The poster art for Channel Zero

Don’t miss these six spine-chilling series and movies on Showmax about children who’ve been taken.

Is there anything more unsettling than the idea of a small child disappearing into thin air? We don’t think so, which is why these thrillers are so terrifying.

1. Channel Zero, FIRST on Showmax

In Season 1, child psychologist Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) returns to his hometown to investigate the disappearance of his twin brother Eddie, who went missing when they were children. Mike suspects that his disappearance is somehow linked to the ultra-scary kiddies’ TV show they used to watch called Candle Cove. Don’t watch this one alone! Season 2 is also FIRST on Showmax for your horror-bingeing pleasure. Watch now »

2. The Missing, Seasons 1-2

In the first season, the brilliant Detective Baptiste re-investigates the eight-year-old cold case of a little British boy who disappeared while on holiday in France with his family; and in season 2, he returns to look into the case of a missing girl who resurfaces under suspicious circumstances more than a decade after her disappearance. Watch now »

3. Top of the Lake, Season 1

Detective Robin Griffin finds herself back in her hometown of Laketop, New Zealand, when a 12-year-old pregnant girl from an insular community goes missing. Elisabeth Moss plays Detective Griffin, and returns in Season 2, Top of the Lake: China Girl, coming to Showmax soon. Watch now »

4. Secrets and Lies
The death of a local toddler turns the spotlight on family man Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe). Everything points to him, including that he is the one who discovered the body. Can he convince the relentless Detective Cornell (Juliette Lewis) that he’s innocent? Watch now »

5. Strangerland
Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving lead this gripping movie about a town looking for their two missing teenagers, unearthing a long-buried scandal in a rural Australian community. We soon find out that the couple aren’t completely blameless, and that they came to this tiny Outback town for a reason. Watch now »

6. Jordskott, Seasons 1-2
In this Swedish edge-of-your-seat series, a detective, still grieving for her long-lost daughter, stumbles onto a serial case of missing children - which is the tip of a bigger conspiracy. Put it in your calendar - you don’t want to miss this one. Coming to Showmax on Monday, 29 January. 

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By: Laura Cooke