As you're no doubt aware, Netflix is chockablock with pretty much every kind of genre and movie for you to enjoy.
But, as with anything, there's the good stuff and the bad stuff - and that's where we come in. We're plucking gems from the Netflix library in a specific genre - last week we covered action - for you to watch.
This week, we're looking at horror. We kick things off with...
One of the few Oscars to ever go to a horror movie (excluding technical awards) was earned by Kathy Bates for her extraordinary lead performance in ‘Misery.’ The actress plays Annie Wilkes in the film, a mentally unstable fan of a book series based on a character called Misery. Annie imprisons and abuses the author of the books, Paul Sheldon (another terrific performance from James Caan), until he writes a finale to Misery’s story to her requirements.
Before James Wan took on 'Aquaman' and before 'Furious 7', his bread and butter was horror. 'Insidious' was the second of his horror franchises, the others being 'Saw' and 'The Conjuring', and possibly his best. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are two parents who are struggling to understand their children's issues. Soon they realise it's much more than just imagination - it's demons. Far less gory than 'Saw', 'Insidious' works more on horror and scares being just out of frame. Which, as we know, is more terrifying than seeing something head on.
The 70s were truly an epic time for the horror genre and Netflix knows it. Directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek in the titular role in a performance that hasn’t been matched (no offence, Chloe Grace Moretz), ‘Carrie’ relates how a teenage girl who is bullied at school and put upon by her domineering, hyper-religious mother, unleashes vengeance upon her tormentors.
Filmed in Loftus Hall - famed for being one of the most haunted houses in Ireland - 'The Lodgers' is closer to a gothic drama than a horror. Still, there are plenty of scares to be had. Set in Ireland in the '20s, twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Millner) live in a remote house and do their best to keep the outside world from their door. However, when Rachel meets a troubled war veteran, she tries to leave the house and start a new life. She doesn't reckon with the curse left on their family or her twin's desperation.
Written by James Gunn and directed by Greg McLean, the man behind 'Wolf Creek', there's an easy way to explain 'The Belko Experiment'. Basically, think 'Office Space' if it was a horror movie. That's pretty much what it's going for, and what you'll get. Gunn's trademark humour is there, and with a game cast that includes John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker and Tony Goldwyn, there's plenty going on with it for an enjoyable trip of horror and humour.