"Creep" Is One Of The Best Horror Movies On Netflix Right Now

"Creep" Is One Of The Best Horror Movies On Netflix Right Now

A masterpiece of character-driven horror.

If you're in the mood for a scare, Netflix has plenty of options when it comes to horror films.

Now... if you're looking to watch a good horror film, that's an entirely different story. On Netflix, and with horror in general, it takes a fair bit of browsing to come up with a movie that simply looks like it might not suck.

You might come across movies titled "Avalanche Sharks" or (if you really must torture yourself) "Little Dead Rotting Hood." They seem to shriek "I'm garbage, don't watch me." But even when you eventually do find something with a respectable title and interesting description – more often than not – it's still garbage.

Hopefully I can save you some time browsing by offering up my favorite horror movie that I've seen on Netflix: "Creep." If you haven't seen it yet, I can definitely understand why. It's an extremely low-budget movie, and neither the title nor the description sounds particularly evocative or exciting. But believe me, it's one of the most well-crafted horror movies out there.

"Creep" is a found-film horror movie which, to those unfamiliar with the genre, means it's shot in the first person perspective of a character who is holding a camera. In "Creep," that character is Aaron, who answers a Craigslist ad for a videographer set up by an eccentric man named Josef.

Josef is terminally ill and wants Aaron to film a video of himself for his unborn child, whom he may never get a chance to meet. It's a cute and heart-warming premise.

Of course, we're not fooled. Through genre alone, the film invites you to keep your guard up and to never trust Josef entirely. We look for hints in his behavior that will foreshadow a more malicious or sinister intent. But throughout these first few encounters with Josef, it's hard to see him as anything other than a nice guy. A few nuances in his character may jump out as red flags, but nothing is concrete enough to make us fear him -- at least for now.

Then, as the title might suggest, things start to get creepy.

In the first part of Josef's video, he strips naked and gets into a bathtub, demonstrating for his unborn son what it would have looked like for him to give him a bath. It's definitely weird to watch a grown man pretend to hold up a child and wash him. Yes, a few taboo lines are stepped on in this scene, but they're never fully crossed. This isn't child molestation – this is a terminally ill father who loves his boy. Whether or not his actions are in fact "creepy," is largely questionable throughout much of the film.

That's what I love most about "Creep." We are constantly made aware that something is not quite right with Josef, but we struggle to put our finger on it. It isn't until much later in the movie that we know what he is truly capable of.

The antagonist isn't some horrific monster – rather, he's a nice guy. He even looks rather ordinary. The movie is so grounded in reality and familiarity that every eccentricity expressed by Josef is magnified ten-fold.

If you're looking for a good fright, put this one on the top of your list!

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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