Spooky season is heading into full swing. Now’s a good time to get in the spirit. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of shows guaranteed to unnerve you — in the best kind of way. From fully watchable series to those with new episodes on the way, these are our top picks.
‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’: From the creators of “The Haunting of Hill House” comes the next installment of the “Haunting” anthology series. Some of the actors from Hill House return as characters in a new ghost story set in 1980s England. Pedretti plays Dani Clayton, who is hired to take care of two children at the Bly estate after their former au pair dies under mysterious circumstances.
The show’s nine episodes hit Netflix on Friday.
‘Lovecraft Country’: Everyone’s talking about the new HBO series, produced by Jordan Peele and Misha Green and based on a 2016 horror novel by Matt Ruff. The show is set in the 1950s, and the first episode follows Korean War vet Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) as they drive from Chicago through Jim Crow-era America in search of Atticus’ father. The show combines supernatural terrors inspired by the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft with the real-life terrors of racism in America.
New episodes of the 10-episode show premiere on HBO and HBO Max on Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. Seven episodes are available now.
‘The Third Day’: Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in this “Resident Evil”-type survivor-horror limited series told in two parts, “Summer” and “Winter.” The show, which has been compared to “The Wicker Man” and “Midsommar,” follows a man named Sam in “Summer” as he rescues a girl and takes her to a secluded island where locals are preparing for a creepy festival. In “Winter,” struggling single mother Helen goes to the same island with her two daughters, seeking answers.
New episodes of the six-episode show debut on HBO and HBO Max on Mondays at 9 p.m. Three episodes are available now.
‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond’: The show is a new spinoff series of everyone’s favorite zombie series, “The Walking Dead.” Featuring new faces, it picks up 10 years after the apocalypse with the first generation to come of age in a new world.
The first 10-episode season premiered Sunday on AMC. The 10th season of the original show, “The Walking Dead,” also resumed Sunday on AMC; the first nine seasons of “The Walking Dead” are available on Netflix. Season 6 of a different spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” will debut Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
2020 shows, available now
’50 States of Fright’: Want a jump scare but don’t have the time to invest in a 10-hour series? Sam Raimi is the executive producer of this Quibi short horror anthology series, which explores scary stories and urban legends from areas around the United States. Starring Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Asa Butterfield (Netflix’s “Sex Education,” “Ender’s Game”) and many more, the show’s short episodes feature tales from Michigan, Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, Washington and Colorado.
Watch the show’s two seasons (20 episodes) on the Quibi app.
‘Locke & Key’: This mind-bending fantasy series is based on the horror comic of the same name. Filled with demons, magic and secrets, the show centers on the three Locke siblings (Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones and Jackson Robert Scott) after they move with their mother (Darby Stanchfield) to their dead father’s estate, Keyhouse.
Watch the show’s 10 episodes on Netflix.
‘The Outsider’: Adapted from Stephen King’s bestselling novel by writer and producer Richard Price (“The Wire,” “The Deuce”), the Emmy-nominated miniseries opens with an investigation into the grisly killing of a young boy led by experienced cop Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn). As conflicting evidence piles up, it’s obvious the case isn’t as simple as it seems.
Ten episodes are available on HBO and HBO Max.
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’: Showtime’s dark fantasy spinoff of the “Penny Dreadful” series (2014-16) stars Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) in four roles. Set in 1938 Los Angeles, the show follows detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and his partner (Nathan Lane) as they look into a gruesome murder.
Watch all 10 episodes on Showtime. Catch up on the original “Penny Dreadful”‘s three seasons on Showtime or Netflix.
‘Ratched’: The ominous psychological thriller tells the origin story of Nurse Ratched (Sarah Paulson), the iconic villain of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Set in 1947 California at a psychiatric institution, it follows Mildred Ratched, who uses her charm to con her way into the good graces of Dr. Hanover (Jon Jon Briones).
All eight episodes are available on Netflix.