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Last Updated: February 13th
Making a scary show is tough enough, and making a scary show that's also compelling entertainment is practically a minor miracle. That's reflected in the selection of Netflix's content library, too. But the small sampling contains quite a few certified gems, not to mention some terrifying programs that don't quite fall under the horror umbrella. Read on for a reader's digest of the scariest shows on Netflix currently lurking in wait for you to watch, and know that there's no shame in sleeping with a nightlight all the way through Halloween.
This will be replete with spoilers, so read at your own discretion.10. Penny Dreadful Showtime
3 seasons, 27 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
John Logan's playful, yet disturbing, tribute to Victorian horror mixes and matches both original characters and bit players from classics like Dracula to tell an unnerving tale of Malcolm Murray Timothy Dalton, a former explorer desperately searching for his family with the help of mysterious medium Vanessa Ives Eva Green, a Wild West performer with a past Josh Hartnett, and an arrogant anatomist with a dark secret.9. The Twilight Zone CBS
4 seasons, 156 episodes | IMDb: 9/10
Rod Serling's timeless collection of strange tales of the macabre and supernatural lives today almost as a novelty object, a look back into a time of simpler, more transparently allegorical storytelling. Serling's finest half-hours were part social commentary, part masterfully composed exercises in tension, part pulp genre indulgence, but the charmingly dated special effects have greatly diminished the show's capacity to shock. There's still plenty of fear to be found in The Twilight Zone, however. It just sets in hours later, as the viewer's laying in bed wondering just how plausible it would be for neighbors to turn on one another in the face of a mysterious external threat. The most fearsome monsters in this vintage series were always the humans and our many failures — distrust, ignorance, bigotry, malice, you name it — are far more hazardous than that week's ghoul. Serling's scares get under your skin and slowly work their way up to your brain, burrowing into the little corner in the back of your mind still afraid of the monster under the bed.8. Bates Motel A&E
5 seasons, 50 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
This prequel to Psycho shouldn't be able to wield as much power to shock as it does; even if you haven't seen Hitchcock's immortal 1960 thriller, you know the friendly kid gets all stabby in the shower when he puts on a wig. And yet, young Norman Bates' inexorable transition into the homicidal corporeal ghost of his controlling mother...
Last Updated: March 26th
The past few years have seen a rigorous expansion of stand-up comedy after years of neglect. Hence why there are hundreds of titles in Netflix's stand-up category. Even for budding comedy fans, there's a lot of must-see specials to choose from.
So here are the 25 best stand-up specials on Netflix right now. While they may be ranked, they're all really good and deserving of your time and laughs.Netflix 1. Hannah Gadsby, Nanette
Run Time: 69 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Australian comic Hannah Gadsby and her must-watch stand-up special. Her hour-long set is changing the way we think about comedy, chucking the ironic detachment in the trash and instead, offering up a bit of humor interlaced with moving reflections on life. Most of Gadsby's routine chronicles the joys and hardships of being a queer woman — her childhood in Tasmania, her praise for Monica Lewinsky, her commentary on why sexuality and comedy go hand-in-hand — but she also claps back against the idols of her early life, men like Louis C.K. who've now become the problem. In other words, Gadsby's not holding any punches with this one.Netflix 2. Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Run Time: 67 min | IMDb: 8/10
It's difficult to miss Dave Chappelle while skimming through Netflix's comedy offerings. After all, in less than a year, the Chappelle's Show star and co-creator debuted four — yes, four — stand-up specials on the streaming platform. Depending on who you ask, the latter two specials —Equanimity and The Bird Revelation — are either additional examples of his brilliance or signs of a celebrity rushing to maintain his cultural relevance. The first two, however — Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin — fare much better. This is especially true of Spin, which is regarded by critics and audiences alike as one of Chappelle's better comedy offerings in recent memory. Of course, this is Chappelle we're talking about, so none of these routines are without their share of controversy.Netflix 3. Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King
Run Time: 73 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj uses his Netflix stand-up special, Homecoming King, to weave an intricate and hilarious account of his life as a son of Indian-American immigrants. Sure that means there are plenty of funny cultural learning curves. Minhaj describes how his dad took him to Home Depot instead of Toys-R-Us for his birthday and how he struggled to fit in with a “bunch of Ryan Lochte's” in high school, but what really makes this special stand out is how Minhaj manages to be bluntly honest about the...
Netflix is dabbling in more video game franchises. Following the success of “The Witcher,” the streaming service is adapting the “Dragon's Lair” video games into a live-action feature film, with Ryan Reynolds in talks to produce and star.
The news marks one of the more curious video game film adaptations in recent memory. While most movies based on video games utilize popular contemporary franchises, the “Dragon's Lair” heyday was back in the 1980s, when video game arcades were still enjoying their golden age. The original 1983 Dragon's Lair arcade game received considerable attention for its astounding graphics, which boasted full motion video in an era where video game graphics were still mostly limited to primitive pixels.
The “Dragon's Lair” franchise eventually expanded to include a variety of sequels and even a short-lived cartoon series in the 1980s. Though the original arcade game has been ported to practically every major video game console since then, the franchise has essentially lain dormant for decades. Don Bluth and Gary Oldman, who worked on the original arcade game, created a crowdfunding campaign to create a “Dragon's Lair” film several years ago. The campaign earned over $700,000 and the duo still update backers on the project.
Variety reported that Bluth and Oldman are among the producers on the Netflix adaptation, but did not mention the crowdfunding campaign. A Netflix representative did not return a request for comment.
For the Netflix film, Roy Lee will also produce via Vertigo Entertainment alongside Trevor Engelson of Underground Films. Jon Pomeroy will also produce, as will Reynolds, through Maximum Effort. Dan and Kevin Hageman are attached as script writers.
Additional details, including plot information, are unknown. The original “Dragon's Lair” game focused on a knight who had to rescue a princess from an evil dragon, who had locked the princess in an evil wizard's castle. The arcade game was released many years before video games were known for having particularly nuanced plots
From “Tomb Raider” to “Warcraft” and the infamous “Super Mario Bros.,” there has been no shortage of video game film adaptations over the years. Though most video game-based films have been critically savaged, film creators have made some strides in recent years. While “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” which Reynolds also starred in and “Sonic the Hedgehog” received middling-at-best reviews from IndieWire's Kate Erbland and David Ehrlich, respectively, the films were nonetheless notable for being the rare adaptations that weren't universally reviled. And they both did quite well at the box office.
Netflix has had more success with...