Hey there, lovelies! Halloween is around the corner, and I wanted to share some of the most scary and creepy documentaries you can stream in different platforms.
Some of these documentaries you can watch for free, and for others, you will need a subscription like Netflix or Hulu.
Each documentary will have their IMBd rating, and where you can watch it. I will also add the link so it’s easier for you to access.
Documentaries That Will Give You Nightmares
While not all these documentaries are scary, some will definitely give you nightmares. It’s not the same as watching a horror movie, since all these documentaries are based on true stories. Or at least, they have some reality in them.
Which in my opinion, makes the story even more terrifying.
So if you are looking for creepy documentaries for this spooky season, then you are definitely going to enjoy these recommendations. Especially if you are tired of the same Halloween movie recommendations.
In this list, you will find different types of documentaries. From true-crime to paranormal.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 7.5/10
The definition of “tourism” is redefined as New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier, who journeyed into the darkest corners of the internet in the hit 2016 documentary Tickled, sets his sights on the world of dark tourism.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 5.7/10
Belief lifts the veil of secrecy on what became known as The Wainuiomata Exorcism to reveal the extraordinary true story of how both love and fear could drive a New Zealand family to unwittingly kill one of their own.
FREE ON TUBI | IMDb RATING: 5.8/10
Take a deep dive into the chilling medical condition of sleep paralysis through the bedtime trials and tribulations of eight vastly different people.
4. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
HBO MAX, HULU & FREE ON YOUTUBE | IMDb RATING: 7.7/10
Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 8.1/10
When a controversial guru builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, it causes a massive conflict with local ranchers. This docuseries chronicles the conflict, which leads to the first bioterror attack in the United States and a massive case of illegal wiretapping. It is a pivotal, but largely forgotten, time in American cultural history that tested the country’s tolerance for the separation of church and state. Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass serve as executive producers on the series.
IMDb RATING: 7.3/10
The existence of aliens has been debated for decades in America, although to date there has been very little evidence to support the arguments made by either side of the issue. That may be changing thanks to Hangar 1, a facility that houses an archive of more than 70,000 files that have been gathered over a period of nearly 50 years. The files, maintained by independent organization MUFON (The Mutual UFO Network), have recently been opened for investigation. “Hangar 1: The UFO Files” digs deep into the archives in search of evidence of UFOs.The show scours the files to try to find connections, clues and evidence that could finally lead to a definitive answer about whether UFOs are real.
HULU | IMDb RATING: 8.3/10
Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds.
FREE ON TUBI | IMDb RATING: 6.3/10
Two filmmakers investigate the disappearance of five children in their home town and the urban legend that grew from it.
FREE ON YOUTUBE | IMDb RATING: 6.4/10
A minister (Dwight Schultz) and his wife (Mel Harris) adopt a little girl and her brother without knowing of the abuse in their past.
HBO MAX | IMDb RATING: 6.7/10
The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In the aftermath, Diane Schuler was portrayed as a reckless drunk and a mother who cracked. But was she the monster the public made her out to be… or the perfect wife and mother that many say she was?
HBO MAX | IMDb RATING: 7.2/10
An examination of the UFO cult through the eyes of its former members and their loved ones; what starts with the disappearance of 20 people from an Oregon town, ends with the largest suicide on U.S. soil.
12. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)
NETFLIX & FREE ON PLUTO TV | IMDb RATING: 6.8/10
In 1974, 12-year-old Jan Broberg is abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho by a trusted neighbour and close family friend.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 6.3/10
Serial killer Dennis Nilsen narrates his life and horrific crimes via a series of chilling audiotapes recorded from his jail cell.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 7.5/10
Young detective Gil Carrillo and legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno race against the clock to stop a nocturnal monster responsible for a series of seemingly disconnected murders and sexual assaults in 1985 Los Angeles.
15. A Dangerous Son (2018)
HULU, AMAZON PRIME & HBO MAX | IMDb RATING: 6.6/10
Although parents of children who have serious mental illnesses struggle to find appropriate treatment before their children harm themselves or others, they often face limited resources and support.
NETFLIX | IMDb RATING: 6.1/10
Based on author Leslie Kean’s book, “Surviving Death,” an investigation into the possibility of life after death; innovative new research is combined with personal stories of near-death experiences, reincarnation and paranormal phenomena.
This documentary is more informative rather than scary.
17. The Secret Of Skinwalker Ranch (2020)
HULU, FREE ON HISTORY & YOUTUBE | IMDb RATING: 6.1/10
Skinwalker Ranch and the surrounding area have been referred to as “UFO alley” since the 1950s when numerous anomalous events and strange activity began occurring. A team of scientists and experts conducts a thorough and daring search of the infamous 512-acre property in Utah’s Uinta Basin in an attempt to find out the answers behind more than 200 years of UFO sightings, strange animal mutations, and paranormal related mysteries. Scientists use the latest in cutting-edge technology, like ground-penetrating radar and drones, to seek shocking discoveries.
18. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)
HBO MAX & HULU | IMDb RATING: 7.4/10
An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, and true crime author Michelle McNamara’s obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.
19. Unacknowledged (2017)
HULU & FREE ON TUBI | IMDb RATING: 7/10
Disclosure Project founder Dr. Steven M. Greer offers evidence of extraterrestrial contact, including top-secret testimonials, documents and never-before-seen UFO footage.
FREE ON YOUTUBE | IMDb RATING: 7.8/10
The malware worm Stuxnet, famously used against Iranian centrifuges, has been claimed by many to have originated as a joint effort between America and Israel.
Have you ever watched any of these creepy documentaries? Is there a different one that I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments.
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