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Written by Jessica Moore and April Merlas
TV horror drama seriously has #nofilter when it comes to showing audiences the goriest, nearly R-rated scenes that’ll make anyone cringe and scream (yeah, we’re talking about you American Horror Story), with the best television writers in the thriller/horror genre bringing to life the most terrifying and controversial concepts. No matter how scary it is, we just can’t look away!
If you’re all about that binge-watching life or if Halloween is your favorite holiday ever and you love to get in the frightful mood, we’ve got a list of scary TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and HBO with more blood, guts, and bone-chilling paranormal happenings guaranteed keep you up at night!
So lock your doors and get ready to binge heavy (on candy, too) because these TV shows are here to haunt.
So here’s a breakdown of Sharp Object’s star-studded production and cast: when you combine the visions of Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, director of Big Little Lies Jean-Marc Vallée, producer of Get Out Jason Blum, and Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, you end up with terrifying magic.
Sharp Objects is centered around Camille, an alcoholic reporter who is on-assignment in her small hometown to investigate the murders of two young teenage women. She relives gut-wrenching trauma as she navigates her way to finding the truth.
This show is beautiful, unnerving, and it will drive you to think you’re going insane. But trust us on this one, don’t blink for a second or you’ll miss something important. And let’s just say the conclusion of this mini-series is 100% mind-blowing.
Where to watch: HBO
AMC gave us masterpieces like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and now they’re serving up a fresh 93% Rotten Tomatoes rating for a horror period piece with some of our favorite actors from Game of Thrones.
The Terror follows an expedition into uncharted territory where things go terribly wrong. But not everything is what it seems. Efforts to survive are thwarted by a mysterious force that terrorizes the crew and let’s just say, things get quite bloody.
Where to watch: Amazon Video
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all – American Horror Story creeps in, shocks us to the core, and leaves us speechless season after season.
Now for a quick recap: we’ve been through our round of famed killers, insane asylums, freak shows, witch hunts, gory haunted hotels, and cults. Now we’re gearing up for Apocolypse, and let’s just say, this might be the creepiest yet. We’re not surprised, no wonder we keep giving in to Ryan Murphy’s genius and this Emmy award-winning anthology series.
Where to watch: Netflix & Hulu
Bates Motel is a prequel based on the classic thriller and Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho that devised the infamous and most iconic cinematic scene in the history of film.
Set in the same run-down family-owned hotel, you become accustomed to the early life of teenage Norman, his strangely close relationship with his mom, and the rejection from his peers that molded his character that marked the beginnings of a serial killer.
With 5 complete seasons of this thriller/drama on Netflix, it’s possible you won’t be able to take nighttime showers again.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu
First season’s Penny Dreadful left us shook. But first, let’s talk about hottie Josh Hartnett returning to the small screen in this haunted anthology series based on memorable and eerie tales we grew up loving including Dr.Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Dracula, and more. The show also stars powerful actress Eva Green, who won a Golden Globe award for her role as Victoria Ives, who battles past the demonic possessions of the underworld.
Though the series reached its series finale, you can still easily binge the dark night away with this Showtime thriller.
Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video
Hey Silence of the Lambs fans, you’re in for a real (human) treat. Hannibal is so dark, so gruesome, we hear some people can’t stand to sit through a single episode.
Sure, it’s a horror TV show, but it’s unmistakable that it’s beautifully shot. Somehow you can’t help but keep following the story of this crazed man. Spoiler alert: he eats people. What is he eating in this photo? Is it brains? Liver? TOES?! You’ll have to watch the show to find out.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
The British series Black Mirror is without a doubt one of the scariest, unnerving anthology shows of our time.
Episodes are set in an unknown foreboding dystopian future and take on themes such as the impact of social media, fame, and the criminal justice system, complicating our perceptions on technological advancement and connectivity, revealing how technology can make us feel connected but can simultaneously disconnect us.
Black Mirror is an intense look at our changing world. Season 4 is no exception. Pro-tip: try not to binge watch this all at once, it can get quite depressing.
Where to watch: Netflix
You know a podcast is really exceptional when the executive producers of The Walking Dead and The X Files pick it up and turn it into an Amazon television series.
Aaron Mahnke’s Lore comes to life on screen, examining the origins and truths behind ubiquitous folklore, such as vampires, ghosts, shipwrecks, and other supernatural themes across the world, revealing that humans and their actions are, in fact, the real monsters. Through historical reenactments, animation, and superb storytelling, Lore is the perfect addition to your scary show watchlist. Get ready, season 2 starts October 19.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
“It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”
You have entered the Twilight Zone, a place for the bizarre, psychological horror, the unexplained, and the paranormal. Rod Sterling’s eerie storytelling stands the test of time, with twists that still shock and surprise.
Start off with the greatest Twilight Zone hits: “Eye of the Beholder,” “It’s a Good Life,” “The Invaders,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” and “The Hitch-Hiker,” and see if you can keep yourself from watching more.
Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu
We can’t seem to figure Room 104 out, and we’re ranking it on this list for that reason alone. Room 104 is guaranteed to make you go WTF, but for some reason, you’ll want to return and see what the room’s next occupants are up to in this motel room shrouded in mystery and absurdity.
Is it a scary show? Yes…well sort of. Will it weird you out? Yes, most definitely. Room 104 is comprised of 20-minute episodes, with each focusing on the people occupying the room for the night, and let’s just say…things get strange.
Where to watch: HBO
Channel Zero is an anthology horror series. We won’t give too much away, but the “Butcher’s Block” season premiered earlier this year and focuses on a mysterious town.
Channel Zero is known for it’s connections to Creepypasta tales that can keep anyone up at night. Oh, and you know that image above? That’s a creepy monster made from children’s teeth. We think you get the tone of this show now.
Where to watch: Syfy.com, Amazon Video
The Strain is a horror series based on the novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, originally debuting on FX before hitting streaming sites.
There is a sudden viral outbreak that imposes vampirism on many, resulting in horrific, impending doom. There are 4 seasons to guaranteed to freak you out.
Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Video
Bad news–things won’t get strange again ’til summer 2019. That doesn’t mean you can’t put this scary TV show on repeat until then! One of the newest and most talked about series on Netflix within the past two years is Stranger Things, and it’s left tons of questions unanswered – as any good show should.
Seasons 1 and 2 carried us through some seriously strange things happening in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana: disappearances of missing children, kids with supernatural abilities, an obsession with eggo waffles, and who knows what the hell goes on in “upside down place.” It’s got exactly what you love about popular themes in the 80’s style genre: an electric style soundtrack, young teenage angst, and an unforgettable group (think The Goonies) of bad ass kids.
Where to watch: Netflix
Our childhood memories consist of Bubble Tape gum, Bop It competitions, and Are You Afraid of the Dark on Saturday nights, an original Nickelodeon kid horror series.
Each episode begins with a group of kids taking turns telling old tales (true or not, you decide) over a dark, toasty campfire full of prom horror stories, creepy clown encounters, and a terrifying red ghost emerging from an ancient burial ground you just can’t unsee.
Ultimately, it really made us wonder what the hell we were getting into as kids. But fellow fans, it’s time to rejoice! An Are You Afraid of the Dark movie is in the works, with none other than Stephen King’s IT screenwriter, which became the highest grossing horror film of all time!
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, the release date will be October 11, 2019. We’ll be waiting to set up camp until then!
Where to watch: Youtube Video Stream, Amazon Video