February’s five best dark films on netflix

February 26, 2015

Arts and CultureFilm | by James Joseph


Not too long ago Netflix created a dark film genre in their categories section, profiling everything they had to offer in the space. We’ve decided to pick out the best month to month, to give you a what to watch guide of the dark movie category.

So for February, here are our top five dark films on Netflix.

5

Equilibrium

Released 2002

Scare factor: 2/10
Stylenoir team’s rating: 7/10
Synopsis: In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Catch: “Gun-Fu” can get a little tiring.

Equilibrium has for a long time been one of my personal favourite movies. A brilliant view of a police state futuristic dystopia, where the dark aesthetic and dark ideology bravely creates a scenario that sometimes doesn’t seem too far away from our own.

4

Metropolis

Released 1927

Scare factor: 2/10
Stylenoir team’s rating: 7/10
Synopsis: This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld.
Catch: It’s 70 years old.

Metropolis is another absolute classic. Possibly the first film to conduct thought and concept into Ai and robot/machine control. It’s a brilliant vision that has been celebrated for over 50 years, because how ever unbelievable the film was created in 1927. Not much longer and it will be celebrating its 100th birthday.

3

Night Of The Living Dead

Released 1968

Scare factor: 3/10
Stylenoir team’s rating: 7/10
Synopsis: A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour.
Catch: Budget.

Night of the Living Dead needs no introduction, it’s an all time classic. Romero gave rise to a completely new path, a new culture with this film and to be honest whether you’re a fan of the original or not, no one can deny this is an important watch for the history of dark films.

2

Pandorum

Released 2009

Scare factor: 7/10
Stylenoir team’s rating: 8/10
Synopsis: Astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster) awake in a hypersleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be.
Catch: The trailer pretty much gives everything away. If you haven’t seen it, watch it without clicking play below!

Pandorum is epic. There’s no real other way to put it. If you’re a fan of Alien, Resident Evil or both you’re going to love this. Brilliantly orchestrated, the aesthetic is spot on, and the plot is going to kick you hard!

1

American Mary

Released 2012

Scare factor: 5/10
Stylenoir team’s rating: 8/10
Synopsis: Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) is lured into a world of freakish surgeries for easy money.
Catch: Seriously, it gets dark fast, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

The first time I watched American Mary, it pulled the rug from underneath me and left me stunned. Its a film that gets dark fast, deteriorating throughout violently and rapidly. It’s a beautiful horror once you can appreciate. The viewer goes on a spiraling journey of horror with Mary and probably discovers things about themselves they weren’t comfortable with, just as Mary does.

The film is produced by the now infamous Soska sisters, who make a creepy, yet romanticised cameo in the film itself.

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