Drive and The Neon Demon filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has already made his share of cult films with a specific vision, aesthetic, and knack for splitting fans and critics right down the middle.
So when the director decided he wanted to launch his own eccentrically curated streaming service (that’s partnered with MUBI) full of films that he’d helped restore, it made sense. And what makes it even cooler for fans of niche cinema is that this handpicked selection is offered online for free.
Refn’s service, dubbed byNWR, launched on July 30 with three films available to watch with a simple e-mail sign-up: The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, Hot Thrills and Warm Chills, and Shanty Tramp. One’s about a masked killer terrorizing a strange cast of characters, another's about a heist to steal the King of Sex’s crown, and the third's about a prostitute deciding between her love and her meal ticket. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Three more films are teased as coming down the pike (Night Tide; If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?; and Spring Night, Summer Night) with different guest editors nabbing spots to bring additional art, films, and reading material to those fans immersed enough in weird cinema to enjoy these free, hard-to-find offerings.