7 high school horrors to stream this weekend

Cape Town - Stream these terrifying shows to keep you up all night for the first weekend of the school holidays.

1. Freakish (Showmax)

A chemical explosion in their town leaves a whole school isolated. Then the monsters arrive and the students have to fight for survival in this exciting new thriller series starring real-life social media stars and famous teen actors.

2. You’ve Been T@gged (Showmax)

There is no escape in the connected world as four seemingly unrelated teenagers are targeted by an anonymous creep who stalks them with violent videos. Can they stop it? You might recognise some YouTube stars in the cast, including JC Caylen and Claudia Sulewski.

3. Vampire Diaries, S1-7 (Showmax)

Based on the best-selling book series, The Vampire Diaries is all about Elena (Nina Dobrev), a teenager struggling to deal with the death of her parents. When the gorgeous and mysterious Stefan (Paul Wesley) arrives at her school, she’s immediately drawn to him. Unknown to her, he has a dark secret: he’s a vampire and so is his equally attractive brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder).  Love sucks – especially when you start developing feelings for two vampire brothers and one is not as nice as he first appears. 

4. Pretty Little Liars, S1-7 (Showmax)

Loved by teen girls the world over, Pretty Little Liars is filled with the stuff of teen fantasies: perfect clothes, beautiful people and gorgeous make-up, fashion and hair. But not everything is as picture-perfect as it appears. Four BFFs make a vow to keep the events of the night their friend, Alison, disappeared a year ago a secret forever. When all four start receiving freaky messages signed simply 'A', they fear all their secrets are about to be revealed. Based on the teen fiction series by Sara Shepard.

5. Teen Wolf, S1-6 (Showmax)

Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) is no ordinary teenager. After being bitten by a werewolf, his life is transformed when he discovers he has super-human strength. Turning him from awkward nerd to star of the lacrosse team, his new powers make him the hottest kid in school. As he adapts to his life as a werewolf, problems arise when he realises that the father of his high school crush is the leader of the werewolf hunters, his mortal enemy. Winner of numerous Teen Choice Awards, Teen Wolf is an enjoyable remake of the 1985 cult classic. 

6. Stranger Things (Netflix)

Not strictly a teen series, this sci-fi horror show that took the world by storm when Season 1 debuted in 2016 has a strong cast of young actors portraying a group of friends in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. When one of them, Will Byers, goes missing, his friends, his brother and his mom (played by Winona Ryder) seek him out while their town falls victim to a dark supernatural force. Season 2, set a year later, sees Will and his family and friends trying to reclaim a normal life - but in Hawkins, that’s just about impossible.

7. Shadowhunters (Netflix)

In three seasons of this terrifying teen thriller, we see Clary, a typical teenager, discover on her 18th birthday that she’s a Shadowhunter, part of a race of angels who are tasked with protecting humans from demons. And then her mother is abducted by a rogue group of Shadowhunters led by her ex-husband, and it’s up to Clary to embrace her new powers and rescue her mother as she enters a world of warlocks, werewolves and vampires.