Some viewers are claiming that a recently released movie on Netflix is the scariest film of the year and has left them 'scarred for life'. You can watch the trailer for the horror movie below.
The movie, titled "The Strays", is a British horror film that some viewers have compared to Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and "Us". Directed by Nathaniel Martello-White, it depicts the life of a woman residing in a typical UK suburb.
As is common in horror movies, things take a dark turn for the protagonist when two strangers appear, threatening to dismantle her life and everything she holds dear.
Viewers have taken to social media to caution against watching the movie too late at night after experiencing its spine-chilling effect.
"If you're trying to sleep well tonight, don't watch The Strays right before bed," a view commented.
"Just finished watching The Strays on Netflix and I think I'm scarred for life because what the hell did I just watch!" another thought.
The movie centers around Neve, a biracial woman who is married to a white man and distances herself from her black identity. However, her past continues to haunt her, forming the main plot of the story.
The director's inspiration for the film came from his fascination with the concept of "code-switching," where individuals from minority groups alter their behavior, language, and demeanor to assimilate into a dominant culture.
"Code-switching is something that a lot of Black people don't even realize they're doing, it has just become a sort of subconscious survival mechanism," Martello-White said.
"In the context of the Black space, I was really interested in – if a woman really self-styled herself on those people in that suburb, what would be the cost? And how much effort would that take?"
"Once she makes that code-switch, we understand that to operate in that class, you really do have to become one of them. Otherwise, you can't really exist in that space," he continued.
"There are ideals, there are etiquettes, there are things that they do that she has to adhere to. And even then, she has to deal with the microaggressions or racist moments."
Aside from its significant underlying message, the film has been receiving praise for its frightening and spine-chilling effect.
According to another comment: "What the f*** did I just watch? Now that was something... #TheStrays #Netflix #WTF."
"Just finished The Strays on Netflix and immediately came to Twitter bc what the hell did I just witness #thestraysnetflix," another viewer shared.
Discover the gripping tale for yourself by streaming "The Strays" on Netflix.