What is it within us that drives us to watch movies and TV shows that are specifically created to prey on our fears? Why do we want to scream whilst we stream?
Is it the fight or flight adrenalin kick that follows the fright? The sense of achievement from overcoming those fears? Or are we fundamentally just a bit odd? Whatever the reason, Netflix has bolstered its offerings with enough horror to keep us hiding behind the sofa and peeking out from between our fingers for the whole weekend. Grab the popcorn, a blanket, a shudder buddy and check out our top 10 Netflix horror fixes.
Parental guidance on all the below is strongly advised.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
If you’re as ancient as we are, you might remember the original Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina (The Teenage Witch) series. Salem, the acerbic wise-cracking cat – was probably one of the most underrated TV characters of the 90s, we highly recommend a quick Google of “Salem cat quotes”. This reboot sees the half-human, half-witch Sabrina balancing two worlds: the standard day to day dramas of teen life and her family’s legacy, the Church of Night.
If you <3 a good ghost story, chances are you’ll <3 this series. Real people sit down with friends and family to share chilling true (meh) stories from their past, re-created through frankly terrifying re-enactments. Because who needs to sleep right?
The Haunting of Hill House
Everybody seems to be talking about this show at the moment. Flashing between past and present, a family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. If you only catch one series from this list, make this your horror watch.
Terrifyingly relevant. When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. Battle Royale meets Hannah Montana. Just, not for kids.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
Anyone looking to add a little whipped scream to their culinary repertoire, this is the show for you. Wickedly talented baker and artist Christine McConnell fills her home with haunting confections and creepy cakes.
A nice little hiking trip in the Swedish wilderness anybody? What could possibly go wrong? This, this is exactly what could go wrong which is precisely why you are making a good decision by staying home and watching Netflix.
There’s a reason you should always collect references for potential babysitters. Sometimes they’re tardy, sometimes they have a habit of falling asleep when they’re supposed to be watching the little ones. And sometimes, as demonstrated in this classic horror movie, they’re part of an evil cult intent on enslaving humanity. Interview wisely parents.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Matthew Lillard famously set out the rules for surviving a horror movie in the original ‘Scream’ film. You never say “I’ll be right back” and you absolutely never ever ever, go to investigate a strange noise. In this film, a nervous nurse with a delicate disposition finds herself caring for an ailing horror novelist in a house with some appropriately scary secrets and plenty of strange noises.
This movie comes straight from the pen of godfather of horror, Mr Stephen King. A farmer writes a confession confessing to his wife’s murder, but her death is just the beginning of a this disturbing yarn. Reminds of that story Marty tells about the priest in Seven Psychopaths (which is also great, you should probably check that out too).
Not a documentary about the Pier 7 venue. Things aren’t going particularly well for Hollywood A-lister Martin Freeman. He becomes infected with a stubborn case of the zombie plague that’s ‘been going round’ – father to a young infant girl, he must wander the Australian outback, and either find a cure or somebody capable of protecting his daughter before the sniffles become something rather more sinister.