Last Updated: January 16th
Making a scary show is tough enough, and making a scary show that’s also compelling entertainment is practically a minor miracle. That’s reflected in the selection of Netflix‘s content library, too. But the small sampling contains quite a few certified gems, not to mention some terrifying programs that don’t quite fall under the horror umbrella. Read on for a reader’s digest of the scariest shows on Netflix currently lurking in wait for you to watch, and know that there’s no shame in sleeping with a nightlight.
This will be replete with spoilers, so read at your own discretion.
10. Penny Dreadful
3 seasons, 27 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
John Logan’s playful, yet disturbing, tribute to Victorian horror mixes and matches both original characters and bit players from classics like Dracula to tell an unnerving tale of Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), a former explorer desperately searching for his family with the help of mysterious medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), a Wild West performer with a past (Josh Hartnett), and an arrogant anatomist with a dark secret.
9. Stranger Things
2 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
The Duffer Bros.’ loving tribute to the ’80s absolutely exploded when Netflix put it up over the summer, but if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a lot more to it than just fondly remembering the heyday of Madonna and Eggos. The show’s first season follows Dustin, Mike, and Lucas as they search for their friend Will, mysteriously vanished from Hawkins, IN. They find a strange girl who claims to know where Will is, but quickly fall afoul of government agents, dark forces, and panicked parents, particularly Winona Ryder’s career-relaunching turn as Will’s mother.