With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Gone Girl, Dracula Untold, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of twisted thrillers, vampire tales, and family-friendly adventures.
Gone GirlBased on Gillian Flynn's must-read novel, this twisted thriller stars Ben Affleck as a schlubby husband whose life is thrown into spin when he comes home and finds his beautiful wife is missing. Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry co-star; David Fincher directs Read our review here.
Whether you've read the book or not, you likely know Gone Girl is beloved for its mind-bending twists. For more crime dramas packed with demented details, and troubling turns, try this trio that feature two of cinema's greatest villains, as well as one of reality's most haunting serial killers.
Zodiac (2007) Also helmed by David Fincher, this chilling crime-drama resurrects the nightmarish era of the Zodiac Killer, who stalked the streets of San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a cartoonist who became obsessed with following the killer's clues, hoping to unearth his identity. Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. co-star.
Silence of the Lambs (1991) One of the few horror-thrillers to win Best Picture, this gruesome tale based on the Thomas Harris novel follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she tracks down a killer who skins his victims. To find him, she'll need to consult with someone who understands his mindset, Hannibal the Cannibal. Anthony Hopkins co-stars; Jonathan Demme directs.
The Usual Suspects (1995) This original crime-thriller unravels a complicated narratives of a band of crooks who meet a hideous end. But for all this film's turns, it's the finale that is often imitated but rarely surpassed that makes it most memorable. Kevin Spacey and Chazz Palminteri star; Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, and Benicio Del Toro co-star. Bryan Singer directs.