Friday night, better if it’s 13, you’re at home and your body asks for fear. At Esquire we always recommend that if you are looking for quality chills, you get into one of the best horror movies in history, or the best of the 21st century, year after year, if you fancy something more current. If you already have them very hackneyed or you simply want to focus on the Netflix world, these are for us the most powerful horror movies on the platform. Moviegoers, you’ve had your fill. Now we go with you, seriefilos.

Traditionally it has been quite difficult to find good quality horror series, basically because it is a genre that does not get along with the stretching of the stories. If you look closely, most scary movies don’t last more than an hour and a half, which is the magic fork (and perhaps the maximum) in which the viewer doesn’t let their guard down and accepts the deal to get into a parallel universe to scare the crap out of taste. For this reason, until recent years, the series that achieved prestige in this field, with marvelous exceptions, were above all anthologies, such as the mythical Historias para no dormir by Chicho Ibanez Serrador.

Fortunately for horror lovers, something has changed in these series. And it has been thanks above all to the crossover of genres, which multiplies the possibilities of telling more complex and well-articulated stories that, yes, they can give you good scares, but they are not only based on that. The paradigmatic example is American Horror Story, which reinvents itself each season – with increasing difficulty, it must also be said – with its mix of drama, science fiction and even political parody. Or one of the ones we are going to talk about on this list, the saga that opened The Haunting of Hill House , with a fantastic combination of family psychodrama and classic horror.

With these schemes in mind, we come up with a list of horror series on Netflix, most of them very current, that have the ability to be scary without falling into the absurd thanks to this cocktail of references. Lights off, blanket to cover your eyes at key points… and enjoy suffering!

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: Wednesday (2022)

The iconic Addams family lands on Netflix with Wednesday as the protagonist. In her new series, the sinister young woman deals with a string of mysterious deaths taking place in her town, solves an old murder involving her own parents, and manages the emergence of her psychic powers, all at the same time. Meanwhile, she faces an even bigger challenge: fitting in at her new school, the gloomy Nevermore Academy. The series is a supernatural tale with comic overtones.

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1899 (2022)

Dark creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese return to the Netflix grid with 1899 . The series, which includes the Spanish Miguel Bernardeau —the star of Elite— in its cast tells how the boat trip of a group of migrants from Europe to New York turns into a real nightmare when they come across a ship in the middle of the journey adrift. The title also has scriptwriters from different origins on the payroll, including the Spanish Dario Madrona, co-creator, precisely, of Elite .

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (2022)

What is a Halloween without Guillermo del Toro? The Mexican, responsible for some of the best horror movies in history, endorses this anthology of short stories that challenge the classic notions of terror. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities brings to Netflix a collection of eight short stories ranging from the gothic to the magical signed by writers and directors personally recruited by del Toro (including himself). In addition, the cast includes names like Rupert Grint, Tim Blake Nelson or F. Murray Abraham.

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The Midnight Club (2022)

All the pedigree comes to this series from its creator, Mike Flanagan, who has lived an idyll with Netflix since years ago he signed the celebrated The Haunting of Hill House (followed by The Haunting of Bly Manor ) to the platform. After the excellent but somewhat less accessible Midnight Mass , Flanagan and Netflix are warming up for Halloween with a young adult series about five terminally ill youngsters who meet each night at the hospital to tell each other scary stories.

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: Monsters of Krakow (2022)

We put ourselves in Buffy the Vampire Slayer mode, but more intense, to sink our teeth into this Polish production about a group of prodigy students who investigate paranormal events. The little monsters are made that way, but the dark atmosphere works and the plots of young tortured-cool, too.

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: We are dead (2022)

A mix of Euphoria and Train to Busan . This is how this Korean production could be described, which takes over from The Squid Game with a plot of problematic high school students in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. It has a point that gracefully departs from the common places of this genre, perhaps because it is based on an online comic and that freshness is noticeable. Very gross and very critical.

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: Archive 81 (2022)

Loosely based on the popular Archive 81 podcast, it is a supernatural horror series with the producers of The File Warren and Stranger Things. James Wan, which is no small feat. The history? An archivist accepts the commission to restore a collection of videotapes from 1994 and is immersed in the investigation that a documentary filmmaker of that time carried out on a dangerous sect… Due to its watered-down promotion it might seem like one of many, but its nostalgic dialogue with horror movie classics like The Shining and its vintage invoice, they accompany a plot more of mystery than fear that jumps between very decent cliffhangers .

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Conversations with Killers: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes (2022)

For those who are more fact than fiction, Netflix’s catalog of dodgy series also includes the documentary Conversations with Murderers: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes . This three-episode miniseries serves as a new installment in the Conversations With Killer franchise (which has already explored the minds of other criminals, such as Ted Bundy), but offers an entirely new account based on never-before-seen footage of the chilling exchanges between Dahmer and his lawyers, who also help to understand how issues such as race, social class or sexuality conditioned the 17 murders that Dahmer committed between 1978 and 1991.

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: Midnight Mass (2021)

It is the last of the trilogy (for now) along with the curses of Hill House and Bly Manor, and also our favorite. The step that creator Mike Flanagan has taken in Midnight Mass is more than considerable. In this 7-episode miniseries, he avoids all the easy springs of horror productions and focuses on the creation of memorable characters in a very charged atmosphere, with some scenes of very long dialogues that will bore those who are looking for manual scares but who have the ability to penetrate the psyche of the most daring spectators.

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New Cherry Flavor (2021)

A maximum rarity that will leave a good taste in your mouth if you like bizarre references, but that will make you sour if you are not into nonsense. It’s about an aspiring film director who arrives in Hollywood with an underground short under her arm, but finds herself faced with an industry that’s going to tear her apart… unless she does it before her. The cast is fantastic, as is the production.

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The Revolution (2020)

Although in France, her country of origin, critics lashed out at her, considering that she did a disservice to the historical understanding of the French Revolution, in the rest of the world it seemed like a very crazy and visually impressive experiment. The starting point is controversial and brilliant: the inventor of the guillotine spreads a disease whereby the aristocrats are the ones who murder the people. And they do it very sack. Of course, it is more of a macabre joke than a social criticism.

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 Dracula (2020)

The hand of the creators of Sherlock is very noticeable in this version of the Bram Stoker classic. They apply the format of three hour and a half episodes for three semi-independent and somewhat irregular stories: the first captivates for its baroque classicism with its flashes of terror to gore and for the magnetism of the protagonists -the level of the actors is BBC, the other producers–; the second tends to shipwreck…; and the third is more ambitious in the sense that it tries to give a twist to the vampire myth, but the outcome is the worst of the entire series.

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The House (2020)

Fear is not the word to define this prodigy of stop motion animation (that of real dolls that move). It is an anthology of three stories, some more sinister to Edgar Allan Poe, others with a splendid black humor, of which we better not tell you anything so that it surprises you. One of those gems from the Netflix catalog that almost no one has seen.

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 Black Summer (2019)

If you’re a fan of the zombie genre, and you haven’t seen this series yet, you’re taking a while. Without concessions, it tells us about the first days of the zombie apocalypse, when everything falls apart and chaos reigns in the world. By the time you get to the end of the first season, you’ll realize what it means to be a courageous mother. And in the second, get ready for cold and chills. oh! If you want to see the quintessential zombie series, 10 seasons of The Walking Dead are available on Netflix.

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 Chambers (2019)

Uma Thurman stars in this series, which mixes good horror with touches of Hereditary or Let me out . Although the start of the story is not particularly original (a young woman undergoes a heart transplant after a heart attack and begins to feel and see things as if she were the donor), then the good part arrives, in the form of a disturbing story told by the relationship established with the family of the deceased. Seriously, she’s disturbing to the max. We’ll let you know. And also, that hooks. There you.

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Marianne (2019)

French terror that will chill your blood. It tells the story of a horror novelist who decides to retire for a while. And since not always in this life can she be happy with her own decisions, Marianne, the demon who stars in her books, appears to her and forces her to continue writing. Not even the Minister of Finance…

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 Love, Death & Robots (2019)

The science fiction stories of Ray Bradbury, the Amazing Tales of Steven Spielberg, the episodes of Black Mirror… These references come to mind when faced with the fascinating Netflix project, Love, Death & Robots, a supposedly artistic and revolutionary series in terms of audiovisual, in which creators from all over the world have participated under the baton of two key figures in current fiction: Tim Miller, ( Deadpool ) and David Fincher ( House of Cards).There are 26 animated shorts for adults (there is violence, sex, gore…) between 5 and 15 minutes long, an orgy of images so varied and irremediably irregular that sometimes it remains a creative occurrence but that every two for three explodes like freaky artwork. A very brutal experience that we recommend tasting in small doses, as an appetizer for marathons of other series.

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 Gul (2018)

Do you know what overwhelm is? You’re going to feel it elevated to the nth degree when you see this Indian series about hellish possessions in an even more hellish jail, all from the producers of Let Me Out or Insidious. Clautrophobia and violence to give and take.

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 Scream (2016)

The serial version of the 90s classic focuses more on the cluedo to discover who is murdering the protagonists – some of the crimes are cool – than on Wes Craven’s black humor. But it works very well as a millennial revamp of the slasher genre.