Looking for a brand new series to binge-watch or an original documentary so terrifying you'll be wishing it was just science fiction? The kind of shows guaranteed to keep you up at night? How 'bout some of the most chilling, dark, and terrifying scenes guaranteed to warp your mind? Then you've come to the right place because we've gone through Netflix and found the 15 most chilling, dark, and downright weird shows that will probably make your stomach churn, your eyes burn, and your head explode. We wish we were just getting carried away, but some of the shows we're about to reveal to you should come with a disclaimer.
They may not all be of the horror variety, but they're guaranteed to make an impression -- no blood, guts, and gore, but buckets of fear like you’ve never experienced before. Some things on here are genuinely weird, while others are, honestly, just barely watchable.
Rising in popularity, dark and downright weird shows have been popping up all over the place, but if there's one place to find some of the most chilling, it's Netflix. They're on a roll these days, producing some of the most chilling shows of the year faster than you can say "TV."
So without further ado, we present to you 15 Chilling, Dark, and Downright Weird Shows you can find on Netflix, next...
If there ever was a time for a series of WTF moments to take place, this show would play the perfect host. Not only are the 6 episodes in the series horrific, but they're all kinds of dark and twisted as well. The show centers around the website http://darknetfiles.com/, and each episode tells a new story with a clever link to other episodes that you only discover later. Sure, it's chilling, but it's also thought-provoking, filled with twists and turns that you never, ever see coming. It's wickedly weird and bloody disgusting. And, at times, it's both bloody and disgusting.
We all know that when it comes to the internet, one needs to always proceed with caution, but this series will have you second guess your every move -- trust us. The only thing you can expect from this series is the unexpected.
Now, this next series may not be downright weird, but it sure as hell is chilling. Let's just say, it's not the kind of series that springs to mind when people say "Netflix and Chill."
If you ever grew up reading the popular series of kids novels by R.L. Stine, also called Goosebumps, then this is perfect for you. The series brings to life some of its most memorable characters in a way that's certainly not aimed at kids. Enter Slappy the dummy and Grool the killer sponge, and you'll realize they weren't playing around when they created these characters. Oh, and did we mention it has Ryan Gosling in it with a sterling performance from his earlier days?
Riveting and thrilling, Daredevil portrays a gritty underworld complete with crime bosses and cliffhangers. The live-action series features Matt Murdock, who was tragically blinded as a young boy and now moonlights as an attorney by day and a vigilante by night. Based in Hell's Kitchen, Matt sets off to restore peace and justice to his city while relying on nothing but his heightened remaining senses.
If you're in the mood for action, then Daredevil is the frontrunner for candid fight scenes and the hero-vs.-villain theme being played out. Daredevil is one of Netflix's successful offerings, which was born out of a love of Marvel and DC comic characters showcased on the small screen. Created by Drew Goddard, the man behind the writings of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, and Lost, it doesn't disappoint.
One of the most controversial yet successful shows to make it onto TV is none other than Narcos, loosely based on the tale of Pablo Escobar. Here, you can look forward to watching a rather dark portrayal of one of the world's richest men who, by the end of the '80s, was believed to be supplying 80% of the world’s cocaine. For a more shocking perspective, it meant that 4 out of every 5 of Americans were doing lines of coke from his supply.
We're not for romanticizing violence, but this gripping series showcases the Colombian drug war like no other, and it's gritty, raw, and thoroughly shocking. It's the kind of addictive series that keeps you guessing and will undoubtedly keep you engaged till the very end.
11 Black Mirror
If dark and disturbing is your cup of tea, then we have the perfect choice for you with Black Mirror. It's everything you can expect from a traditional sci-fi thriller with little surprising twists and turns along the way. The British miniseries will satisfy any cravings you have for a night in with a chilling series, but don't count on getting any sleep after.
Black Mirror sets out to keep you on the edge of your seat, and it succeeds. It combines traditional fears, from the fear of death or being scared of the dark to more modern fears such as terrorism and stalking. These days, people can get to know you simply through searching your profile on social media, and thieves can determine your personal details by hacking you online. Black Mirror plays on these fears with a brutal mix of horror and modern technology with elements of a psychological thriller, making sure the final result is truly gripping television.
10 The Killing
There are so many reasons for you to watch The Killing, but trust us when we say, don't dare watch it on your own. Cue bouts of insomnia and night sweats. Adapted from a Danish series, the highly captivating American version went on to receive six Emmy nominations for Season 1 alone.
The moody crime series first season revolves around a young girl's murder in Seattle and the complicated detective who's in charge of solving the case. Whatever you do, clear your schedule, as you're going to want to watch the second season immediately after the first season ends. That's all we're going to say about that, as there's nothing more annoying than a spoiler alert during a show review.
9 Making a Murderer
Sometimes, horror stories are way too dark and disturbing to be fictional. Unfortunately, this is not one of those times, as Netflix brings you the true story of Steven Avery. It's chilling and captivating, and the fact that it's based on a real-life series of events makes it all the more chilling.
The gripping series tells the story of Steven Avery, who spent over a decade of his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He sued law enforcement and, before long, came face to face with the criminal justice system again as he faced a brand new conviction for murder. Police believed Steven, along with his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were responsible for the brutal killing of photographer Teresa Halbach. Has Steven been wrongly convicted for a second time, or has his time spent behind bars made a murderer? Only one way to find out...
8 Jessica Jones
If you enjoy the kind of series that keeps you guessing and has you at the edge of your seat, then Jessica Jones was made for you. It not only pushes the boundaries but will also keep you engaged, even if only out of pure fear.
The series is Marvel's first pairing with Netflix, and the partnership created the psychological thriller, which sees Jessica Jones take the lead. She's a former superhero turned private detective with a point to prove and a career to restore, but with demons battling her both from within and without, there's a lot at stake. Enter sociopaths, destruction, fight scenes and pure action -- there's a lot in store that ultimately give the viewer a dark view of the world.
7 Stranger Things
This next series has been hailed as an ode to old-school sci-fi meets '80s nostalgia and a throwback to classic horror. It's the kind of show you want to binge-watch on a Saturday night but runs over into Sunday without you even noticing -- or minding. Sure, you've heard the hype, but if you haven't yet dared to watch it, then you're destined to have serious FOMO.
The show’s first season follows characters Dustin, Mike, and Lucas as they go on a search for their friend, Will, who's vanished out of the blue, leaving behind an unraveling mystery. Suddenly, the group of friends comes across a strange girl who claims to know where Will is. If only it was that simple as things take a turn for the worse as the mystery continues...
6 The OA
One of Netflix's more recent releases is the exclusive original series The OA. It's a sci-fi mystery thriller that's everything from dark and elusive to chilling and eerie -- the kind of show that opens with a big bang and just keeps on rolling with a few surprises along the way. We're sure you're not even listening to us as we ramble on, though, as you're probably just wondering what the OA stands for. We hear ya; there's so much to be explained, but it's the kind of series that does it all for you in due time and in a way that's meticulous and oh-so-clever.
All we can say is that it's about a woman who returns home after a seven-year disappearance. What's more miraculous about her sudden arrival is that she can now see, and when she disappeared, she was blind. Where has she been all these years, and what happened to her? All will be revealed soon. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you're about to get hooked from the very first episode.
5 The Returned
We couldn't help but include The Returned on the list, as the supernatural crime series is both smart and sure to disturb. How could it not when it details a quiet Alpine village being shaken up when dead relatives begin to show up alive and healthy after being dead for several years?
The small town is changed forever as those that reappear need to adapt, and the families and friends who were left behind are suddenly reunited with the undead. And then, things start to get creepy -- like really, really creepy. It goes without saying, it's a must-see oddity that tackles your senses and captivates your imagination, with or without your consent.
4 The Fall
In a crime drama, there's often little left to the imagination, as most times, you're able to guess the ending and the culprit and ultimately end up being correct. In The Fall, there's no need to guess the culprit -- the killer is revealed straight off the bat. What you won't be able to guess, though, is how everything will unfold as the series sets off at a fast pace, and you can never quite catch up. It's filled with twists and turns and suspense, leaving you scratching your head and gasping in shock.
Actor Jamie Dornan doesn't disappoint as he takes on the role of Paul Spector, the serial killer who goes on a crime spree. X-Files star Gillian Anderson plays the investigating officer who sets out to catch him. If you're looking for a gripping psychological thriller that's chilling to the bone, then look no further than The Fall.
3 Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove is Netflix’s third original series, following Norwegian crime drama Lilyhammer and political thriller House of Cards.
The horror series arrived on the scene with a lot of hype behind it and focuses on the supernatural. The series has everything from vampires and werewolves to oversized Frankenstein’s monsters and bizarre experiments gone wrong.
When something or someone begins killing teenage girls, the people of Hemlock Grove begin to grow suspicious, but with nothing being as it seems, everyone is a potential suspect. Perhaps, secrets are just a part of daily life in the small Pennsylvania town, and the darkest of evils are too well hidden for anyone to discover. Or are they?
Sure, so this next choice is technically a documentary rather than a series, but it sure as hell stands its ground amidst some of the very best on Netflix today. It'll keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat, as you'll be left puzzled by its genre. All we can tell you for sure is that it's a little trippy and a little weird and that, maybe, the producers were inspired to create it around 4:20 pm in the afternoon, if you catch our drift.
Essentially, it's a series of flowing images gathered from all around the world from images of moving sand dunes to rural tribes to urban street life. It's weird but wonderful and packs enough punch to make it onto this list, as it reveals a glimpse into life as it's lived from all around the world.
Salem is next to make it onto the list, and it's both quietly disturbing and dark. After all, you probably wouldn't be reading this if you weren't the kind of person who liked shows that seriously mess with your head, right? So if you do happen to enjoy unsettling content that has creepy, chilling elements to it, then this one is right up your alley.
For starters, it has witches in it. And regardless of whether or not witches really do exist, thanks to the great production value in the series, you can't help but begin to believe their existence. If you're feeling brave enough, then we suggest you tag along for the creepy ride. The series showcases a little town slowly being driven mad by witches as the locals begin to go nuts with fear and experience levels of paranoia like no other.
Sources: pastemagazine.com; metro.co.uk