Horror and Thriller content has been really popular in the past year, and dystopian/apocalyptical movies and shows have been in every stream list (ironical, since 2020 has been no less of a terrifying experience). The newest wave of horror content has been mainly from Japan and Korea, and so the most popular recommendations range from household names to never-been-heard-before Netflix content.
Get your popcorn ready (and turn on all the lights if you’re weak-hearted!) and get started on these amazing movies and shows.
ALICE IN BORDERLAND
Obsessed gamer Arisu suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. The games are controlled by an unseen entity, and every game starts with a card that hints at what the game will test ( for example, a heart card mean they’ll play with each others hearts and betrayal is inevitable, the number of the card depicts the difficulty level. So 5 of hearts is a moderately hard betrayal game).
These games are brutal, with innocent trapped people getting murdered by their own friends or being killed off with a laser that appears out of the sky when they fail to pass. Despite what seems like a depressing, dystopian setup, it shows flashes of having a sense of humor.
Alice in Borderland is a Japanese science fiction suspense-thriller drama streaming television series based on the manga of the same name by Haro Aso. The series focuses on a young man who finds himself lost in an abandoned Tokyo known as “Borderland” alongside his best friends. As they begin their search for civilization, the trio quickly finds out that they are trapped in an empty city that is an exact copy of Tokyo in which they are forced to participate in risky, violent, and dangerous games, pushing their own “emotional and physical limits” in the process, to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live. Watching under-resourced and outgunned heroes overcome the odds is eternally satisfying — and as Arisu insists, every game has a solution. The first season is available on Netflix, and the highly anticipated second season should be released this year.
THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
If you’re still traumatized by the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, prepare to sink into a dark hole all over again. Mike Flanagan follows his first entry in the horror anthology with The Haunting of Bly Manor, a Gothic romance-influenced ghost story based on Henry James’ novella The Turn of The Screw.
The Netflix show is as complex and heart-stopping as it is full of grief. There is a mystery surrounding every ghost we see, the faceless bodies crawling in the attic to the ghost that walks out of the lake every night to look for her lost child.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is an American drama-gothic horror and romance Netflix series that follows a nonlinear; The Haunting of Bly Manor follows the events occurring in the eponymous countryside manor in the United Kingdom, mostly upon the arrival of a young American hired as an au pair (nanny) for the two children living at Bly, and who is unaware that the manor is haunted.
The show uses a lot of foreshadowing and mystery, along with some really philosophical and heart-wrenching dialogues. Memories haunt and human beings “dream-hop” through time like ghosts. The lines blur between who is a ghost and who is simply a figment of the past and memory. There are so many pieces to consider and as they all fit into place when the show starts coming to an end, the revelations are bound to mess with the audience’s mind. The haunting of bly manor has the best plot twists ever.
It’s not just a great ghost story worth watching- it’s also a great love story- one that stays with the viewers long after they’re done watching.
Sweet Home is a highly thrilling, extremely gory, and bat-shit insane take on the monster/apocalypse horror genre that has plenty of twists and turns and has a much bigger story to tell.
Following the death of his family in an accident, loner Cha Hyun-soo moves to a new apartment. His quiet life is soon disrupted by strange incidents that start occurring in his new building. As people turn into monsters which take the form of their hidden desires, Hyun-soo and other residents try to survive and hold on to their humanity. People who get the ‘curse’ have nosebleeds and often faint before they turn into unique but grotesque. The residents of Sweet Home vary in personality and their interactions make everything even more thrilling. These monsters cannot die, and the opening scene of the show makes that clear when Cha Hyun Soo walks out of the building, looking like monster and not stopping even as the police keep shooting him.
This Netflix show is all the rage nowadays and certainly lives up to its name.
Some more shows and movies that were streamed a lot in 2020 are