“Is there anything scarier than a really good horror film or series? Absolutely: a horror documentary,” says Kayleigh. “And no, I’m not talking about David Attenborough’s Life On Our Planet (25 Oct; Netflix) – even if its warnings around climate change and mass extinction make it, quite frankly, a chilling must-watch.
“No, I’m talking about those series that meticulously explore true stories around demonic possession, haunted houses and other unexplained phenomena. Series like, say, The Enfield Poltergeist, which is due to drop on Apple TV+ on Friday 27 October. The four-part series takes us back to 1977, when an everyday family based in (you guessed it!) Enfield, London, found themselves at the centre of a series of bizarre and disturbing events. Combining more than 250 hours of rare audio archive, a recreation of the setting of the haunting and original interviews with the people impacted by the case, it promises to leave us sleeping with the lights on for many, many weeks to come.
“Of course, this isn’t the first project of its kind. In fact, if The Enfield Poltergeist leaves you hungry for more true (and terrifying) events, you can go forth and stream any of the following…”
This one, available to rent via Prime Video, will strike a nerve with anyone who has ever suffered sleep paralysis.
PARANORMAL: THE GIRL, THE GHOST AND THE GRAVESTONE
In this BBC docuseries (available on iPlayer), Sian Eleri investigates a seemingly ordinary farmhouse in north Wales that was once known as the most haunted house in Britain.
Oh sure: not every episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries deals with the paranormal, but plenty of perplexing and horrifying cases inspire this iconic docuseries.
THE DEVIL ON TRIAL
In 1981, Arne Johnson stabbed Alan Bono to death and tried to claim in court that he was possessed by a demon during the murder. This Netflix documentary explores the strange case from all angles.
Streaming on Prime Video, this documentary deals with urban legends as two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life bogeyman linked to their disappearances.