Everyone likes a little drama in their life, but most of us prefer it on screen, where we can enjoy it from a pleasurable distance. But maybe you're tired of the usual romantic entanglements, lusty betrayals, or workplace backstabbings. Maybe you're seeking something a little more eerie, something with a touch of the unknown about it, while retaining that core of conflict. We've got you covered with 17 spooky dramas streaming on Netflix that'll add a soupçon of supernatural strain to your dramatic diet.
These movies strike that fine balance between eeriness and flat-out horror. The line in the sand might be best exemplified by the unfortunately not-streaming The Haunting (1963), which despite its title and premise, leans heavily on character flaws and relationships for interest. You're never sure if there even are ghosts or if it's just a fevered element of emotional instability, and the only special effects are sound design and editing.
Toeing a similar line on this list are Personal Shopper's story of reaching out for messages from beyond that might not be there, Ex Machina's emotionally manipulative Turing Test, and Under The Skin's truly alien exploration of desire. Gerald's Game also has you (and the poor protagonist) questioning whether what's seen is hallucination or real — after all, it is a Stephen King adaptation. But what you'll find in all of these films is genuine drama.