It’s Halloween weekend, so if you’re staying home and staying safe, you’ll need something to binge. Here are 10 diverse suggestions…
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Created by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep), this is a follow-up series to the popular The Haunting of Hill House. This series is based on a different literary work than the first, and though the creative team and many actors return (as different characters), the two narratives are unconnected.
“The story tells of a young governess hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family country house after they fall into his care. Arriving at the Bly estate, she begins to see apparitions that proceed to haunt the premises.”
See it on Netflix.
Ash vs Evil Dead
This follow-up/spin-off series to the cult Evil Dead film series has franchise star Bruce Campbell reprise his role as the dim-witted but very entertaining Ash Williams. It’s a horror-comedy series that doesn’t skimp on either genre, and all three seasons were critically acclaimed.
Watch it on Netflix.
Lore is an Amazon Prime spin-off of a popular non-fiction podcast, with spooky retellings of historical events. As with the podcast, these stories are presented in a style that’s reminiscent of a campfire experience. Watch it on Prime Video.
This Spanish-language show with a young cast, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and enjoys absurdist humour. Renaldo is a horror and gore enthusiast who starts a business with his friends, staging thrilling horror scenarios for a variety of clients. It’s currently sitting on a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and can be seen on Showmax.
A brand new American horror drama series sees a young black man travelling through the segregated 1950s United States in search of his missing father, combines genre storytelling with real-life issues.
The show is highly rated – described by Rotten Tomatoes as “a thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren’t the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos,” and can be watched on Showmax.
Billed and marketed as being executive produced and “presented by” M. Night Shyamalan, Servant is a psychological horror series following a Philadelphia couple who hire a nanny for their baby son, who is actually a reborn doll. The series stars Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint as the four central characters, and can be streamed on Apple TV+, and season 2 is scheduled to debut in January 2021.
Slasher is an anthology horror series, reviving the slasher genre. Each season features a masked killer with an unknown motive for killing their victims. Zap2it called the series “a whole lot of fun” and “something for everyone,” praising the series’ anthology nature, its cast of characters, storyline, plot twists, bloody violence, and even the series-within-the-series Falcon Husbandry (shown as a favorite of Robin and Justin’s in Episode 2). Stream it on Netflix.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Stephen King, this horror crime miniseries focuses on the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy. It stars Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, and Jason Bateman (who also directed the first two episodes), and sits on a 91% approval rating on Rottentomatoes. Watch it on Showmax.
Releasing on 30 October 2020, Truth Seekers seems to be tailor-made for Halloween weekend bingeing. It’s a British comedy horror series created by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End), and stars Frost as a broadband installer with Samson Kayo as his partner who starts investigating paranormal stories with him. See it on Prime Video.
What we do in the Shadows
Created by Flight of the Conchord‘s Jemaine Clement, and inspired by the movie of the same name written by Clement and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Jojo Rabbit), Rotten Tomatoes describes it as “Delightfully absurd and ridiculously fun, What We Do in the Shadows expands on the film’s vampiric lore and finds fresh perspective in its charming, off-kilter cast to create a mockumentary series worth sinking your teeth into.”
It’s been nominated for 8 Emmy Awards, and can be streamed on Showmax.