Tis’ the season to fall into binge watching and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than by spending hours watching some spooky shows. Here are my top ten show recommendations for achieving the ultimate level of spookiness.
“Lore” is a horror anthology series that recounts common folklore stories from possessed dolls to being buried alive. Each episode is dedicated to retelling these stories through animation and live action re-enactments and each one is sure to leave you either hiding under the covers or eager for more. “Lore” is an Amazon prime exclusive show.
9. Buzzfeed Unsolved
Similar to “Lore,” each episode of “Buzzfeed Unsolved” focuses on different stories that range from supernatural to urban legend to just downright weird. Coupled with lighthearted commentary by the show’s co-hosts, Ryan and Shane, the combination of mystery and comedy makes for an overall enjoyable experience that’ll leave you laughing out loud as you are filled with paranoia. An added bonus to this show is that it’s uploaded to YouTube so it’s very accessible and free.
Loosely based on the characters of the beloved Archie comics, “Riverdale” tells the story of the hidden truths behind a seemingly picturesque town filled with seemingly perfect people. A story of life, love and a murder most foul, the shows atmosphere is sure have you hooked from the very first minute.
If the title didn’t already give you a clue, “Salem” is a supernatural horror series inspired by the Salem witch trials. Following a powerful witch and her quest to summon the Devil himself, “Salem” is sure to leave you unsettled with its story, but inspired by its strong female lead.
6. The Walking Dead*
Based on the comic book series by the same name, “The Walking Dead” is a classic post-apocalyptic horror series that’ll break your heart as easily as a zombie can eat it. “The Walking Dead” follows Rick, a local sheriff who awakens from a coma to find the world overrun by the undead. Coming on its eighth season, the series takes many twists and turns and extreme emotional attachment to its characters is inevitable.
5. Death Note*
Based on the Japanese manga series, “Death Note” is an anime following a teenage boy who one day happens upon a death note, a supernatural notebook belonging to a death god that kills the people whose names are written inside. So as any normal teenage boy would do, he goes on an obsessive murder spree filling up page after page with names which results in the launch of a worldwide investigation of the deaths.
4. American Horror Story*
“American Horror Story” is another horror anthology series. Each season features a different story line and with seven seasons to choose from you’re sure to find one that interests you. My personal favorites are Murder House (season one), Coven (season three) and Roanoke (season six).
3. Bates Motel*
Based on the classic horror film “Psycho,” “Bates Motel” tells the origin story of Norman Bates. It follows him and his mother, Norma Bates, who open a motel after running away from their horrific past. Everything seems to be going well until Norman, under the immense pressure and protectiveness of his mother, begins to develop murderous tendencies.
2. Stranger Things*
A science-fiction horror series, “Stranger Things” follows a group of three friends who, after encountering a young girl by the name of Eleven, seek to find their friend who was declared missing shortly before her arrival. They soon discover that Eleven is not completely normal (unless being able to move things with your mind can be considered normal) and that her appearance is closely connected to their friend Will’s disappearance. Also, their town is being terrorized by a creature with the ability to travel between dimensions so that’s an added bonus. Season two of “Stranger Things” came out Friday, Oct. 27 so now would be a perfect time for a binge-watching session of season one.
1. Penny Dreadful*
Bringing my list to a strong conclusion is the one and only, “Penny Dreadful.” This horror drama series brings to life classic literary characters from horror novels such as “The Picture of Dorian Grey,” “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” and weaves them into the same world in a story that is as addictive as it is horrifying.
And here concludes my top ten spooky shows, perfect for the Halloween season or for just scaring the sh*t out of yourself and anyone brave enough to watch with you.
*found on Netflix