Self-isolation Weekly – 5 Things to watch on Netflix

Whether you’re tired of hearing about it, or whether keeping up to date with the latest news is imperative to you, there’s no denying that the recent pandemic has taken over our day to day lives in ways we have never experienced before.

I’d usually be presenting you with 5 fantastic events that are coming up in Birmingham but, as I am sure you are all aware, social gatherings are strongly advised against and we’ve witnessed a vast majority of events being cancelled. However, that does not mean that I’m not able to in some capacity provide you all with some light relief at the weekend.

The Self-isolation Weekly is not simply going to be a roundup of news surrounding the virus, it will provide you with fun things to do during self-isolation periods, ways in which to keep your mind and body healthy and even a list of fantastic shows and films you can check out on Netflix!

On that note, our article this week is going to be: 5 Things to Check out on Netflix!

IT (2017) Rated 15

The 2017 remake of Stephen King’s horror classic is now available to stream on Netflix. A group of young outcasts are forced to face the terrifying shape-shifting ‘Pennywise the Clown’ after IT emerges from the sewers once more to wreak havoc on the town’s children. Now, these youngsters must join together in order to overcome the horror that lives beneath them in the town’s sewers, and attempt to face their deepest most personal fears to stop the curse which sees Pennywise returning every 27 years.

The movie combines classic horror elements, heart-stopping jump scares and incredible special effects that may make you cross over the street whenever you see a drain…

It’s not all fear and misery though, the film also has some real comic moments and heartfelt scenes of adolescence that makes IT one of the best horror remakes of recent years. Grab some popcorn, turn off the lights (if you dare) and settle in for a night of good old horror!

Beetlejuice (1988) Rated 12

That hilarious dinner table scene alone is reason enough to watch this movie! Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and a young Winona Ryder all star in this all time favourite. After discovering that they passed away in a tragic car crash, the Maitland’s attempt to haunt the new family who have moved into their home. It goes without saying that this does not come to much success, and their efforts only attract the rambunctious Beetlejuice, a savoury character who’s pinstriped suit and green hair has become a Halloween costume favourite all over the world!

This film will have you howling with laughter and being rated 12, it’s one that the family can enjoy together!

Locke and Key (2020) Rated 15

Now that we all may have some more time at home, there’s no better time than to chill out and find something truly binge-worthy to watch! Locke and Key may just be the new series you’ve been looking for!

Based on the comic book series of the same name, ‘Locke and Key’ is the new horror fantasy that Netflix has to offer. When the Locke family move to their late father’s ancestral home, they begin to discover the dark secrets buried within. Up until now you may have believed that keys opened only doors, but the Locke children would beg to differ once they set off a chain of mysterious and terrifyingly magical events.

There’s 10 episodes in total which is plenty to keep you entertained for a couple of binge days!

Peter Rabbit (2018) Rated PG

Netflix isn’t just for adults, they have a wide range of films and shows for the kids to enjoy and this pick is no exception!

‘Peter Rabbit’ is a name we may all remember from childhood and in 2018 it got a new lease of life in the animated version of Beatrix Potter’s classic character. Peter Rabbit is the cute yet delightfully unruly protagonist of the film who finds himself up against an opponent which seeks to get rid of Peter and his friends from Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden. With the help from his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail, Peter must prepare to fight for his beloved vegetable garden and save the day!

This is a great afternoon family film for everyone to enjoy!

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Rated PG

Let’s finish this week off with an absolute classic. I’m sure we are all aware of this superb 1939 classic starring the late, great Judy Garland, and I daresay we’ve all walked the yellow brick road a fair few times over the years, but just incase you haven’t then it’s now available on Netflix!

The Wizard of Oz follows our heroine Dorothy and trusty companion Toto on a magical journey after her house in Kansas is whisked away by a mysterious tornado. On the way she meets unlikely heroes Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion. Together they journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard for whom they all have a request to make, whether that be a brain, a heart, or some courage. Of course, what are three heroes without a villain to try and stop them in their tracks? The Wicked Witch of the West is always nearby to cause chaos with the help of her flying monkeys.

This timeless film is sure to cheer all of us up during this difficult time and I challenge you all not to sing along to at least one of the songs! Oh my!

That’s it for this week folks! Be sure to keep up to date with these articles as each week I’ll be bringing you something new to try out.

Keep yourselves safe!