The paranormal is widely regarded by skeptics as unreal, fanciful, or simply fake – but documentaries might convince non-believers otherwise. On Netflix is a wide variety of titles that force viewers to question what may lie, or lurk, beyond what we can understand as humans.
When it comes to paranormal documentaries currently available on Netflix, there is truly something for everyone. Some focus on super spooky stories, while others take a more realistic look into the concept of the paranormal. Whether audiences are looking to get scared or simply want to learn more about supernatural forces, these titles are worth a watch.
11 Hangar 1: The UFO Files
Hangar 1: The UFO Files is a series that takes an in-depth look at UFO sightings. Made in conjunction with one of the largest private databases of UFO information, this title showcases intense investigations full of alien theories.
The series is presented through a combination of narration and interviews accompanied by engaging intercut footage. Within each episode, there are multiple, beautifully shot recreations of UFO sightings that increase the quality of the theories being told.
10 Myths & Monsters
Myths & Monsters is a series about ancient mythical gods and the creepy creatures that accompany their stories. The show takes a look at some of the oldest supernatural stories of all time and considers how they could plausibly be real.
Told through a combination of narration and interviews paired with animation of the stories, Myths & Monsters perfectly provides a calming yet chilling watch for viewers.
9 Dark Tourist
With traveling the world being so inaccessible for many right now, Dark Tourist is a series that could be a fun watch for those who love both travel and the paranormal. Every episode is set in a different location around the globe, in which host David Farrier explores some of the most twisted and terrifying places to visit.
Throughout the series, Farrier goes out of his way to encounter paranormal happenings such as exorcisms, haunted forests, vampires, and much more. Dark Tourist is a great option for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the supernatural side of various cultures worldwide.
8 John Was Trying To Contact Aliens
This quick 16 minute short film is a must watch for documentary lovers. John Was Trying to Contact Aliens is an intimate dive into one man’s extreme interest in wanting to make a connection with something otherworldly.
The film tells a touching story through vintage and psychedelic footage. Although it does ultimately veer away from its supernatural aspect, this film will bring audiences back down to earth in a thought provoking way.
7 Unsolved Mysteries
The recent Netflix reboot of the classic series Unsolved Mysteries takes an in-depth look mostly into true crime and devastating events, but sometimes delves into cases with supernatural qualities such as the “Tsunami Spirits” episode in season two.
The show consists of talking head interviews that make it easy for audiences to connect with the chilling stories on a personal level. Though this reboot does not have a host unlike the previous installments, there are some reenactments involved as well to keep viewers engaged.
6 Until Dawn
A more light hearted spooky series is Until Dawn (no relation to the popular video game of the same name), a show about French comedians who must spend the late hours of the night in various haunted places.
This is a show in which the contestants on screen will likely get more scared than the audience. It consists of mostly gags that the participants play on each other in attempts to spook each other. Until Dawn is hilariously entertaining and a good choice for skeptics or those who don’t necessarily want to watch something with heavy content.
Currently one of the best paranormal shows on Netflix is Haunted. This series features intimate retellings of true, terrifying stories told by those whom the events actually happened to.
The accounts are dramatically reenacted as they are narrated, amping up the scariness with intense cinematic visuals. Haunted provides a wide range of stories from episode to episode and currently has three seasons available to watch.
4 Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses is a feature documentary that follows the events of a true crime case with chilling spiritual aspects. The story takes place in New Zealand where one family of a particular culture found themselves dealing with what they believed to be a demonic possession of their loved one.
The film is a slow burn that will leave audiences wanting more after every scene, and the story is told mostly through highly realistic reenactments that make it almost impossible to look away.
3 Alien Worlds
Alien Worlds is an incredible, visually striking limited series. It merges scientific ideas with fictitious creations to imagine what aliens of the universe could realistically look and act like.
The show is driven by a calming narration that guides audiences through beautifully imaginative worlds. It is a more than ideal watch for fantasy enjoyers, and perhaps the perfect amalgamation of science-fiction and science-non-fiction.
2 Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel
This limited series takes a deep dive into a true crime case that took place at the Cecil Hotel, the real-life inspiration for the terrifying setting of American Horror Story: Hotel and supposedly one the of the most haunted places in America.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel looks at the frightening disappearance of Elisa Lam and the apparent supernatural elements of the story. It is told mostly through interviews that dive into many strange happenings revolving around the hotel that will surely leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
1 Surviving Death
Based on the book of the same name, Surviving Death is a wonderfully existential documentary series with a high production value. Though it is more informative rather than scary, the show grounds supernatural experiences that are usually exaggerated for dramatic effect back in reality.
Each episode covers spiritual and emotional experiences that people all over the world have had with death. It merges inexplicable phenomena with what the human species can scientifically and rationally comprehend.