One of the lesser-discussed downsides of modern theaters and cable is the lack of international content. Back in the video rental days fans of martial arts, crime, and horror could discover all kinds of amazing movies by Jackie Chan, John Woo, Ringo Lam, and Paul Verhoeven — would Americans have even heard of some of these folks were it not for VHS?
Along comes streaming networks like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon who are scouring the planet to find interesting, offbeat, unexpected, and compelling international films that look and sound nothing like our typical domestic fare. Given that Netflix is the nostalgia network, their most recent discovery shouldn’t surprise anyone.
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This December, Netflix debuts Dark, a German serial-killer film that evokes David Fincher’s Se7en, James Wan’s Saw, and early M. Night Shyamalan. This is a grim-looking procedural set in the German countryside that uses “time” as its MacGuffin, as the murders appear to take place over decades. Similar to Netflix’s Stranger Things, the film cuts between its killer and the residents of this German town, conveying the impact of these crimes on their community.
Dark looks emotional and haunting, it has a large cast, and it contains some horrifying images — many of which are splattered all over this teaser. The movie looks fantastic. It’s awesome to see more international films brought to America; Netflix is the perfect home for this kind of work.
The synopsis for Dark is below:
“The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children…but when.”
Is this a film that you’re excited to see on Netflix, or would you have preferred to seek it out at theaters? Let us know in the comments down below!
Dark comes to Netflix on 1 December 2017.
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