10 thriller series with a unique dark atmosphere

In a black, black house … Who in childhood did not lose heart when he listened to horror stories for the first time in the twilight? And having matured, we forget stories about coffins on wheels, but sit down on gloomy series in the thriller genre. We are attracted by films where they know how to both intrigue and catch up with mysticism and horror, creating a chilling atmosphere. And this collection is just for fans of adult horror stories and detective stories with skeletons in the closet.

Chestnut Man (2021)

On a playground in prosperous Copenhagen, the corpse of a young woman with a cut off hand was found. Nearby lay a little man made of chestnut trees with the fingerprints of the daughter of the Minister of Social Policy, who disappeared a year ago and was presumed dead. The inconsolable parents of the girl have hope, but is it not in vain? Detective Naya Thulin and her new partner Mark Hess must deal with a shocking discovery while solving personal problems that a single mother and former Interpol employee have accumulated abound.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Chestnut Man

Actors:
Danica Curcic, Mikkel Boe Fölsgaard, Iben Dorner Östergård…

Country:
Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Stranger (2020)

Among the detective series of recent years, adaptations of thrillers with a dark atmosphere by the writer Harlan Coben stand out. After evaluating the prospects of his novels, Netflix signed a contract with the author for 14 adaptations, and this is one of them. Adam Price’s life was settled and prosperous until the fateful meeting in the bar. A mysterious stranger told him shocking facts about his beloved wife, which launched a chain of sinister events and unexpected revelations. But is Adam’s own conscience so pure?

Original title:
The Stranger

Actors:
Richard Armitage, Sean Dooley, Shivan Finneran …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Sharp Objects (2018)

Mini-series based on the debut novel by popular psychological thriller author Gillian Flynn. Journalist Camille has recently been discharged from a psychiatric clinic and is about to return to the profession. To prove her worth as a crime reporter, the heroine goes to her hometown, where an unsolved crime has been committed. In addition to the investigation, in the homeland Camilla will meet with a dark past. Will the woman be able not to break loose and maintain her hard-won emotional balance?

Original title:
Sharp Objects

Actors:
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Amnesia (2017 – 2020)

FBI agent Emily Byrne is on the hunt for a Boston serial killer, but in the midst of the investigation, she disappears without a trace. The maniac is caught without her participation, and six years later he decides to reveal Emily’s whereabouts to her husband Nick, also an FBI officer. The heroine is found, and she is alive, but does not remember anything about the circumstances of her abduction. Trying to find out the truth and return to a family where no one is waiting for her, Emily herself becomes a suspect in several murders. Hoping to find the true culprit, the girl goes on the run.

Original title:
Absentia

Actors:
Stana Katic, Patrick Huesinger, Neil Jackson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Darkness (2017 – 2020)

German sci-fi thriller about the incredible events taking place in the fictional German city of Winden. The plot of the series follows the stories of four families where children go missing. The action takes place in several time periods, between which, using the portal under the local nuclear power plant, characters move, not always able to return to the starting point. The secrets of the past, where the characters are immersed, shed light on the dramatic events of the present, leaving more questions than answers.

Original title:
Dark

Actors:
Louis Hofmann, Carolina Eichhorn, Jordis Triebel …

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Sinner (2017 – 2021)

A completely prosperous young woman, during a family vacation on the beach, attacked an unfamiliar man and stabbed him with a fruit knife. The tragedy occurred in front of her husband and son, and there were many outside witnesses. What made the law-abiding and balanced citizen to lose control over herself? This is going to find out an experienced detective investigating a shocking crime. However, the killer does not make it easy for him, hiding or really not understanding the motives of his own behavior.

Original title:
The Sinner

Actors:
Bill Pullman, Jessica Hecht, Don Norwood …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Collapse (2013 – 2016)

A tough London police officer, Stella Gibson, arrives in the capital of Northern Ireland to help solve a high-profile dark case. For almost a month, local cops have been unsuccessfully looking for a maniac who kills beautiful and successful brunettes. Stella compiles a criminal profile, which corresponds to the psychologist Paul Spector, a respected member of society and an exemplary family man. Will the “iron lady” performed by the brilliant Gillian Anderson succeed in bringing to light a charming and very cunning killer?

Original title:
The Fall

Actors:
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Brona Vo…

Country:
Great Britain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Hannibal (2013 – 2015)

The story of an unusual but fruitful collaboration between FBI agent Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Graham is a specialist in the capture of serial killers, able to predict the behavior of a maniac, and psychiatrist Lecter is a lover of human flesh known from the cult “Silence of the Lambs”. In another investigation into the deaths of several girls, characterized by grim details, the FBI man reached a dead end and was forced to seek the advice of a cannibal psychiatrist.

Original title:
Hannibal

Actors:
Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Top of the Lake (2013 – 2017)

The mystical thriller takes place in a New Zealand town where Robin Griffin arrives from Sydney to visit his seriously ill mother. The heroine has to combine the performance of a daughter and a call of duty, investigating the disappearance of 12-year-old Tui Mitch, who became pregnant and tried to commit suicide. The girl was saved from a fatal step, but she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, puzzling Robin and evoking memories of her own troubled childhood, full of sinister mysteries and phenomena.

Original title:
Top of the Lake

Actors:
Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan…

Country:
Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Murder (2011 – 2014)

The events of the American remake of the Danish series of the same name take place in Seattle, from where detective Sarah Linden is going to move to her fiancé in California. But the brutal murder of a teenage girl delays Sarah in the service. To the detriment of her personal life, she plunges headlong into the investigation along with Stephen Holder, her successor turned partner. The resonant case turns out to be very difficult, and the evidence found leads to the highest offices of power.

Original title:
The Killing

Actors:
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Elias Koteas …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb -8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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