Popular Video on Demand platform Netflix is becoming a real competitor for regular theaters. Well, let’s not say “competitor”, let’s leave it as “complement”. The streaming service has been achieved for the last months the exclusive distribution rights for several new unpublished movies, being the recent case of The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) the most notorious one. The two next releases Netflix has scheduled, and that we have announced here a few times, are two of the most interesting genre titles of the year, Duncan Jones’ Mute (2018) on the 23rd of February and Alex Garland’s Annihilation (2018) on the 22nd of February. But there are a few more in the upcoming calendar that perhaps you should take in consideration. Let’s take a look.
After all the controversy related to director’s Victor Salva troubled past, Jeepers Creepers III (2017) had a short but acclaimed run in film festivals last year. Due to its distribution problems, finally it is Netflix who has taken the reigns and bid for this movie. The release date is February the 24th. It is confirmed that the movie will be available in the American territory, but hopefully it can also be seen anywhere else in the world. Jeepers Creepers III (2017), originally called Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral, takes place right after the end of the first film, Jeepers Creepers (2001). Sgt. Tubbs teams with a group of hunters from Wheaton Valley to find and stop The Creeper before the end of its 23 day feeding frenzy. Like its predecessor, it is also written by Victor Salva and Jonathan Breck reprises his role as The Creeper.
Cargo (2017) is one of these modest little Australian gems that every now and then hit our screens. Created by the duo formed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke and based on their own short film of the same name, it became their debut in a long length production. The movie shows the inner hell a father and his baby in a post-apocalyptic environment where his infection gives him merely 48 hours left to live. The only thing the man has in mind is to be able to take the little girl to somewhere safe, away from the threats of a horde of infected flesh-eating people which he will soon turn into. The 8th of June is when Cargo (2017) will be available for streaming.
Also in June, this time the 1st, is the release date for Hold the Dark (2018). The movie is directed by Jeremy Saulnier, whose previous film Green Room (2015) was one of the sensations of the few last years. Another reason to mark this release on your calendar is because the screenplay, based upon the novel of the same name by William Giraldi, is signed by actor, writer and director Macon Blair, whose debut film behind the cameras, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017), is also one of the gems to find in the Netflix catalog. In this thriller, after the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.
Other titles that are to be released by Netflix along 2018, although they don’t have a confirmed release date yet, are Ben Young’s Extinction (2018), Sang-ho Yeon’s Psychokinesis (2018), Jonathan Helpert’s Io (2018), Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind (2018), Kyle Newacheck’s Game Over, Man! (2018) or Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019). Plus many other surprises or spontaneous acquisitions that the platform might achieve. Well, we won’t get bored, that’s for sure!
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