In 2018, the Twilight Saga celebrated its 10th anniversary with a typical division. The same people who rolled their eyes in 2008 rolled their eyes again. Those swept away by the supernatural romance had wisely reconsidered the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle over the years, but still cared about the franchise. All you had to do was watch the memes to know that Twilight was still A Big Thing, as underrated and weird as ever.
And this week, Netflix once again proved how essential the series is for audiences of a certain age. After adding all five Twilight movies to the platform on Friday, all five immediately made it to Netflix’s 10 Most Watched Movies list.
While the past week has seen a handful of new releases, including the star-studded action flick Milkshakes with powder, new seasons of Atypical and I have never, a documentary about tennis star Naomi Osaka, and The Street of Fear, Part 3: 1666, the latest installment in the streamer’s horror trilogy, this month’s real stars of Netflix turned out to be the chapters of the twilight saga, which erupted with the strength of a shirtless werewolf and enraptured by six. In the current state of things, dusk (2008) is in third, New Moon (2009) is in sixth grade, Eclipse (2010) is seventh, Dawn of Dawn: part 1 (2011) is eighth, and Dawn: Part 2 (2012) is 10th.
And now, for passionate defense, for all who need to be convinced: there are quality Twilight movies. The low budget original, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) is a serious, cheesy YA romance that works because Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are legit and have a lot of commitment. New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz (About a boy), and Eclipse, by David Slade (Hard candy) take risks that don’t pay off, and they’re … mostly bad times in the movies. But then, a twist: director Bill Condon (Dream girls) intervenes for the Breaking Dawn movies and everything changes – Part 1 and Part 2 are macabre, flamboyant and fun. Anyone who doubts the cinematic validity of the Twilight Saga should seek out these two films immediately and atone for their books of judgment by their dream romance cover sins.
And now these people can. The Twilight movies are on Netflix for the foreseeable future, a reminder that for all the billions spent on original programming in this content-rich era, all it took was a vampiric love story with a quirky personality to wow audiences for over a decade. .