Another month, another smattering of new Netflix titles to sift through. And it seems the online streamer is kicking off 2020 with a host of juicy horror movies and TV shows.
First thing’s first: there’s a number of big-name titles leaving the service next month, including Panic Room, Grease, American Pyscho, and the Spartacus series. That’s disappointing, to be sure, but among the January 2020 titles are news installments of Grace and Frankie and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, along with all three Lord of the Rings movies and the Kill Bill films. And it doesn’t stop there.
We’ve compiled the full list below, but a special mention must go to two particularly exciting horror additions: Sam Raimi classic The Evil Dead and Tremors.
Ghost Stories (Netflix Film): Short films from Indian directors behind “Bombay Talkies” and “Lust Stories.”
Good Girls: Season 2
Messiah (Netflix Original): After their “The Bible” series, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey present a show about a charismatic, enigmatic man (Mehdi Dehbi) who may or may not be performing miracles for his international following, while a CIA officer (Michelle Monaghan) investigates.
Nisman: Death of a Prosecutor (Netflix Documentary): This series follows a prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who was found dead after investigating a 1994 attack in a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.
Spinning Out (Netflix Original): Kaya Rose Scodelario (“Maze Runner”) stars in this drama series as an ice skater fighting for her dream, and dealing with mental struggles and relationships along the way.
The Circle (Netflix Original): Reality series where contestants catfish each other and communicate through a so-called digital “circle” in order to win cash prizes. Starts Jan. 1, with new episodes arriving the next two Wednesdays.
A Cinderella Story
Catch Me If You Can
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
City of God
Dinner for Schmucks
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer
Dragonheart: A New Beginning
Drugs, Inc.: Season 6
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Instructions Not Included
Julie & Julia
Kate & Leopold
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Kiss the Girls
New York Minute
Saint Seiya: Season 4-5
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
Shrek Forever After
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Original Kings of Comedy
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Up in the Air
What Lies Beneath
Wild Wild West
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Sex, Explained: Limited Series (Netflix Documentary): Vox’s documentary series continues with a special focused on attraction, fantasies and fertility, narrated by Janelle Monáe. Monáe.
Thieves of the Wood (Netflix Original): Historical drama series about a highwayman who becomes a local hero in 18th-century Belgium.
Anne with an E: The Final Season (Netflix Original): The series based on “Anne of Green Gables” ends with a search for Anne’s origin story and planning for the future.
All the Freckles in the World (Netflix Film): Romantic movie set in Mexico about a 13-year-old trying to win over his crush during the 1994 World Cup.
Go! Go! Cory Carson (Netflix Family): A show based on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels toys, starring a kid car.
Cheer (Netflix Documentary): A documentary series about competitive Texas cheerleaders on their road to the National Championship.
AJ and the Queen (Netflix Original): RuPaul stars as a drag queen traveling on a cross-country tour in an RV with a stowaway 10-year-old.
The Evil Dead
Giri / Haji (Netflix Original): British drama series about man looking for his mob-assassin brother.
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 4 (Netflix Family): Girls in the animated show deal with a friendly ghost and encounter a robot band.
The Inbestigators: Season 2 (Netflix Family): School-age sleuths solve the case.
Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega (Netflix Original): Young men run a phishing operation that gets the attention of a corrupt politician and a cop.
Medical Police (Netflix Original): Comedy series starring “Childrens Hospital” actors Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel and Malin Akerman about American doctors who discover a deadly virus in Brazil.
Scissor Seven (Netflix Anime): Seven uses hairdressing scissors to disguise himself for contract killing assignments.
Until Dawn (Netflix Original): Comics from France try to outlast each other in haunted locations.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 2 (Netflix Original): Australian amateur dessert makers create cakes and confections for co-hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo.
You’ll also notice that there’s a great deal of original content incoming. From the horror-tinged Ares to season 2 of Sex Education to the deliciously dark reboot of Sabrina (now entering season 3, 2020 sees everyone’s favorite teenage witch attempt to save her one true love from the underworld), Netflix is pulling out all the stops.
And just as well, too, given the streaming market has become increasingly crowded ever since the launch of Disney+ – and with it, a slew of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar content that Netflix can’t possibly hope to match. Nevertheless, as you’ll see below, there’s an incredible mix of old favorites (The Evil Dead) and exciting new dramas (Ares) vying for your attention.
Betty White: First Lady of Television
The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix Family): An 11-year-old with social anxiety disorder finds comfort in a mutt named Dude.
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (Netflix Family): A comics-based show about a sheltered girl who comes to the surface after a mutant attack.
Big Fat Liar
Grace and Frankie: Season 6 (Netflix Original): Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for their second-to-last season as two women figuring out their lives after discovering their husbands are gay lovers.
Quien a hierro mata (Netflix Film): The thriller, also called “Eye for an Eye,” follows a cartel boss who is put in the care of a nurse (Luis Tosar) looking for revenge.
NiNoKuni (Netflix Anime): Yuu and Haru travel between the real world and a parallel universe to help an endangered friend.
Ares (Netflix Original): In this Dutch show, a woman realizes the secret society she’s joined is built on demonic secrets.
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 4 (Netflix Original): The music series continues to tell the story of how hip-hop was shaped in the U.S.
Sex Education: Season 2 (Netflix Original): The surprisingly sweet show about teens and sex and relationships follows Otis, a late bloomer and son of a sex therapist who must control his new urges.
Tiny House Nation: Volume 2
Tyler Perry’s A Fall From Grace (Netflix Film): Law-abiding Grace (Crystal Fox) moves on to a new love (Mehcad Brooks), and then gets indicted for murdering her ex-husband in this thriller.
Vivir dos veces (Netflix Film): Emilio searches for a long-lost love before his memory fails.
Wer kann, der kann! (Netflix Original): Dessert competition show “Nailed It!” goes to Germany with model Angelina Kirsch as host.
The Bling Ring
Family Reunion: Part 2 (Netflix Family): This sitcom about a Seattle family who must readjust to simple living in Georgia returns for its second season.
Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (Netflix Original): The comedian’s first hour-long Netflix comedy special covers childhood misadventures and how a movie helped her realize she was a lesbian.
Word Party: Season 4 (Netflix Family): The educational TV show featuring animated animals in diapers continues.
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (Netflix Documentary): A six-episode docuseries that likely won’t make you less paranoid about influenza.
Playing with Fire: Season 1
The Ghost Bride (Netflix Original): A young woman in 1890s Malacca becomes mired in a murder mystery.
October Faction (Netflix Original): Monster hunters with teenage kids hide their identities in this series inspired by comics.
SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac: Season 1 / Part 2 (Netflix Anime): Seiya, who has risen up to protect the goddess Athena, is now one of her Saints.
A Sun (Netflix Film): A family reckons with the aftermath of their younger son’s incarceration.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3 (Netflix Original): The devilishly good show returns with Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) aiming to free her boyfriend from eternal damnation.
The Ranch: The Final Season (Netflix Original): The comedy series starring Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott has its final episodes (without Danny Masterson).
Rise of Empires: Ottoman (Netflix Original): With a mix of scripted and documentary elements, this series examines the history of the Ottoman Empire.
Vir Das: For India (Netflix Original): Vir Das takes his audience on a celebratory journey through the history of India, from its people and traditions to modern culture and famous films.
We Are Your Friends
Alex Fernández: El mejor comediante del mundo (Netflix Original): A new stand-up special from Mexican comedian Alex Fernández.
Frères Ennemis (Netflix Film): A cop and a drug dealer who grew up in the same neighborhood reluctantly join forces to solve a murder.
Next In Fashion (Netflix Original): “Queer Eye” star Tan France and model/designer Alexa Chung co-host a fashion design competition series.
Night on Earth (Netflix Documentary): “Planet Earth” producers present this natural history series.
Omniscient (Netflix Original): A woman investigates why a murder was overlooked in a world where drones monitor citizens 24/7.
Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey (Netflix Original): In this reality show, seven strangers from Japan journey through African together in search of love.
The Stranger (Netflix Original): Richard Armitage stars in the drama series about a man sent on a desperate quest to uncover the truth about the people closest to him.
37 Seconds (Netflix Film): A young woman with cerebral palsy is torn between family obligations and her dream to become a successful manga artist.
Bojack Horseman: Season 6 (Part B) (Netflix Original): BoJack has a rehab stint that sets him on a positive path.
Diablero: Season 2 (Netflix Original): Demons walk among humans in this Mexican show that’s back for a new season.
I AM A KILLER: Season 2 (Netflix Original): Season 2 of the documentary series features death row inmates convicted of capital murder giving firsthand accounts of their crimes.
Luna Nera (Netflix Original): In 17th-century Italy, a teenage midwife accused of witchcraft must choose between a star-crossed love and fulfilling her powerful destiny.
Ragnarok (Netflix Original): A small Norwegian town experiencing warm winters and violent downpours seems to be headed for another Ragnarok.
And that, as they say, is that. Netflix has showcased its wares for January 2020. Horror fans will naturally rush to (re)watch The Evil Dead – particularly now that Bruce Campbell is effectively finished with the undead franchise – but there’s plenty to choose from, as you’ll see from the comprehensive list above.