Hey Readers! I know I have done some supernatural book recommendations on the blog before so this week I decided to list some of my favorite supernatural tv shows and movies. If you’re looking for something to binge, look no further (plus, it will keep you busy while you wait for the second book of Shadows of Colesbrooke which is coming VERY SOON)!
Of course, we have to start out this list on a strong and somewhat obvious note! Supernatural has been around for 15 years, with the first season premiering in 2005. This 15 season hit series follows brothers Sam and Dean as they hunt supernatural and demonic creatures of all kinds. The success of this show speaks for itself, not only is utterly chilling but it also has everything you need: familial, friendly, and romantic relationships, emotion, humor, and a never failing ability to keep its viewers guessing! You can find all seasons on Netflix.
A standout episode: Season 1, Episode 2 “Wendigo”
Another one of my favorites that I think is fairly underrated is Grimm. This 6 season show focuses on Detective Nick Burkhardt who learns he is a descendant of a long line of protective warriors called Grimms (yes, named after a certain pair of storytelling brothers). Nick learns that fairytales aren’t what they seem and must defend his city from magical half human half animal creatures called Wesen. A unique take on classic stories, Grimm will keep you on the edge of seat every minute!
Watch on Amazon Prime Video.
A standout episode: Season 1, Episode 3 “BeeWare”
A dark spin-off of the famous 80’s movie, Teen Wolf centers on teenager Scott and his journey after turning into a werewolf. Scott faces new challenges and enemies while trying has to find his place in the supernatural world. Teen Wolf had a successful six season run filled with unforgettable villains, suspense, great friendships, magic, humor, and admirable characters. Scott’s transition into his life can’t help but remind me of Thomas’s journey in Shadows of Colesbrooke to come to terms with his new lifestyle.
A Standout Episode: Season 1, Episode 7 “Night School” (Amazon Prime)
While there are many adaptations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, there is something special and eerie about black and white films. Despite not remaining close to Shelley’s original story, Frankenstein still captures the original emotions and themes of the novel. Boris Karloff delivers a haunting performance of the monster which is especially impressive considering the monster has few lines and relies heavily on body language and facial expressions. I highly recommend this film if you’re looking for a quick, spooky fix!
Again, there is something special about black and white films! This adaptation of Dracula does not rely on horror but rather on unnerving its audience. Both Bela Lugosi (Dracula) and Dwight Frye (Renfield, a new vampire) give chilling, memorable performances that unsettle but make it hard to look away. Even though Halloween is months away, you can still indulge your love of the supernatural with this classic film!
This 2002 paranormal movie is eerie in every sense of the word. It’s creepy without being too scary and has the perfect amount of mystery! In the beginning the weird character quirks and events seem random, but by the end of the film everything falls into place. While suspenseful, Signs can not really be considered a horror film. It’s perfect if you want something that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but not scare you in a way that you’re up all night with the lights on.