Top picks for Netflix in January: The Bequeathed and American Nightmare

If you have already watched Society of the Snow on Netflix, you may be pondering what to watch next. Not to worry, 1428 Elm has taken a look at the rest of the January schedule, and hand-picked two options. One is a true crime docuseries, the other is a South Korean thriller, and both look to be must-sees.

American Nightmare. Cr: Netflix.
American Nightmare. Cr: Netflix. /
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Netflix regularly adds true crime series and documentaries, as well as horror content, and two upcoming additions have really caught my interest.

The first is The Bequeathed, a South Korean thriller about a woman who finds out an uncle has died and left her a very odd inheritance: the family burial ground.

Yoon Seo-ha and her mother were abandoned by her father, and the uncle who passed away was her father’s brother, so she is not super enthused at the news. Even worse, her half-brother Kim Young-ho causes a scene at the funeral, claiming he is entitled to part of the inheritance as well.

The Bequeathed
The Bequeathed Ryu Kyung-soo as Kim young-ho in The Bequeathed Cr. Jeong Se Hyeon/Netflix © 2024 /

Meanwhile, there is a murderer on the loose in the village, and detective Choi Sung-jun is hot on the case, turning his focus on Seo-ha and her brother. The Bequeathed will begin streaming on Netflix on Jaunary 19.

Next up is true crime series American Nightmare, consisting of three episodes, which dives into the “Gone Girl” kidnapping case of Denise Huskins. In 2015, her boyfriend Aaron Quinn contacted police, claiming he and Denise were victims of a home invasion committed by two men wearing wetsuits. The men took Denise with them, and police were immediately suspicious of Quinn, since he reported the kidnapping the next day.

He says he couldn’t call them earlier, because he had been tied up by the men, who demanded ransom from him. Despite their warnings to not call the police, he did so. Two days later, Denise showed up, even though no ransom had been paid.

Law enforcement suspected the two had hatched out some sort of plan, and questioned both of them intensely. But, what is the truth? Had the kidnapping actually happened, or were the police right in their assumption?

American Nightmare includes interviews and interrogation footage, and comes to us from Felicity Morris and Bernadette Higgins, creators of The Tinder Swindler. American Nightmare will begin streaming on Netflix January 17.

Next. Paramount+ has cast Annaleigh Ashford in true crime series Happy Face. Paramount+ has cast Annaleigh Ashford in true crime series Happy Face. dark