If you’re a fan of chills, thrills, and all things spooky, October is undoubtedly your favorite time of year. It finally starts cooling off, just in time to snuggle up on the sofa with your sweetheart, a bucket of popcorn, and a show scary enough to have your heart racing. Why do humans love being frightened so much?
In a controlled environment – a.k.a. parked in front of the television – it serves as a reminder of one’s own mortality. With Netflix’s fantastic horror genre stocked with new series like The Haunting of Hill House and 90s reboot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina alongside trusty standbys like Dexter and Stranger Things, there is no shortage of bingeable shows to indulge in this Halloween.
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House is not for the faint of heart – trust us. If you live for jump-scares and truly enjoy being frightened, this show will make you sit up and say, “Aaaaaahhhh!” Based on the gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, the TV show follows the lives of five siblings who were subjected to utter horror while living in the famed house as children and, now as grown-ups, the trauma still resonates through their lives.
However, Hill House isn’t satisfied to let the family live in peace, and continues to try and pull them back to the place where their darkest fears came true. Some of the imagery is downright terrifying, so best to keep this one for after the little ones have gone to bed.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
While Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a clumsy sitcom, complete with a laugh track and a talking cat, the new reboot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is no laughing matter. Starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, this show is dark, eery, and loaded with teenage drama. Like Harry Potter, Sabrina is a teenage witch caught between non-magical and magical worlds. Faced with outside manipulation and pressure to conform to the dark side, she uses her quick wit to find her own path forward.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes out on Netflix UAE on October 26th.
Although Bates Motel wrapped its final season in 2017, it offers five seasons worth of binge-watching pleasure. Based on Alfred Hitchock’s classic horror film Psycho, Bates Motel explores the fraught and tumultuous relationship between Patrick Bates and his mother. With murderous tendencies running in the family, and plenty of unexpected twists and turns, this show is one you can enjoy all Hallo-season long.
If you haven’t seen Dexter, you’ve no doubt heard of it. This wildly popular show, which finished its run in 2013, is a favorite among horror and psychological thriller fans alike. Based on the premise of a serial killer who only kills evil people, it raises a lot of moral quandaries.
Is Dexter good for taking out the bad people of this world or is he just like them? Adding another layer of suspense to the show is the fact that Dexter works for the police as a blood-splatter expert, and so does his sister, which tends to complicate matters.
Black Mirror is a deeply troubling series that explores what happens to humanity when technology goes awry. Each episode is a self-contained standalone, which means you can start anywhere in the show and not be lost. Some of the episodes are less frightening and more intriguing. Case in point: the one starring Bryce Dallas Howard as she navigates a world where humans are rated based on every single interaction (with plenty of consequences for those who don’t meet a certain rating quota). Others are based on horror tropes, like a young man who gets stuck inside a virtual reality game that has dire real-life results.
Santa Clarita Diet
Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore, is a fun and uncanny story of what happens when a suburban housewife unwittingly becomes a zombie and has to start eating people to survive. It sounds gross, but it’s done with a light-hearted approach, and errs more on the side of comedy than horror.
In fact, we’re willing to bet you’ll find yourself cheering on a zombie (and her adorable family) for maybe the first time ever. The good news is that Santa Clarita Diet just got renewed for a third season, so if you’re hungry for more after you finish binge-watching it, the new series is set to air in early 2019.
Stranger Things was an overnight phenomenon when it first arrived on the scene, and you’re really missing out if you haven’t seen it by now. This incredible show, which currently has two seasons available on Netflix and is shooting its third, amalgamates all kinds of horror tropes into one seamless and compelling plot. Even though it trades in familiar themes, it’s never cliched and always keeps you guessing.
When a young boy goes missing, his friends and family set out to find him, unaware of the supernatural surprises that await them around every corner. With stellar performances by Winona Ryder as the missing young boy’s mother, and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, this show is one you’ll watch over and over again.