The Best Scary Shows on Netflix Make For a Long Night of Horror

If one measly movie isn't enough to get your adrenaline pumping, try bingeing one of these.

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Campfire story season is upon us. While shining that flashlight under your chin is a special effect that has timelessly proven to amp up the scare-factor, letting blue TV light hit your face in a dark room can provide double the scare for half the effort. (Remember: Scare smarter, not harder.)

If you’re looking for a quick fix to give you those summertime goosebumps of yesterday, there’s no need to set up a bonfire and start scavenging the woods for suitable s’mores sticks. These eerie Netflix series will keep you nail-biting straight through to the “Are You Still Watching?” slide.

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Penny Dreadful

Borrowing its name from the term for cheap serial literature in the 19th-century United Kingdom, this British-American horror drama revives and intertwines familiar characters of this genre within Victorian London. Produced by award-winning director Sam Mendes and acclaimed screenwriter John Logan, the series features the likes of Count Dracula, Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and Henry Jekyll, among others.

You

While Hollywood seems to have an endless hunger for casting heartthrobs as serial killers, You is a great opportunity to end the thirst for these problematic characters. Penn Badgley stars in this thriller as Joe Goldberg, a “nice guy” with an all-too-familiar penchant for stalking his romantic targets through technology … and murdering his competition. As the season unfolds, you’ll start to rethink the ethics of that next deep-scroll through your ex’s feed.

American Horror Story

Don’t let the the Glee creators’ credit scare you away from this anthology horror series. There’s a reason fans have kept returning for each season’s self-contained miniseries of new characters in new eerie settings. Not to mention that its cast of reputable actors have kept returning, too, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, and Denis O’Hare among others.

The Walking Dead

Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead takes a unique spin on the zombie apocalypse genre by beginning at the end. We meet our ensemble of human survivors on the other side of mass destruction, traveling with them as they assess the new terrains of their existence.

Bates Motel

A modern prequel to Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1960 film and Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel, Bates Motel tells the “origin story” of fictional serial killer Norman Bates. Following Bates and his mother, Norma, on their move to Oregon after the death of Norman’s father, Bates Motel is a psychological dive into the nature and nurture of Bates’s development.

Dark

Netflix’s first-ever German original series, Dark follows the discoveries of a small town that, following the mysterious disappearances of local children, must reckon with its twisted history. As the series unfolds, four local families find themselves directly tied through multiple generations of a time-traveling mystery.

Mindhunter

Based on John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this crime thriller series follows two FBI agents and a psychologist through their work in a Behavioral Science Unit. Determined to crack open cases, the trio interview imprisoned serial killers as a means of better understanding the minds of perpetrators.

Twin Peaks

There comes a point in many young persons’ lives in which they must naively nod along to hearing the word “Lynchian.” Then usually comes the Twin Peaksim电竞官网- binge, and then the commencement of calling all things Lynchian. This cult classic series from David Lynch follows a small town murder mystery that somehow seems to simultaneously take place between the cushions of your subconsciousness.

The Haunting of Hill House

Based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill Houseim电竞官网-’s first season revisits the novel from a dual-narrative perspective. The season follows a family of siblings as they return to their former home, while also reflecting upon the hauntings that initially drove them out. With a season two in the works to kick off the show’s anthology format, now is the time to get yourself acquainted.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The lack of fuzzy wit in Salem’s first appearance will make it chillingly clear that this series is nothing like its feel-good '90s predecessor. However, where The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina im电竞官网-lacks in warm-blanket sitcom appeal, it makes up for in its inventive shifting of the character’s coming-of-age. Less of boys and gossip; more of demons and the occult.

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