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The Best Horror Shows Streaming Now on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime

Once you start screaming, you'll never stop.

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Some of us like sitting in horror for the long haul. Horror movies are nice, of course, but when you have a series to sink into, you get to explore so many more dark corners. Ghosts? Demons? Serial killers? There's something out there for everyone. And if you don't want to wait around for your terror to show up on cable each week, check out these hot offerings on streaming services. Here are 15 terrifying horror shows to stream now on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Netflix

Ash vs Evil Dead

The creators of the original Evil Dead film bring a comedic horror series right to your screens, taking place three decades after the events of the movies. Ash (Bruce Campbell) has spent the rest of his life shrugging off all sense of responsibility, turning his back on maturity, and never coming to terms with the chilling events that began in that cabin in the woods. But when a Deadite plague threatens to wipe out mankind, Ash and his chainsaw may be the only hope.

The Haunting of Hill House

If I were to feature every incredible Mike Flanagan horror series available on Netflix, there wouldn't be any room left on the list for anything else. But The Haunting of Hill House came first, and is, in my opinion, one of the best horror series of all time. Weaving a tragic, grief-stricken story between the past and the present, a splintering family must contend with a maliciously haunted home that wants to consume them. The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass are great follow-up series to dive into.

Stranger Things

If you haven't been watching this series already, why on Earth not? This epic story begins with the disappearance of a young boy, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), as he gets lost in a terrifying, dark dimension. His mother (Winona Ryder) and the police chief (David Harbour) tirelessly search for him, while his friends face off against dark forces with the help of a psychically gifted little girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). The first part of the latest season is streaming now, with the second half hitting the service on July 1st.

Related: 16 Scary Shows to Watch Now That You’ve Finished Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

If you haven't seen it already—or you want to settle in for a chilling re-watch—this is one series that will keep you occupied for a long time. Now in it's 11th and final season, the final episodes are set to premiere later this year. This terrifying, devastating, and action-packed journey all begins when Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes up from a coma to find himself alone in a world that has been reduced to ruins in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Joining up with a group of survivors, the mismatched group must contend with human threats that are just as dangerous as the undead.

Wynonna Earp

My favorite on this (and any list), Wynonna Earp blends a fast-paced Western with supernatural horror. The descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, Wynonna is the heir of the family curse. Armed with a magic gun, she must send demons back to hell in order to set her bloodline free. But she's not alone—she has the help of her sister, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), Black Badge Division agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson), and immortal, notorious cowboy Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon).

Hulu

Castle Rock

This series is a must-watch for any Stephen King fan. Combining elements from several of King's beloved stories, this show is set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock. You'll be shaking on the edge of your seat as some of his most iconic characters and themes are brought to life in one place.

The Exorcist

Seeing as the 1973 film was so terrifying it scarred most people for life, it's only right it inspired a television series to wreak havoc on any young minds flipping by. In the series, three priests are brought in to aid with the disturbing demonic presence plaguing a family and a foster home. Starring big talent from the likes of Geena Davis, John Cho, and Alan Ruck, this two season run is one you won't want to miss.

The Outer Limits

If you don't have Paramount+ to stream the wonderfully weird content of The Twilight Zone, then the 1963 series The Outer Limits on Hulu is a great replacement. With a constantly revolving cast of stars of the area, these chilling stories had a hard science fiction lean. In this anthology series' examination of the nature of humanity, there's plenty of darkness and horror to be found.

Related: 11 Dark and Twisty Shows Like The Twilight Zone That'll Mess with Your Mind

What We Do in the Shadows

For more horror comedy, this series based on the mockumentary movie of the same name is essential viewing. This ongoing show follows the day-to-day (or night-to-night) activities of four vampires—Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Leslie "Laszlo" Cravensworth (Matt Berry), Nadja of Antipaxos (Natasia Demetriou), and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch)—and the human familiar Guillermo de la Cruz (Harvey Guillén) as they navigate life on Staten Island.

The X Files

All 11 seasons—original and rebooted—of the hit series are available now on Hulu. Follow FBI Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they investigate the bizarre and unexplained. Stuck between a believer and a skeptic, will you come out believing in science or the paranormal?

Related: 13 Scariest Episodes of The X-Files That Still Haunt Our Nightmares

Amazon Prime

American Horror Story

Another long-running series that's hard to have missed, it's a good re-watch—even if you happened to catch it when it premiered. While each season may feature many of the same actors, the character, setting, and overarching themes change from year to year. Starting with Murder House and moving through Coven, Freak Show, and beyond, at least one season is bound to tickle your horror fancy.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

An iconic series of the late 90s and early 2000s, this series centers around the titular character of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Beginning the show as a 16-year-old girl, she is far beyond a typical teen. She is the chosen one—a girl imbued with the power to fight back the forces of evil. Namely, vampires. Luckily she's settled in at a new school that rests right on top of the Hellmouth...

Related: 15 of the Creepiest Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Dexter

Rather than creatures from hell, this Showtime series focuses on purely human evils. To most people, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is just a nerdy forensics expert for the Miami Police Department. Others are on the wrong end of his secret: in his spare time, he is a brutal serial killer that hunts and eliminates other killers. Working outside the justice system, he adheres to a strict code of honor. But sometimes his dirty work interferes with his normal life.

Related: 8 of the Best and Most Shocking Moments from Showtime's Dexter

Them

The new horror series Them hit Amazon Prime in 2021, and while a second season has been confirmed, we don't know yet when it will hit the streaming service. The first season follows a Black family—the Emorys—during the Second Great Migration. In 1953, they leave North Carolina to settle into a home in an all-white neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their idyllic new start quickly turns to terror as malevolent forces, both human and otherworldly, threaten their very lives.

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

Rounding off this list with another horror comedy show, this Canadian series is for all the creepy oddballs out there. Todd Smith (Alex House) is a metalhead stoner who must find a Satanic spell book in his high school that's causing horrific mayhem. Though he's aided by his friends, he is opposed by his evil guidance counselor, Atticus (Chris Leavins).