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30 Essential Zombie Movies

The zombie: Without remorse and pity, driven by a single hunger, and damn near impossible to put down permanently. There have been times since their introduction into movies in the 1930s where it felt like we’d never see a zombie movie again. Then there are eras of the opposite, where you couldn’t stick your arm out in a multiplex without a shambling ghoul nearby, ready to chomp. And since we’ve been in feast mode over the last decade-plus, we’re taking a big bite with our guide to the 30 Essential Zombie Movies that you need to watch!

While zombie movies have been for more than 80 years (in 1932 we got White Zombie, in 1943 I Walked With a Zombie), it’s commonly accepted the subgenre as we know it today didn’t rise until 1968, when George A. Romero unleashed Night of the Living Dead. An independent film with a budget barely above six figures, Night enthralled audiences with its mysterious plot, shocking gore, progressive casting and social commentary, and, natch, the unforgettable hordes of the gaunt, hungry undead. Crowned the godfather of zombies, Romero made five more Dead movies, the best of which are featured in this guide, including Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

Despite Romero’s efforts, it would still be a long shuffle into the early 2000s before zombies would break out of horror niche and crawl all over pop culture. Highlights from the pre-2000 era include splatter comedies like Return of the Living Dead and Dead Alive, Lucio Fulci’s eye-splitting and shark-wrestling Zombi 2, and H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator.

The success of the Resident Evil video games revealed an audience appetite hitherto untapped, inspiring a gushing fount of zombie movies released between 2000 and 2005. Now we got to see the true versatility of the zombie movie. There was the loving spoofery of Shaun of the Dead. The blockbuster theatrics of the Resident Evil adaptation. Cutting-edge, gritty filmmaking with 28 Days Later. Japanese kinetic action in Versus, and most recently the creative, micro-budget One Cut of the Dead.

Ever since, zombies have shown no sign of slowing down. (Some have even figured out how to run.) TV show The Walking Dead is an obvious behemoth to point towards, but in the film world, zombies have made their way into found footage ([REC]), rom-com (Warm Bodies), and grindhouse throwbacks (Planet Terror).

And with this guide, we sought to capture those many moods, the various sensitivities that make up the zombie movie. Most featured here are Fresh and Certified Fresh, and of course we’re including a few Rotten movies. They may not have gotten the highest critical marks, but offer just as much color, life, and odor to this list. With that, it’s time to use your braaaaains and dig deep into the best zombie movies to watch!

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 80136%
Critics Consensus: Valley Girl culture satire Night of the Comet gets lots of mileage out of its slapstick sci-fi zombie approach.
Synopsis: After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they're among the... [More]
Directed By: Thom Eberhardt

#29

Juan of the Dead (2011)
83%

#29
Adjusted Score: 82083%
Critics Consensus: Filled with wild splatter slapstick, Juan of the Dead also deftly uses its zombie premise as an undead Trojan horse for insightful political commentary.
Synopsis: When the dead rise and attack the living, Juan starts a zombie-killing business, until he has to save his small... [More]
Directed By: Alejandro Brugués

#28

Little Monsters (2019)
79%

#28
Adjusted Score: 86600%
Critics Consensus: Led by typically outstanding work from Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters is a horror/rom-com hybrid that proves the zombie genre still has fresh brains to savor.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Abe Forsythe

#27

Wild Zero (2000)
100%

#27
Adjusted Score: 26586%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ace saves his heroes from alien invaders that turn people into zombies.... [More]
Directed By: Tetsuro Takeuchi

#26
Adjusted Score: 45007%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby (Scott Innes) and the rest of the Mystery, Inc., crew encounter creepy characters at a haunted house on a... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#25

Resident Evil (2002)
36%

#25
Adjusted Score: 38963%
Critics Consensus: Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.
Synopsis: Based on the popular video game, Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as the leaders of a commando team who... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson

#24

Cemetery Man (1995)
60%

#24
Adjusted Score: 61148%
Critics Consensus: Cemetery Man will frustrate viewers seeking narrative cohesion or coherence, but this surreal blend of humor and horror should satisfy B-movie fans in the mood for quirk.
Synopsis: Something is causing the dead to rise from their graves as flesh-eating zombies, and cemetery custodian Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett)... [More]
Directed By: Michele Soavi

#23

Deathdream (1974)
83%

#23
Adjusted Score: 41175%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a Vietnam war casualty (Richard Backus) returns to his parents (John Marley, Lynn Carlin), he prowls in search of... [More]
Directed By: Bob Clark

#22

28 Weeks Later (2007)
71%

#22
Adjusted Score: 79379%
Critics Consensus: While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it's made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction.
Synopsis: Six months after the original epidemic, the rage virus has all but annihilated the population of the British Isles. Nevertheless... [More]

#21

Versus (2000)
75%

#21
Adjusted Score: 47119%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An escaped prisoner (Tak Sakaguchi) and a mysterious young woman (Chieko Misaka) face an onslaught of indestructible undead fighters in... [More]
Directed By: Ryûhei Kitamura

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Adjusted Score: 74060%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fraternity pledges (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall) pull a prank with a frozen body and let sluglike creatures loose on campus.... [More]
Directed By: Fred Dekker

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Adjusted Score: 89753%
Critics Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.
Synopsis: Canadian nurse Betsey Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon), a woman on a Caribbean... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#18

Warm Bodies (2013)
81%

#18
Adjusted Score: 89358%
Critics Consensus: Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.
Synopsis: A terrible plague has left the planet's population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult)... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#17

Planet Terror (2007)
76%

#17
Adjusted Score: 75392%
Critics Consensus: A cool and hip grindhouse throwback, Planet Terror is an unpredictable zombie thrillride.
Synopsis: An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#16
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Adjusted Score: 43647%
Critics Consensus: Zombi 2 is an absurdly graphic zombie movie legendary for some gory scenes and nothing in between.
Synopsis: A New York reporter (Ian McCulloch) follows a woman (Tisa Farrow) to an island where a doctor (Richard Johnson) faces... [More]
Directed By: Lucio Fulci

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 86448%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A cop does not realize that those responsible for several murders are the living dead.... [More]
Directed By: Jorge Grau

#14

World War Z (2013)
66%

#14
Adjusted Score: 77492%
Critics Consensus: It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.
Synopsis: When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it's... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#13

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
76%

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Adjusted Score: 82020%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.
Synopsis: When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbor, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realize her entire... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

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Day of the Dead (1985)
83%

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Adjusted Score: 84997%
Critics Consensus: Day of the Dead may arguably be the least haunting entry in George A. Romero's undead trilogy, but it will give audiences' plenty to chew on with its shocking gore and scathing view of society.
Synopsis: The living dead regroup above while humans (Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato) sweat it out below in a Florida... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#11
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Adjusted Score: 105171%
Critics Consensus: Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire.
Synopsis: Real zombies attack a hack director and a film crew who are shooting a low budget zombie film in an... [More]
Directed By: Shinichiro Ueda

#10
Adjusted Score: 94386%
Critics Consensus: A punk take on the zombie genre, The Return of the Living Dead injects a healthy dose of '80s silliness to the flesh-consuming.
Synopsis: When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the... [More]
Directed By: Dan O'Bannon

#9

Dead Alive (1992)
88%

#9
Adjusted Score: 91070%
Critics Consensus: The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson's affection for the tastelessly sublime.
Synopsis: Overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody), spying on her grown son, Lionel (Timothy Balme), as he visits the zoo with... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#8

Re-Animator (1985)
94%

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Adjusted Score: 98043%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes.
Synopsis: A medical student (Jeffrey Combs) brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum.... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Gordon

#7

Rec (2007)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 89824%
Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.
Synopsis: A reporter (Manuela Velasco) and her cameraman record the horrifying outbreak of a disease that turns humans into vicious cannibals.... [More]

#6

28 Days Later (2002)
87%

#6
Adjusted Score: 94188%
Critics Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.
Synopsis: A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a medical research... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#5

Zombieland (2009)
89%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99788%
Critics Consensus: Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.
Synopsis: After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world's surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the... [More]
Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 98365%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.
Synopsis: A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#3

Train to Busan (2016)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100981%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 98888%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
Synopsis: Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he's not working at the electronics store,... [More]
Directed By: Edgar Wright

#1

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96886%
Critics Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on material society.
Synopsis: As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack... [More]
Directed By: George Romero

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The 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo offered some promising new titles inspired by our favorite films and television shows when it hit the Los Angeles Convention Center June 12-14. Games based on movies and serialized TV are nothing new, but the genre has a history of pushing out products more focused on promoting an IP than offering a quality interactive experience.

That’s changing. Game developers, passionate about the same titles as the rest of us, are shelving the marketing-spun schlock in favor of crafting ambitious projects that put us in our favorite fictional worlds.

Here are 10 we can’t wait to play!


JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION


Developer: Frontier Developments
Publisher: Frontier Developments
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: Available now
As fans of the Jurassic Park franchise films are well aware, the movies are primarily action-ratcheting affairs focused on dinos unleashing all kinds of hell on unsuspecting park-goers. Jurassic World Evolution, however, trades epic destruction for careful construction, as it tasks players with planning, building, managing, and monitoring their very own prehistoric theme park. While the game’s more of a cerebral stimulation, it’ll still spike your adrenaline when, say, your burgeoning management skills accidentally let a velociraptor loose in the food court.


LEGO THE INCREDIBLES


Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Available now
If seeing Incredibles 2 hasn’t completely satisfied your craving for the superhero family’s unique brand of crime-fighting fun, you may want to suit-up for LEGO The Incredibles. Brimming with block-y bad guys, brick-based puzzles, and the LEGO series’ signature personality and humor, this latest plastic toy-packed adventure lets fans relive the best moments from both entries in the popular Pixar franchise. Tons of playable characters – including fan-favorite Edna Mode – and special moves, requiring the entire Parr crew to participate, round out this family-friendly romp.


MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN


Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony
Systems: PlayStation 4
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Set in a sprawling, open-world New York City, this original Spider-Man tale – from veteran developer Insomniac Games – forgoes the origin story slog in favor of putting players behind the shooting webs, acrobatic combat, and wisecracking sense of humor of a more seasoned Spidey. An eye-popping visual presentation, adrenaline-spiking set pieces, fluid action, and more iconic villains than you can cram into Raft prison complement the cinematic wall-crawling, web-spinning action.


WORLD WAR Z


Developer: Saber Interactive
Publisher: Paramount Pictures
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: 2018
Plenty of games task players with shooting zombies, scavenging for supplies, and generally doing whatever it takes to survive the undead apocalypse. World War Z – which borrows more from the Brad Pitt film than Max Brooks’ book – breaths some fresh life into the rotting corpse genre, however, by putting up to 500 flesh-eating freaks on screen simultaneously. Of course, these hungry hordes can also form horrifying zombie pyramids, making it more difficult for you and your co-op partners to fend them off and live another day.


SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER


Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Fans of the Tomb Raider films and games can expect to meet a very different Lara Croft in this trilogy-capping entry. More Predator than Indiana Jones, Shadow of the Tomb Raider sees a confident, capable, vengeance-craving Croft camouflaged in mud and employing brutal combat tactics to turn exotic jungle locales into goon graveyards. Though Shadow isn’t your typical relic-hunting romp, players can still expect seat-of-the-pants storytelling, cinematic set pieces, and, yes, plenty of tombs to raid.


LEGO DC SUPER-VILLAINS


Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: October 16, 2018
TT Games has no less than three Batman-starring installments in their stable of brick-busting LEGO adventures, but their latest DC entry is taking a decidedly different approach to the iconic comic book universe. As its title suggests, LEGO DC Super-Villains is all about the bad guys, from Harley Quinn and Lex Luthor to Poison Ivy and the Crown Prince of Crime himself, the Joker. Rather than playing as these iconic foes though, players will join them as their very own, fully customizable and upgradeable evildoer.


OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD


Developer: Overkill Software
Publisher: Starbreeze Studios/505 Games
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Hundreds of games have pitted players against hordes of foot-shuffling foes, and a handful of those have even unfolded in Robert Kirkman’s walker-infested world. Overkill’s The Walking Dead separates itself from the brain-craving bunch, however, by translating the unforgiving world of the comic books into thumb-blistering gameplay. For fans, this means strategically cooperating with three other players to not only survive brutally difficult encounters with the undead, but also joining forces to fight the game’s most challenging enemies, a human faction dubbed “The Family.”


HITMAN 2


Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: WBIE
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 13, 2018
We haven’t seen the bald, bar-coded assassin on the big screen since Rupert Friend wore his signature sharp suit and red tie in 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47. Fans needn’t wait for a film sequel to be reunited with their favorite hired killer, however, as Hitman 2 is headed to game consoles this fall. Assuming the role of the titular professional, stealthy players will travel to stunningly-realized exotic locales, don disguises, and incorporate improvised weapons – such as rat poison, frying pans, and frozen fish – to permanently silence high-level targets.


RESIDENT EVIL 2


Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Long before zombie shooters and apocalypse survival sims spread through the video game world like a population-wiping plague, players were fighting virally-infected canines and gobbling up green herbs in Resident Evil. Now, Capcom is inviting fans back to Raccoon City to relive what’s widely considered the seminal survival horror series’ best entry. More than a mere remaster though, Resident Evil 2 is a completely rebuilt re-imagining, featuring brand new visuals, audio, controls, and a nerve-fraying narrative to rival any contemporary take on the walking corpse genre.


KINGDOM HEARTS III


Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Systems: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: January 29, 2019
The Kingdom Hearts series has always been defined by its appealing, if unlikely, mash-up of Disney and Final Fantasy characters. Its long-awaited sequel though, is doubling down on the Disney – and Pixar – content, inviting fans to explore worlds and interact with heroes and villains from a variety of favorite films from Walt’s vault. From Frozen, Tangled, and Toy Story to Hercules, Wreck-It Ralph, and Pirates of the Caribbean, this fan-servicing sequel has something for Disney and Pixar enthusiasts of all stripes.

Halloween is nigh upon us, and ’tis the season for ghoulish celebrations. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a handy list of well-reviewed movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix right now, in case you want to get a head start on the spooky festivities. Whether you’re looking for a classic slasher flick, a pyschological thriller, a horror comedy, or even something you can watch with the kids, we’ve got you covered. See below for all of the selections.


1. ABCs of Death 2 (2014) 73%

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This follow-up to the 2013 omnibus film features 26 horror segments — one for each letter of the alphabet — helmed by 26 different directors.

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2. American Horror Story 77%

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Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series boasts spooky environs, provocative themes, and top-notch acting from Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, and Frances Conroy. Seasons 1-6 are available to stream.

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3. The Babadook (2014) 98%

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Writer-director Jennifer Kent’s Golden Tomato Award-winning horror film tells the deeply unnerving story a widow and her six-year-old who are bedeviled by a storybook monster.

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4. Baskin (2015) 80%

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This Turkish horror film tells the terrifying tale of a group of cops who stumble into an otherworldly realm.

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5. Bates Motel 93%

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Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, and Olivia Cooke star in this reimagining of Norman Bates’ teenage years — those carefree days before he took over the family business and had to deal with constant nagging from Mother. Seasons 1-4 are available.

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6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 99%

Arguably considered the first true horror film, this silent era classic tells the story of a traveling hypnotist with a murderous secret.

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7. The Canal (2014) 72%

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A film archivist discovers that the home he shares with his family was the site of a brutal murder and soon finds himself terrorized by evil visions and a dark presence in this Irish import.

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8. Castlevania 94%

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This Netflix animated series based on the classic video game franchise centers on the last in a long line of monster hunters, who attempts to keep his country safe from a vengeful vampire.

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9. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) 84%

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Tim Burton’s first foray into stop-motion animation follows a young groom-to-be named Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) who unwittingly marries an undead woman (Helena Bonham-Carter) while practicing his wedding vows.

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10. Creep (2014) 90%

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Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice star in Brice’s psychological thriller about an amateur videographer who agrees to film a man who lives in the woods for a day, only to discover the man may not be all that he seems.

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11. Cult of Chucky (2017) 80%

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The latest installment of the long-running horror franchise finds the demonic doll terrorizing a woman in an asylum, while his old nemesis attempts to save her.

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12. A Dark Song (2016) 90%

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This horror-tinged drama centers on two people who travel to a remote house to experiment with occult rituals.

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13. Deathgasm (2015) 88%

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While trying to escape their restrictive lives, two teens in a heavy metal band perform a piece of forbidden music that unlocks the gates of hell.

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14. The Den (2014) 78%

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After witnessing what she believes is a murder on an internet video chat site, a young grad student decides to investigate it herself and becomes the next victim.

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15. The Devil's Candy (2015) 92%

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Ethan Embry and Shiri Appleby star as a couple who move with their daughter into a new home, where the husband — and a deranged former resident who returns to terrorize them — is haunted by mysterious voices.

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16. Extraordinary Tales (2013) 58%

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Edgar Allan Poe’s dark words come to life in this animated anthology including stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” narrated by the likes of Christopher Lee and Guillermo Del Toro.

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17. The Eyes of My Mother (2016) 78%

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This indie horror film centers on the immensely disturbing life led by a young woman after a shattering act of violence.

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18. Gerald's Game (2017) 91%

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Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood star in Mike Flanagan’s Netflix original adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a woman who is left chained to a bed when a sex game with her husband goes tragically wrong.

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19. Goosebumps (2015) 78%

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Jack Black stars in this fantasy adventure as author R.L. Stine, whose various Goosebumps creations come to life and terrorize his town. He must team up with his daughter and next door neighbor to stop the madness.

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20. The Hallow (2015) 70%

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In this thriller from the UK, a young family moves in to a secluded house, disturbing an ancient evil that resides in the woods nearby.

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21. He Never Died (2015) 88%

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Henry Rollins stars in this horror comedy about a grizzled depressive who literally cannot expire.

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22. Hellraiser (1987) 72%

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Clive Barker’s 1987 feature debut is a grisly affair that takes full advantage of his twisted imagination and births a memorable villain.

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23. The Host (2006) 93%

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South Korea’s highest grossing film ever at the time of its release, The Host is director Bong Joon-ho’s breakout film, a sci-fi monster flick that combines scares, laughs, and satire in service of a popcorn flick as entertaining as it is intellectually satisfying.

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24. Housebound (2014) 95%

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In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a woman sentenced to home confinement discovers her house is occupied by a malevolent spirit.

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25. Hush (2016) 93%

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Kate Siegel plays a young deaf author living alone who is terrorized by a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.)… who then turns the tables on her attacker.

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26. The Invitation (2015) 89%

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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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27. It Follows (2014) 96%

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Maika Monroe stars as a suburban Michigan teen who becomes infected with a malevolent spirit after a sexual encounter, and it won’t stop pursuing her until she gives it to someone else — or dies.

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28. iZombie 92%

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In this CW series loosely based on the DC comic, Rose McIver stars as Liv, a zombie who helps police solve murders by eating dead victims’ brains and absorbing their memories. Seasons 1-3 are available.

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29. Monsters (2010) 73%

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Scoot McNairy stars in this a low-budget sci-fi thriller about an attempt by the millitary to contain quarantined alien life.

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30. Penny Dreadful 91%

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Eva Green and Timothy Dalton lead an ensemble cast in Showtime’s gothic supernatural drama, which draws characters from classic literature like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula. All three seasons are available.

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31. Raw (2016) 92%

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This unusual horror/dark comedy/coming-of-age film centers on a lifelong vegetarian who discovers a taste for raw meat during her first year of veterinary school.

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32. The Returned 97%

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This French series, which aired in the US on SundanceTV and was subsequently remade in English, follows a small mountain community where the deceased begin reappearing, accompanied by unexplained supernatural phenomena. Both seasons are available.

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33. Santa Clarita Diet 89%

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Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix original horror-comedy about a suburban couple dealing with the wife’s sudden appetite for human flesh.

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34. Sharknado (2013) 74%

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard star in this eerily plausible sci-fi adventure about a devastating storm that facilitates a shark attack on Los Angeles.

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35. Sleepy Hollow (1999) 69%

Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Walken star in Tim Burton’s take on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

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36. Stake Land (2010) 74%

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Directed by Jim Mickle, Stake Land is a post-apocalyptic indie horror road movie about vampire hunters that’s brimming with atmosphere.

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37. Starry Eyes (2014) 74%

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This sci-fi horror hybrid tells the tale of an ambitious actress who is unwittingly enlisted by a sinister organization for a strange performance.

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38. Stranger Things 93%

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This wildly popular Netflix original series follows a group of precocious teens in a small Indiana town in 1983 as they attempt to make sense of the supernatural phenomena happening around them. Season 1 is available now, and season 2 is set to drop on October 27.

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39. Supernatural 93%

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The demon-hunting Winchester brothers (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) continue their quest to fight evil wherever they find it in this long-running CW horror series. Seasons 1-12 are available to stream.

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40. Teeth (2007) 80%

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Jess Weixler stars in this tongue-in-cheek horror comedy about a teenager who discovers she has teeth in her vagina. Yes, you read that correctly.

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41. They Look Like People (2015) 92%

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This psychological thriller centers on a man who is convinced the world is on the verge of being overtaken by demons and attempts to hide his fear from a friend. Is he going mad, or is it real?

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42. Train to Busan (2016) 94%

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This apocalyptic action-horror film from South Korea follows a group of passengers on a commuter train fighting to survive a zombie outbreak.

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43. The Transfiguration (2016) 85%

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This thriller follows a trouble teen fascinated by vampires who meets another outcast and forms a potentially fraught bond with her.

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44. Trollhunter (2010) 82%

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This Norwegian found footage horror comedy follows a group of college students in pursuit of a suspected bear poacher who instead stumble upon an unexpected discovery.

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45. Under the Shadow (2016) 99%

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This acclaimed horror hybrid from debuting writer-director Babak Anvari is set in war-torn Tehran and centers on a mother and daughter who may or may not be suffering from the presence of a Djinn.

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46. The Void (2016) 77%

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This horror film centers on the supernatural chaos that erupts after a policeman discovers a dying man and rushes him to treatment at a nearby hospital.

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47. The Wailing (2016) 99%

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This South Korean horror drama centers on a small town reeling from a series of brutal murders after the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

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48. The Walking Dead 80%

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Thoughtful and gory in equal measure, AMC’s wildly popular action drama follows the lives of a handful of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Seasons 1-7 are available.

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49. We Are Still Here (2015) 95%

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Writer/director Ted Geoghegan makes a strong, stylish feature debut with this horror story about a grieving couple who move to a secluded home after the tragic death of their son; little do they know that their new home has a bloody past.

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50. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) 80%

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a self-conscious meta deconstruction of horror films that also happens to be one of the strongest entries in the Freddy Krueger saga.

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From Smurfs to superheroes and aliens to zookeepers, here are the 100 movies that will help define our collective 2017. How many will you have seen by year’s end?

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is out in theaters this week, inspiring this week’s 24 Frames gallery: a visual bloody guide to the history of zombies in film and on your television. Brrraaaaaiinnsss….


En español: Read this article in Spanish at Tomatazos.com.

In Theaters This Week:



The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3-D Experience

98%

Rating: G

It’s The Wizard of Oz, so you know of the deathly horrors that await: the Wicked Witch of the West, that dark ominous corridor, those flying monkeys. I’m a grown woman and I’m still afraid of the flying monkeys, so I can only imagine how much more terrifying they’d be in 3-D on that giant IMAX screen. I’d pondered taking my son, who’s almost 4, to see it over the weekend but was advised by three different moms (two of whom are pediatricians) that he’s still too young for such an experience. So parents, maybe wait until your kids are age 5 or 6 – and show it to them at home, first, where they can hide comfortably behind the coffee table.



Enough Said

95%

Rating: PG-13, for sexual content, some thematic material and brief language.

James Gandolfini is lovely in writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s midlife romantic comedy — gentle, sweet and self-deprecating — but the fact that this was his last performance before dying of a heart attack this summer makes it that much more poignant. Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-star as a couple of divorced, single parents in Los Angeles who fall for each other with some eventual complications. There’s no real nudity but we do see them in bed together, and Louis-Dreyfus shares some frank sex talk with a couple of her friends (played by Toni Collette and Catherine Keener) as well as her teenage daughter and her best friend.

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Epic

65%

Rating: PG, for mild action, some scary images and brief rude humor.

So I can only speak to the first hour so of this film, because that’s the point at which my son, who was then 3 ½, decided he was scared and wanted to leave. Apply that tidbit as you will to your own children of that age. Much of the imagery in this 3-D animated adventure is colorful and wondrous, as tiny creatures are fighting a battle of good and evil within a secret universe in the forest. The scenery can be vibrant and verdant, but when the bad guys are on screen, the skies turn dark and the surroundings become harsher. (This should come as no surprise given that Christoph Waltz voices the lead villain.) Suitable for nearly all ages.



World War Z

66%

Rating: PG-13, for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images.

One of the most graphic PG-13 movies I’ve ever seen. A pandemic sweeps the globe, turning people into convulsing, flailing, ravenous zombies within seconds. Heavy-duty gunfire, pandemonium and a general obliteration of civilized society as we know it ensues. And only Brad Pitt, as a former investigator for the United Nations, can stop the madness. This is an incredibly stressful film to watch. But the imagery may look familiar, and perhaps not all that frightening, for pre-teens who’ve played a lot of first-person-shooter video games.



The East

76%

Rating: PG-13, for thematic elements, violence, some disturbing images, sexual content and partial nudity.

There is a healthy amount of naked Alexander Skarsgard in this movie. Not that anyone’s complaining, but FYI, it exists. Actually, this thriller features quite a few creepy, sexualized rituals as an undercover corporate agent (Brit Marling) infiltrates a cult of eco-activist anarchists. Some disturbing imagery appears at the film’s start — birds and sea life that have been the victims of massive oil spills, for example — followed by violent acts scattered throughout as this underground group gets its theatrical revenge.



Bless Me, Ultima

68%

Rating: PG-13, for some violence and sexual references.

The classic piece of Chicano literature that inspired this film also has inspired some serious controversy since its publication in 1972. Some church groups and parents have decried Rudolfo Anaya’s novel as anti-Catholic or too profane and pushed to have it banned from school districts across the country. The film itself, though, is a mostly gentle and tastefully photographed depiction of a young boy’s coming of age in rural 1940s New Mexico. His maturation includes a questioning of the Catholic faith of his parents and a curiosity about the Native American mysticism of his elders. But such musings feel more like an inherent part of the progression into adolescence than an intentionally subversive force.

This week on home video, we’ve got a pair notably different book adaptations (a biopic of Liberace and a zombie outbreak movie), Sofia Coppola’s ripped-from-the-headlines crime drama, and a bunch of limited releases you may not have seen. Then, we’ve got a couple of scary movies ahead of Halloween (more surely to come in subsequent weeks), and two more choices from The Criterion Collection. Read on for the full list:



World War Z

66%

During production of this adaptation of Max Brooks’s popular novel, initial reports surfaced that the film version deviated heavily from its source material, which sent fans into a tizzy. Then, when its release date was pushed back to accommodate rewrites and reshoots, most thought it spelled doom for the film; luckily, that turned out not to be the case. Brad Pitt stars as former UN agent Gerry Lane, who’s swept — rather immediately — into a globetrotting mission to track down the source of a terrifying epidemic that’s turning the world’s population into zombies. Most critics were pleasantly surprised by World War Z, given its production troubles, and called it a solid thriller with an engaging performance from Pitt, even if the film is unfaithful to the book and a bit uneven. At 67% on the Tomatometer, it doesn’t redefine its genre, but it’ll make an entertaining action-horror rental.



Behind the Candelabra

94%

Speaking of troubled productions, prolific auteur Steven Soderbergh had some difficulty finding a studio who would back his Liberace biopic, something he’d spoken to Michael Douglas about as early as 2000, when the pair worked on Traffic together. HBO finally agreed to premiere the film, an adaptation of Scott Thorson’s 1988 memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, and critics say it’s a winner. Not so much a traditional biopic, the film depicts an already famous Liberace (Douglas) as he’s introduced to a teenaged Thorson (Matt Damon) in 1977, and the two embark on a secret five-year affair before the relationship falls apart. Behind the Candelabra earned Soderbergh some of his best reviews in recent years, landing at a Certified Fresh 94% on the Tomatometer, with critics calling it an honest, brilliantly acted film directed with care and affection.



The Bling Ring

60%

Sofia Coppola has established a reputation for stories infused with melancholy and pathos, so a based-on-true-events crime drama about bored teenagers robbing celebrity homes would seem like an ideal platform for a takedown of vapid pop culture idolatry. It’s too bad The Bling Ring didn’t quite make a strong enough effort to do so. Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga star as members of a circle of high school friends who make a hobby of breaking and entering into the homes of stars like Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton and making off with their valuables. They become bolder with each robbery until their carelessness begins to catch up with them. Most critics agreed that the film’s topic was timely and, as with all of Coppola’s work, it’s beautifully shot, but many also felt she touched only lightly upon its central themes, rendering the film’s impact almost as shallow as its central characters. The Bling Ring sits just shy of Freshness at 59%, so it’s probably still an okay Friday night watch.

Also available this week:

  • Gimme the Loot (92%), an urban drama about two Bronx teens who spend two days scheming and hustling to raise $500 for a graffiti stunt.
  • Russian import In the Fog (89%), about an innocent rail worker in 1942 suspected of treason who is faced with a grave moral choice when he is stranded alone in the forest with a wounded enemy.
  • The East (74%), starring Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård in a thriller about a private intelligence officer who goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist organization.
  • Bless Me, Ultima (71%), an adaptation of the Rudolfo Anaya novel about a boy who is inspired by a mysterious woman with supernatural healing power.
  • Disconnect (67%), starring an ensemble cast — including Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, and Hope Davis — in a drama about the perils of an increasingly interconnected world.
  • Drift (28%), starring Sam Worthington in a true story about two surfing brothers in Australia.
  • The Hammer horror film Dracula: Prince of Darkness (83%), starring Christopher Lee, is available in a new Blu-ray.
  • A Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of George Romero’s Day of the Dead (81%) is available.
  • And lastly, from The Criterion Collection: Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata and Richard Linklater’s Slacker are both newly available on DVD and Blu-ray.

This week in streaming video, we’ve got an action-packed zombie flick, a silent film from Spain, and a timely documentary available as brand new releases. Then, Netflix has rolled out a few choice films, including a Brian DePalma horror classic, a blockbuster crowd-pleaser, a dark drama from Darren Aronofsky, and acclaimed films from P.T. Anderson and Francis Ford Coppola. Read on to find out what’s available to watch right now.


World War Z
66%

When mankind is threatened by a global zombie outbreak, it’s up to ex-United Nations operative Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to scour the planet to find the source of the pandemic.

Available on: Amazon, Vudu


Blancanieves
95%

This silent take on Snow White set in 1920s Spain is a visually resplendent black and white drama that won oodles awards in its native land.

Available now on: Amazon, Vudu


Terms and Conditions May Apply
84%

This documentary about how corporations and government agencies access data from internet searches seems particularly relevant given recent headlines.

Available now on: Amazon, Vudu


Men in Black
92%

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star in this sci-fi comedy about a sunglass-wearing team of extraterrestrial investigators.

Available now on: Netflix


Requiem for a Dream
79%

Darren Aronofsky’s bleak film, starring Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly, explores the nature and consequences of drug addiction.

Available now on: Netflix


The Conversation
96%

Gene Hackman stars in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful drama about a lonely surveillance expert who becomes haunted by the implications of a maddeningly ambiguous conversation.

Available now on: Netflix


There Will Be Blood
91%

Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about a bootstrapping oilman and his twisted relationship with a frontier pastor (Paul Dano).

Available now on: Netflix


Carrie
93%

Brian De Palma’s horror classic stars Sissy Spacek as a high school outcast with supernatural powers; catch it now before the remake hits theaters.

Available now on: Netflix

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