It's almost Halloween and, if you're one of those people who like to celebrate for the entire month, then no doubt you'll already be compiling an epic Netflix and Thrill playlist. In honour of this Spookathon, here is a list of the most terrifically terrifying-looking new and upcoming television and web series.
The Haunting of Hill House (October 12 - Netflix)
Arriving on Netflix today (October 12) is this hugely anticipated adaptation of Shirley Jackson's 1959 gothic novel, directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, Oculus). It follows five siblings into adulthood, having spent their younger years growing up in the most haunted house in America. After their youngest sister's suicide, they have reunited to confront the secrets of their childhood home.
Light as a Feather (October 12 - Hulu [US])
When five teenage girls decide to play a different version of the game of 'light as a feather, stiff as a board', things start going terribly wrong when they start dying off in the exact same way as predicted. Out today (October 12), this Hulu series is based on a Wattpad short story by Zoe Aarsen, adapted by Lee Fleming Jr., but unfortunately there's no UK broadcaster or premiere date details just yet!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (October 26 - Netflix)
Nothing like the Sabrina the Teenage Witch of the 90s, this new Netflix series is a more faithful adaptation from the Archie Comics series on which the original was based. It follows Sabrina's initiation into the dark occult world on her 16th birthday, and has been created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa of Riverdale fame (a show set in the same universe).
Tell Me A Story (October 31 - CBS All Access [US])
Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk... these are fairytales like you've never heard them before. Kevin Williamson has recreated these beloved children's stories into a chilling contemporary horror series set in New York City, that's set to hit the CBS All Access network on Halloween. No UK broadcaster or premiere date has yet been announced, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled!
Good Omens (2019 - Amazon Prime Video)
Probably one of the most exciting shows to hit Amazon in recent history, this is based on the collaborative novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman entitled Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, released back in 1990. It stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen as a demon and angel respectively who band together to prevent the apocolaypse.
What We Do In The Shadows (Spring 2019 - FX [US])
If you loved this 2014 New Zealand vampire mockumentary directed by and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) as much as we did, then you'll also be hyperventilating at this news. It's being adapted into an American series starring Kayvan Novak from Four Lions and Matt Berry from Toast of London. No current word yet on a UK release, but we're sure the success of the original mockumentary will ensure we hear something before too long.
Carnival Row (2019 - Amazon Prime Video)
Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom co-star in this chilling fantasy neo-noir series based on A Killing on Carnival Row by Travis Beacham. It's an exploration of the tension surrounding immigration in America, combined with the arrival of mythical creatures from a distant land, and turns into a mystery-crime adventure.
Ratched (TBA - Netflix)
An origins story based on the cold and ruthless Nurse Ratched from the 1962 Ken Kesey novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - a film of which was famously released in 1975 starring Jack Nicholson. The series is being headed by Evan Romansky, with American Horror Story sensation Sarah Paulson in the title role.
10 After Midnight (TBA - Netflix)
A brand new horror anthology series is brought to you by the Academy Award winning Guillermo del Toro. That's pretty much all we know about this Netflix commission so far, but it's enough to make us excited to see it. Whether the anthology stories will be episodic like Black Mirror or per season like American Horror Story is yet to be confirmed.
Child's Play (TBA)
Based on the Chucky horror film franchise of the same name, it was announced in February that a TV series is currently in development by creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner. It's thought to be a continuation of the film series and will feature the voice of Brad Dourif as the iconic cursed doll.
Lovecraft Country (TBA - HBO [US])
Fans of 20th-century horror extraordinnaire H.P. Lovecraft will no doubt be excited for this forthcoming HBO series, but it's a lot more than just a Cthulu adventure. It's actually based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, which explored the link between Lovecraftian horror and racism in the United States. Jordan Peele and J. J. Abrams are on board as executive producers with Misha Green as showrunner. We'll bring you more news on a UK broadcaster as and when we get it.
The Vampire Chronicles (TBA - Hulu [US])
Hulu is set to launch a new series based on the Anne Rice novels, which included the 1976 masterpiece Interview with the Vampire and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. The films were almost objectively terrible, so we're hungry for a decent adaptation of this blood-sucking world of wonder. Let's hope we get more news about a UK broadcaster ASAP!