Continuing my tribute to Halloween, I thought it would be fun to make a big list of some of my favorite + some of the most popular “spooky” shows to watch on Netflix.
I have seen all or part of most of these shows. Some are scary, some are good and some…aren’t, but I think it’s a nice variety and there should be something here for everyone looking for shows to binge-watch in this genre. So let’s get into the list, in no particular order.
1. The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House was Mike Flanagan’s first Netflix series project, and it’s still my favorite. It follows a dysfunctional family of siblings coming together and confronting their past after the death of their father.
2. The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Haunting of Bly Manor, another great show by Mike Flanagan, follows an au pair as she starts a new job taking care of the children who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie, and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. Haunted house stories are so much fun to watch!
3. Midnight Mass
Midnight Mass is the latest show by Mike Flanagan on Netflix. It’s less horror than his other two shows, but it’s beautifully written and it’s definitely creepy. It’s about a small island town that has a religious awakening after a mysterious new priest arrives in town. There is, of course, more to it than that but this is all you need to know going in.
4. Black Summer
Black Summer is one of the most fun shows to watch on this list! It’s about groups of strangers trying to get back to their loved ones and survive during a zombie apocalypse. It’s a simple concept but I love that this show gets right to the point.
Slasher is an anthology serial killer show. Each season is a new story with a group of people being killed off one by one by a masked killer. While it doesn’t have the best writing or acting, it’s fun to watch if you love the slasher horror trope.
6. Stranger Things
I’m pretty sure everyone has seen Stranger Things by now, but I can’t have a list like this without it. It’s one of the best spooky show on Netflix and season 1 is probably one of the best first seasons of a show ever.
This story is a historical fiction series about a kingdom with a mysterious plague overtaking the land. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’ve heard rave reviews from so many people. If you love the zombie trope but are looking for something that’s also well-made then it’s worth checking out for sure.
8. Ash vs. Evil Dead
Ash vs. Evil Dead is a horror comedy set approximately 30 years after the first three Evil Dead films, and is considered a sequel to that trilogy. It follows Ash, who becomes mankind’s only hope after plague threatens to destroy all of humanity.
9. Sweet Home
Sweet Home follows a loner high school student forced to leave his home and move into an apartment. Soon after, monsters attack and are trying to wipe out all of humanity.
10. The Walking Dead
Everyone has watched The Walking Dead by now (and most of us have now moved on), but it’s fun revisiting the original seasons sometimes. If you’re interested, the final season is airing now on AMC and will probably be on Netflix soon after.
Have I talked about Chambers enough yet? It’s about a girl who starts experiencing terrifying things after she receives an emergency heart transplant from another girl who died under mysterious circumstances. I will forever be sad about this show not taking off and getting the praise it deserved.
12. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
CAOS is such a fun show! It’s a teen drama based on the Sabrina character from the Archie comics. I mean there’s witches, demons, creatures, satan, romance, humor…pretty much everything you’d expect, except for a Salem that can talk (like the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series). Boooo.
13. American Horror Story
If you like spooky shows then you’ve probably seen at least one season of AHS by now. It’s very hit or miss (mostly a miss for me), but some seasons are at least fun to watch and feature some amazing actors.
Ratched is an interesting show about a mysterious woman named Mildred Ratched who begins working as a nurse at psychiatric hospital in 1947. The story takes some wild, unexpected turns and I highly recommended it if you like American Horror Story.
This classic show about 2 brothers fighting and hunting evil supernatural beings is worth a watch for something spooky and fun! Just maybe not the entire thing, since it’s super long including 15 seasons with 20+ episodes each. Whew.
Marianne follows a famous horror writer who goes back to her hometown, only to find that an evil spirit that plagues her dreams is also there in real life.
17. Ju-On: Origins
Ju-On: Origins is a Japanese series based on the film franchise. The story follows an actress who seeks help from a psychic researcher when she starts to see and hear weird things in her house.
Scream (the series) is another show that’s just bad. It’s nowhere near as good or as interesting as the original movie and it’s poorly made. But just like Slasher, if you like the masked killer / slasher genre then it’s worth a try at least.
19. Z Nation
Ok this show is pretty bad. The acting is bad, the writing is bad, and the special effects are bad. But if you love the zombie trope (and you’ve already watched Black Summer) and you can stomach the cheesy/campy story then it can be fun to watch!
20. Unsolved Mysteries
Of course, I have to include on this list my favorite true crime show of all time, Unsolved Mysteries. The older seasons are best of course but the newer episodes that Netflix put out are still pretty creepy.
21. Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove followed the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey (played by Bill Skarsgård), befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek and the two work together to shed light on recent brutal muders while also hiding their own dark secrets.
22. From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series
This series is a TV adaptation of the original 1996 movie From Dusk Til Dawn, developed by Robert Rodriguez. It follows a Texas Ranger in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers and their hostages, as they all end up trapped in a desert bar secretly run by vampires and discover a vampire conspiracy.
23. October Faction
This short-lived series follows a married couple who work for a monster hunting agency as they discover dark family secrets and the truth about their employer after their teenage kids reawaken a witch bent on revenge.
24. The Order
This original Netflix series follows a college student who pledges to a secret order and lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic. If you like dark academia stories, this is for you.
25. Van Helsing
Van Helsing is another SyFy show that follows Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world.
26. Wynonna Earp
The story follows Wyatt Earp’s great great-granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. I’m generally not a fan of SyFy shows, but people seem to really love this one once they give it a good chance.
27. The Vampire Diaries
Everyone knows this CW show about a girl and her love life with vampires while fighting demons, creatures, and other crazy stuff. Always fun to watch up until about season 3.
28. The Originals
The Originals is a spinoff of TVD, about a power-hungry family of vampires. I never really got into this show but I’ve heard great things!
The latest series in the TVD universe is Legacies, which follows the next generation of teens in Mystic Falls attending the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. I never got into this show either, but it seems to be doing well.
30. V Wars
And if you’re an Ian Somerhalder + TVD fan, you might enjoy his short-lived Netflix original series V Wars. The series follows the story of the physician/scientist Dr. Luther Swann (played by Ian), and his best friend Michael Fayne, as they face the evolving crisis of a deadly outbreak that fractures society into opposing factions, potentially escalating to a future war between humans and vampires.
31. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
I know there are lots of great animated series on Netflix, but this is the only one I have on the list for now. It follows Federal agent Leon S. Kennedy as he teams up with TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield to investigate a zombie outbreak. Based on the popular video game of course.