One of the entertainment trends during the COVID-19 era that has puzzled me a bit is the popularity of horror movies and shows on Netflix. You would think that people would want to escape from anything that reminds them of sadness and despair. You know, given that we are still in the middle of a health crisis unique in a century that has killed more than 4.4 million people, according to official figures, in a relatively short period of time. But the hits of the horror genre keep coming for Netflix subscribers. The Fear Street Trilogy. A classic horror story. Blood red sky. And now we can add The Old Ways to that list.
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The Old Ways – streaming now on Netflix
As I write these words, The Old Ways is title No. 6 on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies List. This film has just joined Netflix after its premiere in October 2020 at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. Briefly: The main character (played by Brigette Kali Canales) is a Mexican-American journalist named Cristina López. Visit her hometown in Mexico to do some reporting for a witchcraft story. Unfortunately, a local gang kidnaps her. And it gets a lot worse for her from there.
You can watch the trailer below. In the meantime, here is one more interesting fact about the movie. It has garnered such a favorable reception that (at least at the time of this writing) it has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. Specifically, a critics score of 100%, based on 16 reviews.
“The Old Ways presents perverse practical effects and uses body horror as a way of depicting Cristina’s inner demons and her refusal to deal with them,” writes a reviewer for Dread Central. “Brigitte Kali Canales gives a phenomenal performance as the tortured Cristina. Look for this one when it’s available.
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In the meantime, you can check out our guide to the best horror movies on Netflix right now for when you’re done watching The Old Ways. As part of our most recent coverage, we’ve also previously written about Kingdom: Ashin of the North, one of the most prominent recent horror additions to the streamer.
It’s actually a spin-off feature special that connects to the Kingdom series on Netflix. From the transmitter’s official description: “Ashin and his father are part of a foreign tribe that has settled within the Joseon Kingdom. His encounter with a mysterious illness sets Ashin on a path of betrayal, prejudice, and revenge.
For more titles in this vein to try, this link will take you to Netflix’s horror genre categories page. There, you can see everything grouped into the usual Netflix categories. From the best horror titles that are trending right now, to Netflix original horror movies, as well as new releases.