35 best mystery movies and shows on Netflix

MANIFEST -- "Destination Unknown" Episode 308 -- Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Warner Brothers/NBC)
MANIFEST -- "Destination Unknown" Episode 308 -- Pictured: Josh Dallas as Ben Stone -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Warner Brothers/NBC) /
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Best movies on Netflix: Case 39

Release Year: 2009

Directed By: Christian Alvart

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Callum Keith Rennie, Kerry O’Malley, Adrian Lester, Georgia Craig, Cynthia Stevenson, Alexander Conti

Contrary to what you might have heard, there’s a time and place for throwback supernatural horror movies that completely missed the mainstream mark. If that’s your kind of thing, then you will find yourself inclined to watch the Renée Zellweger horror vehicle Case 39 one night when you’re scrolling through Netflix. What could go wrong with Zellweger and some mystery?

The two-time Academy Award winner and erstwhile Bridget Jones stars in Case 39 as social worker Emily Jenkins, who assumes she’s seen the worst her career has to offer until she meets Lilith (Jodelle Ferland) and her awful parents. The 10-year-old comes into the custody of Emily while she searches for a foster home, but mysterious dark forces around the child consume Emily’s life.

Case 39 was neither a box office hit nor a win with critics, but you know what, that’s perfectly fine. Sometimes, well-received horror movies can be overrated and the corny ones are where it’s at for a suspenseful movie night. Should that be your kind of preference for your watch list, don’t miss Renée Zellweger getting to the bottom of a harrowing mystery in Case 39 on Netflix.