As someone who regularly binge watches all of the great movies and TV shows Netflix has to offer, perhaps the most entertaining part is finding a hidden gem that few other people know about. These reclusive programs may not have garnered huge amounts of awards or benefited from the publicity of a cast member having a complete meltdown after their release, but they are some of best things you’ll find on the service to date. Luckily, I’ve decided to share my top four members of this rare group with you. Enjoy.
A truly frightening documentary about one town’s urban legend that turns out to be nightmarishly true. Anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery mixed with a tinge of classic horror film premise will absolutely love this. Personally, I’ll be avoiding abandoned insane asylums for a while.
If it wasn’t for the hilariously over-the-top violence and language, Jay Baruchel’s ode to all things hockey should have garnered way more attention. While it’s billed as a non-stop, testosterone-fueled slugfest (and there is definitely a lot of that), the movie also does a great job of incorporating a simple but heartfelt love story and the idea of creating a life that speaks to your talents, even if that means beating the snot out of people for a living. The final fight between Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber alone is easily worth pawing through the hidden troves of Netflix gold.
3. Black Death
Sean Bean is on a mission from God…sort of. As the black plague ravages Europe, a group of warriors is dispatched to find a village that has apparently remained untouched by the disease. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Carice van Houten, who plays the seductive fire priestess Melisandre, as the witch rumored to have the ability to raise people from the dead. This is a riveting, occasionally disturbing glimpse of how dark the Dark Ages could be that has plenty of action and more than a few surprises.
4. Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
Veteran comedian Colin Quinn takes on all of human history and rips the species a new one. From the eternal struggle between jocks and nerds to the neediness of the British monarchy to America, the bouillabaisse of the fallen empires, everything is lambasted and related to our current string of self-inflicted messes. Hilarious. End of story.