favorites and old classics alike. Hopefully, this keeps up throughout the month. We tend to lose a lot at the end of the year, but we gain a lot too, making 2016 look like it’s off to a promising start.
So kick back, relax, make some popcorn or maybe even munch on some candy corn as we bring you what’s new on Netflix for the week of January 2nd.
While it strays very far from the source material—for that, you’re better off with the short-lived TV series—the Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves in nonetheless a visual feast and a lot of fun. There’s some great acting talent involved in this one, including Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare and Rachel Weisz that makes it more than the standard supernatural antihero fare. Reeves traditionally wooden performance actually fits this tired, beaten down take on the comic character.
Based on the gripping book of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a truly haunting film. It’s driven by great performances across the board by Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller, it’s a truly uncomfortable, disturbing and incredibly poignant narrative. While it might not be traditionally thought of as horror, almost everything about it is horrific. The subject matter alone is inherently unsettling but the whole product, from writing to acting to direction will stick with you for days.
House of Wax
Long touted as one of the worst remakes of all time, 2005’s House of Wax has gained a surprising fan base in the ten years since its release. The first fans were those that just wanted to see Paris Hilton die a grisly death by impalement, but I don’t think she’s famous enough now for that to be the only reason people still like this movie. Whatever the case, you can revisit it on Netflix to see which side of the camp—one of the worst remakes or one of the best?—you find yourself on.