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 nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Stoker, Snitch, and The Last Exorcism Part II for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of vengeance-fueled thrillers, crime dramas based on true tales, and devil-centered horror stories.
Mia Wasikowska stars as India Stoker, a high schooler reeling from the abrupt death of her father. She finds some solace in meeting her long-lost uncle Charlie. But as the two grow closer, India discovers the sickening secrets of Charlie's past and uncovers dark desires of her own. Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode co-star; Chan-wook Park directs.
Stoker marks Chan-wook Park's English-language debut. If you want to know why that has critics so excited, do yourself a favor and indulge in his deeply disturbing but totally thrilling Vengeance Trilogy. Each of these films from the South Korean director offers a crime tale so twisted they'll linger long, long after the final credits unfurl. A thematic trilogy over one that follows the same characters, you can watch them in any order you like.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) In desperate need of money to pay for a life-saving operation for his beloved sister, recently fired factory worker Ryu and his anarchist girlfriend devise an unconventional fundraising plan. They decide to kidnap the young daughter of his old boss and hold her for ransom. But when their criminal fantasies become a reality, things unravel fast. Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, and Doona Bae star; Chan-wook Park directs.
Oldboy (2003) The most popular of Park's films to date, this chilling thriller centers on a kidnap victim. After 15 years of being confined without explanation, he is just as mysteriously released. Fueled by revenge, he seeks to discover who was behind his torment, and finds help from an affable waitress. Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, and Hye-jeong Kang co-star; Chan-wook Park directs.
Lady Vengeance (2005) My personal favorite of the Vengeance Trilogy, this thriller—also known as Sympathy for Lady Vengeance—follows the quest of a convicted child murderer as she seeks out the man who betrayed her. Finally freed from a long prison sentence, she searches for her long lost child, and of course a brutal revenge. Beautiful, bold, and at times hard to watch, Lady Vengeance is an exhilarating and horrifying exploration of vengeance and justice. Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, and Shi-hoo Kim; Chan-wook Park directs.