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 Oculus, Under The Skin and Rio 2 for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted horror, mind-bending science fiction, and high-flying animated adventures.
OculusKaren Gillan stars as a woman dedicated to clearing her brother's name by proving the murders he's accused of were committed by an evil mirror. Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff co-star; Mike Flanagan directs. Read our review here.
For more freaky features fronted by females check out this terrifying trio. Whether it’s a sister-centered tale about a twisted family tradition, a mystery to be unraveled by a teen girl caught in a time loop, or an ambitious indie following a haunted young woman, each of these films should satisfy your thirst for the macabre.
We Are What We Are (2013) This American remake of the 2010 Mexican offering Somos Lo Que Hay embeds itself deep in the Catskills of New York. There the Parker family lives on the fringe of society, preparing for a grim annual ritual. But when their mother dies unexpectedly, the eldest daughter is expected to take her role in the ceremony, a responsibility she may not be ready to handle. Nick Damici, Ambyr Childers, and Julia Garner star; Jim Mickle directs.
Haunter (2013) From Vincenzo Natali, the helmer of such fascinating horror stories as Cube and Splice, comes this creepy mystery that spooked audiences at last year's South by Southwest festival. Abigail Breslin stars as sulky '80s-era teen Lisa, who is trapped in an endless cycle of the day before her 16th birthday. Her investigation into this loop leads her down a mind-bending rabbit hole that challenges her very perception of reality, life and death. Stephen McHattie, David Hewlett, and Samantha Weinstein co-star.
Silent House (2011) Elizabeth Olsen fronts this Sundance-selected thriller inspired by the Uruguayan La Casa Muda. In it she plays, Sarah, who has returned to her family's lake house with her uncle and father to prep it to be sold. But this is no summery homecoming. As soon as she steps through the doors, Sarah senses she is being stalked by someone or something she can't escape. Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer co-star; Chris Kentis and Laura Lau direct.