As lockdown continues, here’s part one of film writer Ally Davies’ roundup of the top film and TV picks across Amazon Prime for your binge-watching pleasure…

The Addams Family and Addams Family Values

A cult family favourite from the 90s following the gloriously gothic Addams family who have a penchant for the macabre in every sense of the word. It doesn’t need much of an introduction but if you’re looking for something fun, severely quotable and darkly comic with a goth-halloween twist, you need to watch it. The cast is superb and you won’t be able to get the theme song out of your head.

Battlestar Galactica and The Expanse

Not only for fans of science fiction, these two TV series took the genre to the next level. Battlestar Galactica (2001) was seminal in evolving science fiction television from pulp/action-adventure to art house-political and features subversive scoring and narratives as well as ground-breaking cinematography for the genre at the time. The Expanse follows very much in Battlestar’s footsteps and carries the torch further into world-building and into the exploration of socio-politics. Both remain beautifully crafted, bleak and wildly harrowing.

Bates Motel

For fans of Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, this present day-set prequel is a must see. The central relationship of this series is wonderfully crafted with impressive character arcs which take the tragic, psychological drama of Psycho to new heights as we follow Norman Bates and his mother, Norma Bates to discover how their lives led to the events of the original film. Superbly acted by Vera Farmiga as Norma, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotion, catastrophe, black comedy and an intriguing exploration into mental health and family dynamics.

Bait- Amazon Prime/ BFI Player

This BAFTA award-winning film follows a fisherman as he struggles to deal with tensions between the locals of a Cornish fishing village and tourism and gentrification. A real hidden gem from 2019.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you’re looking for a total nostalgic 90s fix and want to relive your goth-mosher, alt-cult days or if you’re simply looking for a key piece of subversive television history with a supernatural twist, all seven series of Buffy are available on Amazon Prime. If you never saw it during its original run, it’s time you rectified that with this clever, witty series full of 90s glory and fantastic characters.

Carnival Row

A fantasy series that charts a world where magical immigrant creatures flee their war-torn country and are forced to live in ghettos at the whim of the hateful and prejudiced human population. It’s spectacularly made and will appeal to those of you who love a bit of neo-noir meets period costume meets creature fantasy.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

A highly rated classic American comedy show which follows a neurotic, sardonic television writer as he stumbles from one selfmade cringe moment to another.


This critically acclaimed cult comedy show needs no introduction. Given the current global situation, if you haven’t seen Frasier, it’s time you sat down and watched it. Rated one of the best comedy shows of all time, the writing still stands up. Witty, hilarious, clever and outrageous, even if you have seen it, it’s time to watch it all over again.

Good Omens

Good Omens is a fantasy-comedy based on the 1990 novel (of the same name) by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Thematically appropriate for the current global situation, a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) get together and try to prevent the coming of the antichrist and the apocalypse. It’s quick, witty and clever with some tremendous costume and production design and a particularly slick performance from Tennant.

The Handmaiden

Set in the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, The Handmaiden is an exquisite, fast-moving, erotic psycholigical thriller by Park Chan-wook based on Sarah Waters’ fantastic neo-Victorian queer fiction novel, Fingersmith. There are so many twists and turns in this vibrant, exciting piece of cinema – we won’t spoil it by writing a synopsis, but its also a refreshingly unique piece of queer cinema with outstanding performances from its two female leads, Min-hee Kim and Tae-ri Kim.

Hard Candy, Lights Out and Lore

Three really interesting and effective horrors that genre fans will enjoy; Hard Candy, a twisted psychological revenge-thriller; Lights Out, a creepy, supernatural horror; and Lore, an anthology horror legends documentary series based on a popular podcast.

In Fabric

In Fabric is a British satirical horror-comedy which centres on a cursed, demonic dress that passes from person to person with tragic consequences. Dark, surreal and weirdly mesmerizing – anything that features demonic clothing really does deserve to be seen.


Midsommar, Ari Aster’s second foray into the folk-horror genre, is an unnerving exercise in paranoia, grief, body horror and paganesque ancient rituals which fuse together to form a visceral, mind-bending, sun-soaked fairytale. It also boasts an exquisite audiovisual tapestry and lead performance from Florence Pugh.

Ally Davies
Published on:
Fri 24 Apr 2020