The Netflix horror hot list: From The Haunting of Bly Manor to Ratched - our pick of the scariest TV shows to binge watch now

From The Haunting of Hill House to American Horror Story - we round up the top horror TV series on Netflix, perfect for a pre-Halloween binge watch. That's if you dare…

By Sophia Moir Published: 16 October 2020 - 5.10pm
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With Halloween just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get binge watching some of Netflix’s scariest TV shows.

From psychological horror that’ll give you nightmares, to zombie series that’ll have you hiding behind the cushions, you'll find it all on Netflix.

We’ve rounded up our pick of the best TV horror series on Netflix, including The Haunting of Bly Manor, Ratched, American Horror Story, Stranger Things, and more… 

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The Haunting of Hill House

We deemed the 2018 horror series The Haunting of Hill House "a late contender for the year’s best TV".

The adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic novel generated the sort of buzz usually reserved for classic horror films and was deemed "perfect binge viewing" by fans.

All 10 episodes of The Haunting of Hill House are available to watch now on Netflix.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Bly Manor is the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series.

Set in 1980s England, the series has been labelled "even scarier" than its predecessor: “It indulges in a slow-burn terror, building incrementally until its final moments."

All nine episodes of The Haunting of Bly Manor are available to watch now on Netflix.

Ratched

Sarah Paulson stars as the infamous Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series.

The eight-part series has been called "horrifying" by TV critics, who've called Paulson's performance as one of literacy’s most menacing women "chilling".

Ratched season 1 is available to watch now on Netflix.

American Horror Story

Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story (AHS) is an anthology TV series where each season follows a different set of characters and storyline.

Featuring an all-star cast including Lady Gaga and Kathy Bates,  AHS has been nominated for a whole host of TV awards - winning two Golden Globes for Gaga and Jessica Lange's stand-out performances.

American Horror Story seasons 1-8 are available to watch now on Netflix.

Black Summer

Jaime King leads the cast of zombie horror series Black Summer as a mother who's separated from her daughter during the earliest and most deadly days of a zombie apocalypse.

Acclaimed author Stephen King praised the show, telling his 6.1million Twitter followers: "Just when you think there's no more scare left in zombies, THIS comes along. Existential hell in the suburbs, stripped to the bone.”

Black Summer season 1 is available to watch now on Netflix.

Stranger Things

Arguably Netflix's most successful sci-horror show of all time, 1980s-set Stranger Things has become a pop culture phenomenon following its 2016 launch.

The series follows a young girl known as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who escapes from an laboratory where experiments were being performed on her. Aged 11, Brown became one of the youngest nominees in Emmys history.

Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are available to watch now on Netflix.

The Order

The Order follows a university student who discovers a secret underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.

But unlike most horror drama series, this show has a "welcome comic angle... that makes the show stand out" according to TV critics, even drawing comparisons to What We Do in the Shadows.

The Order seasons 1-2 are available to watch now on Netflix.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

From the makers of Riverdale comes the supernatural horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (also known as CAOS) which follows the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman, who's a half-Witch, half-mortal.

According to the show's creators, CAOS was inspired by "slow-burn horror" films such as The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and other "great satanic horror movies from the 1960s and 1970s."

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Parts 1-3 are available to watch now on Netflix.

V Wars

Based on the comic book series of the same name, V Wars stars Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) as Dr Luther Swann, who faces the evolving crisis of a deadly outbreak that could escalate to a future war between humans and vampires.

The sci-fi horror show has been described as "a thrilling well-paced ride that offers its own unique contribution to the somewhat overcrowded vampire genre." 

All 10 episodes of V Wars are available to watch now on Netflix.