Fans of supernatural entertainment are in collective ecstasy over Netflix’s Stranger Things. If season two of the hit is too far away, SBS On Demand houses a wide array of movies and television shows that target the same sweet spot.
Supernatural whodunnit series Jordskott presents us with an otherworldly conspiracy complete with dark folklore and eerie forests not unlike those in Stranger Things. Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel) returns to her home town seven years after the unsolved disappearance of her daughter, thanks to a case involving a missing boy.
A mystery stone from space? Mysterious mute men straight out of Twin Peaks? Messed up modern-day fairy tale? Check, check, and check. From the moment Vera arrives from the big city to the small town of Angelby, the madness begins in this series. Before she even sees her new place, she’s hit and allegedly kills a young boy with her car. Allegedly.
Let the Right One In
A masterful little horror film that comes with two child performances just as good as anything in Stranger Things. Oskar is a lonely, bullied schoolkid until he meets and falls for Eli, a young girl who might not be totally human. Confident and measured, this 2008 film is sure to stay in the memory for a long time to come.
Dear young people: Don’t go deep into the Aussie bush to see ancient cave paintings. A crucial lesson learnt in this horror film. Yes, a group of characters heading into the woods and being picked off one by one has been done before, but Primal manages to keep the concept fresh by replacing the crazed madman with a supernatural virus.
This creepy Danish mystery series focuses on a pair of siblings who can’t live unless they suck the living energy out of others, but have no idea why they are the way they are and are desperate to find out. This desperation sees them enrol in a boarding school with hundreds of years of history - and a past that may be linked to the siblings’ “curse”.
David Cronenberg’s influence on Stranger Things is undeniable, and here we have the original body-horror flick, Scanners. Scanners are people with special telekinetic powers, highly sought after by an evil weapons and security company named ConSec. Our hero, a scanner named Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside) wages war against ConSec while they deploy their own villain to stop him.
REC and REC 2
The Spanish revitalised the "found footage" horror subgenre, startling the living daylights out of us with this technically marvellous depiction of a zombie attack. What audiences don’t see is just as effective as what they do, and the whole endeavour is not for the easily unnerved.
An alcoholic cop is cursed and forced to transform into a werewolf every evening. And so we have... Wolfcop!