Netflix for the win!
Now that it's officially fall, we can finally stay inside, curled up with our favorite chunky blanket, streaming the day away. With Halloween just around the corner, why not scare yourself into a fear-induced paralysis with shows that make you question everything, including your sanity?
These five shows on Netflix will not only send chills down your spine, but they'll also remind you the importance of double-checking the locks before going to bed. So grab a tub of popcorn and proceed with caution!
1. Glitch (2015)
Starring: Patrick Brammall, Genevieve O'Reily, Emma Booth
What would you do if you woke up one morning to find a deceased loved one suddenly alive?
Set in a small town, Glitch follows sergeant James Haynes (Patrick Brammall) as he tries to wrap his mind around this "phenomena" that has not only flipped his community upside down, but also his personal life. Six people, from various time periods, have miraculously risen from the dead. One of those people so happens to be sergeant James's wife who passed away from breast cancer. How does he tell her that — oh, I don't know — he's moved on and married her best friend?!
As the story unfolds, Glitch allows us to visit the lives of each person effected by the return of a loved one. It also builds the mystery as to why these six people were chosen to return, and what that says about the people they've returned to.
2. The Returned (2015, US Version)
Starring: Kevin Alejandro, Agnes Bruckner, India Ennenga
Based on the 2012 French show Les Revenants, The Returned shares a premise very similar to Glitch only — hear me out — the "loved ones" who've returned from the dead are much more sinister. Whereas Glitch invests in the stories of the people affected by the reappearance of their friends and family members,The Returned chooses a much darker path. Think: Stephen King's Pet Sematary.
Here, we follow Camille (India Ennenga) who believes it's the same day as the bus accident that killed her, only it isn't. Four years have passed since her death, and Camille can't remember anything. As the reanimated dead appear throughout town, their mere presence challenges the concept of life and death and we discover that not everyone is happy to be back from the grave.
3. The OA (2016)
Starring: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson
This is the show that will have you questioning everything, including what you just witnessed. In case you aren't familiar with Brit Marlings's work, her pieces tend to have a sci-fi slant that borders so close to reality it feels extremely possible. (If you have a chance, please check out Sound of My Voice and Another Earth.)
The OA is no exception. Here we find a young woman named Prairie Johnson who, after having gone missing for seven years, returns home with one radical difference. Despite being blind since childhood, Prairie somehow regained her eyesight.
As more things begin to reveal themselves — like the fact that, as a child, Prairie was on physiatrics meds and had nightmares that caused her to wield a knife around her room — we begin to question what's really going on here. Is Prairie telling the truth, or is this all just part of an elaborate, hallucinatory episode?
4. Mindhunter (2017)
Starring: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
In the words of FBI Professor Rathman (Jordan Gelber), "Where do we go when motive becomes elusive?" After a failed hostage negotiation, FBI agent Holden Ford (Johnathan Groff) is removed from working FBI cases. Ironically, Holden finds himself reassigned to teach at Quantico, lecturing future agents on how to properly deal with hostage negotiations — at least, in theory and within the comfort of a classroom.
But, this is 1970s America, the fertile soil that breeds a new batch of serial killers. Holden soon finds that nobody in the FBI knows how to deal with the "new class" of murderers. Intrigued and ready to get back on the field, Holden takes it upon himself to sit among some of the most notorious minds to ever haunt our nation, including Monte Ralph Rissell, who raped twelve women, killing five before his 20th birthday.
What's really chilling about Mindhunter is the blend of fact and fiction. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by John Douglas — the true pioneer of criminal profiling that Holden's character is based on — we are given a real sense of what it's like to see a rational thinking person sit directly across a table from someone marked by insanity.
5. Requiem (2018)
Starring: Lydia Wilson, James Frecheville, Sian Reese-Williams
Whether we like it or not, some wounds must to be revisited.
Matilda Grey (Lydia Wilson) is forced to return home when her mother (Joanna Scanlan) commits suicide. What she finds at home, however, leads her to question what she knows about her mother and, more importantly, herself.
Amongst her mother's belongings, Matilda finds a box dedicated to a missing little girl named Carys Howell. And while this discovery is odd, it fuels Matilda's curiosity of the possible connection between this missing child and her mother. Later, Matilda confesses to being plagued by nightmares that include a little girl being trapped at the end of a dark, narrow passageway. Could this little girl be Carys Howell?
Along with a friend, Matilda seeks answers to something she already senses she knows the answer to. As Requiem unfolds, every answer given leads to more questions, especially when Matilda begins to believe she's being haunted by the ghost of Carys Howell.
Which one of these horror shows on Netflix have you intrigued? Let us know in the comments.