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Criminally Under-Seen Gems on Netflix Instant (pt. 1)

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There use to be a time when you would have to find a grungy, little theater that would show foreign or independent films.  You could go to the video rental store and take a chance on VHS tapes with bizarre cover sleeves. 

But what a miraculous age we live in now; where streaming movies gives us an entire world of cinema at our fingertips!  Finding quality movies is less of a hunt and more of a buffet.  Try some of this, some of that, experiment with new things, and discover new tastes.

Provided is a list of some diamonds in the rough available on Netflix Instant.  Some certainly aren't for everyone, but you get to hit play and stop it if its not your cup of tea.  This is hardly a complete list of the amazing unknown movies on Netflix...but its a good start.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Director: Eli Craig
Starring:  Tyler Labine & Alan Tudyk
Genre:  Comedy/Horror

Synopsis:  Two lovable best friend hillbillies buy a derelict cabin to fix up into their dream vacation spot for fishing.  While night fishing, the two rescue a young girl from drowning after her young friends abandon her in fear.  As they nurse her back to health, her friends are convinced she is being tortured by the hillbillies and attempt to save her.

Why you should watch it:  This movie is non-stop hilarity from opening to ending credits.  You immediately fall in love with the well-meaning Tucker & Dale who try their best to handle the carnage happening around them.  The film pokes fun at every horror movie cliché and turns the tables on the genre itself.  You'll never laugh harder at bloody gore.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped (Secuestrados)

Director: Miguel Angel Vivas
Starring:  Manuela Velles, Dritan Biba, Ana Wagener
Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:  Jaime and his wife, Marta, celebrate moving into their new home in Madrid with their teenage daughter Isa.  Soon, three masked theives break in and hold the three hostage.

Why you should watch it:  Flat out, the single most intense film you will ever see.  It's brutal and uncompromising.  The direction & camerawork is incredible and perfect.  By the end credits, you will find yourself in a white knuckled cold sweat and emotionally distraught.  

The Perfect Host

The Perfect Host

Director:  Nick Tomnay
Starring:  David Hyde Pierce & Clayne Crawford
Genre:  Black Comedy

Synopsis:  When a thief on the run cons his way into a mans home, the tables are suddenly turned on him and he soon discovers he has entered the mind of madness.

Why you should watch it:  The direction of this film is pitch perfect in its way it makes you feel as confused & scared as the hapless thief, but boy if it isn't a good time.  Twist after twist, the film keeps you on your toes until the final credits.  David Hyde Pierce gives the performance of his career and it deserves to go down in history as one of the greatest psychopaths since Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector.

Oldboy

Oldboy

Director:  Park Chan-wook
Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Synopsis:  A man is mysteriously kidnapped and held in an isolated hotel room for fifteen years.  Once he's suddenly released, he begins a to piece together the puzzle to learn why his life was stolen.

Why you should watch it:  Park Chan-wook's opus already has a strong cult following and even has an American remake hitting theaters soon.  The second in Park's “Vengeance Trilogy,” The film is known for its astonishing hallway fight scene and having one of the most shocking ending's in film history.

Grave Encounters

Grave Encounters

Director:  The Vicious Brothers
Starring:  Sean Rogerson, Mackenzie Gray
Genre:  Mockumentary Horror

Synopsis:  When the crew of a ghost hunting reality show spend the night in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, they find exactly what they wanted...and what a mistake it is.

Why you should watch it:  Despite its low budget, the film provides real scares as it successfully creates a truly terrifying atmosphere.

Shaolin Soccer

Shaolin Soccer

Director:  Stephen Chow
Starring:  Stephen Chow
Genre:  Comedy

Synopsis:  A homeless kung fu expert believes that the martial arts can be used for practical purposes.  When he meets a shamed soccer coach, he gathers his fellow kung fu masters to create the ultimate soccer team.

Why you should watch it:  Amazing displays of martial arts & CGI used in the most mundane actions are some the coolest and funniest scenes you'll ever see.  Filled with heartfelt, silly humor, you will be reminded that there's such thing as comedy without raunchiness.

Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo

Director:  Joel Anderson
Starring:  Talia Zucker
Genre:  Mockumentary Psychological Horror

Synopsis:  After the body of a drowned teenage girl is discovered, a documentary crew speaks to the family about the odd & frightening occurrences surrounding her death.

Why you should watch it:  A brilliant film that provides a truly haunting experience.  This movie takes simple ghost stories to far deeper level.  As the story unfolds, you will finding yourself grieving and moved by the family's loss...but shaken by events they've endured.  Though it's not real, its message hits you just the same.

V/H/S

V/H/S

Director: Adam Wingard, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
Genre: Anthology Horror

Synopsis: A group of immoral thrill seekers break into a home, paid to steal a certain VHS tape, but get more than they bargained for as they go view each of the terrifying tapes

Why you should watch it: Each segment of this film is written & directed by someone different. Some fail, yes, but others are legitimately scary. If anything, the film shows you how creative filmmakers can be given such a limited budget & time.

Super

Super

Director:  James Gunn
Starring:  Rain Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon
Genre:  Superhero, Black Comedy

Synopsis:  He's an average man.  Follows the rules and does what's right.  Once his wife leaves him for a drug dealer, however, he transforms himself into Crimson Bolt: a hero with the best of intentions, but no real finesse. 

Why you should watch it:  An incredibly smart, dark comedy, with a fantastic and heartbreaking performance by Rain Wilson.  The film is violent for all the right reasons and we see the exaggerated consequences we wish would befall everyday criminals, such as those who cut in line at the theater.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed

Director:  Colin Trevorrow
Starring:  Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson
Genre:  Comedy

Synopsis:  Three magazine employees attempt to do a story on a man who placed an ad for a companion to time travel with him.

Why you should watch it:  One of the best comedies to be released in a long time.  The most clever and unique love story done in a while,  you will fall in love with every character in this movie.  Touching and laugh out loud funny.  It's also the reason Trevorrow was EVTM's pick to direct STAR WARS ep7

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Director:  Joss Whedon
Starring:  Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, Simon Helberg
Genre:  Musical Comedy

Synopsis:  An aspiring super villain finds himself at odds with his villainy and the woman he secretly loves.

Why you should watch it:  A long time Comic-Con favorite, screenings are held “Rocky Horror Picture” style, with the audience singing along with every hilarious song.  Insanely funny, snarky, clever, and fun.  The perfect musical for those of you who do not love musicals.

Safe

Safe

Director:  Boaz Yakin
Starring:  Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon
Genre:  Action

Synopsis:  A young girl, a math prodigy, holds a numerical code and finds herself pursued by the Triads, corrupt cops, and the Russian mob.  Coming to her aid is a man who's life was ruined by gangsters.

Why you should watch it:  When Jason Statham first hit the scene with Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, audiences were excited for the new actor.  Unfortunately, the tough as nails actor has garnered a reputation for ridiculous action fodder.  Surprisingly, SAFE is actually an exciting film worthy of a look by action film aficionados.  Incredible action sequences along with a great plot surrounding the relationship between Statham and this sweet girl.

The Imposter

The Imposter

Director:  Bart Layton
Genre:  Documentary

Synopsis:  The story of a Frenchman who claimed to be the missing 16year old son of a grieving Texas family.

Why you should watch it:  Although a documentary, this film is as twisted as any psychological mystery film.  Find yourself at the edge of your seat as the story unravels; just remember to be cautious of every time your jaw drops.

Timecrimes

Timecrimes

Director:  Nacho Vigalondo
Starring:  Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga
Genre:  Science Fiction

Synopsis:  A man accidentally gets in a time machine and travels back in time an hour.  Thus begins a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Why you should watch it:  Possibly the best time travel movie ever made as it actually utilizes the many paradoxes that comes with the time travel genre.  

Enter The Void

Enter the Void

Director:  Gaspar Noé
Starring:  Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta
Genre:  Fantasy

Synopsis:  After a drug dealer is shot dead by the Tokyo police, his soul escapes to witness the consequences of his death and seeks resurrection.

Why you should watch it:  Easily the most divisive film on this list.  You will either love it or hate it more than you have ever hated anything in your life.  Filmmaking wise, though, it could be the most incredible movie ever made.  Turn off all the lights, commit to watching the entire film without interruption, and you may actually feel like a lost soul floating around a hyper-real Tokyo.

Even The Rain

Even the Rain

Director:  Iciar Bollain
Starring:  Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Toscar Genre:  
Drama

Synopsis:  As a film crew begins to shoot a movie about Christopher Columbus in Bolivia, the locals begin to rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Why you should watch it:  The only film on the list that EVTM is calling an absolute MUST SEE.  One of the most powerful films in existence.  Two of the greatest actors working today, give some of their best performances.  See the true, unapologetic depiction of the Columbus story juxtaposed against the water riots of Bolivia.

This is just a small dent in the amazing pieces of cinema out there for you to find.  Each of these movies has something special and unique to offer and are guaranteed to (love or hate them) be talked about for a very long time.