Netflix is home to a small but worthy collection ofOptions from the highly entertaining Stardust to the action-packed The Old Guard. Or you can snap a nerve at the sight of the hellish Errementari. There is something for everybody.
Hope you find an intriguing gem below.
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It’s not Tim Burton’s finest contribution, but Dark Shadows offers another opportunity to appreciate the director’s signature gothic visual style. Based on the soap opera of the same name, the horror comedy follows a wealthy playboy who unwisely breaks the heart of a witch (Eva Green). She turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) emerges and explores the world of the 1970s while seeking revenge. Although the characters and storyline could use a lot of development, Dark Shadows has an outstanding cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. You’ll also get Barnabus’ hilarious fish-out-of-water responses to ’70s pop culture.
Technically a superhero film, The Old Guard brings a series of impressive action scenes that ricochet with each of star Charlize Theron’s shots. Theron plays Andy, the leader of a group of immortal mercenaries, including a knight who fought in the Crusades. The centuries-old warriors embark on a revenge mission that, while not dodging every cliché, brings with it advanced heroes and slick combat.
This dark fantasy drama comes from Spanish director JA Bayona who has since branched out into huge franchise chapters including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the first two installments of Prime Video’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. But perhaps his best work focuses on coming-of-age stories; A Monster Calls follows a troubled boy who comes across a tree who promises to tell him three stories in exchange for Connor telling him one. With roots in darker themes, including death, A Monster Calls is a smart, moving fantasy tale.
Co-produced by Sam Raimi, this dark fantasy is loaded with top-notch horror credentials. Still aimed at younger viewers, Nightbooks flips through a mystery about a young boy who must figure out how to escape from a magical apartment owned by Krysten Ritter’s witch, Natacha. A grave of fun.
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Enjoy two doses of acting talent from a young Freddie Highmore who plays twins in this fantasy series based on the book series of the same name. The Spiderwick Chronicles immerses you in the world of woodland fairies, whose great diversity is chronicled in a handy and coveted field guide. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a busy but entertaining fantasy flick that combines family troubles with wondrous, CGI-driven adventures.
A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
A Christmas cracker that spreads a lot of Christmas spirit. A Boy Called Christmas won’t win any awards for originality, but it certainly does what it says on the tin. With his buddy Blitzen in tow, young Nikolas goes in search of the legendary village of the elves. No prizes for predicting the resulting gift-giving shenanigans.
From Christmas to Halloween: Errementari, translated from Spanish as The Blacksmith, is a horror fantasy about a deal with the devil. In northern Spain in the 1830s, a blacksmith holds a demon captive until an orphan girl unknowingly releases him. War, murder, kidnapping, suicide and more await you in the furnace of this hellish horror with surprise whiplashes of dark comedy.
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Immerse yourself in a fantastic story that may or may not be true. Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) visits his dying father, whose exciting, impossible stories about his life gain credibility. Directed by Tim Burton, this sprawling adventure takes us back to the youth of Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) where we see his stories unfold for us. With witches, a circus and bank robberies, Big Fish is a charming prize catcher.
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Under the banner of magical realism, Midnight in Paris is as romantic as the city in which its protagonist strolls. Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, a missing screenwriter who escapes his strained relationship by traveling to the 1920’s where he meets Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. Funny, light-hearted and enchanting, Midnight in Paris brings the stars closer to home.
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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Based on the children’s book of the same name, Where the Wild Things Are will appeal to both adult and younger viewers. A lonely boy escapes troubles at home, including his parents’ divorce, by sailing across a small pond that leads to an ocean and ultimately to an island, where he ends up ruling over the fluffy and monstrous residents. This fantasy adventure explores the facets of growing up and is a unique, at times melancholy, picture book that comes to life.
The Water Man won’t be for everyone. More drama than fantasy, this family-friendly adventure explores themes of grief, loss and friendship. Eleven-year-old Gunner moves his family to a new town where the bookworm not only has to deal with a lack of friends, but also with a strict father and a mother suffering from leukemia. His escape takes him to a fairytale forest where his imagination comes alive. An adventurous story that deals with bigger problems.
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Let Neil Gaiman and Charlie Cox take you to the magical kingdom of Stormhold. Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Stardust follows Tristan Thorn (Cox), a young man who helps protect a fallen star in the form of a young woman. do they fall in love Does the sun rise in the east? With Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong and Robert De Niro among the glowing cast, Stardust offers a wonderful escapism, though it can get wild with its silliness at times.
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