In 2016 when the first season of Stranger Things came out, in no time it successfully created a worldwide fanbase for a genre that is a perfect blend of investigative, supernatural, science fiction, and horror. A child goes missing, another one appears out of nowhere, no logical explanation of the disappearance as well as the ‘appearance’ and what follows is nothing like a normal missing person case.
With the genre suddenly getting so much attention, other such titles too came into the spotlight which in some the other ways followed the same path.
Here’s a list of such other titles that you might or might not have heard of but are absolutely worth your time. So, do check them out:
Directed by: Baran bo Odar
Cast: Louis Hofmann, Julika Jenkins, Andreas Pietschmann, Maja Schöne, Lisa Vicari, Lisa Kreuzer, Dietrich Hollinderbäumer, Karoline Eichhorn
The story is set in the German town of Winden where the children have started going missing and no one has even the slightest idea of what’s exactly happening and how can anyone vanish into thin air just like that. What started off as a missing person case turns into a time travel saga when a wormhole is discovered in the cave system beneath the local nuclear power plant. Multiple secrets will surface regarding Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann families and their connections to the disappearances.
Locke & Key
Directed by: Michael Morris, Tim Southam, Mark Tonderai-Hodges, Dawn Wilkinson, and more
Cast: Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Laysla De Oliveira, Petrice Jones, and Griffin Gluck.
Locks and keys denote far more than just what they are for. Locks refer to places and secrets sealed off from the world and maybe the idea that they must be ‘locked’ whereas keys are the way those secrets can come out in the world and impact or disrupt the usual circle of life. That is what the siblings, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode will realize when they’ll find locked doors and special keys everywhere around their deceased father’s residence. The trio will together figure out what all of it means and they are not the only ones trying to figure out this mystic puzzle.
The Umbrella Academy
Directed by: Peter Hoar, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kuras, Jeremy Webb and more
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige
The Umbrella Academy is a superhero group formed by Reginald Hargreeves who adopted seven out of 43 children born at noon on October 1, 1989. The twist? The mothers had no symptoms of pregnancy till the labor began and hence came into being children with extraordinary powers. The story follows the siblings as they fight against all evil in the past, present, and future as they sail through the feelings and emotions like love, friendship, betrayal, fear, and more.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger, Rob Seidenglanz, Viet Nguyen, Maggie Kiley and more
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph
Being a witch in previous centuries was a different thing but being one in this time, it’s a whole different ballgame. And it’s slightly more pressure when you are a teen and believe that the world is all yours and you can light it all up with your ‘wrath’ if someone defies you and your choices. That’s what happened with Sabrina Spellman, a part-witch and part-mortal. She has all the good friends, fun, and happiness in her life but it won’t stay long when on her sixteenth birthday she’s given a choice to either embrace the darkness inside of her or choose the mortal life (And beware, the darkness that’s talked about is the actual scary one, with hovering witches, bloody rituals, creepy jungles, and whatnot).
It: Chapter One
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs
Now this one is something that can give you some real jump scares. The story takes us to Derry, a small town in Maine that is terrorized by a shape-shifting entity that shows up every 27 years and feeds on young children. What makes him more terrifying? He knows your worst fears and will use them against you each time he feels like it. The fight against this entity is a joint venture of Bill and six more kids who collectively are called “The Losers’ Club” and it all started with Bill’s brother following his paper boat which went down a sewer and eventually got him killed. And this, children, is why you never form emotional attachments to paper sailboats.