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 I, Frankenstein, That Awkward Moment and Labor Day for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of reimagined horror, R-rated comedies, and tear-jerking romantic dramas.
I, FrankensteinFrom the creators of Underworld comes a modern-day Frankenstein's monster tale that sets the legendary creature in the midst of an epic battle between good and evil. Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski star; Stuart Beattie directs. Read our review here.
With I, Frankenstein, its filmmakers aimed to bring a new life to a monster story known and loved. Sometimes an unexpected twist on a classic story structure is fresh and fascinating. Other times it’s a total mess. In these cases, whether it's one or the other, it's still pretty damn entertaining.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) One of the most talked about movies of 2011 was this twisted horror tale about five college friends who travel to a remote cabin (in the woods) for a carefree weekend. Of course, once they settle in things get weird fast. But the razor-sharp script from Joss Whedon and Drew Godard subverts audience expectation to challenge horror conventions in a way that is shrewd and wildly thrilling. Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and Fran Kranz star; Drew Goddard directs.
Sharknado (2013) Another much talked about title is this twist on the animal terror that began with Jaws. What makes sharks even scarier? Well, duh, it's when they are being hurled onto land with the force of an actual tornado. This made-for-TV movie made such a stir it earned an eventual theatrical release, and now you can watch it and see what all the buzz was about. And for a perfect pairing, listen to How Did This Get Made's podcast right after viewing this groundbreaking bit of cinema. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid co-star; Anthony C. Ferrante directs.
Twixt (2011) Five-time Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola brought his own bizarre brand of horror to theaters with this mixed up murder mystery. Val Kilmer stars as a has-been novelist who is desperate for material for his next book when he comes upon a small town with a deeply strange sheriff and a confounding homicide case. While the movie itself is distinctive, Coppola earned attention by announcing plans of touring with it, performing on the fly edits as it rolled, based on crowd reactions. Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning co-star.