Halloween is just around the corner, and what’s a better way of celebrating it than binge-watching some Horror TV series.
Whether you’re thinking to spend a peaceful but scary night watching Netflix, or you’re planning on meeting with friends to binge together, here I’ve got five horror shows to recommend to you.
Grab the popcorn, pick your favourite spot, and let the binge begin!
1. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Warning! This is not the Sabrina you already know from the Nickelodeon series!
Although both series are based on the same character from Archie Comics, Netflix’s series is an adaptation from a comic book series published by Archie Horror, an imprint of Archie Comics.
This new comic that started being serialized in 2014 is a darker retake on the characters and settings from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
The comic is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who also adapted the TV series. Originally this series was conceived as a companion to Riverdale, a darker retake on Archie characters. But then, the project was moved to Netflix.
The central premise is about Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) who is half-witch, half-mortal, and must find the balance between her dual nature. In the meantime, she will fight evil forces that threaten her and her family, and also the human world.
The first part of the first season was released on October 26, 2018, and the second part on April 5, 2019.
For now, there are a total of 20 episodes but a second season is on the way. Binge-watch now and be ready for it.
2. The Haunting of Hill House
Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House is a Netflix original supernatural horror series produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television.
The story is about the Crain family, who moved to Hill House in the summer of 1992 to fix the mansion and sell it. Due to some unexpected repairs, they remain longer in the house. They begin to experience strange paranormal phenomena and something tragic hits them.
Twenty-six years after the incident, the Crain siblings and their father reunite again, facing tragedy one more time and the previous experience in the Hill House has affected them.
The series consists of one season with a total of ten episodes.
Netflix announced a second season but in the shape of an anthology series. Under the title of The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second season is going to be based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw novel.
3. Hemlock Grove
This is another Netflix Original series based on the book by Brian McGreevy, who was one of the showrunners. The series was produced by Eli Roth, a known name in the horror world because of his movies Cabin Fever and Hostel.
Set in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, where there is a huge social breach between health and poverty due to the closure of the town’s steel mill.
In the present, the primary source of employment comes from the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies and Hemlock Acres Hospital. Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen) is in charge of the institute, which is rumoured to conduct sinister experiments.
The Hemlock Acres Hospital is in charge of Olivia’s brother-in-law, Dr Norman Godfrey (Dougray Scott).
Mysterious deaths happen at the town and a Romani boy, who is suspected of being a werewolf, is blamed.
The series is already complete, comprising a total of 3 seasons and 33 episodes with an average duration of 45-58 minutes. This is plenty to be watching if you’ve got a long weekend or week off work.
4. Wynonna Earp
This Canadian supernatural Western horror TV series based on the comic book series by Beu Smith was premiered in the US on the Syfy channel on April 1, 2016. Currently, it has three seasons with a total of 37 episodes. A fourth season is on the works.
Netflix has the rights for international distribution.
The premise is about Wynonna Earp, who is the great-great-grandaughter of the famous lawman Wyatt Earp. She must fight the revenants who are the reincarnated souls of the ones Wyatt killed.
She also fights other supernatural forces, and when she turns 27 years old, she’s recruited by the Black Badge Division (BBD). A secret government agency whose main goal is to fight and send these creatures back to hell.
5. American Horror Story
This is an anthology horror TV series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for the cable network FX. Each season is self-contained as a miniseries, and some elements from the plot are loosely based on real events.
Each season is around 10-12 episodes with an average duration time of 37-43 minutes each episode.
There are so far nine seasons: Murder House (2011), Asylum (2012-13), Coven (2013-14), Freak Show (2014-15), Hotel (2015-16), Roanoke (2016), Cult (2017), Apocalypse (2018), and 1984 (2019).
You’re going to have to do some serious binging for this one, but with an 8.1 / 10 score on IMDB, you’ll be highly rewarded for your efforts.
How to watch these shows
All five shows listed above are available on Netflix.
However, Netflix varies by region so depending on what country you’re in, you may find some inaccessible.
Sign up for their service, download their app and connect to the United States.
You’ll then be able to watch all these and more on the American Netflix service with your usual Netflix account.
Who says Halloween is only about costumes and candy?
Here, you have five reasons to stay at home binging series on Netflix without any trick or treat!
My piece of advice: leave the lights turned on and enjoy these horror stories on the scariest night of the year!
Looking for some movies to watch? Check out our guide of the ten most scary horror movies.
What’s your favourite horror TV series? I would love to know so leave me a comment in the section below.