Streaming This Weekend: We Need to Talk About Kevin

I can’t think of a more horrifying movie character to get dropped into than Eva (Tilda Swinton), the mother of troubled high school student Kevin Khatchadourian reminiscing about where her life went very wrong.

Hey Creepy Catalogers,

There are some horror movies that just get under your skin. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of those movies for me. It’s too scary. Not just scary, but claustrophobic and frustrating. I can’t think of a more horrifying movie character to get dropped into than Eva (Tilda Swinton), the mother of troubled high school student Kevin Khatchadourian reminiscing about where her life went very wrong. It’s also interesting that the fear in this movie comes from Eva being unable to tell whether she is wrong about her son and “boys will be boys” as everyone keeps telling her, or whether her intuition that something is very wrong with Kevin is correct. Also, for my entire life as a horror fan I thought Adam Driver played Kevin Khatchadourian. Nope. It’s Ezra Miller.

This weekend, We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) is streaming on Hulu.

If you’re loving the weird niche vibe of “it’s politically incorrect to be afraid of this person but I am anyway” found in We Need to Talk About Kevin, you can continue with 2019’s Beach House, streaming on Prime, about a young woman staying with her parents at the family’s beach house. Her parents invite one of their old friends to stay with them and the girl is unsure whether he’s a dangerous predator or the perfect post-grad fling.

Awake (2021). Streaming on Netflix. This is a Netflix sci-fi thriller about a world where suddenly everyone loses the ability to sleep. Even coma patients suddenly wake up. Jill Adams (Gina Rodriguez) discovers that her daughter, Matilda, is the only person on Earth capable of sleep after she is revived from a near death accident.

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Happy streaming and stay spooky!

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