What’s New to Stream on Netflix for February 2023

Werewolves, ghosts, and bad boys are all new for February!
New On Netflix February 2023

Crossing the Streams is a series of columns spotlighting all the offerings hitting the big streaming services each month. This time we’re checking out the new Netflix arrivals for February 2023. They include We Have a Ghost, the first two Bad Boys films, and more!

Netflix Pick of the Month for February 2023

It’s probably a bit unfair of me to make my pick of the month a title that doesn’t even premiere until the end of the month, but there was no way I wasn’t going to choose We Have a Ghost (premieres February 24th) this month. Writer/director Christopher Landon has already earned a healthy following with comedic genre gems — Happy Death Day (2017), Happy Death Day 2U (2019), and Freaky (2020) — that more than makeup for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015). His latest looks a bit more family-friendly than those other titles, but it looks no less fun. Anthony Mackie heads up a family that moves into an old house only to discover a ghost in their attic, played by David Harbour. Comedic chaos ensues as the ghost goes public, and the CIA gets involved for some unknown reason, probably related to the man’s death. Tig Notaro and Jennifer Coolidge co-star, and it looks to be good fun.

New Netflix Original Films!

We should probably expect the covid pandemic to continue popping up in films for a while to come. That’s not a bad thing as there have been a few solid movies to lean on our shared trauma, and the latest hopeful is the new Spanish thriller Infiesto (premieres February 3rd). Two detectives, already run ragged by the pandemic, become entangled in a mystery involving a woman who was thought dead. The ultimate threat is unclear, but the film appears to have a grim atmosphere that, paired with suspense and paranoia, will hopefully deliver a thrilling time.

Jessica Watson was only sixteen years old when attempting to sail around the world, and while documentaries and books already cover her journey, she’s also gotten a biopic. True Spirit (premieres February 3rd) sees Teagan Croft playing the young sailor facing trials and tribulations as she attempts an incredibly challenging journey. It’s an inspiring story, and here’s hoping a feature film captures the awe, danger, and ambition from Croft’s life.

We don’t get enough werewolf movies, so it’s always worth paying attention when a new one comes along. Viking Wolf (premieres February 3rd) is a Norwegian horror/thriller that follows a teen who moves to a new town just as a vicious murder rocks the community. She witnesses — something — and is a survivor of the attack, and it soon becomes clear that it won’t be the last. The trailer suggests a mix of practical and CG effects, and it’s happily going straight for the jugular rather than taking a lighter, comedic approach. And not for nothing, but this is Norway’s first werewolf film, and that’s something to celebrate!

More New Netflix Original Films!

Japanese filmmakers certainly didn’t invent the supernatural horror genre, but they’ve more than made it their own over the years with films like Ringu, Kwaidan, Dark Water, and more. Re/Member (premieres February 14th) looks to play around with ghostly elements, but it’s also adding in a Happy Death Day hook with a time loop trapping six high schoolers in a deadly nightmare. They’re trapped, reliving the same night, hunted by an inhuman killer until they can find a body hidden somewhere on campus. Shadows, creepy corridors, and CG shenanigans follow.

It’s not the usual career path in the film industry, but director Kim Tae-joon is making his feature debut with Unlocked (premieres February 17th) after being a character actor for the past decade. The film is a suspense thriller playing on identity theft and our lack of privacy in a modern world, and it follows a young woman who loses her smartphone only to have her life turned inside out by nefarious players. Things get deadly along the way, and by the looks of this trailer, it’s more of a serial killer situation than conspiracy romp like The Net. South Korean cinema is pretty damn reliable when it comes to dark, suspenseful thrillers, so consider this one of my more anticipated this month.

Writer/director Nathaniel Martello-White makes his feature debut with The Strays (premieres February 22nd). While I’m not entirely sure about the plot, it’s probably safe to say that it’s taken some inspiration from Jordan Peele. It looks to be a stylish thriller about a young woman living a perfect, upper-class life who begins to unravel from paranoia when two strangers arrive in town. The trailer wisely keeps things close to its chest, but race plays a role as both the lead and the strangers are Black in a community that appears predominantly white. Maybe they’re siblings she left behind? Ghosts whose demise she’s responsible for? Either way, it looks intriguing.

The Oldest New Arrival on Netflix for February 2023

The biggest complaint about Netflix these days is the streamer’s penchant for canceling shows before they’ve had a chance to build an audience, but it’s not the only one. The lack of non-branded content being added each month continues to decrease, and even the added titles tend to be newer films. Point being that Netflix is not the streamer for fans of movies more than twenty years old, and so we “celebrate” that by highlighting the oldest new arrival each month. February’s winner is Michael Bay’s Bad Boys (1995), starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives tasked with protecting a witness from some tough-as-nails baddies. I’m in the minority in thinking 2020’s Bad Boys for Life is the best of the franchise so far, but this original is still a great time for action/comedy fans. If you have an extra three hours and don’t mind filmmakers ripping off Jackie Chan, Bay’s 2003 sequel Bad Boys II is also streaming this month.

The Complete Netflix List for February 2023

Release DateTitleNote
2/1Bad Boys (1995)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Enough (2002)
The Great British Baking Show: The Professionals: Season 6Netflix Series
Gunther's MillionsNetflix Documentary
It (2017)
Julie & Julia (2009)
La La Land (2016)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
New Amsterdam: Seasons 3 & 4
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Spanglish (2004)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)
Stepmom (1998)
Survivor: Season 32
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Underworld (2003)
2/2FreeridgeNetflix Series
2/3ClassNetflix Series
InfiestoNetflix Film
StromboliNetflix Film
Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go: Season 2
True SpiritNetflix Film
Viking WolfNetflix Film
2/4Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022)
2/6Vinland Saga: Season 2
2/8Bill Russell: LegendNetflix Documentary
The ExchangeNetflix Series
MTV Floribama Shore: Season 1
2/9Dear DavidNetflix Film
My Dad the Bounty HunterNetflix Family
You: Season 4: Part 1Netflix Series
2/1010 Days of a Good ManNetflix Film
Love is Blind: After the Altar Season 3Netflix Series
Love to Hate YouNetflix Series
Your Place or MineNetflix Film
2/13Squared Love All Over AgainNetflix Film
2/14All the PlacesNetflix Film
In Love All Over AgainNetflix Series
Jim Jefferies: High n' DryNetflix Comedy
Pasión de Gavilanes: Seasons 1-2
Perfect MatchNetflix Series
Re/MemberNetflix Film
A Sunday AffairNetflix Film
2/15#NoFilterNetflix Series
African Queens: NjingaNetflix Documentary
CoComelon: Season 7
Eva LastingNetflix Series
Full SwingNetflix Documentary
The Law According to Lidia PoëtNetflix Series
Red RoseNetflix Series
2/1647 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
Ouija (2014)
The Upshaws: Part 3Netflix Series
2/17Community SquadNetflix Series
Ganglands: Season 2Netflix Series
A Girl and an AstronautNetflix Series
UnlockedNetflix Film
2/19Whindersson Nunes: Preaching to the ChoirNetflix Comedy
2/20Operation Finale (2018)
2/22Murdaugh Murders: A Southern ScandalNetflix Documentary
The StraysNetflix Film
TriptychNetflix Series
2/23Call Me ChihiroNetflix Film
Outer Banks: Season 3Netflix Series
2/24Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 5Netflix Documentary
Oddballs: Season 2Netflix Family
Married at First Sight: Season 12
Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series: Part 2Netflix Family
The Real World: Season 12
We Have a GhostNetflix Film
Who Were We Running From?Netflix Series
2/28American Pickers: Season 15
Too Hot to Handle: GermanyNetflix Series
A Whole Lifetime with Jamie DemetriouNetflix Comedy

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