As a horror fan who can devour a miniseries like a tube of Pringles, I can attest to the fact that good horror is hard to find. It’s a genre that’s treated as an afterthought by world cinema elitists, and yet it’s spawned so many greats, from modern classics, like Jordan Peele. Salt to straightforward classics, like Roman Polanski’s rosemary’s baby. Yes, there’s a lot of bad horror out there, but nothing hits quite as hard when it’s good. What if you can find a series/miniseries that consistently delivers? Boat. This is me, as a seasoned horror lover, separating the wheat from the chaff and bringing you the best binge-watching series in the horrorverse for you to take part in (with the qualifier that you can stream it in India). And yes, there is a lot of Mike Flanagan on this list; but it’s only because he really deserves it.
Top 10 Horror Shows You Should Watch This Weekend on Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar
1. The Haunting of Hill House – Netflix
The Mike Flanagan miniseries started my obsession; for good reason. As an avid consumer of horror, bugs and cheap tricks get easier to spot over time. Flanagan proved, with this foray into the space of horror fiction series, that he is a virtuoso at creating a creepy feeling, a bone-chilling chill, which is a much more difficult task to orchestrate than the instant scares. The history of the Crain family, hill house She divides her time between a lurid past when the family of five lived together in the troubled house the parents had bought to remodel and sell, and her current life and the aftermath of life at Hill House. I’ve rewatched her three times because of the nuances with which she creates a scary mood and foreshadows dark secrets that are revealed at the end…
2. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities – Netflix
forest gump quote “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what she’s going to hit you with” she applies almost perfectly to anthology series. But a good curator at the helm helps, and there’s nothing better than a genre genius like Guillermo del Toro. [Pan’s Labyrinth, El Orfanato, El Espinazo del Diablo]. This particular collection of eight horror stories (two co-written by del Toro himself) is a mixed bag, but mostly no-surprise marshmallows and hazelnuts, filled with orange in the fray (the most disturbing chocolate you can get; no I will listen to arguments). If you only see one couple, go for “Pickman’s Model,” a riveting retelling of HP Lovecraft’s story about a young art student who is drawn to and disturbed by the hideous work of an older student, Richard Pickman. “The Murmuring,” based on a del Toro short story about a pair of ornithologists studying bird murmurs who find themselves caught between grief and ghosts in a lonely country house, is equally compelling.
3. The Stranger – Disney+ Hotstar
I love that this 2020 series is classified as an ‘American psychological thriller horror crime drama’, because it’s all of them, really, and yet really horror at heart. Based on Stephen King’s 2018 novel of the same name, the ten-part miniseries is set in Cherokee City and brings us to the day a child’s mutilated corpse is found covered in saliva and human bite marks. All evidence points to his Little League coach, Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), including damning security camera footage. What makes things incredibly creepy is that Maitland was out of town at a conference that day, an alibi that has enough witnesses and news footage of Terry speaking at that conference to back it up. And so begins a haunting mystery that poses a terrifying question; How can a person be in two places at the same time?
4. The Haunting of Bly Manor – Netflix
Where average horror creators and jumpscare addicts fail, Flanagan succeeds; Y bly mansion is yet another example of how the doctor sleep The director knows his trade. Set in a misty mansion on the fictional English estate of Bly, Dani, a young American au pair, arrives as governess to two orphaned children who have been struck by tragedy twice, with the loss of their last beloved governess as well. The nine-part song creates a delightfully haunting mood, winding through the ancient halls of Bly Manor as Dani deals with the strange and curious goings-on in the mysterious house. The characters are beautifully written and equal parts intriguing and likeable, creating an overall sense of a home you’d want to be a part of, if, you know, it wasn’t haunted. A great series if you enjoy a mix of supernatural, psychological, and monster horror, because it balances each with aplomb.
5. Midnight Mass – Netflix
there never is No an allegory in a Mike Flanagan miniseries, but kicks things up a notch with his commentary on the cultish nature of religion (and specifically, Catholicism) in Midnight mass. An ex-con returns to his isolated hometown of Crockett Island, hoping to rebuild a life after serving time for killing a drunk driver. The small and desolate town is the perfect setting for the judgment and shame of a childhood that follows him like a dark shadow; and a fitting place to welcome the charismatic young priest who arrives to replace the aging Monsignor Pruitt, and is clearly hiding some dark secrets. As the frenzy and unquestioning devotion grow with the allure of this somewhat familiar feeling priest, the show captures the terror of two things with equanimity. First; a growing cult mentality, and what it feels like to be outside of it, watching it infect the people you love. And the second, the dominance of religion and faith, and its ability to create blindness driven by the idea of ’good’ and ‘just’; no matter how close to evil it may seem…
6. Lovecraft Country – Disney+ Hotstar
The terrifyingly racist but superlative master of 1930s horror writing may be troublesome, but he still knew how to weave a story. lovecraft country tackles that problem perfectly: a black-centric show that turns HP Lovecraft’s often racist stories into a nuanced commentary on racism in the 1950s, via leads Letitia “Leti” Lewis and Atticus “Tic Freeman, who embark on a cruel and segregated America. in search of Tic’s father. The adventure unfolds, bringing with it anthology tales of creatures, supernatural and mythological horrors with the overarching plot of our two main characters and their ongoing quest. The visual language of this ten-part book is beautiful, making it an absolute treat for anyone who loves horror as much as Lovecraft, but has felt guilty in a post-racial world.
7. We’re All Dead – Netflix
I would be remiss if a Korean show wasn’t on this list, the horror OG that is Korean cinema. In fact, it deserves its own list, because whether it’s zombies, vampires, paranormal phenomena, or creatures of terror, there’s little K-TV hasn’t experimented with by now. The one I think works best if you just go to space is we are all dead, which describes itself as a ‘zombie apocalypse horror coming of age from South Korea’. Set in a high school in Andong, South Korea, an onslaught of zombies take over the school in reaction to a science experiment gone terribly wrong. Hungry, thirsty, and completely cut off from their friends and family (courtesy of the government), chaos begins to ensue, and the sanity and moral codes of the people trapped inside begin to crumble at the seams…
French horror, just like Korean horror, deserves its own summary. But until that list happens, Marianne it’s a fitting introduction to the world of modern French horror (with the airworthiness qualifier). This definitely has the markings of a cult series, ruthlessly canceled after just one season due to its lack of ‘mass appeal’; but well received and loved by fans of the monster horror and supernatural horror genres. Bestselling author Emma Larsimon quits writing horror and returns to her hometown, the fictional French port city of Elden (based on Doëlan in northwestern France). She believes she has killed her terrifying main character until she begins to discover that demons from her fictional world might be seeping into her reality…
9. American Horror Story + American Horror Stories – Disney+ Hotstar
It’s easy to conflate these two horror franchises from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, but History is anthology seasons while Stories They are anthology episodes. American Horror Story has between 9 and 13 episodes per season; and some seasons definitely outshine the others. murder house, Asylum Y freak show are definitely the best (although Roanake is something of a cult favorite, revered by fans if not critics). If you have been an avid fan of the anthology season format show, you might enjoy the chocolate box shorts ensemble that is american horror stories also. And if not, it’s definitely a good introduction to Murphy and Falchuk’s narrative style; consider it a test, so to speak. Although the collection of episodic shorts does not exactly have the audacity its predecessor does, it’s nice for a little blast of horror on a weekday. Drive in, Doll’s House Y Game over They are all funny episodes.
10. The Midnight Club – Netflix
The latest from the Flanaverse, this series, not a limited series, is about eight terminally ill children in a private hospice called Brightcliffe. The hospice is located on the grounds of a beautiful mansion outside of Seattle, run by the mysterious but (apparently) kind Dr. Georgina Stanton. Our story begins with young Ilonka, a seventeen-year-old girl diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer. Ilonka wants to live out her last days at Brightcliffe because of the legend of Julia Jayne, a former patient who supposedly “cured her cancer” miraculously while she was at Brightcliffe. When accepted, she is elated and forms a ragtag group of friends with terminal illnesses of their own, united by their conditions and rapidly approaching death dates. They call themselves ‘The Midnight Club’ and meet every night in the library to tell ghost stories. Between the charming characters (despite an irritating, know-it-all lead in Illonka) and their dynamic, and the fantastically told stories, the show is a fascinating journey; one that will really lock you in for the upcoming second season.