Netflix doesn’t have a whole lot to offer when it comes to horror television, but some of the stuff they do have is pretty dang good. I have selected five of my favorites to share with you today.
Disclaimer: I’m going to overlook American Horror Story and The Walking Dead here, because unless you live under a rock, you already know everything there is to know about both of them. Just in case you don’t– the former starts off great and gradually declines with every new season, and the latter is definitely worth a watch.
Not going to lie, the only reason I started watching Hemlock Grove is because I heard Declan from Degrassi (don’t judge) was in it. Season one ended up exceeding all expectations, leaving me counting down the days until season two. Unfortunately, season two left a bit to be desired. This is a story of the unlikely friendship between a teenage werewolf (who happens to be poor) and a teenage vampire (who happens to be filthy rich). The story itself may seem kind of tired, but season one is definitely worth seeing. Watch the rest of the series at your own discretion.
Bag of Bones
Based on a book by Stephen King, this made-for-TV mini series centers around an author suffering from severe writer’s block amidst a whole lot of paranormal weirdness. Both halves of this two-part miniseries are roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes long, making this series feel more like an extra-long movie. It’s worth watching if you have the time for it.
Darknet is good because, much like The Twilight Zone, each episode tells an individual story, meaning that you don’t need to watch this series in order. This is a great show to watch if you’re in the mood for a movie but don’t have a whole lot of time on your hands. Be forewarned though, while each episode is only 25 or so minutes long, it’s easy to fall into a vicious cycle of binge-watching.
Somewhat of a spiritual precursor to the classic Psycho, Bates Motel tells the story of a troubled young man named Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). This version of the story is set in the modern day, and [understandably] adds plenty of characters who were never mentioned in the original. If you’re a classic movie purist you may not be a fan of this show, because much like Smallville (Does anyone remember that disaster?), it takes a whole lot of creative liberties.
Black Mirror isn’t technically classified as horror as per Netflix’s criteria, but it definitely contains plenty of horror elements. The stories in this series are Twilight Zone-eque and center around ideas of technology and the impact that it has on the day-to-day life of the everyman. Like Darknet, these episodes don’t need to be watched in chronological order; though, at 45 minutes long, Black Mirror’s episodes are a bit longer than the former’s.
The Returned is an atmospheric French series that delves into the world of the paranormal. It’s ridiculously suspenseful and is certainly dark at times, but be forewarned: this is not a typical horror story– you’re probably more likely to cry than scream while watching this. Don’t get me wrong though: it’s a great freaking show that you won’t regret getting into.
Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments!