Best of Netflix: Creepy creature features

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We all know that with midterms approaching, it’s hard to sit down and find the time to enjoy a good flick. Here are three modern monster films I have on my watch-list in case I need a break from a busy night of studying.

“Monsters” is the 2010 first feature film from “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards. Taking place six years after an alien invasion that shakes Earth’s status quo, a journalist named Andrew Kaulder played by Scoot McNairy (“Halt and Catch Fire”) agrees to escort a lone, afraid American tourist through a quarantined zone in Mexico to the U.S. border.

If “Godzilla” is any indication, “Monsters” is sure to be a suspenseful sci-fi film, hinging on character moments building up to big reveals. The film wasn’t a huge success financially, but with the recent success of “Godzilla” and the announcement that Edwards’ next project is a stand-alone “Star Wars” spin-off, expect “Monsters” to gain popularity with many Netflix users’ watch lists.

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“The Host” is a 2006 South Korean sci-fi horror film from director Joon-ho Bong (“Snowpiercer”). It centers around Park Gang-Doo, played by Kang-ho Song, an immature man whose daughter disappears after a giant creature rises from the Han River to terrorize the surrounding community. When it’s discovered that she is still alive, Gang-Doo and his family decide to rescue her.

“Snowpiercer,” Bong’s most recent film, was a surprise critical hit, getting rave reviews for its originality and execution. Bong is known for his high concept thrillers, and “The Host” shouldn’t be any different.

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Lastly, 2010’s “Troll Hunter,” from Norway, takes on the creature genre with a comedic fantasy twist while still dealing with familiar horror concepts. When numerous bears wind up dead, a group of university students take matters into their own hands to investigate. Their findings lead them to the mysterious Hans, played by Otto Jespersen, who is revealed to be a troll hunter assigned to bring down a pack of escaped trolls.

It sounds like a wacky concept, but it’s just the thing that could possibly satisfy that sort of creature-feature urge come Halloween time. And if these particular films don’t do it for you, there are plenty more that Netflix has to offer in the way of the weird and wonderful.