How do you mark the start of spooky season? Some believe you should wait until October, while others get into the spirit as soon as the air is crisp. Neither method is wrong, but if you’re ready to celebrate, go ahead and break out your halloween decorations and queue up Netflix. Year after year, the streamer has proven to be the go-to destination for thrilling television series. (Netflix is home to Stranger Things, after all. Vecna will never leave our nightmares.)Really, what’s better than scaring yourself for eight hours straight? Below we’ve curated a list of Netflix’s best scary shows, from campy-mysteries like Slasher, to supernatural thrills like Dark, and eerie generational curses like Haunting of Hill House. So go ahead and take your pick, 'tis the season after all. Just make sure to take a break between episodes, at the very least.
Wednesday is a fresh take on The Addams Family franchise. The supernatural series follows Wednesday’s journey at a new school, called the Nevermore Academy. After failing to fit in with “normal” kids, her parents Morticia and Gomez drop her off at Nevermore in hopes that she can harness her psychic abilities. Instead, she’s roped into a murder mystery that’s haunted her family for decades.
The Midnight Club
Horror movie master Mike Flanagan created this series which should bump this show to the top of your watchlist. The Midnight Club follows a group of teenagers who meet every night at midnight to tell scary stories and connect with ghosts. Naturally, it doesn’t end well.
The Watcher is a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The show follows a family who moves into their dream home. Shortly after they arrive, they’re sent letters from an anonymous sender who watches their every move. Once you’ve finished watching, you can dive into the true story that inspired it.
Apparently Mr. Flanangan is a big fan of midnights. In Midnight Mass, he explores how religion and a conniving priest can wreak havoc on a small town.
This eight-episode-long French horror series is filled with plenty of suspense to keep you up at night. When a famous horror novelist returns to her hometown, one of her characters pays her a visit. As more appearances cropped up across the town, the novelist realizes the hauntings might not be fiction after all.
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Set in the early ‘90s, a filmmaker travels to Hollywood to make her movie. After her relationship with her producer spoils, the filmmaker turns to a witch for revenge.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Unlike the The Haunting of Hill House, this series provides an explanation for all the ghostly acts. Bly Manor bases its story around a wealthy family and their employees living at a country estate permeating with the spirits of those who’ve died on the property.
An archivist took on the job of restoring a collection of videotapes from the ‘90s. The tapes came from a grad student’s documentary of a burned-down building. As the archivist reconstructs the footage, he becomes obsessed with discovering what happened to the student.
All of Us Are Dead
If you can’t get enough of Korean zombie thrillers, then All of Us Are Dead has got you covered. The series primarily takes place at a high school where a science experiment didn’t go as planned, initiating a zombie apocalypse.
Based on Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s comic book series with the same name, iZombie breaks the typical zombie storyline. The series centers around a medical-resident-turned-zombie who takes a job at a morgue to keep her homicidal tendencies in check.
As a teenager moves into a new apartment, people in his town turn into terrifying, ravenous monsters. Banding with his neighbors, the teenager does everything he could to stay alive.
Slasher is exactly what you might anticipate from the name. With serial killers on the loose, each eight-episode-long season is packaged as a gory whodunnit.
Paranormal is Netflix’s first original Egyptian series. The show takes place in the ‘60s, where a hematology professor experiences supernatural events connected to his past. Along with his colleagues, he goes on a paranormal investigation to protect their loved ones.
Inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula deviates from the original story. The three-part series brings the iconic character back for a new take on the vampire’s attacks.
Limited to two seasons, The Order unveils a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic after a college student pledges a secret society. As the student immerses himself deeper into the organization’s history, he uncovers dark family secrets.
If horror anthology is your style, but you want to dip beyond Slasher, this Norwegian series can satisfy that spooky itch. Each episode is about half an hour long, concentrating on one passenger as each steps off an eerie bus.
Two Sentence Horror Stories
Inspired by the Reddit thread with the same name, Two Sentence Horror Stories is a horror anthology series that explores social issues.
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If you're like me and frequently have sudden cravings to play your favorite PS1 games—without actually owning a PS1—maybe give Castlevania a watch. The anime based on the video game of the same name is (almost) as good as a playthrough.
Sure, Stranger Things is a mostly a light-hearted, happy-go-lucky story of some kiddos who like playing D&D and getting into trouble. But there's scary stuff too! The Mind Flayer never fails to give us a fright, at least.
Netflix’s first original Korean series, Kingdom, is a political period zombie thriller. (Yes, you read that right.) The series follows one prince’s quest to solve the plague that has overrun his country—and his kingdom.
This Canadian-American series follows the induction of college freshman Jack Morton into his university’s fabled society “The Order.” Entering a realm of new creatures, powers, and consequences, Jack quickly learns that reality is still inescapable in this new realm.
This beloved Japanese anime series, based on the popular manga series of the same name, tells of one high schooler’s quest to save the world with the power of a notebook with which he can kill anyone by simply writing their name. As one might guess, the mission is easier written than done.
Love, Death + Robots
From David Fincher and Tim Miller, Love, Death + Robots is the multimedia, multi-genre ultimate tour de force from a rich team of animators and storytellers. Each episode circulates around three major themes, which you could probably guess without the help of any robots.
While Hollywood seems to have an endless hunger for casting heartthrobs as serial killers, You is a great opportunity to end the thirst for these problematic characters. Penn Badgley stars in this thriller as Joe Goldberg, a “nice guy” with an all-too-familiar penchant for stalking his romantic targets through technology … and murdering his competition. As the season unfolds, you’ll start to rethink the ethics of that next deep-scroll through your ex’s feed.
The Walking Dead
Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead takes a unique spin on the zombie apocalypse genre by beginning at the end. We meet our ensemble of human survivors on the other side of mass destruction, traveling with them as they assess the new terrains of their existence.
Netflix’s first-ever German original series, Dark follows the discoveries of a small town that, following the mysterious disappearances of local children, must reckon with its twisted history. As the series unfolds, four local families find themselves directly tied through multiple generations of a time-traveling mystery.
Based on John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this crime thriller series follows two FBI agents and a psychologist through their work in a Behavioral Science Unit. Determined to crack open cases, the trio interview imprisoned serial killers as a means of better understanding the minds of perpetrators.
The Haunting of Hill House
Based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House’s first season revisits the novel from a dual-narrative perspective. The season follows a family of siblings as they return to their former home, while also reflecting upon the hauntings that initially drove them out.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The lack of fuzzy wit in Salem’s first appearance will make it chillingly clear that this series is nothing like its feel-good '90s predecessor. However, where The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lacks in warm-blanket sitcom appeal, it makes up for in its inventive shifting of the character’s coming-of-age. Less of boys and gossip; more of demons and the occult.
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