Top 5 Netflix Slow Burns


Are you an adrenaline junkie, who loves the chase? Do psychological thrillers and mysteries peak your interest. Take a look at these Top 5 “Slow Burn” TV series and Movies on Netflix:

  1.  Hush (Trailer)

Hush utilizes the classic slow burn horror film style in an inventive way. The main character, Maddie (Kate Siegel), is deaf. When a mysterious, masked man (John Gallagher Jr.) approaches her secluded cabin in the woods, Katie embarks on a fight for her life. This movie truly keeps you on the edge of your seat, and has you repeatedly yelling at the screen. Katie is largely unaware of the Man’s appearance for the first few scenes of the movie. Once she does notice, she has to battle his advantages as a hearing person. Hush is a packed punch of a movie, with a play time of an hour and 27 minutes.

  1. Secret in their Eyes (Trailer)

Secret in their Eyes stars two great female actresses, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman. The movie follows two FBI agents, Jess (Julia Roberts) and Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and their District Attorney, Claire (Nicole Kidman). Thirteen years after Jess’ daughter is found murdered, Ray finds a new lead that may help finally solve the case. In pursuing this lead, Jess, Ray, and Claire begin uncovering secrets left and right, leading to an end no one could have expected. This movie is truly evidence of the strong acting skills of both Roberts and Kidman. Additionally, the set design continually creates an eerie, ominous tone throughout the movie. The movie’s play time is an hour and fifty-one minutes. 

  1. Shutter Island

This classic Leonardo Dicaprio film is a true psychological thriller. It is one of those movies that leaves you mostly in the dark until the last few minutes, hitting you with a plot twist that you couldn’t have expected. U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leo Dicaprio) and his partner (Mark Ruffalo) enter a remote island where the Ashecliffe insane asylum is located after a murdering woman escapes. Tasked with finding out how she escaped and where she is going, the longer Teddy is on the island the more disturbing details he discovers. The movie’s play time is two hours and nineteen minutes, making it the longest movie on the list, but certainly worth the time. 

  1. Don’t F*** With Cats: Catching an Internet Killer (Trailer)

This is the only TV series that made it onto the list, and it is certainly deserving of its number two spot! Don’t F*** With Cats: Catching an Internet Killer is a mini docuseries, with three episodes. It follows an internet group that found a video of a cat being abused, tortured, and killed. As the title implies, these cat people are serious about their love for cats, and they set out on a mission to find the person who posted these videos and bring them to justice. Little did they know, they would be cracking an international serial murder case, all because of a cat video. I truly enjoyed this docuseries because while it is fast paced in the sense that it covers lots of information in only three episodes, it creates that classic anticipation of a slow burn movie. As the team slowly peels back more and more layers into this investigation, they also come across more questions unanswered. This ultimately culminates into a shocking discovery. 

  1. Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile (Trailer)

This is the number one, best slow burn true crime movie on Netflix. It is based on the true crimes of murderer Ted Bundy, through the perspective of Ted Bundy’s girlfriend. It stars Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and Lily Collins as Liz Kendall. The movie covers the true historical events surrounding the Bundy murders, from the murders themselves to the famous courtroom proceedings, but creates a mood that is intended to make the audience feel the same distress, confusion, and denial of Liz Kendall. In the most peculiar way, the movie makes you want to see Bundy walk free and be innocent, even for viewers like myself who knew about the Bundy case beforehand and that he was truly guilty. By painting Bundy in a more positive light, the movie allows you to feel how hard it must have been for Kendall to believe that what he had done was true. And the final scene of this movie will surely keep you awake at night. Additionally, the creators of this movie also created the Netflix docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and recommends that this movie be watched in tandem with the docuseries. The movie’s play time is an hour and forty-eight minutes.