Creepy, atmospheric, bloody: Halloween is approaching and since we love series, nothing is more obvious than to get in the mood for the scary time with suitable series.
Halloween is coming up soon! And because we definitely don't feel like partying due to COVID regulations, we are preparing for a quiet evening. But calm does not mean bland. Because one advantage of Halloween-at-Home is that you can make it up extra creepy. Scented candles, popcorn, cozy blankets, a bit of courage & you already have a cozy evening series with concentrated horror power in front of you. We already know what should be on the watchlist:
Ratched (Netflix): Not a classic horror series - although the trailer would like it to be like that. Nevertheless, the show is full of exciting moments, crazy characters & an incredibly good Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched. As you'd expect from American Horror Story maker Ryan Murphy, madness meets friendliness and you never know what's next. And the fashion of the 50s is a great inspiration for a Halloween disguise …
Haunted Hill House (Netflix): Don't be distracted by the cute child actors, because "Spuk in Hill House" has a cold run down your spine more than once per episode. On the one hand, this is due to the emotional gap between the main characters. On the other hand, of course, of the really scary ghosts that haunt the mansion. Insider tip: If you prefer to take it easy when it comes to the horror part, you should start with the unofficial second season, "Spuk in Bly Manor".
Marianne (Netflix): As a child, were you afraid of meeting a witch? Then your nightmare will finally come true. Because "Marianne" is about making your greatest fear a reality. And then it doesn't help that the actress who lends her face to the demoness has an extremely eerie charisma!
Strangers From Hell (Netflix): South Korean movies & series have a crazy factor that you just have to love. So it is somehow quite normal that a young man from the provinces comes to Seoul and has to move into a strange shack with totally creepy neighbors. The fact that this can be quite dangerous is not only due to the mold in the shared bathroom …
Crazyhead (Netflix): This is more the humorous approach to the subject of 'demons', but nonetheless: You should never miss an opportunity to mention a series where women are the absolute top smackers! Two tough girls take care of everything that should actually be chilling out in the hereafter, but still haunted this world. British gangsta ghostbusters!
The Strain (Amazon): Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have created a series that takes a slightly different look at vampires. Here a group of courageous resistance fighters is fighting against an ancient vampire virus. It's a thriller, it's a horror film, but it never takes itself too seriously: 'The Strain' works with great effects and a lot of blood!
Ju-On Origins (Netflix): Anyone who tipped into the horror genre at the beginning of the 2000s through US films like "The Ring" or "The Grudge" will certainly have caught up with the Japanese originals at some point. And realized that Japanese horror is still a little bit worse. That's why you need a lot of courage to watch a whole series in this style …
American Horror Story (Netflix): Of course that's totally in the mood now, a horror story for Halloween, but 'AHS' is really an incredibly cool, creative, original and varied series! The seasons are self-contained stories with a decent beginning and ending. So you can decide exactly on the topic what you like best. And there is a large selection: a freak show, an ominous hotel, a witch club, a morbid asylum and a horror house! I would especially recommend season 3, 'Coven'. It's about a modern witches' circle: strong women, intrigues, good music and a gripping story - what more could you want?
Penny Dreadful (Netflix): Where Dorian Gray meets Frankenstein - this is how you could describe this series in a nutshell. It is an artful amalgamation of well-known horror stories. 'Penny Dreadful' lives from different factors: sex, horror, opium and many characters that are known from world literature. The series is reminiscent of horror thrillers such as 'From Hell', which have always come across as very sensual, aesthetic, but by no means scary.