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6 supernatural thrillers for a chilling weekend

2017-05-04 10:16
 

Johannesburg - With stellar, super-scary supernatural movies and series like these on internet TV this weekend, you may need to sleep with the lights on. And you should probably invite a friend round - you don’t want to watch these alone.

Resurrection

(Seasons 1-2)

Yes, this series is about people who come back to life, but don’t expect the full-on, gory horror of your run-of-the-mill zombie thriller. When eight-year-old Jacob wakes up in the middle of a rice field in rural China, nobody knows who he is or why he’s there - until he leads an immigration agent (Omar Epps) right to his front door in his tiny hometown of Arcadia, Missouri. The thing is, eight-year-old Jacob died 32 years ago. Shortly after his return, another Lazarus arrives in Arcadia, and warns that there are many more no-longer-dead residents who will follow.

Watch the trailer here:


Available on Showmax.

Pretty Little Liars

(Seasons 1-6)

Loved by teen girls the world over, Pretty Little Liars presents a seemingly perfect world - but there’s a lot of darkness simmering beneath the shiny surface for these four girls. They made a vow to keep the events of the night their friend Alison disappeared a secret forever, but then they start receiving freaky messages signed simply “A”. Who is “A”, and how long can they keep their secret under wraps? Season 6 is especially creepy, with scenes of torture and cold-blooded murder interspersed with sub-plots about the prom, publishing deals, egg donation and a smattering of stalking.

Watch the trailer here:


Available on Showmax.

The Returned

Another show about people coming back from the dead, but this one’s from the producer of Lost and a remake of the Emmy-winning French series. In a small town, a number of residents who have died make their way back home in the flesh, turning the town upside down. Camille Winship died in a bus crash four years earlier, but comes back home completely unharmed, thinking that no time at all has passed, while her twin Lena, who should have been on the bus with her, has her own secrets to keep. The twists keep coming, and we start to question whether there’s anyone in the town who hasn’t died and been resurrected...

Watch the trailer here:


Available on Netflix.

Penny Dreadful

This period horror series is as creepy as it gets, and not for the faint-hearted. Starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear and Billie Piper, the series features many of the most classically dreadful characters, from Frankenstein’s monster to Dracula and Van Helsing. It’s bloody, macabre and beautifully shot, and based on the idea that there’s a half-world that exists just beyond our reach, but which we all deeply fear and keenly feel, and this is where the monsters of our nightmares live, and wait.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Netflix.

Recovery (2016)

A perfectly contemporary horror movie that could only have been conceived of in the last year or two, Recovery is about the danger lurking in the cracks of social media, and what can happen when the wrong person watches everything you do through everything you share. While two high school friends celebrate their graduation, one of them goes missing. In the classic horror trope of foolhardy teens walking directly into a killer’s lair, the other one uses a ‘Find My Phone’ app to locate her friend, but ends up in a nightmare.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Amazon Prime.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

A must-see for horror fans, this classic film from Roman Polanski stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary, a housewife whose husband Guy is a struggling actor. Guy and Rosemary move into a notorious apartment building in New York City, and soon, strange things start happening. Rosemary falls pregnant under mysterious circumstances, and begins to wonder why her neighbours are so eager to get involved. This diabolical movie is strictly of the psychological horror genre, but even though there’s no explicit gore, there’s plenty of menace and terror in even the simplest domestic scene.

Watch the trailer here:


Available on Amazon Prime.

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