The holidays are over, and if you thought that meant it's time for Valentine's Day, you are wrong. What to watch and stream this January is instead about going right back to Spooky Season, as a surprising amount of horror content is releasing. If the Oscar nominations have you angry and nothing will give you post-holiday energy like a good scare, new movies, shows, and streaming releases are here to satisfy your dark soul. And there's no better place to start than Dracula, which has been biting its way into our hearts since it released on New Year's Day. Read all about it below, as well as several other ideas to watch and stream for a horror-filled start to 2020.
It has certainly been a while since we have gotten the chance to indulge in our vampire obsession. Frankly, we have even started to miss our sharp-toothed friends, who were everywhere less than a decade ago with the success of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. After an apparent mass disappearance, Netflix has positioned vampires for a return to the spotlight with its new original series, Dracula, which sticks closely to the original book by Bran Stoker, published in 1897. While viewers are certainly excited about the return of some good vampire entertainment, the title character is not your shy boy next door, i.e. Edward Cullen or any of his friends-slash-chosen-family from the 2010s. Here, Dracula is vile, cruel, and delightfully sadistic.
Netflix has long proven that it has the miracle recipe for a successful series: a flawless cast, a powerful atmosphere, a soundtrack you can't get out of your head, and a story that is timeless and well-known. Insert Dracula, the classic tale of a chilling vampire complete with stunning chateau scenery, period costumes, and of course, blood. The short series includes three 90-minute episodes recounting three different periods of the Count's life, from Transylvania to England.
We found the series to have just enough gore, though those with more sensitive eyes may be inclined to disagree. However, if you are a more seasoned horror fanatic, you might not find anything to scream about here, as the most chilling scenes are either few and far between or very predictable. All in all, this new rendition of the classic vampire story is perfect for both devoted Dracula fans and newcomers alike, and an ideally great starting point if you're looking on digging deeper into the history of this ghastly figure.
If you're like us, and this short-but-sweet series leaves you hungry for more haunts, check out some more chillers coming to big and small screens alike below: