Next is a movie that has a really special place in my heart, an early one from Denis Villeneuve, the director behind Arrival (2016) and, most recently, Blade Runner 2046 (2017). It’s now streaming on Netflix. Now, it may not exactly fit the usual definition of a horror movie, but Enemy will still weird you the hell out and make you unsettled about what exactly it was that you just watched.
Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a bored, lost history professor. One day, this sad man sits sadly in his sad house watching a movie all alone and he catches sight of an extra in the background who looks exactly like him. What follows is a twisted story that wraps around its subjects in an increasingly claustrophobic way as borders are crossed, identities are questioned, kinks are explored and questions remain. The last shot is so bewildering and, in its own way, horrifying, that I have thought about it for years after watching it.
This is one of those movies that might leave many cold and annoyed that they waded into Enemy on my recommendation. Good for you for trying something new.