What to Watch After 'True Detective: Night Country'

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Following Sunday night's finale of True Detective: Night Country, I still have some (read: a million) questions. Were there truly spirits haunting the Alaskan tundra? What really happened to Navarro? Can the dead really reappear to the citizens of Ennis and guide them? And will we ever get to see what Liz Danvers's Tinder profile looked like?

I'm sorry to say this, reader, but we’ll never have all the answers we are looking for. (That said, it didn't stop us from trying to find them.) But if you're looking for more movies and TV shows that’ll give you another thrilling detective mystery, we can definitely help you there. Whether you loved Night Country's supernatural flair, its eco-horror, the murder mystery at the center of it all, or simply a damn good Jodie Foster performance, we have plenty of viewing recommendations to keep the investigation going.

True Detective Season 1

When it premiered in 2014, the first season of True Detective had a chokehold on all of us. The Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson-led gothic tale saw two cops fighting the forces of evil. It featured a tense storyline, an exploration of philosophical ideas, and a powerful human drama about the evil that men are capable of. It was a masterclass of storytelling that many shows have since tried to emulate.

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The Terror

This horror anthology series is downright nightmare fuel. In season 1 of the show, we follow a crew of Royal Navy explorers that is sailing into uncharted territory in the arctic. But the elements are savage—and the crew is frozen and trapped in ice. They must figure out how to survive the cold and escape with their lives intact. Of course, their deadly situation doesn't end there. There's also an unknown, terrorizing presence out to get them. If you're craving more horror and mystery, you need to take a journey into The Terror.

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Insomnia (2002)

This early-career Christopher Nolan film tells a Night Country-esque talebut with a totally opposite environmental stressor. Insomnia follows a pair of detectives who are on the trail of a killer in the small town of Nightmute, Alaska. However, the investigation is complicated by an accidental shooting and the effects of perpetual daylight. It leads to our lead detective, Al Pacino’s Dormer, unable to sleep or escape from his deteriorating mental state. If you thought eternal night was bad, Insomnia shows why endless daylight can be just as distressing.

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The Thing

If you’re still craving frozen cosmic horrors beyond your mind’s comprehension, The Thing is a must-watch. If you thought Alaska looked dark, cold, and miserable, The Thing is set in an even more unforgiving location: Antarctica. In the film, a group of research scientists (sound familiar?) are stationed in Antarctica and find themselves at the mercy of an inhuman creature that can shape-shift—and is determined to destroy them all.

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Twin Peaks

Love watching odd-couple homicide detectives work together to solve a horrific murder? Meet Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman of Twin Peaks. The cult favorite features some of your favorite tropes from Night Country, including unlikely partners who end up caring for each other, a seemingly simple small town hiding big secrets, and even supernatural scares. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Twin Peaks, or have yet to watch it, there's something new to discover within the show for everyone.

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Yellowjackets

A harsh, cold environment can function as an antagonist in a TV show—and nothing shows us how the elements can push people to the absolute limit like Yellowjackets. The acclaimed series follows a group of high school soccer players who must face unimaginable obstacles when their plane crashes in the Ontario wilderness. Their brutal fight for survival results in some truly horrifying moments.

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The Silence of the Lambs

This iconic horror film has the Jodie Foster role that inspired Night Country showrunner Issa López when she was writing this season. We can definitely see bits of Clarice, the no-nonsense, tough-as-nails FBI agent in Liz Danvers. Similar to Danvers, Clarice must solve the murder of a young woman, which sends her on the trail of a killer who embodies the evil of mankind. Getting too close to the face of evil will shake you to your core—and no movie depicts that exact terror better than The Silence of the Lambs.

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The Twilight Zone

Interested in philosophical quandaries and unexplainable cultural phenomena? The Twilight Zone has all of that and so much more. There’s an episode that will satisfy your hunger for anything and everything: doppelgängers, UFOs, and even mannequins coming to life. Just like Rod Sterling said, “there is a fifth dimension... between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge.” That unknowable scary place is where you can find endless hours of entertainment.

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Alien

There’s nothing like a spaceship slasher to get your heart rate going. Alien is similar to Night Country in that it's a typical work procedural that takes a sharp left turn into cosmic horror. Plus, Alien also features tough-as-nails female leads who descend into the unknown to protect themselves and the people (or cat) that they love.

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The Shining

If being trapped inside by a powerful storm system while you lose touch with reality sounds like a cozy time to you, you’ll love The Shining. This classic Stephen King adaptation packs in memorable scares and wintery vibes. We all go a little mad sometimes! And The Shining is a perfect example of how cold weather and an eerie environment can rock your grasp on reality.

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