16 Great Horror TV Shows Available To Stream On Max

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Having a Max subscription gives one access to many of the best horror movies of all time. However, the scares do not need to end at just feature-length thrillers as there are also many amazing horror TV shows currently available on the platform. The following are some of our favorite spooky series on Max.

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Folklore (2018-2021)

Terrifying tales include a single mother who goes to extreme lengths to please her son, a migrant worker whose life changes after he stumbles onto a corpse, and a ghost’s struggles to scare a new victim.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Folklore is a horror anthology series that explores mythologies originating from different Asian countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, China, and more.

Stream Folklore on Max.

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Halfworlds (2015-Present)

A young street artist finds herself embroiled in a violent collision between humans and vicious creatures disguised as humans in modern day Jakarta.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Another series inspired by Asian mythology, Halfworlds is a dark, unique, and visually stunning fantasy series.

Stream Halfworlds on Max.

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A Haunting (2005-Present)

Learn the allegedly true tales of ordinary people making extraordinary – and extraordinarily dangerous – encounters with the dead.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: The fifth, tenth, and eleventh seasons of A Haunting – a long-running docuseries exploring first-hand accounts of unsettling paranormal activity – are available to stream on Max.

Stream A Haunting on Max.

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Wellington Paranormal (2018-2022)

The strange adventures of New Zealand cops who specialize in investigating the supernatural. 

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary reprise their roles from the hilarious horror-comedy movie What We Do in the Shadows in Wellington Paranormal – a funny, mockumentary-style spin-off series from creator Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

Stream Wellington Paranormal on Max.

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True Detective (2014-Present)

Each season of this anthology series tells a different story about police officers struggling to do right by the law and by themselves while pondering over a dangerous, soul-crushing case.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Creator Nic Pizzolatto’s acclaimed, Emmy-winning crime drama might not be what you think of when you picture a horror TV show, but the biggest fans cannot deny that True Detective s is often is as scary any of the other shows on this list – especially with the Jodie Foster-led fourth season, Night Country.

Stream True Detective on Max.

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The Last Of Us (2023-Present)

Decades after a virus turning humans into deadly mutants brought forth the end of civilization, a hardened survivor (played by Pedro Pascal) becomes the reluctant guardian of a teen (played by Bella Ramsey) who may hold the key to a cure.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman’s intense drama based on the hit zombie survival video game, The Last of Us – which has a second season in the works – is said to have broken the supposed “video game adaptation curse” with its stunning cast and spine-tingling suspense.

Stream The Last of Us on Max.

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30 Coins (2020-Present)

An ex-convict-turned-priest (played by Eduard Fernández) must contend with the demons of his past and actual demons while serving in a remote Spanish village.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: The title of director and co-creator Alex de la Iglesia’s inventive, viscerally terrifying Spanish-language drama, 30 Coins refers to Judas’ reward from the Romans for betraying Jesus.

Stream 30 Coins on Max.

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Grace (2014)

A man makes a grave mistake that causes his family to suffer a nightmarish circumstance.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Created by Andrew Chin, Garon De Silva, and Nicholas Gauron, Grace is a four-part miniseries based in Singapore and rooted in unsettling themes of Asian folklore and curses.

Stream Grace on Max.

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Urban Legend (2022)

A woman suffering strange side effects from a spider bite, a teen suspecting her prom dress is haunted, and two sisters experiencing spooky events in a house they inherit from their mother are some of the stories explored in this series. 

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Not to be confused with a 1998 slasher movie, Urban Legend is a horror anthology TV show from producer Eli Roth that takes inspiration from tales based on alleged fact, and exaggerates them to horrifying levels.

Stream Urban Legend on Max.

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Lovecraft Country (2020)

After returning home from the Korean War, a young, black Chicago native (played by Jonathan Majors) learns that his favorite fantasy stories are more than a product of the imagination while searching for his missing father in Jim Crow Era America.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: The inclusion of an influential horror author’s name in the title rightfully suggests that snarling beasts and other strange phenomena are to be expected in Lovecraft Country (based on Matt Ruff’s 2014 novel), but not even its many classic references to the genre are as terrifying as the brutally honest depictions of racial injustice in this HBO original from developer Misha Green and executive producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams.

Stream Lovecraft Country on Max.

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Carnivàle (2003-2005)

During the Great Depression, a fugitive (Nick Stahl) working for a traveling sideshow and a California Methodist preacher (Clancy Brown in one of his best credits) doing his best to serve God’s will, both possess unusual gifts that lead them to a shared destiny as crucial pawns in a world-shattering conflict.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Created by Daniel Knauf, the Emmy-winning Carnivàle only lasted two seasons on HBO, but has since been remembered as an addictively suspenseful, visually stunning period drama with engrossing themes of the ultimate battle between Good and Evil.

Stream Carnivàle on Max.

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True Blood (2008-2014)

Set in a world in which vampires and humans can co-exist thanks to a drink that effectively substitutes human blood, a telepathic server (played by Anna Paquin) from Louisiana gains firsthand insight into the lingering tension between the mortal enemies after falling in love with a handsome, fanged stranger (played by Stephen Moyer).

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: From Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, True Blood is a funny, sexy, and deliciously macabre adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ novel series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, offering a unique, modern-day take on horror folklore that also involves werewolves, shapeshifters, and other fantastic beings over the course of seven seasons.

Stream True Blood on Max.

Keith David and Ming-Na Wen on Todd McFarlane's Spawn

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Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (1997-1999)

Slain by his double-crossing best friend, skilled mercenary Al Simmons (Keith David) struggles to outrun the armies of both Heaven and Hell while using his powers as a force against corruption on Earth from beyond the grave.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: Speaking of comic books with controversial live action adaptations, fans of Todd McFarlane’s Image series Spawn would likely recommend you watch this Emmy-winning show – heralded today as one of the finest animated superhero adaptations – over the 1997 live action film, which Blumhouse is currently working on a reboot for.

Stream Todd McFarlane’s Spawn on Max.

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The Outsider (2020)

Upon the discovery of a brutally murdered 11-year-old boy, a veteran Georgia police detective (played by Ben Mendelsohn) is baffled by proof that the child’s teacher and little league coach (played by Jason Bateman) is responsible and conflicting evidence that proves his involvement is impossible.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: At first, The Outsider – a highly acclaimed and engrossingly suspenseful HBO original – seems like yet another TV series to add to your list of typical crime thrillers, but given this is also an adaptation of a best-selling novel by horror maestro Stephen King, audiences can rightfully assume that something far out of the ordinary is afoot with this investigation.

Stream The Outsider on Max.

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Off The Air (2011-Present)

Topics that range from the mundane (such as food or work), the broad and mystifying (like religion or space travel), or the just plain grim (death, in particular) serve as inspiration for the stylistically diverse live action clips and animated sequences presented in each 11-minute installment of this anthology series.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: There is not one definite way to you can describe the various short films on Off the Air – named for its reputation to seemingly appear at random times late at night on Adult Swim – but one aspect that connects all 37 of these brazenly surreal and even comical segments is this constant feeling of unease and existential dread that firmly plants it within the horror genre.

Stream Off the Air on Max.

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Room 104 (2017-2020)

A seemingly normal room in an American hotel serves as the connective tissue for a series of self-contained stories – including a housekeeper who meets her younger self, a reporter interviewing a woman who claims to be an android, a family from a ‘90s sitcom seeking a new life structure, and plenty more tales that only become stranger throughout its four seasons.

Why it is one of the best horror TV shows on Max: From co-creators Mark and Jay Duplass, Room 104 is yet another anthology TV show that is impossible to describe in one particular way, but when it delves into the territory of horror, it really goes for it and makes for a challenging 30 minutes.

Stream Room 104 on Max.

Would you agree that these TV shows deliver maximum thrills? Keep an eye on any upcoming horror TV shows that might join this list one day.

Jason Wiese
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Jason Wiese writes feature stories for CinemaBlend. His occupation results from years dreaming of a filmmaking career, settling on a "professional film fan" career, studying journalism at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO (where he served as Culture Editor for its student-run print and online publications), and a brief stint of reviewing movies for fun. He would later continue that side-hustle of film criticism on TikTok (@wiesewisdom), where he posts videos on a semi-weekly basis. Look for his name in almost any article about Batman.