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The Best Psychological Thrillers on Netflix Right Now



The Best Psychological Thrillers on Netflix Right Now

When you’re searching for something to watch on a streaming platform with as big a catalog as Netflix has, it can get overwhelming. Even when you’ve narrowed down the genres, there’s just too many things to watch. You don’t want to take a risk on a new movie, end up not liking it, and turn it off halfway through to find a new one and start the process all over again.

To hopefully help you navigate the labyrinth of movies that is Netflix while searching for a new psychological thriller to watch, we’ve put together a list of more than 25 great picks for you to watch during your next night on the couch. With any luck, you’ll find something that fits your fancy and you enjoy watching.

Check out the best psychological thrillers available to stream now on Netflix.


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The Call

Director: Lee Chung-hyun

Writer: Lee Chung-hyun, Sergio Casci

Cast: Park Shin-hye, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Sung-ryung


If you are looking for a mind-bending thriller that will make your head hurt, the 2020 South Korean film The Call is the perfect pick for you. The story starts with a woman named Seo-yeon (Park Shin-hye) in 2019, who finds an old cordless phone while visiting her sick mother at her childhood home and picks up a random call. On the other side of the call is a woman named Young-sook (Jun Jong-seo) who is living a tortured life with her shaman adoptive mother twenty years in the past, in 1999.

Both women have suffered intense loss and find solace in the other, and soon enough Seo-yeon is helping Young-sook save her future, while Young-sook changes Seo-Yeon’s past, and therefore the present. While at first everything seems great, the changes start having huge, deadly ramifications, especially when Seo-yeon discovers just how dangerous her companion is. Brace yourself for an intricate, gripping story that constantly keeps you on your toes. By the end of The Call, you’ll consider yourself lucky that you can’t change the past.

Shutter Island

Director: Martin Scorsese


Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

The partnership between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese is one for the ages. With five films produced together and another on the way, the duo continually creates critically acclaimed and financially successful movies that have made a lasting impact on the film industry, and 2010’s Shutter Island is no exception. A neo-noir thriller based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the movie is set in 1954 and stars DiCaprio as Deputy U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels. Teddy travels with his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) to a place called Shutter Island in Boston Harbor to investigate a missing patient at the Ashecliffe psychiatric hospital.

When a storm leaves the two men stuck on the island for a few days, Teddy and Chuck try to investigate further, but only get pushback from the staff and increasingly strange mysteries out of the patients. As more of Teddy’s past and personal connections to the case are revealed, increasingly intense twists and turns take the story to places you’d never expect. While some of the films on this list explore modern or futuristic storylines, Shutter Island is a suspenseful mystery that evokes the style of Alfred Hitchcock and classic horror films.

RELATED: How ‘Shutter Island’ Shows the Haunting Surrealism of Martin Scorsese


The Clovehitch Killer

Director: Duncan Skiles

Writer: Christopher Ford

Cast: Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis

In the small town of Clarksville, Kentucky, a teenage boy named Tyler (Charlie Plummer) finds a strange, sexual photo of a woman in his father’s truck, and begins to suspect that he might have some connection to the Clovehitch Killer, a never-caught serial killer who terrorized the town 10 years earlier. A devout Christian, Tyler’s father Don (Dylan McDermott) seems like the perfect, kind man, but as Tyler keeps investigating, he finds more and more evidence pointing at Don having a deadly dark past.


The psychological thriller is heavily based on the real-life story of Dennis Rader, known to many as the BTK Killer. After a spree of killings, Rader took a ten-year break, before sending taunting letters to the police that led to his arrest. While The Clovehitch Killer might have a bit of predictability, its strength lies in the cast’s stellar performances and the sinister tone that keeps the audience consistently on edge.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Steven Zaillian

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Around the same time that Sweden was releasing their own adaptation of the bestselling Stieg Larrson mystery novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sony started working on an American version as well. In 2011, the film finally came out, starring Daniel Craig as a disgraced journalist named Mikael Blomkvist investigating the cold case of a missing girl who disappeared four decades earlier. Rooney Mara plays the title character, Lisbeth Salander, an extremely talented hacker and investigator who adopts a vigilante-style attitude as she works alongside Blomkvist on the case.


The missing girl in question is the granddaughter of a very influential and rich businessman named Henrik Vanger, played by Christopher Plummer, who believes that he is being taunted by his granddaughter’s killer. Through their intense investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover quite a few dark Vanger family secrets, and the closer to the truth they get, the more dangerous and life-threatening the situation becomes.

While it’s best to go into watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo if you know nothing about it ahead of time, the film is a great and relatively accurate adaptation of the thrilling novel, which is also worth checking out if you’ve got the time. Being directed by film auteur David Fincher, you should generally expect to get something dark, gripping, and visually striking, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo delivers on all fronts.


Director: Ben Wheatley

Writer: Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse


Cast: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ann Dowd

Although nothing can really compare to Hitchcock’s Best Picture-winning 1940 film Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the 2020 remake from Kill List and High-Rise director Ben Wheatley is a visually stunning, unnerving adaptation in its own right. Arguably quite underrated, the Netflix Original film stars Lily James as Mrs. de Winter, the new wife of recent widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), who supposedly lost his wife Rebecca in a boating accident. When Mrs. de Winter arrives at her new home, she encounters an unfriendly housekeeper named Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas), who clearly prefers Rebecca to Maxim’s new wife. Facing marriage with a man hiding a past full of secrets, Mrs. de Winter pushes for answers, but she might not like what she finds.

Of course, no one can best Hitchcock, and that’s okay. But Wheatley’s version of the classic story is brilliantly made with fantastic performances from the main cast, and is still an enjoyable watch. If you’ve never seen the 1940 film, even better. You can go into the 2020 version of Rebecca with a fresh mind, and decide for yourself if it’s a good film or not, but do yourself a favor and make sure to watch the classic version too.

The Guest

Director: Adam Wingard


Writer: Simon Barrett

Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer

Now here’s a film with a thrilling, action-packed story and standout cinematography. Released in 2014, Adam Wingard, an up-and-coming horror director at the time, came out with his new action-thriller, The Guest. The movie stars Maika Monroe as a teenage girl named Anna living in a small town, whose life is completely changed when a man claiming to be her late brother’s friend from the army shows up at their door. Played by Dan Stevens with a chilling calm and convincing American accent, the man in question, David, is invited by Anna’s mother to stay as long as he likes, and that he does.

David seems practically perfect, and he becomes a role model of sorts for Anna’s younger brother, Luke (Brendan Meyer), encouraging the teenager to physically defend himself against bullies at school. As David gets more violent and his actions get stranger, Anna starts to put together pieces of his real story. Yes, David is from the army, but he’s no ordinary soldier, and you definitely don’t want to get on his bad side.

Seriously, if you love action movies, thrillers, or honestly any type of film, you have to watch The Guest. In the years since the film’s release, it has developed a cult following, and it’s well-deserved. Stevens is amazing as the creepy yet alluring David, and you’ll be in awe at some of the visuals in the film’s climactic finale.


It Comes at Night

Director/Writer: Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Another movie that melds genres like The Guest, It Comes at Night is an indie film from 2017 about a family hiding in the woods as the world suffers from a deadly disease. Secluded in the forest, Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) know little about what’s going on in the rest of the world, except that night is a dangerous time, and the disease is highly contagious. When a man named Will (Christopher Abbot) shows up at the house one day with his wife and young son asking for help, the family lets them stay, as long as they follow their strict set of rules.

Over the course of the film, small events set the characters on edge, leading to intense distrust and suspicion that anyone could be infected. The movie doesn’t dig deep into what the truth of the situation is, leaving you to figure out what you think is really causing the disease. While the infectious condition is definitely a big cause of death in It Comes at Night, the movie makes a strong argument for the spread of fear, and how that can create just as much damage.



Director/Writer: Jang Hang-jun

Cast: Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Mun Seong-kun, Na Young-hee

If you want to watch a movie that will really mess with your head, the South Korean psychological thriller Forgotten is it. Honestly, the plot is really hard to explain without giving anything away, but it basically centers around a man named Jin-seok (Kang Ha-neul) who has no memories of the last 20 years, who reunites with a man claiming to be his brother, Yoo-seok (Kim Mu-yeol). When Jin-seok begins to suspect that something’s amiss, Yoo-seok reveals that he really isn’t Jin-seok’s brother, and that he is on a mission to find out what really happened one night two decades prior, when a woman and her daughter were brutally murdered in their house.

With Forgotten, it’s best to just go into watching the movie without knowing too much about the plot, because soon enough everything you think you know about the story will be thrown out the window anyway. It’s a seriously twisted story about these two men and how deeply their pasts are intertwined, as they both grow desperate in their search for answers.


Director: Oriol Paulo


Writer: Oriol Paulo, Lara Sendim

Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Javier Gutiérrez, Álvaro Morte

The Spanish-language Netflix Original movie Mirage is built around a similar premise as The Call, but thankfully it’s not quite as sinister. In Mirage, a woman named Vera (Adriana Ugarte) moves into a new house with her husband and daughter. There, they find an old TV set, and during a strange electrical storm, they discover that they can communicate through the TV with a boy in 1989. Finding out that the boy in question dies soon after, Vera uses the TV to warn him of his fate, which in turn completely alters Vera’s current reality. In a world without her family, Vera starts looking into how she can use the TV set to reverse her mistake, while also still saving the young boy’s life.

At the center of Mirage is a murder case that happens in 1989 where a man murders his wife. The boy originally dies in his efforts to run away and tell someone after he witnesses the murder, leading the man to get arrested. When Vera saves the boy’s life, she inadvertently allows the man to get away with murder, and so along with fixing reality herself, Vera must do everything she can to make sure that justice is served in the murder case as well. Complicated, but well-planned and executed, Mirage is a compelling and suspenseful drama that really shines through the emotional character arcs.


Gerald’s Game

Director: Mike Flanagan

Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard

Cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken

Directed by Mike Flanagan, the mind behind the movie adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the indie horror film Hush, and hit horror series like The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game was Flanagan’s first Stephen King adaptation, but obviously not his last. The movie, which came out on Netflix in 2017, is the first adaptation of the book of the same name. Many people believed the book was simply unadaptable in any understandable way, since most of the book is first-person narration that takes place in the main character’s head. Still, Flanagan took on the challenge, and he succeeded, making a psychological horror film that will leave you with nightmares for months.

Gerald’s Game stars frequent Flanagan collaborator Carla Gugino as Jessie Burlingame, a woman who travels to a lake house retreat with her husband, Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), in an attempt to save their marriage. The two engage in foreplay in bed, which Gerald takes to an unexpected place when he handcuffs Jessie’s wrists to the bedposts and attempts to enact a rape fantasy, a kink Jessie has no interest in. The two start to argue, and in the middle of the conversation, Gerald has a heart attack and dies, falling off the bed and leaving Jessie alone, still handcuffed to an unmovale bedpost.


The rest of the movie chronicles Jessie’s experience trapped in the handcuffs, slowly becoming dehydrated and losing her sanity as she scrambles for any way to escape. The movie is seriously creepy and a fantastic mystery, but fair warning that a character in this story knowm as “the man made of moonlight” is one of King’s scariest creations, and he’s even worse on-screen. Not to mention a particularly gory scene, infamous for making even hardened horror fans squirm in their seats.

RELATED: ‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Carla Gugino Shines in a Stunning Stephen King Adaptation


Director/Writer: Zak Hilditch

Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid


Another Stephen King adaptation, 1922 is based on the author’s novella from his 2010 collection, “Full Dark, No Stars”. Set in the year 1922 in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, the story follows the character Wilfred “Wilf” James, played by Thomas Jane, a farmer who lives with his wife Arlette, played by Molly Parker, and a 14-year-old son named Henry, portrayed by Dylan Schmid.

When Arlette, who owns more than half of the family’s farm through her father, announces that she wants to sell the land and move to Omaha, Wilf decides that the only way to stop her is to murder her, and he blackmails his teenage son into being his accomplice. Together, the two trick their mother into thinking they want to sell the farm, let her get completely drunk, before killing her and dumping the body in the family well. The rest of the movie chronicles Wilf and Henry’s slow journey to insanity as they are terrorized by the guilt and the rot that settles into their home, land, and minds.

1922 is a dark, psychological horror film for both hardcore Stephen King fans and regular movie watchers alike. It’s a particularly good pick if you like period horror films like The Witch or television series like The Terror. While there are a lot of horror elements, 1922 primarily plays on the complex power of the mind and perception in the same way that Gerald’s Game does, earning it’s place as one of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Director: Stacie Passon


Writer: Mark Kruger

Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan

It appears that classic mystery literature makes for really great psychological thrillers on-screen, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is another example of that. The 2018 film, directed by Stacie Passon, is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. It was the writer’s final work before her death, and tells the story of a family consisting of two sisters and their uncle, who are ostracized by their village after the girls’ parents are killed by arsenic poisoning. The older sister, Constance (Alexandra Daddario), is initially tried for the crime and then acquitted, but the public still believes she’s guilty.

While Constance stays cooped up in their old house, her younger sister Merricat (Taissa Farmiga) bears the town’s ridicule in order to run errands and keep the family going, also relying on some sort of natural magic for protection. Soon enough, their little bubble of existence is interrupted by their estranged cousin Charles (Sebastian Stan), who comes to stay at their home. While Constance is instantly taken by the young man, Merricat is very suspicious, and over time it becomes clear that Charles has a more personal reason for showing up than he initially lets on.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle focuses on the relationship between Constance and Merricat and their strong trust and love for one another, all while continually questioning who really poisoned their parents, and why. Set in the 1960s, the movie plays up the classic style of suspense that you see in old films, and is a great watch if you love gothic mystery-type stories.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Raffey Cassidy, Barry Keoghan

Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos is known for his strange, emotionally intense stories that push the boundaries of film genres and viewers’ expectations. If you want to see what many believe to be his darkest, wildest film (so far), check out 2009’s Dogtooth, otherwise, check out The Killing of a Sacred Deer – which is pretty dark and wild in its own right. The director’s sixth film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a modern take on the ancient Greek story Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides. In the original story, king Agamemnon accidentally kills one of Artemis’s sacred deer — hence, the title — and is ordered to kill his oldest daughter, Iphigenia, to maintain the balance. Depending on the version of the original myth that you hear, Iphigenia is either killed or saved at the last minute by the goddess.


In The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Colin Farrell’s Steven Murphy plays the role of Agamemnon, when he is approached by the son of a man he accidentally killed in surgery. The young man, Martin (Barry Keoghan), tells Steven that he must kill a member of his family to make up for Martin’s father’s death, or his entire family will die in three stages — lower-body paralysis, starvation, and then bleeding from the eyes. At first, Steven doesn’t believe Martin’s threats, but when his young son experiences paralysis in his legs and stops eating, Steve is forced to make a tough, life-changing decision. Through his film, Lanthimos considers what’s fair about life and death, concepts of justice and atonement, and if there is a balance that must be maintained. It’s a dark, intense story, and definitely a film that only the bravest of viewers should watch.

The Invitation

Director: Karyn Kusama

Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard

Directed by Karyn Kusama, who also helmed the 2009 cult classic Jennifer’s Body and the 2018 crime thriller Destroyer, The Invitation is a thriller drama that plays on people’s distrust and suspicion of one another. Logan Marshall-Green stars as Will, who is invited to a dinner party thrown by his ex-wife, Eden, played by Tammy Blanchard. This is Will’s first time returning to his old home in a long time, after Will and Eden fell apart in the aftermath of their son’s accidental death. After Will arrives with his new girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), he starts to suspect that something more sinister than dinner and drinks is on the evening’s menu. Of course, the guests, and even his new girlfriend, think it’s all Will’s guilt and resentment at Eden that is causing these crazy accusations. Why would anyone think that this is anything other than a dinner party? But on the other hand, what if he’s right?


This movie is a spot-on recommendation for a psychological thriller, as the story is told through Will’s point of view as he starts suspecting bad intentions from Eden and her new husband, questioning his own perceptions and possibly his sanity in the process. The Invitation has a really great ensemble cast, including horror veterans Michiel Huisman of The Haunting of Hill House and Game of Thrones, and John Carroll Lynch from American Horror Story (Twisty the clown, anyone?), and their tremendous performances anchor the film as Kusama unfurls a paranoid nightmare in which nothing can be certain.

RELATED: The Witching Hour: ‘Destroyer’ Director Karyn Kusama Talks Everything ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Backlash to ‘The Invitation’ to Teaming with Nicole Kidman


Director: Daniel Goldhaber


Writer: Daniel Goldhaber, Isa Mazzei, Isabelle Link-Levy

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Samantha Robinson

Starring Madeline Brewer as Alice, a cam girl who goes by the name “Lola_Lola,” Cam explores the dangers of artificial intelligence, how we alter our online images and personas, and just how much of ourselves we hand over to the unknown when we “log on”. Alice is a successful cam girl on a popular camming site, steadily climbing the ranks, but she wants to be at the top. One day, her rise to the number one spot is interrupted when Alice can’t log into her account. When she investigates what’s going on with her account, she sees that someone who looks and sounds just like her is streaming live on her channel, and despite knowing it’s impossible, Alice is able to confirm that the stream is really happening.

Through further investigation and talking to other cam girls, Alice discovers that the same thing has happened to many other top girls on popular sites, and no one has any idea what or who’s behind it. Still, Alice is determined to take her account back from her doppelgänger no matter what it takes, and get back her identity and the career she truly loves.

Cam is a very interesting film in how it explores the idea of digital replicas, as well as its respectful portrayal of the cam girl industry and the many young women who are creating a full-blown business out of it, and with a script co-written by former cam girl Isa Mazzei, it’s an honest, empathetic look at the highs and lows of online sex work. Brewer is seriously fantastic as Alice and her clone, and with such a smart and tightly-packed plot, Cam is the perfect thriller to watch during your next night in – but it might make you a little paranoid about who or what is controlling your stream.


Mystic River

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Brian Helgeland

Cast: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

One of the older films on this list, Mystic River takes on the neo-noir style of crime thrillers with a story about a murder that tears apart the friendship of three men in Boston, Massachusetts in 2000. Based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, the film follows Jimmy (Sean Penn), Dave (Tim Robbins), and Sean (Kevin Bacon); three men who used to be best friends, but the years passed and diverging paths in life have caused them to grow estranged. When Jimmy’s daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum) is found murdered on the same night that Dave comes home to his wife covered in blood, everyone starts pointing fingers and tossing blame.

As the mystery of what really happened to Katie, and whether or not Dave is really telling the truth about that night, starts to unravel, the main characters’ strong emotions of past trauma and regret lead to brutal mistakes and surprising revelations. While the central plotline is a compelling mystery on its own, Mystic River is elevated tenfold by the amazing performances by the main cast of actors, with Penn and Robbins winning the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars that year, respectively.


Nocturnal Animals

Director/Writer: Tom Ford

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon

Directed by celebrated fashion designer turned filmmaker, Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals is an impactful thriller that tells paralleling storylines of an art gallery owner named Susan (Amy Adams) and the manuscript she is reading written by her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), which she realizes has dark similarities to their past relationship. The movie flashes back and forth between the story of Susan and Edward and the book’s storyline of the character Tony Hastings (also played by Gyllenhaal), a man on a road trip with his family who finds his wife and daughter taken away from him by a brutal man named Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). As Susan reads the manuscript, she notices the representation of her own failed relationship with Edward, and begins to regret past mistakes that have led her to where she is now.

Nocturnal Animals can be very dark, especially when Ray enters the picture, but the overarching themes and the layered storylines are really well-orchestrated. If the plotline isn’t enough to convince you to check out the movie, know that Ford really brings his visual expertise to the film medium, and the performances of the actors are amazing.



Director: Brad Anderson

Writer: Alan B. McElroy

Cast: Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh

Released as a Netflix Original movie in 2019, Fractured stars Sam Worthington as a father named Ray waiting for his wife and young daughter to get out of a quick procedure at the hospital, only to be told that they were never there. His wife Joanne is played by Lily Rabe, while Lucy Capri plays his young daughter Peri.

Originally arriving at a hospital to get Peri’s injured arm looked at, the doctor insists on a CAT scan and Joanne accompanies them. After falling asleep in the waiting room, Ray wakes up to find that the hospital has no record of his family ever being there. Ray takes the matter to the police, and as photos and other evidence seem to confirm that Joanne and Peri are real, the police start to suspect Ray as having a darker involvement in their disappearance. While some frequent watchers of psychological thrillers might be able to guess where the story is going, Worthington is powerful as the distraught father, and there are plenty of great plot twists to keep viewers engaged the whole time.


RELATED: ‘Fractured’ Review: Brad Anderson’s Netflix Puzzle-Box Is Striking But Too Easy to Solve


Director: Federico D’Alessandro

Writer: Noga Landau

Cast: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman


If you’re already a fan of Monroe, then you’ll know that the actress got her start in the horror genre, and although she impresses in all of her performances, playing thriller protagonists is still where her main strength lies. In 2018’s Tau, another Netflix Original, Monroe plays Julia, a young woman who unwillingly becomes a test subject in the house of a man named Alex (Ed Skrein). Alex puts Julia through various puzzles and tests to collect data for his own technology, with everything run through his AI system called Tau (voiced by Gary Oldman). As Alex spends his days away at his real job, Julia and Tau keep each other company. Tau starts to sympathize with Julia and care about her wellbeing, but he is unable to help her escape due to Alex’s programming. In order to stop herself from becoming another one of Alex’s victims, Julia must manipulate Alex’s own system of technology and security measures to escape before he kills her.

Tau joins the ever-growing list of sci-fi horror films as the genre gets more popular, with past hits including Upgrade, which came out the same year as Tau, and the modern, reinvented The Invisible Man, both by director Leigh Whannell.


Director/Writer: Matt Palmer

Cast: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran, Kate Bracken


In 2018’s Calibre, a man named Vaughn (Jack Lowden) goes on a weekend trip with his old school friend Marcus (Martin McCann), leaving his pregnant fiancée at home. Driving out to the Scottish Highlands, the two friends stay in a small town as they plan a hunting trip, Vaughn’s first. While Vaughn is quiet and hesitant, Marcus is aggressive and impulsive, and he clashes with the men around town. Still, they manage to get out to hunt as planned, but it’s safe to say that nothing goes as the two had hoped.

After a fatal hunting accident, Vaughn wants to call the police, but Marcus is adamant that they will be thrown in jail for murder. Vaughn, unwilling to go against his friend, allows Marcus to lead them down a path to nowhere, as the two do whatever they can to escape the town without being caught. Eventually, the story progresses to a situation in which Vaughn is presented with a truly terrible choice, one you never want to have to make. What does he choose?


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Wait, Is Warner Bros Scrapping Its $70 Million Batgirl Movie? Rumors Are Swirling




Wait, Is Warner Bros Scrapping Its  Million Batgirl Movie? Rumors Are Swirling

After years of anticipation from DC fans, Warner Bros finally found a way to introduce Barbara Gordon to live-action, announcing a solo movie for the hero with the developing Leslie Grace-led film. Batgirl, which finished filming earlier this year, has been scheduled to hit HBO Max sometime this year, however according to a number of new reports, Warner Bros doesn’t want Batgirl to see the light of day. Outlets are reporting that $70 million project is being scrapped after test screenings scared off the studio on the movie. 

Batgirl has been called “irredeemable” by a reported “top Hollywood source” found by The NY Post. Per the report, the movie will be “shelved,” but it has yet to be confirmed by the studio if it’s purely a rumor or a bombshell piece of news for one of Warner Bros’ upcoming DC movies.  

The Wrap backed up this report, sharing it had additionally heard via insiders that the movie “did not work” for studio executives – made by Bad Boys For Life and Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah for a reported budget of over $70 million (though it may have ultimately cost the studio $90 million by the time cameras finished rolling). 

The news could perhaps be the product of the recent change in Warner Bros’ leadership, with CEO David Zaslav becoming the new big boss since WB merged with Discovery. There was some rumored talk of the previous WB chair Toby Emmerich considering Batgirl for a theatrical release rather than a HBO Max exclusive, however, but the new reports suggest the film isn’t testing to the level of a big-screen project and may be removed from getting any kind of release. 

Batgirl would not only introduce Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon, but is features a stacked cast including the return of Michael Keaton as Batman and J.K. Simmons as James Gordon. Brendan Fraser plays the film’s villain, Ted Carson a.k.a. Firefly. It’s arguably unheard of for a project as high-profile as this one to lose any form of avenue for distribution. 


Apparently, a move like this is not uncharacteristic for Warner Bros’ new CEO, however, who previously shut down the failed streaming service CNN+ weeks after it launched (it reportedly cost $300 million to put together). There is some restructuring of DC projects currently underway behind the scenes, with David Zaslav on the search for a someone to fill a role much like Marvel boss Kevin Feige has at Marvel Studios. 

Coming off San Diego Comic-Con late last month, Marvel Studios announced and showcased a lineup of projects planned until 2025 including two more Avengers films, whilst DC did not bring anything from Batgirl to its panel. Instead, Warner Bros chose to only focus on Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Black Adam, both of which have set release dates later this year. Warner Bros. Discovery is set to report its earnings for this past business quarter on Thursday; it’s possible we’ll learn more then. 

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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: 5 Feelings I Had While Watching The Season 3 Premiere




High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: 5 Feelings I Had While Watching The Season 3 Premiere

What time is it? Summer time!

Well, that’s what the students of East High are saying in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I know, the name is a mouthful, but honestly, this show is a whole lot of fun and if you haven’t watched it, you definitely should. The first two seasons were great, from the songs in Season 1 to the drama in Season 2, and when it was announced that the series would be getting a Season 3 and 4, I was all on board. 

Now that I have watched the first episode of Season 3, I am even more excited for the next episodes to come, and that premiere has me all in my feelings – specifically these five. 


Man, this show makes me so nostalgic for when I was younger. 

Don’t get me wrong, I would never travel back in time to then, just because I was so young and didn’t know half the stuff I know now, but there is just something about listening to the soundtrack of some of these original songs from the High School Musical movies that just get me. While we don’t get many songs in the first episode, we get the classic, “What Time Is It” from High School Musical 2 within the few three minutes of the show and ugh, the memories. 


If you were a tween or kid back in 2007 and watched HSM2 when it premiered on Disney Channel, you know this song just as well as I do. And for years, I sang this song on the last day of school – heck, I still sing it now whenever warm weather comes around and I’m two years out of college. I love this music, and I can already tell from just this first episode that this season is going to make me so nostalgic. 


I’m really curious to see what they’re going to do with this camp in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. 

For those who don’t know, the first two seasons of this series were pretty much based around the first film’s premise. The show takes place in a world where the movies exist, but instead of the actors from the High School Musical cast that we’re familiar with, we are introduced to students who are auditioning for those iconic roles. And over the last two seasons, we’ve watched them grow into brilliant performers while singing in productions of both High School Musical and Beauty and the Beast, with covers and original songs all along the way. 

But the whole entire point of the first two seasons was that this show took place in the same high school where the movies were filmed. So it’s only natural to think that the second season might end up happening at the country club that was in High School Musical 2, but nope – we are at a summer camp, something that was never talked about in the original movies. 

The arrival of everyone coming to this summer camp is fun, but it makes me wonder how they’re going to include the songs from High School Musical 2 into this season when it’s not at the same location as the film, but it’s still interesting to watch, nonetheless. 


Dude, I love Olivia Rodrigo – and I mean that. This girl has done so much these last two years and watching her in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is always a joy. 


But what really makes me so proud of her is that I’m not even just proud of the actress, but the character as well. Nini is this young star who is a little afraid to take these big risks but she does so anyway, knowing that she has this big break she can’t lose, which was the big theme of this first episode. She goes away on this road trip with a producer over the summer so she can record songs, giving her that shot, and I am so proud of her for doing that. 

Olivia Rodrigo plays her perfectly, and while I know that her character was demoted to a guest role thanks to Rodrigo’s budding music career, I can’t help but be proud, because wow, she has blown up. It makes me want to watch her documentary on Disney+ again


I know I said earlier on that I was curious as to how they’re going to really change up this season with this new location. But, about twenty minutes in, I genuinely was feeling eager to see where this show would go – specifically the dynamics of new characters. 

For two seasons, we have pretty much been surrounded by the same characters, and while we have grown to love them, I think this season was the one where we truly needed a change in not only scenery, but characters as well. And this first episode brought a ton of them in. 

One of the scenes that got me really eager to see what happens with these new characters was when Gina, Ashlyn and Kourtney, three clear as day theater kids, find out they have to share a cabin with Gadget (a new character) and two other girls – and you can clearly tell at first that they are not feeling the vibe, and you can almost smell the problems from a mile away. 

That screams great television, and it’s got me wondering how much more drama this show is going to produce over the next episodes with these new dynamics. I’m so eager to see. 



Seeing Corbin Bleu in the premiere episode made me very excited to see where this fictionalized version of him is going to go next. 

Usually, when it comes to the original members from the High School Musical movies, we’ll get some pictures from them from the old high school – like Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron both recently taking pics there in 2022 – but I didn’t think anyone would come back to the show. We had Lucas Grabeel and Kaycee Stroh in Season 1 but no one in Season 2, so I’m super pumped to see Corbin Bleu back for this season.

Not only that, but Jason Earles. Do you guys know who he is? The moment I saw him as Dewey, the director of Camp Shallow Lake, I practically screamed. This man is Disney Channel royalty. He was not only a co-star on Hannah Montana but also on Kickin’ It and I can’t believe he is in another Disney show and it has me so excited. 

I’m not sure how often he and Bleu are going to be on the show, but I know for a fact that those two appearing on that stage has me excited for what this season holds and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Could Zac Efron be next?

What are you guys looking forward to with Season 3 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series? All I know is that if I don’t get a cover of “Fabulous” by Carlos in this season, I will riot. I demand it, Disney+!

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The School For Good And Evil: 6 Quick Things We Know About The Netflix Movie




The School For Good And Evil: 6 Quick Things We Know About The Netflix Movie

Book adaptations of big-time novels always seem to go over well with audiences, and have for plenty of years, with movie sagas such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings taking over the box office. But, a newcomer is arriving on the movie scene, one which should have been adapted almost as soon as it came out, if you ask me.

The School for Good and Evil, an amazing addition to the fantasy genre, is finally getting its own adaptation into the film world – but not in theaters. However, it will be appearing as a Netflix movie, on the popular streaming website. However, what else do we know about this upcoming film? What is it going to be about? Who is going to be in it? There are plenty of things that you might not know, but we do. Here are some quick things we know about the upcoming Netflix film.

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The School For Good And Evil Release Date Is Set For October 21

Mark your calendars, fantasy lovers, as The School for Good and Evil is going to be coming out as part of the 2022 movie release schedule! Announced with the official poster from the Netflix Twitter page, it was confirmed that The School for Good and Evil would release on the popular streaming platform in Fall 2022, specifically on October 21. 

Talk about a great addition to all the fun Halloween movies we’ll be watching during that time of year – I can always use a little good and evil in my life. 


Sofia Wylie in The School for Good and Evil.

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The School For Good And Evil Has A Star-Studded Cast

With an adaptation like The School for Good and Evil, we all knew that the cast needed to be amazing. And, luckily, there’s no shortage of amazing additions to this Netflix movie. First, let’s take a look at the two leads characters of the film, Sophie and Agatha, where the story begins. These two roles will be played by Sophia Anna Caruso, known for her role in the Broadway musical Beetlejuice, and Sofia Wylie, who stars on a Disney+  show you really should watch, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Wylie is especially excited for her role in The School for Good and Evil. In an interview with MTV, she talked about her part as Agatha and how she’s excited to “bring some realness” to the character that hadn’t been seen before. She described Agatha’s struggles with internal and external beauty through her own experience, saying that it’s something she can relate to and that it’s an important message to teach.

That’s something that I personally can really relate to, that voice inside of your head, how much power it has. I deal with those doubts and those insecurities. And I think I can really bring some realness to Agatha in that sense because I know, as a teenage girl, it can be very difficult to overcome that voice.

Adding on to this cast, Deadline reported that two megastars, Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington, signed on for two of the main roles in the upcoming film. Theron is set to play Lady Lesso, and Washington will portray a teacher at the school, Professor Dovey.

In addition to these two, in another article, Deadline reported that Laurence Fishburne, known for his roles in The Matrix trilogy and many other films, as well as action star Michelle Yeoh, from movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Crazy Rich Asians, and her TV role in Star Trek: Discovery, have stepped up to be in The School for Good and Evil. Fishburne will play the Schoolmaster – a role that sounds quite fitting for someone of his talents, and Yeoh will portray another teacher, Professor Anemone.

Also for the film, Demi Isaac Oviawe, Kaitlyn Akinpelumi, and Freya Theodora Parks will play Anadil, Dot and Hester, three young women who are a part of The Coven in The School for Good and Evil, as confirmed by a behind-the-scenes look with the author of the original novel, Soman Chainani on YouTube.

Already, this film is shaping up to be filled to the brim with some of the Hollywood elite. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they do with the material they are given, because it’s about to get magical.


Charlize Theron in The School for Good and Evil.

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The School For Good And Evil Will Follow The Bestselling Book Series

For those who don’t know, The School for Good and Evil is composed of several novels in a series. Netflix confirmed that this new movie will be based on the series by Soman Chainani, and from the premise of the film, it’s looking to be exactly like the first novel.

As confirmed by the description from the trailer for the new movie on YouTube, The School for Good and Evil is going to follow two best friends, Sophia and Agatha, who are swept into a world of trying to balance both good and evil when they are given different roles, but this in turn causes their lives to turn upside down. 

I’m already on board for a story like this. Two opposing personalities who end up being trained in styles that they thought they weren’t aligned with? Thrown into unlikely situations? Fantasy elements? My god, I can almost feel the franchise coming. Netflix has a great addition with this one.

Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig Is Directing The School For Good And Evil

I don’t think there could have been another perfect choice for the director for The School for Good and Evil than Paul Feig. The legendary director has produced some of the biggest comedic hits in the last ten years. For example, Feig directed the smash-hit Bridesmaids back in 2011, the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters, the Emilia Clarke Christmas comedy Last Christmas, the comedy thriller, A Simple Favor, and so many others.

Besides movies, Paul Feig has also directed multiple episodes of several incredible sitcoms, such as The Office, Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock. The School for Good and Evil novels have an amazing comedic element to them, and I can only imagine what a comedic director like Paul Feig will bring to the table in this new film.

The castle in The School for Good and Evil.

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Finding Neverland Screenwriter David Magee Wrote The Screenplay For The School For Good And Evil

When it comes to an adapted screenplay, you always have to make sure that you find the right person to do it, because with novels, there are so many details that need to somehow make it into the movie. The School for Good and Evil found its screenwriter in David Magee.


Magee is a perfect choice, because not only has he been around the business for some time, he’s had plenty of experience in writing fantasy, working on films such as the Academy-Award winning Life of Pi, the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns, and wrote the screenplay for Finding Neverland, the story of the author who created the legendary character, Peter Pan. Truly, he has great experience up his sleeves, and I’m eager to see what he’ll do with the fantastic story that is The School for Good and Evil.

The bit apple in The School for Good and Evil.

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The School For Good And Evil Has Finished Filming 

As you can expect for a film that already has a trailer, The School for Good and Evil finished production for their film not too long ago. From a tweet on Twitter from Netflix Geeked, it was confirmed back in July of 2021 that filming had wrapped on the film and was entering into the post-production phases. 

Watch The Trailer For The School For Good And Evil 

If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for The School for Good and Evil, be sure to watch it now, as you won’t want to miss out on the magic. 

With an amazing cast, awesome story, and some really cool looking set pieces featured in the trailer, The School for Good and Evil is looking to be an amazing addition to Netflix’s original film line-up. I can’t wait for this movie to pop up as part of the 2022 Netflix movie schedule. I’m practically counting down the days. 

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