Did you love Stranger Things as well? This month has us wanting to curl up with a warm drink and watch a spooky movie! Stranger Things was the kind of show that managed to keep you on the edge of your seat, scare you, and blow your mind every episode. It played on 1980’s nostalgia but attracted young viewer with it’s theory-ready mystery style. While there will never be another show JUST like Stranger Things, we’ve gone through the archives and found you some similar things to watch while you wait for the next season to premiere (all we know is it will be sometime in 2017). Fingers crossed for a January 2017 premiere — is that too much to ask for? We hope they don’t haunt you enough to make cupcakes unenjoyable, poor pup!
Your Spooky Entertainment:
For reference, we rank Stranger Things at a spooky level of 6-7.
|1. Wayward Pines|
|Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Wayward Pines was written by the Duffer Brothers just like Stranger Things, so the show shares a spookiness eerily similar to it. People living in Wayward Pines aren’t scary in the obvious sort of way, but the show is scary in they way where the people living here are just a little too nice, too helpful and too perfect. Lastly, I know I’d be scared to visit a town that has a sign at the edge saying if you leave Wayward Pines, you will die.
Spooky Level: 7-8
|2. Top of the Lake|
|A 7-part series starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter. 12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it’s not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. The series is extremely engrossing and a total thriller. There’s only one season out for the time being, the second season is said to premiere in 2017. Apparently Moss will be starring alongside Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Spooky Level: 8
|3. Super 8|
|If you aren’t looking for a show and rather a solid two hour spooky event, Super 8 is a great pick. Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction-thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler and tells the story of a group of young teenagers who are filming their own Super 8 movie when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town. They soon realize that the train crash was not an accident, and Deputy Jackson Lamb searches for the truth behind it. The movie was praised for its nostalgia and visual affects. Plus it features a Deputy trying to uncover the terrifying truth of what is actually happening in their town. Does anyone else see the similarities here to Stranger Things?
Spooky Level: 6
|4. The X-Files|
|The X-Files focuses on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonization of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humorous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world’s most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993. Recently being rebooted, and with 10 seasons of drama to watch, this show is sure to keep you going while we anxiously await Stranger Things Season 2.
Spooky Level: 7
|The series follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” team based in Boston. The team uses unorthodox “fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, some of which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The show is a sci-fi, mystery thriller that often keeps the audience at the edge of their seat. The scare level of this show is dependent entirely on the episode itself. Fringe often deals with alternate universes and so it is common that it demonstrates weird phenomenons and blow’s people’s minds more than scare them.
Spooky Level: 5
Seasons: 5 (solid binge-watching potential)
|6. American Horror Story|
|An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, an enigmatic hotel and a sinister farmhouse in Roanoke, North Carolina. American Horror Story is known for changing it’s theme entirely with each season, as well as being extremely scary (depending on the season). So beware — this show may have you hiding behind blankets, and checking the closets for “monsters” before bed! We included it because although it is more scary than Stranger Things, we had to account for all of you out there who actually enjoy the thrill of the scare.
Spooky Level: 9-10
|7. The Outer Limits|
|Like the classic 1960s series of the same name, each episode is a celebration of the human imagination in which humanity’s exploration of new frontiers in technology, outer space and the human experience reveal our greatest hopes and darkest fears. Stories on The Outer Limits have explored the consequences of such controversial and thought-provoking topics as genetic manipulation, alien visitation and life after death. Classified as a fantasy, sci-fi horror series it is sure to contain some extremely thrilling parts to it. Most of the episode endings involve both plot-twists and aliens.
Spooky Level: 4
|This show is a sci-fi drama about 8 distinct people from around the world who are suddenly linked mentally. The group must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order. As the show progresses, they continue to learn the reason for their mental bond, as well as how it affects the age-old battle between good and evil. Brought to you by the Wachowski brothers — the same ones who brought us The Matrix long ago, the series has a similar ability to freak you out. It’s not a particularly scary series, but it too investigates strange happenings on a worldwide scale rather than in one single town.
Spooky Level: 4
|9. Mr. Robot|
|Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroad when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect. The show is a mix of a crime tv show meets sci-fi thriller. It too isn’t a particularly scary show but we would compare it to Limitless minus some of the comedy. The show is currently airing, so who knows if this could be your new weekly show!
Spooky Level: 4
|10. The Whispers|
|An unseen alien force has figured this human weakness out. They have invaded earth and are using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination – our children. The series follows special agent Claire Bennigan, Lily Rabe, as she investigates the peculiar events occurring with the children who are communicating with a strange force Drill. This show also focuses more on the younger characters and definitely has some spine-tingling parts to it. The show got canceled after the one season so don’t get too attached if you can help it!
Spooky Level: 7
We hope these don’t give you any nightmares! Sweet dreams …