Top 5 Netflix Original Movies

Netflix continues to impress with its varied library of film. New content hits the streaming platform each week, providing the challenge of picking out the right movie for you.

To save the time of flicking back and forth through titles (old and new), these Netflix Originals are absolute must-watches to have on your list.

Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

Synopsis: A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years.

Inspired by R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name, the Fear Street saga is a fantastic homage to slasher horror. Every film is distinct in its ambitious narrative and succeeds in capturing the aesthetic of various eras. The cast immerse themselves in their roles with scene-stealers at every turn. Fear Street embraces nostalgia while standing on its own two feet through a compelling three-part story. It’s a trilogy which offers a promising future for horror, celebrating a diverse platform as well as introducing a new generation to the genre.

IMDB Rating: 6.4

Okja (2017)

Synopsis: A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend – a fascinating beast named Okja.

Three years before his Best Picture win for Parasite (2019), Bong Joon-ho directed this whimsical tale about a young girl and her super-pig companion. The visual effects draw focus towards the sweet, cuddly charm of Okja and compliments the liveliness of the setting. Okja is a touching adventure that juxtaposes the innocence and determination of Mija with the devastation of economic destruction.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

The Power of the Dog (2021)

Synopsis: Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed Western drama is mesmerising in its striking landscapes, well-crafted plot, performances and score. The Power of the Dog highlights the entrapment felt by each character, particularly involving masculinity and identity. Benedict Cumberbatch brings the intricacy of Phil Burbank to life, antagonising everyone around him all the while battling his own demons in 1920s Montana.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

Hush (2016)

Synopsis: A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

Starring Kate Siegel, Hush takes the terror of home invasion to the extreme. The premise is uniquely creative and builds on tension extremely well. It is truly scary. Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. deliver equally strong performances throughout its duration as they go head-to-head on-screen, falling down to battle of wits between their characters. Hush certainly makes its mark on the entire genre as what is potentially one of the strongest executions of contemporary horror.

IMDB Rating: 6.6

Cargo (2017)

Synopsis: After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

Martin Freeman brings a whole of lot of heart into his performance as a desperate father. Cargo is driven by layers of emotion, which is refreshing to see with the post-apocalyptic story. While there are elements of horror, the Australian drama is heavily character driven with Freeman occupying the majority of screen time himself. The film itself is visually stunning, however, it’s Freeman’s poignant portrayal that grips viewers and holds them captivate for the duration.

IMDB Rating: 6.3

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