It’s been three years since
The Haunting Of Hill House terrorized Netflix viewers, and one since creator Mike Flanagan returned to frighten fans yet again with the horror anthology series' second season, The Haunting of Bly Manor. If, after marathoning the latest installment, you don't want to wait years for more scares, there are a slew of titles like The Haunting Of Bly Manor you can stream. Just lock the doors, turn off the lights, check under the bed, and start screaming. I mean, streaming.
Though he’s been around for less than a decade, Flanagan has already cemented himself as a master of horror with a prodigious resumé. Aside from
Hill House and Bly Manor, he has directed eight feature films, including two Stephen King adaptations, and has two Netflix horror series coming up: , top-lined by recurring Midnight Mass Haunting star (and Flanagan’s real-life wife) Kate Siegel, and , an adaptation of Christopher Pike’s novel. The Midnight Club
finally making its Netflix debut on Sept. 24, there’s plenty of other horror movies and shows to keep you up at night in the meantime, from Flanagan and otherwise. Here are an unlucky 13 Midnight Mass shows and movies like you can stream right now… if you dare. The Haunting Of Bly Manor 1 The Haunting
Season 1 of Flanagan’s
The Haunting series is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, which also served as the inspiration for this 1999 movie starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor. This time, the saga of the Crain family involves an insomniac, a shady doctor, and a fear study gone horribly wrong…
Amazon Prime Video 2 The Secret of Crickley Hall
Haunted homes and families are a cornerstone of many Flanagan tales and of this British TV adaptation of
James Herbert’s 2011 novel. The BBC supernatural drama takes a look at the Caleigh family’s new Crickley Hall digs, which aren’t without a few ghostly inhabitants. The show switches from 2006 to 1943, when orphans once lived in the same hallowed Hall. Dating back to 2012, the series features several recognizable actors, including Maisie Williams ( ), Olivia Cooke ( Game of Thrones ), and Iain De Caestecker ( Sound of Metal ). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hulu and Amazon Prime 3 Two Sentence Horror Stories
The first two seasons of this binge-worthy anthology series aired on The CW, but anyone who missed their chance to view
on TV can do that now on Netflix. Each season and episode are short, but that doesn't mean they're any less scary. Viewers can appreciate the diverse characters the series brings, along with multiple compelling stories. If you’re a fan of other anthology horror series, such as Two Sentence Horror Stories Black Mirror, Tales From the Crypt, and Are You Afraid of the Dark, Two Sentence Horror Stories should be a welcome treat.
Netflix 4 Oculus
Grown children return to their family home, where something terrible happened to their mother when they were younger, to grapple with the traumatic legacy that continues to haunt them. Yes, that describes
Hill House, but it’s also the plot of Oculus, which in many ways feels like a trial run for the show. It's also just as terrifying: the haunted mirror at the film’s center leaves both the characters and the audience constantly questioning the reality of what they’re seeing.
Amazon Prime Video 5 Hush
Before appearing in
Hill House and Bly Manor, Kate Siegel co-wrote and starred in this film directed by her husband. Hush takes the tried-and-true home invasion genre and adds an extra layer of tension: the woman being terrorized in her home by a masked intruder is also deaf. How do you survive when you can’t even hear the things that go bump in the night? Dare to find out in this nail-biting movie, also starring John Gallagher Jr. ( ). The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Netflix 6 Before I Wake
In another of Flanagan’s feature films, Jacob Tremblay (
) stars as a young boy whose foster parents (played by Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane) are amazed to discover that his dreams — and nightmares — literally become reality. Full of imagery both beautiful and haunting, and with an emotional core that fans will recognize from Flanagan’s other work, Room Before I Wake is an underrated but must-see entry in his filmography.
Netflix 7 The Outsider
Stephen King mini-marathon with this HBO limited series adapted from King’s 2018 novel of the same name. It stars Jason Bateman as a man accused of a gruesome crime. The evidence against him is irrefutable, but so is the proof that he was hundreds of miles away when the crime was committed. Surely a man can’t be in two places at once… right? The answer to that question will lead you in increasingly unexpected — and increasingly frightening — directions.
HBO Max 8 Gerald's Game
How do you make a
horror movie scary when your protagonist is handcuffed to a bed the entire time? That’s the challenge Flanagan set for himself with this adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, starring future Hill House star Carla Gugino. Gugino’s character, Jessie, is left for dead, but it’s up to viewers to see what could kill her first – her traumatic memories, starvation, dehydration, or the dog that sits by her bedside.
Netflix 9 Doctor Sleep
It takes a bold filmmaker to make a sequel to one of the most beloved films of all time. But Flanagan’s most recent film, based on Stephen King’s follow-up to
The Shining, successfully paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic while creating a terrifying vision all its own. Ewan McGregor stars as the traumatized, grown-up version of The Shining’s young Danny Torrance, engaged in a violent struggle with a psychic vampire played by Rebecca Ferguson.
HBO Max 10 Lovecraft Country
While Netflix scared audiences with its adaptation of
The Turn Of The Screw, HBO was busy scaring its audience with an adaptation of another horror novel, 2016’s Lovecraft Country. The series examines life in Jim Crow America through the lens of Lovecraftian eldritch nightmares — and it’s the history/horror mashup you never knew you needed. Unfortunately, despite earning 18 Emmy nominations in 2021, the acclaimed TV show was canceled after its first season. Still, Season 1 is available to stream.
HBO Max 11 In The Tall Grass
If you enjoyed Flanagan’s two forays into Stephen King’s canon, you’ll also enjoy this Netflix movie adapted from the 2012 novella King wrote alongside his son, fellow horror author Joe Hill. Director Vincenzo Natali (
Cube) does for fields what Jaws did for the ocean (yes, really), as a cast led by Patrick Wilson ( The Conjuring) find themselves unable to escape the titular grass — and whatever supernatural force lurks within its gently swaying stalks.
Netflix 12 I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House
If touring the ghost-infested halls of Bly Manor leaves you craving another haunted house movie, look no further than this Netflix original film. Ruth Wilson (
His Dark Materials) stars as a live-in nurse who moves into a creepy house to care for an elderly, ailing horror author. Likening it to the work of author Shirley Jackson, the The Haunting Of Hill House raved that the film is “the most atmospherically faithful adaptation ever of a Jackson book that never existed.” Village Voice
Netflix 13 Castle Rock
If you’re craving another horror anthology series, turn to Hulu for
Stephen King’s eerie Castle Rock. Executive produced by King and J.J. Abrams, the show, set in Castle Rock, Maine, brilliantly presents characters, themes, and settings previously created by the author. For example, in Season 1, Jane Levy ( Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) plays the niece of Jack Torrance, whom you may remember as the main antagonist in The Shining. In Season 2 Episode 1, Lizzy Caplan ( Mean Girls) portrays a young Annie Wilkes, fondly remembered as novelist Paul Sheldon’s biggest (and most demented) fan in Misery. The show was canceled in 2019, but both seasons are still available to stream.
Hulu 14 American Horror Stories
Another horror anthology TV show comes courtesy of
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. This AHS spinoff series features hour-long episodes of terrifying tales and tantalizing stars. Plus, actors who’ve already appeared in prior Murphy TV projects, like Billie Lourd, Matt Bomer, and Kevin McHale, return in . Celebs who are new to Murphy’s American Horror Stories AHS universe also make their debut in American Horror Stories — keep an eye out for Paris Jackson. The show’s premiere on Hulu was so successful that it was renewed for a second season not long after making its way to the streaming platform in 2021.
Hulu 15 His House
Like many Flanagan movies, viewers are invited inside the homes of families holding onto grief, trauma, and haunting memories. Those themes are also featured in the hit Netflix movie
. A refugee couple who flees from the war-torn country of South Sudan arrives in England for a fresh start. However, their chance at a new life is threatened by an unforeseen spirit in their new home. The acting and special effects in His House His House are top-notch, but one unforgettable twist truly makes this movie one to watch.
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This article was originally published on
November 19, 2018