5 suspenseful dramas to watch on a spooky October night

Looking for a scary drama to watch during the month that is dedicated to all things spooky and creepy? Need a short drama? Want something that will make you creeped out when you watch it at night? Something with scares and a side of humor? Then look no further, since I have compiled a list with all of your drama watching needs in mind.

The Guest (Netflix)

Synopsis: Yoon Hwa Pyung, a young psychic born into a shaman family, learns about the powerful demon called “Son” (Guest). The demon has the power to control other demons and allows them to possess weak people. The possessed people then go mad, kill their families, and stab themselves in the eye. Fatefully, Hwa Pyung, Choi Yoon (a young boy born in a religious Catholic family), and Kang Kil Yeong (the daughter of a detective), meet when their families are killed by a demon. Twenty years later, the demon killings start again. Hwa Pyung is now a taxi driver who uses his power to seek out possessed people in order to help them, while Yoon is a Catholic priest who is talented in exorcism, and Kil Yeong is a detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts. The trio meets again and tries to work together to defeat “Son”. (MyDramaList)

I promise that the fact that Kim Jae Wook plays a really hot priest has nothing to do with me recommending this drama.

Well, ok, maybe just a tiny bit.

But beyond the pretty eye candy this is a really solid scary drama. Back when it aired, it wasn’t readily available to watch legally ,so I am so excited that I can recommend it to the masses now. If you are looking for a creepy possession mystery, then this is the drama you will want to binge.

Beyond Evil (Netflix & Viki)

Synopsis: Two fearless men are willing to go to extreme lengths in their pursuit of the serial killer who has shaken up their quiet city. (MyDramaList)

Yeo Jin Goo and Shin Ha Kyun give brilliant performances in this nuanced and twisty serial killer mystery. With every answer you get, a ton of new questions arise. If you want a mystery that will have you guessing about the truth from start to finish, then this is the show to binge.

(Maknae’s Note: This drama was AMAZING and I am so glad I caved to Kmuse’s nagging and watched it.)

The Great Shaman Go Doo Shim (Viki)

Synopsis: Na Woo Soo is the very picture of high school perfection: He comes from a wealthy family, is outstandingly handsome, is every teacher’s favorite student at Seoul’s most prestigious high school, and unfailingly tops the class with his sky-high grades. But his life is about to turn on its head. The student with the lowest grades in his class is found dead in what at first appears to have been a suicide, and a girl named Ga Doo Shim transfers into his class.

Ga Doo Shim longs to be a run-of-the-mill high schooler, but she is fated to become a mighty spirit-chasing shaman. She and Woo Soo must join forces to defeat the evil haunting the halls of their school — if she can get Woo Soo to believe her.

I was so glad that this finished airing just in time to add to this list (only one episode a week was pure torture). Kim Sae Ron and Nam Da Reum oozed charisma and their characters’ ability to see demons keeps the story moving at a fast pace. With short 20-minute episodes, this is a drama you can fit into any busy schedule.

(Maknae’s Note: I loved this one! It’s cute but serious and I was delighted to see how the experience Kim Sae Ron and Nam Da Reum brought to their roles really elevated them into something wonderful. Totally gonna binge this one again before Halloween.)

White Christmas (Viki)

Synopsis – After receiving an anonymous letter stating that someone will die, eight students at the elite boarding school Susin High (nicknamed “Prison High”) decided to remain at school for the 8 days of winter break. A teacher is forced to stay behind with them.

On their first night, a psychologist named Kim Yo Han takes refuge at the school after being involved in a car accident nearby. Due to the snowstorm, the roads are closed and he has to spend the winter holiday with them. However, at a time when everyone else is celebrating Christmas Eve, the students realize that the anonymous letters they each received were not the result of a harmless prank; there is a murderer in their midst.

I am sure that you have heard me recommend this drama multiple times on the blog and podcast. That is because it is so freaking brilliant. With only eight episodes, and a very indie style of directing, White Christmas is a show that will suck you in with its creepy atmosphere and have you questioning your ethical stance on murder by the end. This is another pick if you have limited drama watching time. The episodes will just fly by.

(Maknae’s Note: Give it up and just listen to Kmuse. Watched this one on her recommendation too, a few years ago, and I *still* think about it to this day. Plus you’ll recognized a lot of the young faces — this is where a good portion of the cast really got their start.)

Mouse (Viki)

Synopsis: Mouse is a suspenseful story that asks the key question, “What if we could identify psychopaths in advance?” A crazed serial killer’s ruthless murders have left the entire nation gripped with fear, and chaos reigns. Justice-seeking rookie police officer, Jung Ba Reum, comes face to face with the killer. While he survives his dangerous encounter with the psychopath, Jung Ba Reum finds his life completely changing before his eyes.

So… I might have a selfish reason for recommending this drama. I just want EVERYONE to experience the serial killer crazy and chat with me about it. I have yet to be able to get any of my besties to take the Mouse plunge. So if you do and want to chat….I’m available on Twitter or Facebook. This is a show that you just have to share your thoughts about because the twists that come after episode six are insanely addicting.

What do you think? Which suspense drama has caught your attention? Let me know in the comments or on my social media!

Til the next spooky moment,


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