Diving Down The Supernatural Rabbit Hole
Feria: The Darkest Light is the latest mystery box drama on Netflix, blending ideas of a cult with the supernatural and horror vibes.
If you’ve finished watching this and are looking for alternate series, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming Feria: The Darkest Light!
Similarities – Mystery Box & Religion
From its stunning opening scene to the suitably bombastic climax, 30 Coins delivers a creepy, suspenseful and atmospheric show that’s sure to please horror aficionados.
The story here blends elements of alt-history akin to that seen in Dan Brown novels with a creepy underbelly of supernatural phenomena. The opening scene to 30 Coins is arguably one of the best in recent memory. Within this, a mysterious figure walks into a bank and steals a coin from a safety deposit box.
Shrugging off bullets from incredulous guards and hitting them with a barrage of his own, he steps inside a black car and hands over the coin to a shadowy priest. From here, the story only grows weirder and more frantic as the episodes progress.
To give much more away would be a disservice to this story but suffice to say, 30 Coins is well worth your time.
The Sinner (Season 1)
Similarities – Atmosphere & Mystery
From the onset, its obvious that there’s something unsettling lurking in the shadows of The Sinner. The first season starts just like a standard mystery thriller; a short build up leads to Cora Tannetti stabbing a man on a beach for seemingly no reason.
With the crime already committed, two key questions drives the show forward – why did she kill him and what drove her to commit this crime?
The question hangs over the show like a black cloud and when Investigator Harry Ambrose begins digging deeper, a slowly opening puzzle box of clues sheds more light on the motive.
When it comes to atmospheric mysteries, the first season is very similar to Feria: The Darkest Light.
Similarities – Mystery & Drama
Dark is thought provocative, regularly surprising and full of interesting characters to keep you watching until the final scene. Across its 3 season run, Dark shows exactly how to craft a compelling and complicated web of time travel.
The story begins in the (at time of broadcast) near future of 2019 Germany in a small town called Winden. This tight-knit community is rocked by the sudden disappearance of two young children who seem to be connected with a cave there.
I won’t spoil more but suffice to say, this is one story you’ll probably need to revisit numerous times to catch all the clues along the way.
Using a distinctly dark tone and a gorgeous, atmospheric score, Dark is easily one of the best time travel series ever created and easily a top contender to add to your watch-list if you haven’t already.
Similarities – Cult & Horror
Save Me is a pretty chilling drama with a very gripping premise. The main storyline here revolves around a religious cult known as Goseonwon which has much of the country in its grasp, boasting a large number of followers. Although they present themselves as a peaceful church, there are certainly some dark secrets lurking under this pleasant façade.
Following their son’s suicide, Sang-Mi’s family is torn apart as the cult leader Baek Jung-ki, lures them to the dark side. With her Father fully brainwashed and her Mother mentally unstable, Sang-Mi is trapped in this nightmarish hell.
There are some really tense moments here and a lot of that is thanks to the Spiritual Leader, who plays up the role of the cult leader perfectly.
Similarities – Mystery & Possessions
With half the town submerged in water and lots of shadowy figures, Curon combines elements of The Shining and mystery dramas like Dark together with a distinct teen-drama vibe.
The story begins with a brief glimpse of the past as a violent incident involving Anna’s Mother sees her killed by a figure that looks strangely like Anna herself.
This image haunts her for years and now, 17 years later, Anna returns to the town of Curon with her two children, Daria and Mauro. As they stay in that very same hotel Anna’s childhood nightmares emanate from, thumping in the locked door upstairs, coupled with Anna’s disappearance, prove to be the catalysts for what follows.
The story and atmosphere is pretty similar to Feria: The Darkest Light, and much like that show, this one also ends on a cliffhanger too!
Similarities – Mystery & Possessions
Stephen King TV adaptations are usually very good or very bad. While The Outsider is far from perfect, the story is absolutely gripping and you’ll undoubtedly be hooked until the very end.
The Outsider works much better as a straight forward binge rather than a show drip-fed across several weeks. The basic premise revolves around a group of investigators completely baffled by an unspeakable crime that’s been committed. We won’t go into spoiler territory, but where this one really shines is with its characters, who are beautifully written throughout.
If you’re in the mood for a good thriller, this one has all the right ingredients to hook you in and keep you glued until the end.
Similarities – Alternate Worlds
Equinox feels like a blend of Midsommar and German Series Dark. With a mystery encompassing the entire series, revealing flashbacks and light bites of horror, this Danish series certainly has a lot going for it.
The story itself is essentially split between two separate timelines. In 1999, Astrid’s sister Ida leaves town on a Graduation Bus with a class full of students never to be seen again. Including Ida, 21 students in total go missing with only Amelia, Jakob and Falke inexplicably surviving whatever happened.
Cut forward 20 years and Astrid continues to be haunted by her sister’s disappearance. Working at a local radio station, she receives a strange, garbled call: “It’s me, Jakob Skipper. I know why she disappeared.”
From here, the show takes on a twisty-turny thriller, drip-feeding out the truth which is revealed in part during the finale. Do be warned though, this one does end on a cliffhanger!
Similarities – Atmosphere & Suspense
Produced by Alex Garland, Devs revolves around a girl called Lily working at a tech company called Amaya. When her boyfriend Sergei is invited to join the top secret branch there known as Devs, everything changes.
Unfortunately Sergei stumbles onto something he shouldn’t and his disappearance sparks some big questions, which Lily aims to answer.
While the story is a little overlong and sags in the middle, the thought provoking questions and moody atmosphere are enough to stick it out until the end. There’s an absolutely incredible musical score attached to this one too, which is easily the big highlight of the show.
Similarities – Mystery
Speaking of cancellations, The OA’s chop caused quite the stir online. That alone should tell you all you need to know about the power and quality surrounding this utterly bizarre Netflix Original.
The OA is undeniably weird and its mystery does so well to keep you glued to find out what happens next. The main story revolves around a missing blind girl called Prairie returning home. Now in her twenties, she suddenly has her sight restored and no one seems to know why.
From here, the show grows and piles on more mystery, delivering two seasons of utterly compelling TV. Unfortunately, the final episode of season 2 does end on a cliffhanger which could make or break the experience for you. However, in terms of atmosphere and riveting mystery, The OA absolutely nails it.
Similarities – Mystery
Archive 81 is a patchwork of different influences that check off all the usual horror tropes along the way. This is then thrown together around a dual timeline story that plays out as part found-footage flick and part puzzle box thriller.
The plot itself is undeniably gripping and revolves around a guy called Dan. Working as an archivist, one day he takes a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994 for a man named Virgil Davenport.
These tapes happen to relate to a woman called Melody, who was in the midst of investigating a dangerous cult within a strange apartment complex. As Dan begins to get drawn into Melody’s story, we learn what happened to this young woman – and how Dan and Melody’s fate appear to be inexplicably entwined.
It’s not perfect, and perhaps at times it’s a little too long-winded but it’s undeniably a decent watch.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show picks to check out when you’re finished with Feria: The Darkest Light.
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