Anyone who appreciates good horror should enjoy this, even those who have never seen a Halloween movie. It’s got great pacing and an amazing score. Hardcore violent deaths (without relying entirely on gore to sell the scares), genuine scares (despite some being obvious and predictable), excellent cinematography. They even knew when to threw in some great humor. Here are our Top 10 Netflix horror TV shows which we think you should keep an eye out for.
Just as they did for Sherlock Holmes, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss manage to put a fresh spin on one of the most iconic characters in Western fiction in the form of a BBC-produced miniseries. Dracula may be an adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker novel, but it’s not afraid to chart its own path over the course of its three 90-minute episodes. The series thrives by exploring the rivalry between the undead Count (Claes Bang) and his nemesis Agatha Van Helsing (Dolly Wells). The end result is as silly as it is spooky, but it’s just the ticket for vampire fans fed up with the usual fare.
Daybreak serves as a recent and very welcome addition to Netflix’s horror TV lineup. It’s a zombie survival story with a considerable twist, as it’s as much a John Hughes-inspired coming of age comedy as it is a saga about surviving in the post-apocalypse. Daybreak presents a flawed by ultimately very entertaining world that prioritizes humor as much as horror.
The Haunting of Hill House
This movie is brilliantly done in the list of top 10 Netflix horror TV shows. The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most celebrated books in the history of horror literature, and has already spawned one of the best horror movies ever made, Robert Wise’s The Haunting, back in 1963. This new adaptation comes from director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game), and very loosely adapts the original tale into a generational saga of supernatural horror, as the Crain family tries to renovate the creepy estate and suffers terrible consequences. Few horror shows have ever received the level of acclaim that The Haunting of Hill House has been getting, so find out for yourself why.
With a lean five-episode run, Charlie Brooker‘s E4 mini-series feels a bit more like a fleshed-out (pun intended) zombie film than a proper tv series, but Dead Set finds a perfect balance between the two mediums with a runtime that neither feels rushed, nor overstays its welcome. Before Brooker earned international acclaim for Black Mirror (and before The Walking Dead singlehandedly dominated the zombie genre), he proved his knack for killer concepts with Dead Set – a zombie apocalypse drama set on eviction night at the Big Brother house. That unique vantage point allows Brooker to bring a refreshing spin on the zombie apocalypse (along with the running zombies that were all the rage in the early aughts), not unlike George Romero‘s concept-heavy approach to constantly reinventing the genre. While Brooker’s thematic sensibilities are firmly rooted in character-driven action of classic zombie cinema, he and director Yann Demange (‘71) gleefully exploit the Big Brother angle for every clever set-piece its worth. Led by excellent performances from Jamie Winstone and early-career Riz Ahmed, and featuring one of the most villainous moments of on-screen cowardice I’ve ever seen, Dead Set is a proper old-school zombie flick by way of mini-series with a touch of Brooker’s knack for distinctly modern terrors.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
You asked for more Ash, baby, and boy did you get it! Created by Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi and Tom Spezialy, the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead picks up with Bruce Campbell‘s chainsaw-wielding king of groovy, Ash Williams, 30 years after the events of the original films. To no one’s surprise, he’s every bit the self-obsessed deadbeat with a gift for the ladies (and attracting the undead) that he was the last time we saw him. After he accidentally conjures some malevolent spirits (again), Ash is pitted against the forces of evil with two new pals at his side (Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago) and an intrepid investigator on his tail (Lucy Lawless). Ash vs. Evil Dead walks a fantastic line between the distinct tone of the films and the demands of the serialized format, honoring Raimi’s singular stylings without becoming beholden to them and opening up the world with inventive, disturbing, and always blood-soaked of the Evil Dead.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
This is an impressive movie on the list of top rated horror series on Netflix. A dark new spin on the beloved comic/90s TV icon Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina pulls from the recent comics run, re-imagining Sabrina as a righteous half-human born into a stifling, Satan-worshiping coven. While the teenage drama doesn’t always land (especially when it comes to the human half of the series,) but when Chilling Adventures hones in on The Academy of Unseen Arts and the institutions of its most powerful witches and warlocks, it treads into sumptuous, fascinating territory with surprisingly sharp insights on faith, church, and how they can be twisted into antiquated systems of control. Plus, there’s a badass magical cat. So, you know.
A Z Nation spinoff in concept alone, Netflix’s Black Summer ditches the camp in favor of the tried and true survivalist scares of the zombie genre, and while the series isn’t always consistent in quality, the series boasts a number of inspired scenes that boast some of the best zombie action in years. Jamie King stars as Rose, a woman desperate to find her daughter in the spreading zombie epidemic, but the series thrives on alternating perspectives, introducing an ensemble of characters that are rarely heroized or glamorized. To the contrary, they’re often baffling, infuriatingly stupid, and while that may be a deal-breaker for some, it can be a refreshingly honest depiction of how utterly unprepared the average person is for an apocalyptic nightmare.
What is the best horror series on Netflix? Bates Motel is the best answer for you. Freddie Highmore was stepping into some very big shoes (perhaps they were heels) when he took on the role of Norman Bates for A&E’s Bates Motel, and he has since proved himself quite capable of conveying an endless and unexplainable obsession that he can neither control nor accept. The show obviously has to tell other stories, so we luckily have Vera Farmiga as the trouble-ridden mother Norma attempting to keep her motel going, with Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell rounding out the on-edge cast. Consequences flow through this show like water around a washed-up corpse, but somehow Norma and Norman are still standing strong. And sometimes they’re lying in bed together strong.
The Walking Dead
I probably don’t even have to tell you that The Walking Dead is on Netflix, since it has one of TV’s biggest audiences. Few horror shows (or horror movies) are able to pull off some of the dread-filled sequences that the AMC hit has put together in its first five seasons, and effects mastermind Greg Nicotero’s big role behind the scenes guarantees you won’t find more effectively ghoulish and disgusting makeup on the small screen. The talented ensemble cast is almost always in flux thanks to the jaw-plummeting shocks and twists creeping up at a steady rate, and even if you aren’t happy with how a certain plotline is going, everything changes up every 8 episodes.
In conclusion, this is the perfect example of the highest rated horror shows on Netflix.
The horror genre has an interesting relationship with the Internet serving as part of the subject matter, with examples such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse, The Collingswood Story and Halloween: Resurrection. Right alongside the very best of the net-horrors is the Canadian anthology Darknet, which unleashed a surprisingly suspenseful variety of partially connected stories in each of the six episodes that were made. (If any horror project needed an endless array of follow-ups, it’s this show.) With shocks that are brutally violent and wickedly weird, Darknet is an adaptation of Japan’s Tori Hada, with Ginger Snaps producer Steven Hoban and Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali as executive producers and writer-directors of certain episodes.
These are some of the top horror movies 2018 which you can’t afford to miss. So, go ahead and add all these movies on your watchlist of best Netflix horror TV series.