From the weird and wonderful to the downright crazy, take our tour of the outer reaches of Netflix
Netflix has something for pretty much any taste, be it action-schlock, informative documentary or gripping political drama.
But if brain-melting, WTF craziness is your forte, then have no fear – for the streaming giant has you covered. So grab the popcorn, settle down on the sofa and prepare to have your mind blown, as Netflix addict Joel Draba-Mann looks at some of the wackiest stuff to sink yourself into.
Donnie Darko (2001)
In this cult classic, a young Jake Gyllenhaal receives apocalyptic advice from a monstrously sized rabbit called Frank. As Frank’s control over Donnie grows, the horrific Leporidae pushes the high-schooler to commit ever more serious crimes, and the film escalates into a warped time-travel tale. Given its cult classic status, it’s easy to forget just how bizarre Richard Kelly’s directorial debut got at times.
American Horror Story (2011 – present)
Netflix currently holds the first three series of this twisted anthology TV show. Each individual season is self-contained and tells the tale of a set of characters in a horror/paranormal setting. Series one encompasses a classic haunted house tale featuring a multitude of horrible ghouls and ghosts, season two draws you into the disturbing realms of a high-security asylum, and season three enters more demonic areas, with a story revolving around a scheming coven of witches.
Jesus Camp (2006)
This extraordinary documentary examines the children of Christian summer camp “Kids On Fire School of Ministry”, ironically located at Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. It focuses on three kids in particular – Levi, Rachael and Tory – who have abandoned their lives as ‘children’ to preach evangelical Christianity across the state. Eye-opening, unflattering and poignant, this award-winning film examines evangelical religion, and whether it can truly be described as a force for good.
The Human Centipede 2 (2011)
In this self-referential torture-horror, an abused, mentally-challenged young man is such a huge fan of the first Human Centipede film that he decides to recreate it himself. Human Centipede 2 pushes the boundaries of craziness about as far as they can go: featuring a ten-person long “centipede” evacuating bowels into each other’s mouths (yep, and that’s the light-hearted bit as far as things go), genital mutilation and even foetus-crushing. Only watch this if you’re engaging in some sort of mental depravity challenge.
Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)
A quirky anthology film made up of individual animated short stories and segments from different directors and writers, all examining the human question of “what is fear?” Featuring more traditional tales of hauntings and murders mixed in among humanoid beetles and mysterious orphans, Fear(s) of the Dark‘s disjointed narrative gives it pride and place amongst Netflix’s more overt features.
Iron Sky (2012)
About as gleefully crazy as comic sci-fi gets. Following the climax of WWII in 1945, surviving members of the Nazi Party flee to the Moon and begin work on a space fleet, in the hope of returning to conquer Earth once more. In 2018, a US mission to the Moon uncovers the hidden Nazi base, causing the astronauts on board to be kidnapped by the Fascist Moon men. What happens next is a slip into hilarious ridiculousness as the world rallies to conquer the threat posed by the returning “Fourth Reich”.
A black comedy about a girl who happens to have a row of razor-sharp teeth hidden within her crotch area. A few poor blokes fall foul of this evolutionary trait as Dawn embarks on a seduction-revenge mission to investigate who is responsible for the death of her mother.
The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
The sequel to 2003 horror House of 1000 Corpses sees the mass-murdering villains of the first film return as a trio of anti-heroic protagonists. The surviving members of the Firefly family find themselves on the run from state troopers intent on bringing them to justice. Fleeing across state lines, the family can’t help but cut a grisly, bloody swathe of over-the-top violence as they go.
Mr. Jones (2013)
A found footage horror centred on a couple who hope to investigate the mysterious works of a reclusive artist known only as Mr. Jones, by tracking the sculptor down to his home in remote woodland. Despite constant warnings from locals and documentary collaborators, the pair decide to approach the house in the hope of scoring an interview with the man himself. Unfortunately for the aspiring film-makers, there are forces at work there that they simply do not understand.
Pegasus vs. Chimera (2012)
Following a similar vein to all the other “VS” films (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Mario Balotelli vs. Sports Bib et al) Pegasus vs. Chimera pits two age old foes against one another. In this completely historically accurate film [hmmm – ed], a father and son find themselves caught up in a conflict of god-like proportions as fabled horse Pegasus squares up against the multi-headed Chimera. An insane plot, seemingly drunken camera-men and a horse that only has wings in one shot makes you wonder who was mad enough to greenlight this.
A supernatural tale about a bullied girl (Sissy Spacek) who discovers she holds the power of telekinesis, Brian De Palma’s Carrie is infamous for such delights as a pig’s blood prank, a murderous prom rampage, motherly crucifixion and a metaphorical descent into the bowels of hell itself. Plus John Travolta.
Arguably one of the best revenge films to ever grace cinema. In this South Korean thriller, Oh Dae-Su is held captive for 15 years without any inclination as to his captor’s motives. Then one day he is released without explanation. Oh Dae-Su embarks on a mission to seek revenge and uncover the truth behind his long incarceration, leading him down a dark path full of mind-blowing twists, turns and revelations.
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