15 Spine-Tingling Shows on Netflix that Are Totally Worth the Scare
10th November, 2020
You might be a braveheart, but it takes a whole new level of courage to sit and binge-watch these horror TV shows that are fascinating but oh so scary! You either love scary movies, or you hate them; there's no in-between. If you love whiling your time watching horror content, you know how incredibly and weirdly satisfying it is to get your heart racing. Netflix, obviously, has a rich collection of entertainment material in the genre, but today we’re focusing solely on TV series. So, get ready as we reveal 15 of the most-frightening shows to spook your soul!
Ash vs. Evil Dead
After 30 years of doing...nothing, Ash Williams—unfortunately—finds a new purpose. The Evil Dead, awakened by Ash and his friends years ago, is back and threatening to destroy the whole of humanity. Ash is the only one who can stop the Deadite plague, but whether he’s willing to sacrifice his new lifestyle to do so is another question. The show has three seasons and stars Bruce Campbell and Ray Santiago.
Part creepy, part horrific, the series dives deep into the psyche of Norman Bates, played by Freddie Highmore. It is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho and is set in White Pine Bay, Oregon, where Norman moves in with his mom, Norma. What follows is beyond horrific but every bit interesting. The series has five seasons with ten episodes each.
The Netflix Original series, which is flooded with horror, fantasy, and mythology, is among the top animes on the platform and has already been renewed for the fourth season. Castlevania is based on a legendary Japanese video game and covers the conflict between a vampire, Count Dracula, and the people of Wallachia. The American series, created by Warren Ellis, has Richard Armitage and James Callis part of its voice cast.
The story revolves around two spirited girls who take on a demon. The award-winning British series revolves around Amy and Raquel, who, despite running a fine line between life and death, manage to survive and save a host of people. The series, created by Howard Overman, received glowing reviews from critics, fans, and publications. It stars Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma in lead roles.
Complex, mysterious, and riveting: Dark is possibly the finest show of 2020. Set in a small German town named Winden, the sci-fi thriller focuses on a group of characters whose lives are intertwined in ways no one could have imagined. Time travel, alternate realities, and the power of choices are some of the broad themes that the series explores.
The fictional set of Big Brother, renowned for chaos and over the top drama, suddenly becomes a safe house from zombies who have taken over the world. The inmates now have a singular purpose: survival. The odds are against them, and the five-episode miniseries narrates their struggles. Created by Charlie Brooker, Dead Set was released in 2008 and premiered on Netflix in 2019.
The highly-rated manga series is built around Light Yagami, a dynamic high-school student who gets his hands on a mysterious notebook that kills anyone whose name is written on it. Yagami makes use of this power to go about the noble job of eliminating the evil forces in the world. Alarmed and possibly threatened, authorities call in a detective to defeat the child.
Ever wondered what provoked Charles Manson and others like him to commit such inhuman and beyond imaginable murders? Well, you’re in luck! Mindhunter, a Netflix Original series, pivots around two FBI agents, Holden Ford, played by Jonathan Groff, and Bill Tench, played by Holt McCallany, who lead the department’s Behavioral Science Unit. They’re assisted by a psychologist, Wendy Carr, as they go about understanding the minds of serial killers.
Penny Dreadful, created by John Logan, reimagines the lives of leading 19th-century characters, like Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Count Dracula in Victorian England, and reveals their unification in the fight against evil. Each of these legendary personalities are treated with equal care and presented in a modern fashion to viewers. There are three seasons in the series.
The new benchmark for Netflix Originals, Stranger Things has been winning awards and hearts left, right, and center since its release back in 2016. A group of kids, in a small fictional town named Hawkins in Indiana, are the centerpiece of this show set all the way back in '80s. Three seasons have been released so far, with the fourth installment set to begin production in mid-September.
Sam and Dean Winchester follow their father’s footsteps and hunt supernatural creatures all over the world. On one such journey, they meet their father, who goes on to reveal the nature of his wife’s killing by a supernatural being. Now set on finding that demon, the duo is faced with a host of obstacles that could prove fatal. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles take up leading roles in this series.
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House is terrifying from the word go and a step above every classical “horror” movie or show you’ve ever come across. Based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, the supernatural series is centered around a group of siblings haunted by the demons of Hill House.
The great-granddaughter of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp continues her family’s legacy, wielding the magic gun "Peacemaker” to kill off supernatural powers. The series, which stars Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna, received tremendous critical acclaim and was regarded as one of the finest shows of 2016. It has a total of 42 episodes split over four seasons.
American Horror Story
Every season of this show, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is set in a different, more horrific location. The storyline keeps revolving, too, keeping the viewers interested and on their toes. While a new set of actors are roped in for every season, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are somewhat of a mainstay, featuring quite regularly throughout the nine seasons.