Top 10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films on Netflix - September 2012

We've put together a list of our Top 10 favorite sci-fi and fantasy films that are currently streaming on Netflix Instant. Check it out!

10. Thor
9. Deep Impact
8. Super 8
7. TiMER
6. Donnie Darko
5. The Terminator
4. Serenity
3. Vanilla Sky
2. 12 Monkeys
1. The Thing

The Grey - Netflix Streaming Surprises

They Grey was absolutely a surprise to me. I couldn't fathom it being good, knowing how hyperbolic so many of Liam Neeson's characters are in movies, but this movie was fascinatingly awesome in all the right ways.

First and foremost, I think a lot of people look at this movie in the wrong light. I think a lot of people view this movie in the realm of natural reality, and I think those people are doing it wrong.

This is a monster movie, and there's no other way I can put it.

It's a monster movie in all the right ways, too. If you take a step back while you're watching this movie, and for even just a brief moment tell your brain to stop thinking of the wolves as wolves, but instead monsters (or aliens, etc.) all of a sudden you're watching an entirely different movie.

What I love about this is that it brings the monster movie genre into the scope of reality, and follows so many of the rules that I don't see how you can dislike this movie if you're a fan of the genre.

This movie, for all intents and purposes, is a scary movie. There's a lot that goes on, and the drama will definitely strike your emotions, but I think that this movie has enough high-end thrills that would make this a great movie to watch if you're in the mood to watch something terrifying.

I really enjoyed it, and I think you will too. Check it out on Netflix streaming here!

The Thing: Netflix Streaming Surprises

I don't care that many of you have heard, seen, and watched this movie. Many of you, many times. With the weather changing to become more and more Autumn-y, I can't help but become more and more excited for October and Halloween season, and I'm already really getting for the time of year when it's socially-expected to be obsessed with horror films. It's the best time of the year!

The Thing was "re-made" about a year ago. Now, I know it was supposed to be a "prequel," but for all intents and purposes it was trying its best to be a remake of the John Carpenter version of The Thing.

My problem with this new version, is that the entire time I was watching the movie, I couldn't stop thinking about how much I'd simply rather be watching the John Carpenter version. I literally almost stopped watching the movie and started watching this version instead because I actually enjoy it so much.

The Thing might be the perfect horror film. It unites all sorts of genres together (most notably sci-fi and horror) and really knows how to build the tension in all the right ways. It also doesn't have any corny/cheesy CGI that just comes off so badly in so many science fiction movies today - instead Carpenter decided to use a form of real-life animatronics that just comes off as more 'real' that anything I really see in film today.

This version of The Thing has literally my favorite scene in any movie ever (if you're a fan of the movie, you probably know exactly which scene I'm talking about) and that scene alone (it's high-tension), is often one of the only reasons I need to get out the movie and watch it again.

I love it, and I know you will too, if you're a fan of science fiction and/or horror movies. Watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

Haywire: Netflix Streaming Surprises

I went into Haywire not really knowing anything about it, short of knowing that it was a Steven Soderbergh film (who, at least in my opinion, can be pretty hit or miss).

The movie itself starts off rather slowly for the first couple of minutes. There are a lot of establishing shots that I wasn't really sure about. Very quickly, you realize that it was trying to set a mood of solemnity, as before you know it, the action begins to pulsate.

What I love about this movie is the fact that it was able to have very real action scenes (or, more accurately described, fight scenes) that didn't seem forced and you could actually tell what was going on.

I've never really been a fan of Kung Fu type movies because to me, I've always found myself finding the fighting to be a little hyperbolic and generally filled with a sort of sense of humor about itself. I liked that this movie never at any point in time drew a level of comedy, and was able to stick to a serious tone in every element.

There are a lot of lulls in the movie on a first run-through, but I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that I was pretty confused as to what was actually going on in the story. I think that if I watched it again, I'd understand a lot more and it would probably run a lot more fluidly.

Either way, if you're a fan of fighting movies, I couldn't really recommend a better film to watch right now. If you're a fan of the Bourne movies, you'll probably really enjoy this as well, as it gives off a very similar vibe.

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!
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