Vampires, Ghosts, apocalypse, possession, exorcism, satanism, and there is no limit to the foundations of a horror drama but the scare-worthy chills that can make you hide under your blanket with lights still on are not easy to find nowadays. We have tried to sort out The Best 20 Horror Series that you can watch online. Including all genres, the list will serve all. So, let’s dive into the fiction of threatening unearthly creatures.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
No, it’s definitely not Melissa Joan Heart’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch but we are talking about a spooky witch story created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who was at the helm of the renowned series Riverdale. Putting it first on the list gives the credit to its unique storyline where Sabrina, a half-witch has to choose between her mortal life and the satanic life when she’s sixteen. The four-season series decimated abruptly by Netflix is worth watching especially for the characters led by Kiernan Shipka and the dark cinematography. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also has not failed to bring the originality of witchcraft into the series.
Unarguably, there is no drama or movie that can replace Silence of the Lambs but a series around the same plot will still be praised even if it can keep the reputation of the cult fanbase created. Hannibal in that case does justice with its thrilling and Goosebumps-worthy scenes plotted in the psychological-horror drama. Representing more-than-tidbits of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Rising (2006), Hannibal (1999), and Red Dragon (1981), the series tells the story of FBI agent Will Graham investigating a serial killer while obliviously getting psychological treatment from the same cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter he is searching for.
The horrendous drama is more of an emotional connection between the two titular characters played by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. Also, Bryan Fuller being the helm of it automatically makes the series shot-worthy.
All of us are Dead
You might have watched numerous zombie thrillers but what this school drama presents is an impressive marathon. Thrilling, adventurous, brutal, gruesome, and all the adjectives of it being the best zombie drama out there is an understatement to the series. The cast wonderfully justified their characters even to the extent that the empathy would make you cry when the favorite characters will be the prey of flesh-eating creatures.
The makers put the right direction to how zombie evolves, the mutation, and especially the creation of benevolent zombies who sets the base for the second season of the Netflix series.
Penny Dreadfuls, a name taken from a 19th-century publication and a series filled with various characters from the same Victorian era is an epic interlaced series filled with renowned characters like Lucifer, Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein, Abraham Van Helsing, and many more. The storyline as you might be thinking is not a punch to the gut instead it has garnered praise for how wonderfully the famous characters are merged with the storyline and new characters that are put in. The story of city creatures’ abducting explorer Sir Malcolm’s daughter while accomplice Venessa Ives is a helping hand in the matter along with the indulgence of other characters that could be found on Showtime.
Well, don’t fall for the veneer of it being animated series, and proceed at your own risk. Not just because it’s horrendous but also because it can make you feel disgusted at some times with the extreme violence mixed with sex scenes.
As for the narrative, you will follow Akira Fudo who jumped into the skin of a demon without imagining the terrible consequences for him. No, it’s not comic as Marvel’s Venom. Though the sensitive Akira comes to the decision with the motive to save humanity, the journey is a literally hell of a rollercoaster ride as director Masaaki Yuasa knows how to feed the series into the audience’s mind.
A small island, a charismatic priest’s arrival, and the following frightful events- that’s the foundation of this claustrophobic Netflix series. Mike Flanagan, having a name in horror vicinity after directing, writing, or even editing epics like Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Haunting, The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep and many more obviously knows how to give the kick to such a simple story with his far-reaching approach. The interweaving of exorcism and Satanism is just put in place to help change the faith of the township of Island called Crockett.
A family haunted by a demon that later possesses someone in the house and wreaks havoc- the concept is all the same but still, there are movies and series that seem individually different and The critically acclaimed The Exorcist is one among them.
The Rance family living with a demonic presence in their house start to experience strange and horrific things around them which end up with demons possessing Cindy. Father Tomas Ortega and Father Marcus Keane played by Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels come to the survival and help Cindy to get rid of the demon. The series follows some literal fearsome scares and best of cinematography visuals. You will find the series on Amazon video.
The fervent zombie thriller fans, you may roll down to this Korean Drama next after the cardinal teen-zombie drama All of Us is Dead. Before the synopsis, the amazing ensemble may excite you to give a shot to this periodic drama set in medieval Korea where a prince (Ju Ji-Hoon) takes the responsibility to stop a contagious plague that has gripped his father and many others in the province making them flesh-eating fiend. Zombies and political drama are two genres that cannot be separated especially if it’s a K-drama and that’s what gives this Netflix horror series also a touch of reality.
South Korean show biz spreading their legs internationally and why not if they fit the viewers? Making the entry to the list is the fourth Korean drama which stars Song Kang in the lead role. Inspired by the Never webtoon famous in Korea, the series is about a state emergency where humanity is under the attack of various monsters who are feeding onto others to make them alike.
Remember Aaron Mahnke’s podcast Lore? Yes, it’s the same but just the visual version premiered by Amazon Prime Video. The decision of bringing it to the visual platform with production houses of some exceptional names in the horror field gave the publicity a positive thrust only. The anthology series is a package with all subgenres of fear-provoking series covering vampires, possession, changelings, supernatural beings, and all you can think of.
If the showrunner is M. Night Shyamalan who gave some wonderful epics to the industry like Sixth Sense then will you not turn on the series? Well, he has done the work that might keep you binge watch the whole series having three seasons until now. The fiction is about the Turner couple who brings a doll home referring to it as their son after the death of their infant. The unending trauma begins when Turners welcomes a nanny named Leanne Grayson played by Game of Throne’s Nell Tiger Free who comes along with an omen of upheaval.
The Walking Dead
Adaption of a comic book with the same name the unending saga of Zombies known as ‘Walkers’ in the post-apocalyptic series and the remaining humans fighting for survival can be a home run for viewers who want to be stretched binge-watching. The eleven seasons dystopian series is more about imagining how the societies will be formed after the world’s destruction with the leftover humans-the humanity will fade away or rule the world. The horror fiends, you need not worry as the tense and claustrophobic filming will fill you up.
You might not be a fan of the Korean entertainment industry but in a lifetime you must have watched Train to Busan and a regularly told can be made interesting is a thing that comes under the reach of its director Yeon Sang-ho. Hellbound is helmed by the same master who has directed his own renowned webtoon which became the world’s most-watched series breaking all records set by another Korean horror drama Squid Games.
Set around 2030, when messengers of a religious group in the foundation of a divine city send people from the earth to Hell the veneer starts fading away showing the darkness that prevails in the city all along. At some point in time, you might find some sequels from the series tense to an extent that you can imagine them in reality- well that’s how a horror drama should be. The epic is available on Netflix.
Stephen King and his fictional Maine town of Castle Rock- a combination that brought many ardent fans to foray! And the fanbase got this psychological but more horrific drama to adore in 2018 which ended with the second season in 2019. The fictional characters of Castle Rock weaved the spectral drama to be sinister in a dark way and when André Holland as Henry Matthew Deaver and Bill Skarsgård as “The Kid” or “The Angel” unfold the town’s tales that are surreptitious. The unearthly capabilities and happenings make the show even spookier.
Obviously, the drama doesn’t validate to be at so low in the list but the fanbase for the drama is not exactly for the tidbit horrific vibes it gives but is for it being supernaturally, and mysteriously epic drama. That says that if you want that mild horror that can save you from hiding under the covers after a binge watch then this Duffer Brothers’ creation is just perfect.
A coup of young friends played by Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and many other amazing actors, gets entangled in the mystery of supernatural happenings after a government exploits that opens the door to the alternate reality called ‘Upside Down’.
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