Now that so many of us have been asked to remain at home during the Coronavirus crisis, streaming entertainment is more important than ever: as a distraction, an escape, and a way to feel connected to the outside world, cinema is more important than ever.
If you’re looking for a substantial and engrossing way to pass the hours, shows (with multiple episodes/seasons) deliver plenty of bang for your buck! Below, check out five suggestions that horror fans may want to set their eyes on.
We’ll do our best to keep the recommendations coming, with additional series recommendations, as well as lists of what’s worth watching on Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, and other streaming platforms.
The Outsider on HBO
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Outsider begins by following an investigation which at first seems like it will be simple and straightforward but things change as it leads into the gruesome murder of a young boy by a seasoned cop. When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads the investigators to question everything they believe in. The character of Holly Gibney from Mr. Mercedes is a major character in this series.
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Featuring stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia — Black Mirror is a contemporary reworking of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters, including stars like Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”), Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Cullen and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg, and James Watkins are among the featured directors.
The Terror (Amazon)
Supernatural, semi historical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious rea- life historical tragedy.
The expedition to find the Northwest Passage is officially underway with Captain Sir John Franklin commanding Erebus and Captain Francis Crozier commanding the Terror. Commander James Fitzjames serves under Franklin. A young ship’s boy named David Young falls ill and hallucinates an Inuit man with the face of a bear.
Set during World War II, “The Terror: Infamy” centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity that is responsible. Chester Nakayama and his friends and family from Terminal Island, Calif., face persecution from the American government, and they battle the evil spirit that threatens their future. A look at the often overlooked time of Japanese American internment camps and what it truly means to be an American. From 1942 to 1945, more than 145,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians were forced from their homes and into internment camps by their respective governments, simply because of where they or their ancestors were born. Their story is one of perseverance in the face of injustice.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
This adaptation of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the reimagined origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family — including aunts Hilda and Zelda — and the daylight world humans inhabit. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) leads the cast in the titular role of the show that is based on a comic series of the same name.
Gifted criminal profiler Will Graham has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with anyone, including psychopaths. But while helping the FBI pursue a particularly complicated serial killer, he decides he could use some help and enlists the brilliant psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. The two form a partnership and it seems that there is no villain they can’t catch together, but Lecter harbors a dark secret. His own brilliant mind has gone to the dark side and he has more in common with the criminals they hunt than Will could possibly imagine.
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