It’s Friday and you know what that means: It’s time to figure out what you’ll be binging during the upcoming week. Welcome back to New on Netflix! The streaming giant’s horror department has always been a mixed bag. However, I’d say they’ve really stepped up their game in the last couple of years with the release of amazing, essential watches. We’ve been treated to must see original programming like The Haunting of Hill House, Velvet Buzzsaw, Hush, and some of the classics we all know and love.
This week, as we prepare to enter a new month, we have plenty of Netflix arrivals that will fill your nostalgia quota.
June 1st has quite a few arrivals. First up is The Boy. When young American Greta takes a job as a nanny, she is surprised to discover the child she’s been entrusted to care for is actually a doll. The couple explains that they care for the child as a way to cope with the death of their son which occurred 20 years earlier. When Greta violates the strict rules she is given, a series of disturbing events quickly follow, giving her the impression that the doll is alive.
Following a series of mysterious hit and run murders where witnesses claim there is no driver behind the wheel, Sherriff Wade is called in to investigate. The closer Wade gets to solving the case, the bolder The Car becomes. So bold it even threatens to terrorize a local parade where the town’s children and Wade’s girlfriend are in attendance. Available on June 1st! [Editor’s Note: I love this movie for the ridiculous good time that it is. If you haven’t seen it, give it a look.]
When James Harvey and his teenage daughter Kat move into a decrepit mansion in Maine, they soon discover the dwelling is home to spirits, including a young, friendly ghost named Casper and his uncles Fatso, Stinkie and Stretch. Hijinks ensue. Available June 1st!
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
After a gentle alien is left stranded on Earth, he is discovered by and befriends a young boy named Elliot. Soon after his arrival the alien dubbed E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention, which only puts Elliot and E.T. in a more dire situation.
Silence of the Lambs
Clarice Starling, the top student of the FBI’s training academy, is put to the test when she is assigned to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath. The point of these interviews? To get insight into a particularly difficult and bizarre case.
Based on the serial killer of the same name, Zodiac follows investigators’ and reporters’ obsession with the killer who claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls. Super chill stuff.
Hannibal: Seasons 1-3
Arriving on June 5th is all 3 seasons of Hannibal, a series that follows gifted criminal profiler Will Graham as he teams up with brilliant psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. To an outsider looking in, it appears the two are a perfect match that can catch any villain that’s thrown their way. But Dr. Lecter has a dark secret; he has much more in common with the criminals they hunt than Will could possibly imagine.