But if ghosts, ghouls and goblins don’t quite get your juices flowing, then some of these real-life horror stories might.
From unsolved murders to tales of possession and… rats, these are 10 of the most downright disturbing and utterly terrifying documentaries currently on Netflix.
Take a look through them below:
What’s it about? “A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.”
What people said about it: “It’s harrowing and upsetting, and it will haunt you for a long time, which is part of what makes it necessary viewing.”
What’s it about? “Realising the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.”
What people said about it: “‘Cropsey’ is a creepy documentary with all the elements of a horror film about a demented serial killer, and an extra ingredient: This one is real, and you see him handcuffed in the film, not merely empty-eyed, shabby and stooped, but actually drooling.”
What’s it about? “Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.”
What people said about it: “a wholly fascinating experience on a lot of levels” “It will entertain and creep you out”.
What’s it about? “The true story of how love, fear, culture and belief lead a loving family to tragically kill one of their own during a four day exorcism ceremony.”
What people said about it: “It is probably one of the best and most disturbing documentaries I’ve ever watched.”
What’s it about? “The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.”
What people said about it: “Netflix’s doc about the death of Kathleen Peterson and her novelist husband Michael’s court case remains a sensational, game-changing series.”
What’s it about? “A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. In the battle for saving a soul, just who really is the ‘Hostage to the Devil’?”
What people said about it: “Hostage to the Devil fascinates with its focus on a renegade, dinner-party darling exorcist and the social factors that made him a star.”
What’s it about? “A critical look into some true crime cases where American law enforcement made up for lack of actual physical evidence by using devious psychological tactics during interrogation in order to extract confessions from naive suspects.”
What people said about it: “At best, The Confession Tapes makes you feel unease. At worst, despair.”
What’s it about? “Venturing into rat-dominated environments, Morgan Spurlock brings you face to face with the little, misunderstood creatures that live and breathe all around you.”
What people said about it: “stomach-churning footage with disturbing scenes”…”plays much like a horror film”… horribly entertaining”… super disgusting.”
What’s it about? “Ted Patrick’s anti-cult crusade began in the early ’70s and quickly became an underground movement of concerned parents, ex-cultists and law enforcement officers working to deprogram those affected by cults.”
What people said about it: “Donovan’s film would have been interesting enough if it were just a history lesson, but it goes deeper, exploring the eerie disconnect that takes place when people hand over the reins of their brains to an outside force.”
What’s it about? “In this jailhouse interview, Arthur Shawcross, the Genesee River Killer, shares candid details of his crimes and his surprising family bonds.”
What people said about it: “There were times while I was watching this documentary that I had to stop and press pause for a while to compose myself and take in what I had just heard being described. At times it was made even worse by the cold-hearted way that Shawcross describes his crimes with no remorse at all.”
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