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 The World’s End, Getaway, and You’re Next for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of devotedly dark comedies, chilling crime thrillers, and slapstick-studded slasher flicks.
The World’s End
Writer-director Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the final installment of their Cornetto Trilogy. Pegg stars as a overgrown screwup whose convinced he can get his life on track if he can just reunite his boyhood mates and complete The Golden Mile pub crawl they attempted 20 years before. Nothing will stop him…including an apparent alien invasion that might mean the end of mankind. Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan co-star. Read our full review here.
Leave it to Wright and company to make the apocalypse hilarious. If you like your comedy with a deeply dark edge, then you’ll laugh hard at these funny features that make light of murder, war and the end of the world.
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) The foul-mouthed kids of South Park, Colorado took to big screen with a big flashy musical that took on censorship, parenthood and a war that could give Satan the toehold he needs to return to Earth and wreak havoc. Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman are ecstatic to see Asses of Fire the new movie from Canadian comedians Terrence and Phillip, but when the new curse words they learn upset the adults of South Park, an anti-Canada conflict begins to brew that could bring on the world’s end.
It's a Disaster (2012) This outrageous comedy imagines what would happen if a terrorist attack forced a pack of frenemies to spend their last hours trapped together in a Sunday brunch from hell. It’s a sharp concept with a whip-smart script that proves downright hysterical thanks to a cutup cast that includes Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrerra, Erinn Hayes, Jeff Grace, Rachel Bolston, Kevin M. Brennan, and Blaise Miller. Todd Berger directs.
A Shock to the System (1990) You’ve probably never heard of this lesser-known comedy that stars Michael Caine as an advertising executive who feels undervalued at work, where his colleagues think he lacks a cutthroat mentality, and at home, where his wife endlessly nags him about the lack of money he makes. But it’s pretty spectacular. One day, after he is lightly electrocuted on a frayed lighting fixture, something snaps. Soon, he begins to wonder if murder isn’t the solution to just about all his problems. Caine is perfection in this twisted comedy. Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert, and Swoosie Kurtz co-star. Jan Egleson directs.