Best Paranormal Documentaries on Netflix that make for a must-watch

Haunted 2018 TV series Title Card
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The word paranormal immediately creates images like ghosts, spirits, dark, exorcism, possession and send chills down our spines. However, this specific genre has quite a following of its own. Maybe because it gives the viewers a chance to dive in the endless possibilities of life and death, real and illusions, alternate realities and supernatural beings, and what not. Believe it or not, human mind gets fascinated more by unproven things, and events which can’t be explained but give a scope of theories. And it boggles the mind more if somehow it is based on real life. 

If all of it rings bells in your head, then check out some of the best paranormal documentaries available on Netflix. But let us tell you before hand, they are not for the faint hearts.


Haunted | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Directed by: Jan Pavlacky

At the moment, Haunted is undoubtedly the best paranormal show on Netflix. The series revolves around people who have experienced unexplainable paranormal incidents. What makes it more eerie and scary to watch are the visuals and the dramatic enactment according to the narration. Even though many stories don’t have an evidence to support them or back them up, the audience finds them weirdly fascinating. 

Surviving Death

Surviving Death | Official Trailer | Netflix

Directed by: Ricki Stern

Based on the 2017 book of the same name by journalist and paranormal enthusiast Leslie Kean, the series deals with centuries old questions- what happens after we die? What does death mean? Is their an after-life? Is there something called peace? and a lot more. The questions are endless and so is the curiosity. The series is made in the form of a documentary which was supposed to be informative but ended up as a super scary due to the effects and enactment. It also includes interviews from people who have some or the other kind of experiences with death. Sounds creepy? That’s the kick in it.

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses - Teaser Trailer

Directed by: David Stubbs

The documentary deals with one of the most controversial deaths in New Zealand, of Janet Moses. Moses, who seemed to be in some sort of emotional turmoil and distress, was concluded to be possessed by her family members. What was supposed to be a prolonged process of exorcism and a way to treat her, ended up as a cause of her death. The documentary focuses on how certain scenarios blur the line between faith and reason and how they can turn out to be tragic not just for the victim but everyone around them. 

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries | Official Trailer | Netflix

Created by: John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer

The series is made into a documentary format and follows real-life mysteries circling around ‘not-so-normal’ topics like alien abduction, UFOs, ghosts, and controversial and alleged government secrets. To support the stories, pieces of interviews are embedded from people who had experienced those situations firsthand. 

John Was Trying To Contact Aliens

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens | Official Trailer | Netflix

Directed by: Matthew Killip

This one is not one of those usual creepy documentaries which gives jump scares at the right moment when talking about things like ghosts or aliens. This 16-minute short tells the tale of John Shephard and his obsession with the extraterrestrials (obsession, not in a negative way). It is a touching story about a man’s passion regarding something that might sound idiotic to others and his constant efforts to succeed in the same.