Social media is stirring with blindfolded people doing the #BirdboxChallenge, inspired by scenes depicted in the popular Netflix movie. The problem is, it can be a bit dangerous.
Don’t look now but Netflix has become a real house of horrors.
The subscription streaming service is best known as a haven for binge watchers, and those who dig the scary stuff have hours of “Stranger Things,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” to keep them up at night. However, Netflix has also, rather surreptitiously, built up an impressive slate of original horror movies.
The most high-profile one yet is the social-media sensation “Bird Box,” featuring a blindfolded Sandra Bullock trying to get kids to safety when the world’s gone insane, thanks to a mysterious force that turns people suicidal when they see it (whatever it is). According to Nielsen, 26 million subscribers watched the movie within the first week.
Sandra Bullock is a blindfolded mother on the run in "Bird Box." (Photo: Netflix)
And there’s more to come, too: “The Perfection” (out May 24) stars “Get Out” actress Allison Williams and centers on two cello prodigies with a sinister drive to be the best.
If you’ve seen “Bird Box,” made it out unscathed and might be wondering what to check out next (or at least test your fear-factor limits), here are 10 other Netflix options for every horror taste.
A Nebraska rancher (Thomas Jane) is cursed when he murders his wife in the Stephen King adaptation "1922." (Photo: NETFLIX)
If you like killer husbands: ‘1922’
When his wife (Molly Parker) wants to sell their land, move to the city, open a dress shop and, oh, yeah, get a divorce, a Nebraska rancher (Thomas Jane) murders her and sticks the corpse in a well. It’s based on a Stephen King novella, so you can guess things get very bad for that dude. Also, beware those easily freaked out by mice – this thing has a ton of them.
An Englishman (Dan Stevens) goes undercover in a mysterious cult to find his missing sister in "Apostle." (Photo: WARREN ORCHARD)
If you like crazy cults: ‘Apostle’
In a turn-of-the-20th-century period piece, Dan Stevens is a former Christian missionary who travels to a Welsh island to rescue his sister from a goddess-worshipping cult and its wild-eyed leader (Michael Sheen). Be prepared to avoid spears and screws after this slow-burning drama that turns bonkers by the end.
Cole (Judah Lewis, left) runs afoul of a demonic cult of high schoolers in "The Babysitter." (Photo: TONY RIVETTI JR.)
If you like devilish teens: ‘The Babysitter’
Cole (Judah Lewis) is enamored with his sitter Bee (Samara Weaving), who stands up to his bullies and is pretty much the coolest girl ever. That is, until Bee and her high school friends turn out to be a secret satani cult, Cole sees them in action and he has to escape the house before winding up sacrificed to the devil.
If you like weirdo little kids: ‘Before I Wake’
Jacob Tremblay completists need to peep this one: The youngster plays a foster child who moves in with a couple who lost their own boy. He’s not a big fan of sleeping, though, because his dreams have a habit of coming alive – totally cool when it’s butterflies but not so much when something nightmarish haunts his new fam.
Madeline Brewer plays an ambitous camgirl whose video-chat account is hijacked by a lookalike in "Cam." (Photo: NETFLIX)
If you like web creepers: ‘Cam’
While the world of online camgirls is already plenty icky, an ambitious up-and-comer (Madeline Brewer) discovers something truly disturbing when a mysterious lookalike hijacks her account and starts hosting increasingly popular (and very bloody) video chats.
Carla Gugino stars as a wife handcuffed to a bed and haunted by her dead husband (Bruce Greenwood) in "Gerald's Game." (Photo: NETFLIX)
If you like survival thrills: ‘Gerald’s Game’
Another King adaptation casts Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as a couple on a lakefront getaway who engage in a sex game where he handcuffs her to the bed and, unfortunately, falls dead of a heart attack. Stuck, she tries to figure out ways to escape as she’s taunted by visions of her dead love.
If you like home invasions: ‘Hush’
The tired slasher trope gets an interesting tweak here: Deaf writer Maddie (Kate Siegel) lost her hearing as a teen and lives in an isolated house in the woods. A masked psycho kills her neighbor and then stalks her, though finds out Maddie’s a pretty smart and capable woman.
Marie-Ginette Guay stars as one of the survivors in zombie-infested Quebec in "Ravenous." (Photo: NETFLIX)
If you like the walking undead: ‘Ravenous’
With shades of George Romero-style social commentary, the French-Canadian film follows a small group of survivors trying to deal with the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse in rural Quebec. This smart take on an overdone theme is much more concerned with human feelings than creature decapitations.
Sam Troughton (from left), Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali and Robert James-Collier are buds on a fateful hiking trip in "The Ritual." (Photo: VLAD CIOPLEA)
If you like ancient deities: ‘The Ritual’
A group of British friends reconnect to honor a dead friend and embark on a hike in Sweden. Flashbacks to their pal’s death haunt them, as well as strange events that occur on their excursion, and the guys stumble into a situation involving dark creatures and Norse mythology.
Three teens (from left, Carla Campra, Sandra Escacena and Angela Fabian) make the mistake of messing with a Ouija board in "Veronica." (Photo: NETFLIX)
If you like possessed girls: ‘Veronica’
The super-freaktastic Spanish film stars Sandra Escacena as the title teen, who’s playing with a Ouija board with her friends during a solar eclipse. Paranormal stuff starts happening afterward – odd marks on her skin, burns on her mattress – and Veronica is forced to protect her siblings from the unleashed demonic force.
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