You know the old saying “April showers come before May showers…blood showers.” Maybe your dictionary of proverbs says it differently, but I can’t check mine because my tablet is propped up on it as I stream spooky shit on Netflix. And because you’re reading this, there’s a chance that you’ll soon be doing some streaming in the near future. If you survive until the end.
Here are 11 great horror series that Netflix currently has creeping through the shadows, sinking their claws into your eyeballs so that you can’t look down at your phone during the episodes. That also makes it harder to see the keyboard or remote, but horror isn’t really about making it easy on the participants. Time for a bloody mary, isn’t it? (If you’re looking for the exact opposite of this list, check out our list of family-friendly shows on Netflix.)
American Horror StoryIf a show actually has horror in its name, it has to be good, right? Well, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX anthology has many faults, but the show’s no holds barred approach to storytelling gives more than enough eye-widening visuals and hair-raising scares to make each season well worth the watch, especially without waits weeks in between episodes. American Horror Story’s high point is Asylum, thanks to batty performances from James Cromwell and Lily Rabe, with Murder House offering what is arguably the most coherent narrative about a rubber suit man and a house full of monsters. But Jessica Lange is always great and each season has a handful of hysterically gross scenes that deserve immediate rewatching. Plus, you’ll never get tired of picking up on horror movie references and seeing unexpected cameos and guest stars.
Currently Available for Streaming: Season 1-4
Bates MotelFreddie Highmore was stepping into some very big shoes (perhaps they were heels) when he took on the role of Norman Bates for A&E’s Bates Motel, and he has since proved himself quite capable of conveying an endless and unexplainable obsession that he can neither control nor accept. The show obviously has to tell other stories, so we luckily have Vera Farmiga as the trouble-ridden mother Norma attempting to keep her motel going, with Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell rounding out the on-edge cast. Consequences flow through this show like water around a washed-up corpse, but somehow Norma and Norman are still standing strong. And sometimes they’re lying in bed together strong.
Currently Available for Streaming: Season 1-3
Black MirrorSometimes the scariest things are indeed reflections of ourselves, and rarely has a scripted series tapped into the dark underpinnings of a subject as thrillingly as Black Mirror, the British anthology series crafted by Charlie Brooker that shows viewers the dangers and downsides of technology. Though only seven episodes exist, with one being the Jon Hamm-starring standalone “White Christmas,” all seven are pretty remarkable hours of television, with a few standouts. One such highlight centers on a couple experiencing problems in a world where people have implants that record everything they experience, and another involves a woman who wakes up with no memory and finds herself the center of attention in a dangerous neighborhood. Netflix will also be the home of future episodes, so figure out a way to connect your remote to your brain and stay tuned.
Currently Available for Streaming: Season 1-2, plus the Christmas Special