If you're a fan of ghost hunting shows and scary movies, but are looking for something new, then Netflix could be the place for you. The video streaming platform has hours worth of ghostly content, including documentaries about real haunting cases, paranormal television series, and the latest supernatural movies.
Whether you're watching alone, or you've gathered a bunch of friends together on Skype or Google Hangouts for a watch party, these are our top picks on Netflix. The content listed below can be found on Netflix in the UK at the time this list was published...
1. The Haunting Of Hill House
If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss Mike Flanagan's creepy ten-part series, a truly terrifying watch. The series flashes between past and present, telling the story of a fractured family who confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. The series is based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 book of the same name.
2. Stranger Things
Stranger Things is the supernatural Netflix show which has taken the world by storm. Since season one was released in 2016, fans have binge watched back-to-back episodes of the show which has been described as a cross between 'The Goonies' and 'Stand By Me'. Stranger Things follows the story of a group of friends from Hawkins as they uncover the weird goings on in their town.
3. Locke & Key
Based on the best-selling graphic novels, 'Locke & Key' follows three siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.
4. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina' is a reboot of the kids TV show 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' but aimed at the same audience, who are now grown up, making for a much darker show.
Sabrina Spellman must reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
5. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers
If you've ever had any interest in UFOs, conspiracies and government coverups, then you'll almost certainly know the name Bob Lazar and you'll probably remember the 1996 documentary 'Dreamland: Area 51'. Lazar gained worldwide notoriety as the whistleblower who exposed the top secret base at Groom Lake in Nevada and claimed to have worked there as part of a select team who reverse-engineered an alien spacecraft for the US Military. Lazar is the subject of Jeremy Corbell's new documentary film.
Now in its second season, 'Haunted' first hit the streaming platform in October 2018. Each of the 12 episodes feature a first-hand account of an alleged real-life haunting. Each witness tells their story of the horrifying, peculiar, extraordinary supernatural events and other unexplained phenomena that continue to haunt them.
The show features dramatised re-creations of the cases, which fans of the paranormal may find entertaining, but the show has been criticised by skeptics who claim that there is little evidence to support the stories told in the show.
There are four Insidious movies, all of which are available on Netflix right now.
The first two films are based around a married couple, Josh and Renai Lambert. The first tells the story of the couple's son, Dalton, who is trapped in a mysterious comatose state. Unbeknown to his parents, the boy has become a vessel which spirits from an astral plane can use to enter our world. As a result of this, the family's home is haunted by demons. The family call upon psychic, Elise Reiner to help them, she brings along her paranormal investigation team of Specs and Tucker.
In the second movie, 'Insidious: Chapter 2', the family move into Josh's mum's house, where Renai and the others begin to experience paranormal activity.
'Insidious: Chapter 3' is a prequel which focuses on Elise as she attempts to help a young girl who calls out to the dead, and the fourth film, 'Insidious: Last Key', takes place after the events of the third and tells the story of Elise's own family becoming the victims of a demonic haunting.
Stephen King first gave us nightmares when he published 'It' in 1986 and introduced us to Pennywise, a demonic, shape-shifting alien entity who takes the form of a killer clown. Pennywise has never been as scary as in the 2017 version of the film. It follows a group of bullied kids in the small Maine town of Derry, who band together to destroy Pennywise.
9. The Cabin In The Woods
'The Cabin In The Woods' may not seem like a supernatural movie at first glance, but the twist in this movie is so huge that you could be mistaken for thinking the film is something it isn't. The movie starts out like a really stereotypical lost teen gory horror, but before long the true nature of the movie is revealed and you'll never guess what it is.
10. Ghostbusters II
No explanation need on this one - a paranormal classic that's always worth a re-watch, although sadly the first movie isn't available on Netflix. The quirky parapsychologists have split and nothing's working out. With evil spirits on the loose, who ya gonna call?
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11. Ghost Stories
'Ghost Stories' tells the story of Professor Philip Goodman, a TV celebrity, lecturer and debunker of all things paranormal. As a child, he'd been a big fan of a 70s TV celebrity who was also involved in debunking the paranormal, but who had disappeared at the height of his fame. Professor Goodman is then amazed when this man contacts him to state that he'd disappeared due to his finding out that perhaps, after all, there might be some truth to this paranormal business.
An 80s ghostly classic supernatural comedy. The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.
13. Extra Ordinary
If you like your paranormal movies pumped full of ectoplasm, then this Irish supernatural comedy is for you. The movie plays on many common paranormal tropes, which will add to the enjoyment for any ghost hunter, and features amusing elements of the occult and witchcraft.
'Sirius' was one of the most successful crowdfunded documentaries ever, based upon the work of ufologist Steven M. Greer. Now the team are back with a brand new film containing even more top-secret evidence supporting extraterrestrial contact including witness testimony, classified documents and UFO footage while also exploring the consequences of ruthlessly enforcing such secrecy.
15. The Ritual
A British film with an occult twist, released in 2017. A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
16. Annabelle: Creation
Based in 'The Conjuring' universe, the latest movie is the second spin-off to feature the terrifying cursed doll that was at the centre of one of Ed and Lorraine Warrens real-life cases. The movie serves as a direct prequel to the 2014 movie, 'Annabelle' and delves into the origins of the creepy doll.
17. Behind The Curve
Not paranormal as such, but this Netflix original documentary delves into weird belief systems, conspiracies and coverups. 'Behind The Curve' offers a very telling insight into the world of the flat earthers. Frustrated with what they see as mainstream scientific dogma, they decide to prove, once and for all, at a flat earth conference, that the earth is flat, using their on scientific experiments.
18. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
The 2005 movie, 'The Exorcism Of Emily Rose', is based on a real-life demonic possession of Anneliese Michel that occurred in the 1970s. Anneliese was a practicing Catholic who, after suffering an epileptic seizure complained of hearing voices and seeing the Devil in visions. After doctors were unable to help her, Anneliese's family turned to the church for help, they conducted 67 exorcism sessions, one or two each week.
In July 1976 Anneliese died and while many believe her death could have been the result of demonic possession, the autopsy report stated the cause of death was malnutrition and dehydration. It's believed she was kept in a state of semi-starvation for ten months while the exorcisms were being performed. Anneliese's parents and two priests were charged with negligent homicide.
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.
If you've ever dabbled with a Ouija board, the this movie is for you. Although admittedly, this 2014 movie isn't the best paranormal movie amongst Netflix's offerings. If you get desperate it's worth a watch, if only to bring you up to speed in order to watch the movie's prequel. 'Ouija: Origin Of Evil' out performs the original for scares.
Amazon Prime has hundreds of episodes of classic ghost hunting shows, plus new investigations from paranormal teams all around the world, and a solid selection of supernatural movies.