What to Watch This Halloween Eve – 5 Recommendations for Netflix Thrillers from my Husband

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October 31, 2016 by Katia

Today I was mentioning the name Zayn to my seven year-old. My eyes just about popped out when my husband casually chimed in: Oh, yes. There’s a very famous singer by that name. 

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*Um, WHUT.*

He’s from the group One Direction.

*I should start going to bed earlier*

He wrote a book. 

*Thanks for ruining literature for me, Zayn, and WHUT.*

You see, my husband is my go to resource for all matters knowledge. He’s better than Google and way nicer than Siri. He is fluent in history, geography, politics, you name it, and can explain quantum physics, for God’s sake. If there’s one thing my husband doesn’t know, it’s pop culture trivia. It’s not just that he doesn’t know it, but he has brought not knowing pop culture to a whole new spectacular level that includes outdated references and total inability to put a name to a face to a movie and vice versa.

He does love himself some horror, though, so I thought that we should chat about horror movies streaming on Netflix and get some recommendations for Halloween. You’re welcome.

“Hey, you watch a lot of horror movies. You can help me write a Halloween special!”

“No, I don’t. I watched one this year”.

I’ll spare you the tediae, but the argument took a surprising turn with him claiming that he doesn’t remember the names of the movies or anything about them (there’s the guy I married!) and simultaneously continuing to claim that he doesn’t watch horror movies every week. I think the two claims were somehow interconnected in an anti-logical bond where the first served as proof of the second.

This is (also) forty.

They say that every yin has a yang, every pot has a lid and every taurus a pisces. This is where I stepped in with my phenomenal capacity to retain information that in an “imagine your brain as a mailbox” analogy would be the equivalent of the “trash” or “spam” folder. I may not remember that we, as a household, have run out of clean socks, but don’t let anyone say that I can’t (vaguely) recall the second-hand details of a movie I never watched five months ago. I bring you my husband’s top four thrillers on Netflix an insider scoop from Netflix, your Halloween watch guide.

Let me know if there’s anything that we forgot.

The one where a man falls in love with a robot

Me: remember the one where the man fell in love with the robot and it was really dark and realistic?

Him: Oh, yeah. That was a really good one. It’s not horror, by the way.

Me: When you described it, it sounded plenty horror to me!

Him: It’s very subdued and more of a psychological thriller, but it’s done really well.

(Ex Machina, drama, mystery, sci-fi. Director: Alex Garland. From IMDB: “A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.”)

The one where a group of people gathers together at somebody’s home

Me (referring to the most recent one he’d watched): remember the one where a group of people gathers in somebody’s home and scary stuff happens?

Him: no.

Me: remember how he comes to visit his previous girlfriend with his current one?

(stares blankly)

and they had a child together? And there was a really dark atmosphere about it?

Him: oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s not really horror. Just very disturbing.

Alrighty then. I’m starting to see why he says he doesn’t watch horror movies that often.

(The Invitation, thriller. Director: Karyn Kusama. From IMDB: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.)

 

The one with the woman

Me: remember the one with the woman?

Him: YES! That was scary!

(Dark Skies. Horror, sci-fi, thriller. Director: Scott Stewart. From IMDB: As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.)

 

The Others

Okay, I’m going to cheat a little bit now. My husband and I both watched this one years ago. I still remember Nicole Kidman’s superior acting in this movie and how utterly nerve-racking was the experience.

(The Others. Horror, thriller. Director: Alejandro Amenabar. From IMDB: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.)

 

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This was a Netflix StreamTeam post.

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