It’s officially September, and you know what that means: Spooky season is in full effect. This summer has been great, but there’s nothing quite like spooky season. Cooler temperatures, Spirit Halloween stores popping up out of nowhere, and bulk candy being stocked at every Target are the tell-tale signs of the season. So, break out your sweaters, get your coziest blanket, and stock up on your favorite comfort snack, because it’s time to binge watch horror media until Halloween (AKA, the start of pre-Christmas).
1. American Horror Story
This is by far one of the scariest television series to curse our screens. American Horror Story is multiple seasons deep, but if you are trying to lose sleep at night, then I suggest you jump right into season two; American Horror Story: Asylum. It’s universally known that old mental institutions are ranked very high on the creepy meter, and AHS capitalizes on that shared fear.
If you’re feeling extra brave and craving more emotional distress, feel free to get into the fourth season, Freak Show. Need I say more?
2. The Twilight Zone
We love to revisit a classic. The Twilight Zone is the perfect intersection of eerie and frightening, with a dash of sci-fi. Created as a response to the murder of Emmett Till, creator and narrator Rod Serling created a thrilling masterpiece of a television series that obscurely outlines the absurdity and cruelty of the human condition. Chilling plots, off-beat scores, and unsettling reveals make this series a horror (esque) titan.
Unsurprisingly, Jordan Peele spearheaded the 2019 remake, and his masterful take on the classic 150+ episode series is ready for you to consume if you’re looking to spend more time in The Twilight Zone.
3. The Haunting of Hill House
I still haven’t stopped thinking about how scary this show was when I first watched it. This is the kind of show that really sticks with you. If you’re looking for something to keep you up in the middle of the night with all the lights on, turn this on immediately.
A tale as old as time, a family moves in to the Hill House mansion in hopes of renovating it and turning into a dream home to flip, but things change as the family experiences paranormal tragedies. Time jumps nearly two decades later, and we follow the 5 children as they cope with the trauma that they experienced in that home. Seriously chilling stuff, I kid you not.
If you want to go the animation route, Castlevania is one of the best horror animation series I’ve ever seen. Based off the Japanese video game of the same name, Castlevania takes on the popular horror theme of vampires and is anything but sparkles in the sunlight. The animated Netflix series follows vampires and monster hunters in an all-out battle in the name of revenge and justice. If you’re someone who enjoys vampires, demons, and a fair amount of animated gore, then I highly suggest binge-watching all 4 seasons.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Are Archie and the gang in Riverdale a joke? Without a doubt, yes. But Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is slightly less of a joke. I would categorize this as horror camp. It has its moments in the sun, and some moments that make you want to do that thing with your eyes where you can blur your vision.
Just like the comic book series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes Sabrina the Teenage Witch and steers her in the direction of the occult with a touch of coming-of-age. Overall, it’s a fun watch with campiness, Satanic lore, great set design, and even better costumes.
6. Stranger Things
I know you’re probably tired of people raving about this show, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Stranger Things is a great series to binge watch if you’re looking for something kind of scary, but leans more into a sci-fi theme. The series gets so much scarier as the seasons roll on, but the earlier seasons are filled with sci-fi goodness, the charm of a ragtag team of kids, and the best synth-filled score. While this is a sci-fi horror series, something about it just screams “autumn.”
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