9 Chilling Movies, Crime Docs, and Shows You Need to See on Sundance Now

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    Over the years, Sundance Now has quietly expanded its library of binge-worthy thrills and chills. Today, the streaming service boasts a killer collection of riveting flicks, true crime documentaries, and under-the-radar gems you won’t find anywhere else. And their catalog keeps growing.

    Sundance Now’s latest collection of thrilling films and shows is dubbed "The Lying Game," a curated media bundle guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. To celebrate, we’re highlighting a few of the movies, docs, and exclusive programs currently streaming on Sundance Now that we know you’ll love. 

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    For the Armchair Sleuth in Search of Her Next Thrilling Binge

    We recommend: Public Enemy

    Found in: The Lying Game

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    This thrilling 10-part crime drama from Belgium is based on the real-life case of Marc Dutroux. A recently paroled child murderer is released into the custody of the monks at Vielsart Abbey. When a young girl disappears on the outskirts of the abbey, the village is in an uproar. Inspector Chloé Muller is assigned to investigate the case and protect the parolee, bringing her face-to-face with the dark secrets of a seemingly peaceful mountain community.

    For the Horror Movie Fiend

    We recommend: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

    Found in: Films About Films

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    One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. This four-hour documentary explores Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, from the 1984 original all the way to 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. Whether you’re looking for behind-the-scenes footage or an in-depth analysis of the homosexual themes of 1985’s Freddy’s Revenge, Never Sleep Again has you covered. 

    Prefer machetes to razor finger gloves? Check out Crystal Lake Memories, also streaming on Sundance Now, for a chilling visit to Camp Crystal Lake and the Friday the 13th franchise.

    For the Person Who Wished Orange Is the New Black Was Grittier

    We recommend: Prisoners

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    This Icelandic thriller will leave you shivering. After a vicious assault leaves her father in a coma, Linda is sent to Iceland’s only women’s prison—a place that is nothing like she imagined. As Linda adapts to life behind bars, she must also contend with the leader of the prison’s biggest gang, her sister’s run for political office, and a deep family secret that could set her free—but may also tear her family apart. It’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets Orange is the New Black, and you’ll love every minute of it. 

    For the True Crime Doc Completist

    We recommend: Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

    Found in: True Crime

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    This, the first of two documentaries on Wuornos by filmmaker Nick Broomfield (both of which are available on Sundance Now), is a classic of the true crime genre. Wuornos was one of the most notorious female serial killers in recent memory, and the media circus that surrounded her case was all-consuming. Broomfield moves past the sensationalism to examine the harsh realities of Wuornos’s life.

    For the Grim Crime Fanatic with a Taste for the Truth

    We recommend: Rillington Place

    Found in: Killers

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    John Christie is one of Britain’s most chilling killers. Responsible for at least eight deaths, Christie buried his victims in his backyard garden or hid their remains within the walls of his Notting Hill apartment. Fittingly, this miniseries is named after that terrifying abode. This series stars Tim Roth as the so-called whispering killer and will terrify any viewer.

    For the Toughest Girl on the Block

    We recommend: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    Found in: On the Run

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    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the first film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Scandinavian noir mega-bestseller, was a hit in Sweden and around the world. Although it’s been slightly eclipsed by David Fincher’s 2011 version starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, this original adaptation from 2009 is grittier, quieter, and far more thrilling. If you’ve never sought out The Millennium Trilogy, here’s your chance.

    For the Miniseries Obsessive Looking for Her Next Crime Obsession

    We recommend: The Red Riding Trilogy

    Found in: Killers

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    Based on David Peace’s Red Riding novels, this dark and twisted trilogy mixes true crime with grim drama to chilling effect. The films track the shady dealings of the West Yorkshire police force from 1974 to 1983, all while a series of disappearances and murders terrorize the local community—including the real-life Yorkshire Ripper killings. Marked by strong performances from Sean Bean, Rebecca Hall, Paddy Considine, and Andrew Garfield, you’ll find yourself obsessed with this period thriller. 

    For the Heist Thriller Buff

    We recommend: The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne

    Found in: True Crime

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    Doris Payne, now 87 years old, is a compulsive jewelry thief whose life of crime spans six decades. Featuring interviews with law enforcement, Doris’s children, and Doris herself, this true crime doc introduces viewers to a perplexing career criminal who continued to pull off capers well into her golden years. But be careful—Doris is far from harmless. You may find yourself conned along the way. 

    For the Horror Movie Fan Who Loves a Shocking Twist

    We recommend: Kill List

    Found in: The Lying Game

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    You may be familiar with Ben Wheatley from 2016’s Free Fire, starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a score of other familiar faces. But his second film, 2012’s Kill List, is much more up our alley. This strange, terrifying genre-bender will surprise and terrify even the most jaded horror movie viewer. Stick around for the ending—you won’t believe what happens. 

    Thrilling entertainment that will keep you glued to your seat until the very end—and it’s streaming now. Use special offer code 'LINEUP' to begin your 30-day free trial to Sundance Now—and start streaming tonight!

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