We’re heading into the New Year and it’s freezing cold here in Chicago. Summer feels like a distant memory and the thought of warm weather seems more like a fever dream than reality. Yet, Netflix is adding a plethora of summer-themed titles to their streaming service to kick off 2018. I feel like it’s a cruel joke, but at least we get some excellent movies including the surprise hit 47 Meter Down. Digressing, here’s a breakdown of all the genre films arriving on Netflix beginning Jan. 1, 2018, including Scott Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose!
AVAILABLE JANUARY 1
30 Days of Night
From David Slade, “In the far Northern Hemisphere, the small town of Barrow, Alaska, experiences a solid month of darkness every year. Though most of the residents head south for the winter, some townspeople remain behind. However, those that stay regret their decision when, one year, hungry vampires descend on Barrow to feed. Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his wife (Melissa George) and a dwindling band of survivors must try to last until dawn breaks over Barrow’s monthlong twilight.”
“Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you’ve seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival.”
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
“With much of North America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for the inevitable: a global sharknado. From London to Asia, Australia to Italy, Fin and his family must put a stop to the sharknados once and for all.”
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
From director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), “A lawyer takes on the negligent homicide case of a priest who performed an exorcism on a college student.” It stars “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.
Dan Bush (The Signal) directs, “In order to save their brother, two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault, home to something truly evil.”
AVAILABLE JANUARY 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill fortune blowing even more strongly when a crew of deadly ghost pirates led by an old rival, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. His only hope of survival lies in finding the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that gives its possessor total control of the seas.”
AVAILABLE JANUARY 5
Before I Wake– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mike Flanagan’s (Hush, Ouija 2, Gerald’s Game) lost horror film is finally getting released. In it, “A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.”
DEVILMAN crybaby: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
“The protagonist Akira Fudo (Koki Uchiyama) learns from his best friend, Ryo Asuka (Ayumu Murase), that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Ryo tells Akira that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their supernatural powers, and suggests that he unite with a demon himself. Akira succeeds in transforming into Devilman, who possesses both the powers of a demon and the soul of a human. The battle of Devilman and Akira Fudo begins.”
AVAILABLE JANUARY 8
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring tells the horrifying true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (The Departed, “Bates Motel”) and Golden Globe nominee Patrick Wilson (Insidious) play the investigators while Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston (“Band of Brothers”) and Emmy nominee Lili Taylor (“Six Feet Under”) play the Perron family plagued by sinister spirits in this dark chiller from the writers of The Reaping and the creator of the Saw and Insidious films.”
AVAILABLE JANUARY 10
47 Meters Down
“Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore, “This is Us”) and Kate (Claire Holt, “The Originals”) become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong. When the cable attaching the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and worst of all, bloodthirsty, great white sharks.”
AVAILABLE JANUARY 30
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
In the film, “Danny Trejo returns as the ruthless bookie, Goldberg, in the wildest, bloodiest, Death Race ever. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (McGowan) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal – enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Glover) and Lists (Koehler), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Marzano). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear.”
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