Netflix is home to a lot of great office comedies, political dramas, and kids movies, but one area in which it really excels is horror. Every month, there are terrifying new series on Netflix, both originally debuting on the streaming platform and shows from various other networks and countries that have finally made their way to the platform. While you've probably heard about some of these creepy shows — Stranger Things, anyone? — there are a lot of less mainstream offerings on Netflix that have fresh takes on murder, zombies, magic powers, and more.
What makes a show terrifying is up for debate, as we're all scared of different things. Some people are terrified by the blood and guts that often accompany zombie shows, while others will find themselves more creeped out by G-rated stories that hold up a pretty terrifying mirror to modern life. While some horror shows offer the same jumps and screams of any good horror movie, TV shows can often slowly build up a creeping sense of horror over the course of the season (which you might just marathon in one night). From campy period horror to chilling science fiction, these are the most terrifying new shows on Netflix right now.
1. 'The OA'
The Netflix series appeared out of nowhere, the perfect debut for a show that embraces the mysterious and supernatural. While it won't make you jump, there's a general mysterious aura that permeates the show.
2. 'Santa Clarita Diet'
As you might expect from a zombie show starring Drew Barrymore, the new Netflix show is as gory as it is zany. It's not for the squeamish.
3. 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'
While aimed at audiences young and old and definitely hilarious, the chilling apathy of the adults the Baudelaire orphans encounter makes this series one of the scariest of Netflix's originals.
4. 'Stranger Things'
The perfect way to get that horror movie chill without ruining your day, the retro Stranger Things is as good as everyone says.
5. 'Black Mirror'
Netflix's new season of the British show explores the dark side of technology, and it's terrifying because of what it reveals about the current day.
6. 'The Returned'
Set in a small town in which the dead keep inexplicably returning, The Returned is a good show if you like the creepiness of zombies but not the gore.
7. 'Bates Motel'
The update of Psycho is as scary (in a different way) as the source material.
8. 'Making A Murderer'
If you're looking for some real life scares, Netflix's original documentary about Stephen Avery is disturbing, both because it's a murder case and because of the controversy surrounding how it was handled.
9. 'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles'
The update of an eerie children's rhyme, this series is campy period horror at its best.
10. 'Penny Dreadful'
The atmospheric horror series is a who's who of British literature, with appearances from Count Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Frankenstein.
The Australian supernatural mystery series is perfect for Stranger Things fans.
12. 'American Horror Story: Hotel'
The newest season of the horror anthology series is on Netflix, and it's as genuinely scary as it is ridiculous.
13. 'Hemlock Grove'
Netflix's small town supernatural murder mystery show has drawn comparisons to True Blood and Buffy.
As you can see, Netflix is full of scary new television shows, some of which you've never heard of. And if you're looking to watch some older creepy classics, there's always Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and The X-Files, all of which are available on Netflix.