When Will 'Gone Girl' Be On Netflix? It's Gonna Be A While, So Here Are 7 Similarly Twisty Thrillers To Tide You Over
Not since Harry Potter had a book been as big a phenomenon as a film — but that all changed with David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 breakout success, Gone Girl. Starring Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, and Neil Patrick Harris, the film grossed nearly $168 million ($38 million its opening weekend) and beyond that, it kept audiences talking for weeks. Nearly a year has passed since the film's initial release, though. The DVD hit shelves back in January and has been available for download from iTunes and Amazon Instant since then, not to mention a spot on HBOGo's current roster of films. But some of us exclusively watch things we can stream on our laptops via streaming service, and the film still hasn't made its streaming debut, which begs the question when will Gone Girl be available on Netflix?
The titan of streaming film has yet to announce when — or if — Gone Girl will make an appearance, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will come, and soon. There are no guarantees, but given the film and novel's popularity (and the ever-expanding Netflix library, helped along by last year's expansion to Europe and its forays into film and television production), I have high hopes.
I need to watch this movie again, ASAP. Author Flynn also wrote the screenplay for the film, which preserves some of Amy and Nick's most critical lines — Pike, as Amy, lends her smoky tones to narration drawn straight from her character's contrived diary (neither viewers nor readers can be sure if the diary a ploy to frame Nick or if their marriage was really in turmoil beneath its blissful veneer). The fake-diary conceit also wove together the novel's plot; Flynn's involvement in the film's production ensured it was as faithful to the book as an adaptation can be.
And while I could talk about the film all day, I don't want to give away the twist at the end of Gone Girl (though if you've avoided it until now, props to you), because it's a big one. To quench your thirst while you wait for Gone Girl, here are seven classic thrillers streaming online right now, all of which pack an ending you won't see coming — I promise I'll try not to spoil anything.
1. The Sixth Sense
Shoutout to Lonely Island, whose song "Jizz in my Pants" was perhaps the most unavoidable spoiler for The Sixth Sense in recent memory. This M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller lives up to its hype, and features Bruce Willis as a respected psychologist trying to help a young boy plagued by demons — a role quite different from his more recently spotlighted performances in the Die Hard franchise. (Netflix)
2. Rosemary's Baby
A woman experiencing a breakdown, or carrying the devil's spawn? This 1968 Roman Polanski film features a skeletal Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, a young mother who is convinced she has been impregnated by Satan. It recalls impressions of the gothic novella The Yellow Wallpaper, and even its conclusion will still leave viewers wondering what just happened. (Netflix)
3. Invasion of the Body-Snatchers
Catch the late, great Leonard Nimoy in 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, about an alien occupation that replaces a small town's inhabitants with emotionless doppelganger aliens. It's a remake of the 1956 film, but one of the most well-received remakes in recent memory (with a respectable 96 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and well worth the update. (Netflix)
4. American Psycho
It's worth both a read and a watch to really get the full impact of Christian Bale's performance as suave businessman-by-day, serial killer-by-night Patrick Bateman. Bret Easton Ellis's original novel is in part a commentary on the consumerism of modern society, but also a brutal thriller about the demons inside a charming young man. Is Bateman a real psychopath, or is does he simply suffer from some really vivid fantasies? (Netflix)
5. Heavenly Creatures
The film that inspired Electric Youth's debut album, Heavenly Creatures begins with the inseparable friendship between two young girls, Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. But their obsessive relationship turns sour as the film approaches its murderous climax — drenched in innuendo and teen angst, this film marked Winslet's debut. (Netflix)
6. The Babadook
There's very little blood but a lot of scares in Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, which finds a single mother (Essie Davis) trying to cope after the sudden death of her husband — a task made all the more difficult by her six-year-old son's preoccupation with the monsters under his bed. But what if the monsters are real? The Babadook will have you questioning the whole way through whether it's the tale of a family losing its grip on reality, or a home troubled by something more insidious. Stream this really excellent, woman-directed horror film now. Seriously. Get on it. (Netflix)
7. All Good Things
A reversal of the classic twist ending, this film finds the viewer knowing exactly what's coming at the end of this Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst thriller — but the characters in the film don't know what they're in for. All Good Things is based on the early life of Robert Durst, and director Andrew Jarecki was also responsible for the HBO miniseries The Jinx that ultimately brought down the real life Durst.
If you're craving a scare, this diverse array of thrillers should prepare you for every twist a director can throw at you. All are adapted from books, real life, or previous films, and while it might be a while before Netflix adds Gone Girl to the mix, there's quite a lot out there to see in the meantime.
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