10 best suspenseful movies under the radar to watch on Netflix right now
While watching a light comedy or a fun superhero adventure is fun, sometimes there is nothing better than immersing yourself in a good thriller. From the early classics of Alfred Hitchcock to films by modern thriller masters like David Fincher, these types of films can be the most captivating.
As satisfying as it is to return to popular titles and old favorites, Netflix is full of exciting thrillers that most viewers might not be aware of. These gems may have passed under the radar, but they’re still worth checking out for all fans of the thriller genre.
ten Small Crimes (2017)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has perfected himself in playing morally questionable characters with his role as Jaime Lannister in Game Of Thrones and he brings those same qualities to the dark comedic thriller, Small offenses.
Coster-Waldau plays a man recently released from prison for a violent crime. While at first he seems ready to turn a new leaf, he quickly returns to his old life of crime, which leads to trouble. It’s an interesting and dark take on the story of usual redemption, as this man brings everyone around him down with his bad decisions.
9 Cargo (2017)
While the zombie genre can be played for some people, Cargo offers a calmer but still exciting new take on well-worn history. Martin Freeman stars as a father traveling across Australia with his baby daughter following a zombie outbreak. When he gets bitten, he must find someone to take care of his child before he transforms.
Instead of the endless carnage usually seen in this type of film, it’s an emotional and suspenseful journey. Freeman is also stepping away from his usual comedic roles to deliver a powerful dramatic performance.
8 Cop Car (2015)
Jon Watts recently announced that he would be directing the Fantastic Four movie for the MCU, but he first caught Marvel’s attention with this little crime thriller. Cop car follows two young boys who stumble upon an abandoned cop car in the forest and take it for a joyful ride, only to become the target of a corrupt cop.
Watts is able to bring a lot of tension and fun sequences to this simple, small-scale story. It feels like a darker version of an Amblin movie, with Kevin Bacon putting on a fun and spooky performance as the villain.
7 Gerald’s Game (2017)
While Gerald’s game may not be based on Stephen King’s most popular work, it proves that even his lesser-known titles can make great films. Directed by Mike Flanagan, this terrifying little film stars Carla Gugino as a woman whose husband dies suddenly of a heart attack, leaving her handcuffed to the bed frame.
It might not seem like a lot of material for a feature film, but Flanagan makes for a gripping and surprisingly powerful thriller. It also features some very graphic gore that some audiences may want to avoid.
6 Call to Shooting (2017)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau returns for another underrated Netflix thriller and once again stars as a far from heroic protagonist. Caller of fire follows a successful businessman who is sentenced to prison following a fatal car accident. Inside, he is slowly introduced to the world of prison gangs, which continues to haunt him when he is released.
The film is a terrifying depiction of life in prison and how it can change someone forever. Coster-Waldau does a great job showing this man’s journey from a caring family man to a brutal criminal, while also asking how far he is obligated to take and what his own choice is.
5 Shhh (2016)
Even before stepping into Stephen King’s world, Mike Flanagan directed this highly effective small-scale horror thriller. Silence follows a deaf and mute young woman who remains in an isolated treat when a masked killer begins to stalk her.
It’s a great balance between a compelling hero and a disturbing villain. The cat and mouse game at the center of the film holds up very well without getting tired and while avoiding the usual tired clichés of the genre.
4 I don’t feel at home in this world anymore (2017)
I don’t feel at home in this world anymore is a bizarre and violent thriller with a unique sense of humor at its heart. He follows a lonely and disillusioned woman who begins to question humanity after a burglary in her home. While searching for answers, she falls into a violent world she never expected.
It’s a great look at the cynicism of the modern world and a rare thriller that makes the suburbs a terrifying place to live.
3 Blue Ruin (2013)
Another very successful thriller with a twisted sense of humor is Blue ruin. While there are many great revenge movies out there, this movie imagines if such a plot was carried out by someone who had no idea what they were doing.
It’s a messy, gruesome and brutal revenge story in the best possible way. There are some really graphic moments that will make audiences cover their eyes while laughing hysterically, and that’s a very effective balance by writer-director Jeremy Saulnier.
2 Burn (2018)
Bong Joon-Ho made many people sit down and notice the South Korean film industry, but Parasite wasn’t the only brilliant thriller to come out of this country. Burning is a very slow-burning mystery thriller that’s very hard to shake once you’ve experienced it.
The story follows a young man who reconnects with a childhood friend and falls in love with her. After she introduces him to her new boyfriend, a mystery begins to unfold and the young man is obsessed. The film takes its time to uncover the mystery, but it’s worth the wait.
1 Good Times (2017)
Before receiving endless praise for the incredible Adam Sandler film, Uncut gems, the Safdie brothers delivered another mind-boggling thriller with another unexpected turn from its lead actor.
Robert Pattinson stars in Good time like a young criminal who spends a hectic day trying to score a big score, avoiding being arrested and freeing his brother from custody. The wild energy of the film will make viewers’ hearts beat faster, as Pattinson proves to be one of the most interesting actors around.
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