Matt and Ross Duffer have become household names following the mega-success of the sci-fi/horror series Stranger Things on Netflix. The creators have said that they have approached both seasons as 9-hour movies as opposed to serials, and this definitely shows in Stranger Things’ focus and intensity. It’s changing the way film fans experience entertainment and opening the doors for powerful, complex storylines that simply can’t be done justice in 2 hours.
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If you’ve finished Stranger Things Season 2 and you’ve still got a craving for some focused horror, you might want to investigate some of the mini-series below. This video was assembled by the folks at WatchMojo and could easily point you towards some epic storytelling on par with The Duffer’s gamechanger. A few are a bit dated, but all represent intense viewing experienced. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
If you can’t stream, the Top 10 horror mini-series are listed below with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Need a horror mini-series to binge watch? We’ll be looking at some of the best horror miniseries ever produced, including The Fades, The Stand, It, American Horror Story, Harper’s Island, Stephen King’s The Shining, and more. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the top 10 horror mini-series.
The Stand (1994)
Official Synopsis: A four-part miniseries tells the horror story of King’s “The Stand.” A supervirus that leaked from a lab kills most of the population in what appears to be The Plague (Part 1). The survivors share The Dreams (Part 2). Then they fight to stay alive as they break into groups of good and evil in The Betrayal (Part 3). The Stand (Part 4) between good and evil is the final episode.
The Kingdom aka Riget (1994-1997)
Official Synopsis: The Kingdom is an eight-episode Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, and co-directed by Lars von Trier and Morten Arnfred.
The Langoliers (1995)
Official Synopsis: Passengers on a red-eye flight bound for Boston awaken to find a terrifying world inhabited by an unknown enemy.
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Official Synopsis: Adapted from the famous novel by Robert Louis Stephenson, this contemporary thriller follows Dr. Tom Jackman as he uses an array of modern technlogy in an increasingly desperate attempt to hold at bay a deadly foe: Mr. Hyde, his savage and ruthless alter ego. Although they time-share the same body, Mr. Hyde is significantly stronger and faster than Tom — and his strength is still growing. The stakes get even higher when Hyde learns of the existence of Tom’s beautiful wife, Claire, and their two children, whom he uses as pawns in his power play against Tom. The doctor relies heavily on his assistant, psychiatric nurse Katherine Reimer, to help him somehow keep Hyde in check. Peter Syme is Tom’s best friend, Miranda Callendar is a private eye who stumbles onto Tom’s bizarre double life, and Benjamin is an American overseeing a mission to overtake and capture Hyde.
The Fades (2011) [Featured Image]
Official Synopsis: Paul is a geeky teenager who pretty much keeps to himself and, except to his best friend, Mac, only talks when he needs to. He has never tried to fit in because he knows that he is different — he has visions of a terrifying apocalypse and can see the spirits of dead people, called Fades, and he becomes embroiled in a battle between the living and the dead. When one Fade crosses over into the “real” world, he goes on a rampage, killing humans and causing damage to the world around them. Paul and his companions, including Mac and Paul’s twin sister Anna, must find a way to stop the rest of the Fades from destroying the world.
Harpers Island (2009)
Official Synopsis: Seven years after a series of murders claimed the lives of her mother and five others, Abby Mills returns to her hometown of Harper’s Island to attend the wedding of her best friend, heiress Trish Willington, to boy-next-door Henry Dunn. There’s no happily ever after, though, as a serial killer begins picking off family members and friends one by one in this serialized horror-drama series some have described as ” ‘Scream’ meets ‘Ten Little Indians.’ “.
Stephen King’s The Shining (1997)
Official Synopsis: Unspeakable evils confront a caretaker’s family in a desolate hotel.
The Enfield Haunting (2015)
Official Synopsis: This three-part drama is based on real-life events that took place in an ordinary North London home in 1977. During the autumn of that year, novice paranormal researcher Maurice Grosse hears of a family reported to be terrorized by supernatural forces. After the recent death of his own daughter, Maurice gets drawn into the family’s story, which also involves a young girl at the center of the bizarre happenings. The researcher enlists the help of experienced investigator Guy Lyon Playfair, who at first believes the case to be a scam — that is, until he comes into contact with the malevolent presence.
American Horror Story (2011-)
Official Synopsis: “American Horror Story” was created by the co-creators of “Glee,” but the shows have little in common besides that. The show revolves around the Harmons, a family of three, who move from Boston to Los Angeles in order to reconcile past anguish. What the Harmons don’t know is that the house they’ve moved into is haunted. But it’s not haunted by Casperesque friendly ghosts — it’s haunted by demonic creatures. The creatures have a history of not only spooking the house’s residents but also devouring them. After living in this house, family patriarch and psychiatrist, Ben, may need a shrink of his own.
Official Synopsis: In 1960, seven preteen outcasts fight an evil demon that poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
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