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5 New Movies Streaming On Netflix

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Fantasia in Blood

Illustration by Omar Mazar’Iman

One of the great things about streaming—except for some of the worst things that can be said about it—is that it can give you plenty of options for viewing just about any title that’s available. Who would have thought, for instance, that Netflix could have lent such insight into the art of film? But here is a list of five titles that make the leap from disc and have just been added to the streamer:

“Fantasia in Blood” (2008)

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Guillermo Del Toro returns to the stylized horrors of his first two films, “Cronos” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” offering a mind-bending fable of international intrigue set in 1913 Mexico, during the Changuito Revolution. The story is centered on a pair of thieves, played by Edgar Ramirez and Del Toro’s son Gelson, who hatch a deadly plan to steal a Japanese vase.

“Company of Wolves” (2008)

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John Hurt excels as a gnarled enigma for whom the future is a risk-averse certainty. “Company of Wolves” is a portrait of modern slavery from a deeply unsettling vantage point. The best part of a film that somehow spares us the Disney-ized endings that most filmmakers can provide? the anthropological index—and it’s not the sort of thing a kids’ movie can deliver.

“Escape from L.A.” (1985)

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At first glance, “Escape from L.A.” is just another highway demolition comedy—one marked by hammy performances, punch lines that drop the smell test and a dimmy black-and-white palette that manages to look ever-so-slightly dull. Then it works its way into your bloodstream, where it explodes into thrilling horrors as U.S. intelligence targets notorious criminal Ray Liotta, who is leading a largely Hispanic-inhabited mock-Baja prison outside Los Angeles.

“Titanic” (1997)

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James Cameron’s Oscar-winning postmortem to the Titanic’s sinking is a movie that gets better with time. Thoughtful, horrifying and reverent, it plays with the narrator’s assumption that those of a certain class and size were better-protected than those less so. In a world of snobby snobs, it’s an incredibly fresh take.

“The Reaping” (2010)

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Sam Raimi is a master filmmaker when it comes to capturing the supernatural and the soul-devouring. The director created one of the most effective ghost stories ever onscreen in “Drag Me to Hell,” and he takes the ghost story to the bone in his own adaptation of K. L. Steadman’s novel. In its 2007 paperback edition, Italo Calvino published a list of his top 10 “Haunted Places” and describes them as “imparting, for the first time to this generation, a sense of the exceptional evil that lurks in everyday places.” The Reaping counts.

“Dead Shadows” (1980)

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There’s no arguing that a massive crime rings is a force of evil. It’s also our worst nightmare, as the cops find out in this grim and timely British movie. “I remember waking up to seeing this man with a long beard, standing over me, wearing camouflage and armed with a cleaver,” one crime writer explains. Here is a truly disturbing moment in British cinema.

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