Every once in a while you sit down to watch a Netflix movie because you have nothing better to do. Then you find yourself less interested in chilling and more into the film you clicked on. Death Note is absolutely one of those movies (which premiered last August).

Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, a high school student named Light Turner (Nat Wolff) has a strange notebook fall from the sky while he is outside doing homework for his fellow students (and getting well paid for it). He discovers that the notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, he begins a mission to rid the world of criminals using the book and the internet to find his targets.

He is joined by a rebel girl Mia (Margaret Qualley) who is almost as enthusiatic about the murders as is the terrifying demon Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe) who haunts Light as his seductive shadow.

Similar to films like It Follows and Final Destination, Death Note deals with teenagers facing death. But unlike those films, there is an absence of camp that is refreshing. It is based on a Japanese film (much like The Ring and The Grudge), but that does not take away the validity of the picture. Ryuk the demon is incredibly scary, and the use of practical effects (for the most part) really sells the terror. And Light, the protagonist, isn’t exactly that much of a hero. In fact, most of the main characters have black hearts. And while that sounds awful, it is a nice new spin on the genre.

The script blurs the lines between good and evil and instead makes the audience examine the duality of people. Some of us just exist, some of us are just jerks, and some of us are comedy & tragedy together. This movie is well worth a watch. It is a rare horror movie where you care about the characters and is compelling as hell.