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Netflix: Best Horror for February


February May Bring More Than Roses to Haunt Your Dreams

February conjures up visions of chocolates, hearts, and romantic fireplaces to ward off the chilly nights. But thanks to Netflix’s new horror lineup, it may be more than roses that haunt your dreams.

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window (2022)

In The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window (2022), not much is as it seems. TWHASGW stems from the creative minds of Emmy winner Hugh Davidson (Robot Chicken), writer Larry Dorf (Evan Almighty), and Rachel Ramras (Nobodies). The series stars Kristen Bell (Frozen, The Good Place) as Anna, Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Nevers) as Neil, and actress-writer Mary Holland (Happiest Season) as Anna’s best friend, Sloane. 

This eight-part mini-series, a parody of The Woman in The Window (2021), is a subtle and, at times, dark psychological thriller complete with wine. While missing a few beats as a true parody, the story has a strange effect when combined with the comedic talents of both Kristen Bell and Tom Riley. Parody aside, The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window is quite entertaining, holding its own as a dramatic concern. It worms its way into your head. Although Anna’s (Bell) wine glass should have been a “tell” for anyone watching, it holds an entire bottle of merlot.

As Anna struggles to manage her fears and regain a foothold toward a normal life, she fixates on the handsome neighbor Neil (Riley) and his daughter, who have moved in across the street.

The characters are straightforward. The story begrudgingly presents itself through intermittent flashbacks allowing the viewer to marinate in the simple grief-fueled interactions of Anna’s (Bell) life as her past is revealed. 

TWHASGW is a thoroughly entertaining, stand-alone mini-series. Bell and Riley’s clear and strong performances support the movie’s darker and quirkier shenanigans.


Archive 81 (2022)

Another limited series that is definitely worth a look at is Archive 81 (2022). Based on the wildly successful podcast of the same name, Archive 81 combines demons, cults, comets, corporate corruption, funky music, downtown Pittsburgh and VHS tapes.

Realized by executive producer, creator, and UCLA Film School alumna Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Boys, Vampire Diaries),  Archive 81 is written and directed in an eight-episode format. Starring Mamoudou Athie (Circle, The Front Runner) as Dan Turner, Dina Shihabi (Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as Melody Pendras, and Evan Jonigkeit (Frontier, Together Together) as Samuel.

Archive 81‘s plot is simple enough. We follow a film archivist with a storied past hired to restore a collection of tapes under unusual circumstances. As he reconstructs the damaged film, he enters into the dark world of a filmmaker’s investigation into a dangerous cult.

Another successful aspect of the series is the soundscape. Designed by British ex-rocker Geoff Barrow (Ex Machina, Black Mirror) and Ben Salisbury (Devs, Ex Machina), the ambient sounds remain with you long after the episode concludes. This award-winning duo has developed a palette of dissonant chords and eerie voices for Archive 81, providing depth and strength to the story. 

The series is a solid example of the found footage genre. Archive 81 was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an insidious combination of horror, mystery, and thriller that will keep you feeling uneasy for days.

Archive 81 is next in Netflix’s must-sees is the reboot of the quintessential slasher.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

Also on the lineup is the much anticipated Netflix reboot of the grunge-horror classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022). This time, in a limited series format. 

Directed by Emmy award-winning director and cinematographer David Blue Garcia (Tejano). And resurrected by screenwriter Chris Thomas Devlin and story writers Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead).

Texas Chainsaw Massacre stars the international talent of Olwen Fouéré (Cursed) as Sally Hardesty, Alice Krige (Star Trek: Lower Decks) as Mrs. Mc., Mark Burnham (Lowlife) as Leatherface, and veteran actor John Larroquette (The Librarians).

While the 2022 reboot of the franchise holds the same name, it begins 50 years later. Leatherface is forced out of hiding when a group of idealistic young friends, hoping to revitalize a West Texas ghost town, stumble upon the chainsaw-wielding butcher, disrupting his carefully shielded world.

Garcia’s revitalization of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise for the next generation is expertly cast, combining elements of the original movie to establish context and continuity. The film stands on its merits once past the idea of a group of young visionaries refurbishing a ramshackle town. Strong performances from Fouéré and Krige allow the story to find its footing.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre series premieres on February 18, 2022, on Netflix.


Archive 81 (2022) Official Trailer

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