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Why You Should Watch Netflix This Month: Zombie Films And Psychological Thrillers A-plenty

Need recommendations for something to watch while you are staying in? Here, the buzziest Netflix shows to catch in Sept.
#Alive
What it’s about: Well here’s a story perfect for the times we’re living in – set in a contemporary South Korean neighbourhood, #Alive follows two jaded millennials who are confined to their homes due to a viral outbreak that turns people into zombies. Yes, it’s yet another South Korean zombie production, following the massive successes of Train to Busan (the first one, not the crappy sequel) and Netflix series Kingdom.   Why watch it: People never seem to get sick of zombie pandemics but #Alive adds a little twist to it as the two youths (trapped in opposite blocks) communicate with each other via tech-y equipment such as drones. The film’s theme of isolation, fighting for survival and staying sane through technology are all something we’ve all been very familiar with in recent months, no?   When it’s available: Sept 8 I'm Thinking of Ending Things
What it’s about: A young couple Jake (Jesse Plemons) and his nameless girlfriend (Jessie Buckley) are travelling deep in the boondocks in winter, on their way to meet Jake’s parents so he can introduce her. The only thing is, she’s having thoughts about, well, ending the relationship. This dissonance between the two only grows wider and super weird (hint: don’t expect the ordinary) as this surreal and unnerving psychological thriller progresses.   Why watch it: We can only say, don’t pick this for a date night as it’ll only leave you and your partner in complete confusion. After all, famed director Charlie Kaufman (he wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and directed Anomalisa) is known for his metaphysical takes on topics such as identity crises and human relationships that tend to break the conventional rules in film-making or reality. Really. Pick this if you’re in the mood to get trippy.   When it’s available: Sept 4 Ratched
What it’s about: The highly anticipated prequel to beloved psychological thriller One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, that delves into the origins of the antagonist in the latter – Nurse Mildred Ratched, who ranks as among one of film’s greatest villains. It’s set in the ’40s as the infamous nurse arrives as a new hire at a psychiatric hospital where illegal experiments on the human mind are covertly carried out.   Why watch it: Actress Sarah Paulson, who’s been tasked to re-imagine this iconic villain, is always a hoot to watch (see American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson) and in this Netflix original series, she’s teamed up with acclaimed screenwriter Ryan Murphy (Hollywood, The Politician, Pose) once more. If anything, the costumes alone should prove a visual feast but we have faith in Paulson.   When it’s available: Sept 18   The Devil All The Time
What it’s about: Based on the 2011 Donald Ray Pollock novel of the same name, this gothic drama follows a group of disparate, sinister characters – a religious boy (Tom Holland) facing dangerous temptations, a preacher who swindles (Robert Pattinson), a young couple with a dark secret (Riley Keough and Jason Clarke), whose lives all start to converge in the conservative town of Knockemstiff, Ohio.   Why watch it: In an era where we’re starved of the usual summer blockbusters, The Devil All The Time features a rather formidable ensemble cast that’s surprisingly heavy on Marvel favourites, including Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) as well as Jake Gyllenhaal, who served as producer in this film. Besides which, Robert Pattinson (also in cinemas now in Tenet) always turns in a solid performance.   When it’s available: Sept 16 Enola Holmes
What it’s about: A Netflix original film starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) as famous detective Sherlock Holmes (played by Henry Cavill)’s teenaged sister, Enola, who unknowingly comes into her own in the sleuthing business, thanks to the mysterious disappearance of their mother on Enola’s 16th birthday.   Why watch it: If you like a whodunit that recasts Sherlock as a bumbling and self-interested pretty boy rather than the extraordinary, stately detectives of yore, this will be for you. Much in vein with the pop-ish energy of recent franchises such as Kingsman, this is a light and plainly enjoyable outing fronted by the always watchable Millie Bobby Brown, who aces her role of the awkward and tomboyish Enola.   When it’s available: Sept 23 All images courtesy of Netflix