In the last year or so, Netflix has embarked on what looks to be a sustained push into the realm of original movies. With shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black having long-since established the streaming giant as a leader when it comes to the production of original series, Netflix seems to have made it its mission to become a leading source for exclusive feature films as well.
Netflix’s original films have so far crossed a fairly a wide gamut of genres and styles, ranging from critically ravaged but heavily watched comedies like Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over all the way to award-magnet dramas like Beasts of No Nation. In recent months, Netflix has seemed to make the horror genre one of its main focuses, which makes sense when one considers the ravenous way in which horror devotees tend to gobble up new content. Perhaps the most notable of Netflix’s scary efforts so far is the atmospheric Osgood Perkins ghost flick I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, although sci-fi/horror mix Spectral also drew a good deal of attention.
Next up on the Netflix original horror film slate is Clinical, directed by Alistair Legrand and co-written by Legrand and Luke Harvis. This marks the duo’s second collaboration, following 2015’s The Diabolical, starring Heroes vet Ali Larter. Clinical stars Vinessa Shaw (Ray Donovan) as Dr. Jane Mathis, a psychiatrist who herself is forced to turn to counseling after a violent attack by a deranged patient leaves her mentally shaken. Feeling the need to help people once again, Jane takes on a new patient. Unfortunately, this patient has his own tragic past, and before long Jane is in danger of losing her mind completely. Netflix has released the first trailer for Clinical, which can be watched above. Warning, it’s probably graphic enough to not be safe for work.
In addition to Shaw, other familiar faces in the Clinical cast include legendary ’80s jerk William Atherton (Ghostbusters, Die Hard) as Jane’s psychiatrist, Aaron Stanford (star of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys series), and Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof).
As the trailer makes pretty clear above, Clinical looks to be the hardest-edged horror offering from Netflix so far, sporting more graphic violence in its trailer than movies like I Am the Pretty Thing and Spectral did in their entire running times. At the same time, what exactly is going on with Jane is kept intriguingly vague. She seems to be plagued by visions of her murderous patient, but it’s unclear whether these are memories, hallucinations, or outright supernatural events. Luckily, those interested won’t have to wait long to find out what’s going on.
Clinical arrives on Netflix this Friday, January 13.