There’s nothing like a good spooky movie or TV show to get one in the mood for some spooks and since today is the day of spook, it’s the perfect time to watch something that will send shivers down your spine. But what happens if you don’t have anything planned to watch this Halloween? Fortunately, you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of 10 truly spooky anime TV shows and movies that are sure to give you the creeps – or even make you regret watching it to begin with!
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Devilman Crybaby (2018) (Netflix)
First up on our list is something truly satanic. I’m surprised it was allowed on Netflix to begin with, honestly. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa, this Netflix Original Anime follows the story of Akira Fudo, an average boy living a perfectly normal life, but when his questionable friend Ryo Asuka tells him that an ancient race of demons is returning to take back the earth, Akira’s only hope is to merge with a demon and in doing so becomes Devilman. Normally the process will kill an ordinary human but Akira held strong and retained his human soul, now with his new body, personality, and the ability to transform into Devilman at will, he has the power to fight against the demons and put a stop to their plans to retake the earth before its too late! Devilman Crybaby is a more direct adaptation of the original Devilman manga by Go Nagai but puts a modern spin on things as well as various plot changes. I do have to warn you though, this anime in particular features heavy use of nudity, gore, and sexual content so it’s definitely not for little one’s eyes.
Devilman Crybaby is rated TV-MA and is currently available to stream on Netflix
Perfect Blue (1997)
From legendary director Satoshi Kon, comes a brilliant story you won’t want to stop watching! Based on the novel of the same name, Perfect Blue is about an idol named Mima Kirigoe, who after recently retiring from her idol group (called CHAM!) becomes an actress in a new crime drama series, with hopes of shedding the pop-idol image she once had. But soon afterward, she becomes victim to stalking and paranoia as an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an idol begins to stalk her. If that’s not enough for you, Mima also starts to become increasingly unhinged and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy, which leads to everything collapsing around her.
Perfect Blue is a must-see classic movie that’s sure to send a shiver down your spine. You may have to rewatch it over and over again to fully understand this truly thrilling psychological horror.
Perfect Blue is rated R+ and has no official source of streaming so you’re gonna have to resort to other methods for viewing if you know what I mean.
Parasyte: The Maxim (2014) (Hulu, Crunchyroll)
An anime that has the name parasite in its title already sets the tone for something horrific, but to top that off it’s also known for creepy looking imagery, so you already probably know where this is going. The story focuses on a 17-year-old boy named Shinichi Izumi, who currently lives with his parents in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. But one night, alien creatures with worm-like features and drills for a head called Parasytes suddenly fall upon Earth, taking over the brains of their human victims by entering through their ears or noses. After an attempted infection Shinichi, now stuck with a Parasyte he later names Migi, has to work/coexist with the strange alien in order to save humans from being a potential meal for other Parasytes and stop this new threat against the human race any way he can.
Another (2012) (Hulu, Crunchyroll)
In the perspective of many fans of horror anime, this may just be another bloody, jumpscare filled anime like the rest of them, but Another showcases what they can do differently with its plot being somewhat unique in comparison to many other animes from the horror genre. The story takes place in the year 1972 when a popular student of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki suddenly dies during the school year and ever since, the town of Yomiyama hasn’t been the same after that fateful incident. Fast forward to the spring of 1998, a boy named Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of the same school and soon discovers that a rather strange, gloomy mood seems to loom over the students. He also finds himself drawn to an even more mysterious matter in the form of an eyepatch-wearing student named Mei Misaki. Kouichi then tries to not only get closer to Mei but also to find out the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North. But what Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates don’t realize is that unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.
Occultic;Nine (2016) (Crunchyroll)
One of the more obscure horror anime I’ve watched back in 2016, Occultic;Nine centers around nine individuals all linked by the “Choujou Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by a 17-year-old second-year high school student named Yuuta Gamon. As basic incidents around the town turn into something even bigger than the group could ever imagine, the unlikely band of individuals bound only by the strings of fate must band together in order to solve these mysterious murders that connect to the city and their very lives! I probably know what you’re thinking, but while the story may just be about a thrilling sci-fi mystery, rest assured, this anime has plenty of gore and horror that will surprise you on how far they would push the bar in this 2016 seasonal anime.
Fun fact! Occultic;Nine is written by Chiyomaru Shikura, the same brilliant mind behind ChäoS;HEAd, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes.
Occultic;Nine is surprisingly rated PG-13 and is currently available on Crunchyroll
Hellsing (2001) (Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation YouTube Channel)& Hellsing Ultimate (2006) (Funimation, Hulu)
Based on first impressions of Hellsing, things look quite dated especially with the gore, music, and visuals, but there’s honestly so much more to Hellsing than meets the eye and with its vibrant cast of characters and unique story, you can expect a show well worth your time. The story centers on the events of the secret organization known as Hellsing which specializes in dealing with the supernatural and has been around for centuries, and is passed down to each generation of the Hellsing family. Along with the organization’s vast highly trained army they also enlist the service of their two vampires: Seras Victoria, a former police officer, however now vampire and her master Alucard. As they secretly battle ghouls, zombies and artificial vampires in order to keep the residents of England safe and unaware of the horrific beings that dwell in the darkness.
If you were to ask me what my favorite vampire anime is I’ll undoubtedly say Hellsing Ultimate, as for like FMA and FMA Brotherhood, Hellsing Ultimate adapts the manga it’s based off of more closely then the original Hellsing and has an amazing art style to accompany along with its hour-long OVA episodes. Now while the story is more than likely similar to the original Hellsing, Ultimate introduces a new enemy in the form of a Nazi group called Millennium and their army of supernatural beings and vampire generals bent on reviving Nazi Germany with their first order of business being to take down anyone that stands in their way!
Hellsing Ultimate (with its killer visuals and English Dub) makes for a really, really great horror anime that I recommend to almost anyone who craves something immersive and dark to watch.
Paranoia Agent (2004)
Director Satoshi Kon has always been at the top when it comes to psychological thrillers but after seeing this anime I was quickly reassured of why he remains one of the best. Paranoia Agent is about a series of murders involving a boy wearing roller skates as he goes around killing people with his weapon: a bent golden baseball bat. Two brave detectives are then assigned the case and must work together to find out the mystery behind the boy everyone is now calling Lil’ Slugger and the strange connection the victims have with each other before their time of death. If you want thrills and chills this show definitely caters to such a fan base and with a rather interesting opening Paranoia Agent is a must see regardless if it’s the Halloween season or not!
Paranoia Agent is rated R+ and has no official source of streaming so just like Perfect Blue, you’re gonna have to get crafty finding episodes unless you want to buy it on eBay.
Tokyo Ghoul (2014) (Funimation, Hulu)
The Junji Ito Collection (2018) (Funimation, Crunchyroll)
From famed horror mangaka, Junji Ito comes The Junji Ito Collection, a collection of spooky horror stories adapted into twelve thrilling episodes to make you even more creeped out by those who lurk within the night. From a slug that grows within a girls mouth to a cursed jade carving opens holes all over its victim’s bodies, these nightmare fueled episodes are definitely not for the faint at heart but are perfect for those needing a quick Halloween binge session.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Vampire Hunter D tells the story of a girl named Doris Lang who one night was attacked by a 10,000-year-old, long-lost vampire lord named Count Magnus Lee. To make matters worse, he has intentions to turn her into his new vampire bride within due time. With her life at stake, she encounters a mysterious dhampir and vampire hunter, known as D (hence the title), she then hires D to protect her from the count and has him stay at the ranch she and her little brother live in, but while all things seem peaceful for now the Count makes his move and sends in his minions to fetch Doris in his stead, but what the count doesn’t realize is that D is particularly good at his job, especially when it comes to vampire hunting.
Now ask anyone who likes classic anime and they’ll most likely recommend this classic vampire movie for lots of reasons, some consider it an art form while others consider it to be a cult classic among other anime, kind of a balanced fanbase if you ask me.
Vampire Hunter D is rated R+ and has no official source of streaming but can be found on YouTube pretty easily.
Castlevania (2017) (Netflix)
I know this isn’t technically an anime but hear me out because Netflix’s Castlevania is well worth your time watching and has gotten IGN to say it’s “the best video game adaptation” along with Castlevania’s second season earning a 9 from their official review. The story based on the classic video game franchise of the same name tells the story of Trevor Belmont, a monster hunter who’s family for generations built their name to fame by slaying vampires and dealing with the supernatural ordinary people wouldn’t dream of defeating. But Trevor, on the other hand, is a bit of a drinker and an outcast to his family name, but who can blame him, there hasn’t been any monsters to slay in a while, but that all changes when Vampire Lord Dracula brings war against all of humanity after the church killed and burned his beloved human wife on the cross. Now it’s up to Trevor and a few companions he meets along the way to do what he is meant to do, kill Dracula and put an end to his revengeful wrath once and for all!
Castlevania is perfect for those who love a classic vampire hunting show or played the original games as its use of gore and supernatural are befitting for a show as dark as this.
Castlevania is rated TV-MA and is currently available on Netflix.
And that’s it! So what did you think about these titles? Did you happen to find anything worth watching? If you happen to agree with our list or have any suggestions for other horror anime then feel free to leave a comment down below and as always, any feedback is much appreciated.
Thanks for Reading and have a Happy Halloween