So you’ve seen every “Family Guy” and “Archer” episode ever made. Your list of unwatched documentaries is getting shorter by the day. You’re coming to terms with the fact that you may have finally exhausted the usefulness of a Netflix account.
Don’t jump on the Hulu Plus bandwagon just yet. With the thousands of options available, there is always something new worth watching in the nearly endless streaming library. Here are five under the radar Netflix selections that I personally guarantee you’ll be happy with. These should last you awhile, but if you know of any other hidden gems that deserve to be mentioned, feel free to fire them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Troll 2
Despite the title, this movie has absolutely zero connection to the 1986 film “Troll.” The word “troll” isn’t even in the script. The antagonists are actually vegetarian goblins who turn people into plants and then eat them. Keeping up so far? Oh, and the goblins are from the city of “Nilbog,” which is just the word “goblin” spelled backwards. Some hard hitting stuff here.
Did I mention that the director and crew spoke almost no English whatsoever? How about the fact that every actor in this movie had originally auditioned for a part as an extra? This movie is such a trainwreck that you’ll have a hard time containing your laughter.
2. Hobo With A Shotgun
What do you get when you combine heavily saturated Technicolor, a fake movie trailer contest, a hobo, and a shotgun? You get this wildly entertaining story of justice and redemption with an ass-load of gore to boot. This film found its beginning as the victor of a trailer contest sponsored by Robert Rodriguez, and this tale of bloody redemption was put into production soon after.
While “Hobo With A Shotgun” wasn’t exactly an Oscar contender, it’s definitely worth checking out for a healthy dose of violence and the “Kill Bill” style gore spewing from dismembered limbs. It’s a little uncomfortable at times, but that’s the whole point. Just don’t watch it with your girlfriend.
Back in the age when The Simpsons were a brand new concept, ABC fired out a family sitcom amazingly ahead of its time that was also set millions of years in the past. Sparked by an idea from Muppet master Jim Henson, this family of multi-species dinosaurs became a primetime hit of the early ’90s. While the show appears like a generic children’s comedy at surface level, the subject matter they tackled was surprisingly deep.
How many talking dinosaur shows can you recall that had episodes subtly based around masturbation, racism, and drug abuse? Unless there were some darker Barney episodes that I missed out on, chances are the others don’t exist. To top it all off, in the finale, the lead character dooms his entire reptilian race to extinction by abusing the environment. While you may or may not remember this show from your childhood, it’s definitely worth watching from a modern perspective.
4. The Colony
Are you the kind of person who heard about the bath salt face-eater in Miami and started mentally preparing for the impending zombie apocalypse? Have I got a show for you. “The Colony” is a reality program based around ten random strangers surviving a simulated apocalypse. While they are never in true physical danger, watching the mental anguish of survival unfold is amazingly entertaining.
Sure, the show has it’s cheesier moments. Whenever a band of motorcycle-riding “Raiders” arrive on the scene, you can tell that no one is really taking it that seriously. Still, there are some valuable survival skills you can learn from the show, and watching the know-it-all engineering student clash with the stereotypical stubborn handyman is worth the Netflix monthly fee alone.
5. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Have you ever gotten so mad at someone that you wanted to erase them from your life forever? What if you could completely remove every memory you had with someone? “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” tackles these questions and more via a long-haired emotional Jim Carrey without a single fart joke thrown into the mix.
“Eternal Sunshine” is equal parts trippy and captivating, and it’s one of the few love stories I can watch time and time again without feeling the urge to apply a sledgehammer to my testicles. It beats the hell out of whatever romantic comedy crapfest you had planned for your next date night.