I’ve always loved scary movies. Growing up, my best friend and I would always rent the scariest movies (I still can’t watch The Ring all the way through) and stay up for hours because we were too scared to sleep. I find the stories interesting and twisted, and though I couldn’t stand staying the night in a haunted hotel, I can’t resist the urge to be a fly on the wall in these creepy stories. It’s no wonder that my favorite holiday is Halloween, and though I have an extensive list of scary movies saved for this particular month, I wanted to take this list in a different direction by giving my favorite Netflix series’ to watch.
Sometimes scary movies can leave much to be desired, and I always feel so much more connected and moved by a story when I’ve spent a whole series watching it. The shows I chose all have an element of the supernatural that make them perfect for October!
REQUIEM – 6 Episodes
This show is seriously so good. The series is a pleasant mix of the supernatural and thriller genres. The show follows Matilda Grey, an accomplished cellist whose life is turned upside down following her mother’s suicide, which raises a number of questions about her identity and events in her past.
STRANGER THINGS – 16 episodes
So unless you’ve been living under a rock, Stranger Things is basically all you ever wanted out of a Netflix show to binge for Halloween. With an 80’s Stephen King-esque feel, it’s about a group of three boys searching for their friend Will Byers and cross paths with the strange and quiet Eleven (Elle for short) and discover there are more sinister works at play and she may be the key to getting Will back.
DARK – 8 episodes
Of all the shows on this list this one is my absolute favorite! When I started watching this show I really didn’t expect much because many dark and scary shows (especially one called just Dark) leave me disappointed. The opening credits are beautiful and haunting, the casting is spot-on, and what may seem at first to be a series comparable to Stranger Things soon becomes something much deeper and thought-provoking. This is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time!
Children go missing from the German town of Winden, which puts parents on edge, exposes double lives, and explores the dark past of the families living there. The story starts in 2019, but includes storylines in 1986 and 1953, and members of the four family the show centers upon – Tidemann, Kahnwald, Nielsen, and Doppler – become increasingly aware that the missing children, the nuclear power plant, and many members of the community are involved in the disappearances.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY – 84 episodes
I’ve loved American Horror Story since day one, and each season is a mini-series making this show very binge-able throughout October. As an anthology series, you can pick your favorite monster (ghosts, witches, vampires, curses, the US political system) and watch your season based on that. My favorite seasons are Murder House (season 1) and Asylum (season 2).
This season centers on the Harmon family: Dr. Ben Harmon, Vivien and their daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents and their victims. Word to the wise, if your AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL new home sold far below market value, some stuff probably went down there!
The season begins in 1964 at Briarcliff Manor, a Catholic-run mental institution that is the current home of Kit Walker, who is accused of being the Bloodyface serial killer after his wife disappears. The series also follows Lana Winters, an ambitious reporter who gets a more intimate look at Briarcliff than she planned, and Sister Jude, the nun in charge of Briarcliff and its occupants. Asylum intercuts with events in the past and present, so you can see how each story interconnects.
THE OA – 8 episodes
The series focuses on Prairie Johnson, who resurfaces after being missing for seven years. When she returns, Prairie calls herself “The OA”, and can see despite having been blind when she disappeared. Prairie remains tight-lipped about where she has been with both the FBI and her adoptive parents, and puts together a team of five locals to whom she tells her life story and where she has spent the last seven years. She asks for their help to save to save the other missing people using unconventional means.
CREEPED OUT – 13 episodes
This brand spanking new (well, to consumers in the US) black mirror “for kids” has me SO excited. A masked man travels around collecting strange and supernatural tales in this anthology series. It’s like a mini scary movie in every episode! What more could you ask for? Though they’re not related, this reminds me of a show that might have originally piqued my interest in the suspense/scary movie genre, Are You Afraid of the Dark?
EVEN MORE HALLOWEEN FUN
If you’re not down for scary stuff, you can always pick your favorite tv shows and watch exclusively halloween episodes of them. Then you get all the Halloween fun!
Netflix also has some awesome October-themed content coming this month, see the full list here or wait and be surprised!
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