Greetings TV Fans! With all of the excitement centered on the release of the trailer for the upcoming Halloween film, I started to really think about some of my favorite horror films of all time and then I realized that there are quite a few TV shows that fit the bill as well. Whether you enjoy campy horror, slasher suspense, or zombies galore, horror TV shows have been around for quite a while and still stand the test of time. For today, I am going to be ranking my absolute favorite horror TV shows. Please note that for this list I have decided not to include TV shows that overlap in fantasy, supernatural, and sci-fi. For example, shows like Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and True Blood will not be included because I think they have so many other layers with elements of horror. That being said, if you have read my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of these shows, but I wanted the chance to let some other horror TV shows take the spotlight. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series below yet. My top 5 horror TV shows are:
I recently got the chance to binge-watch the first two seasons of Slasher on Netflix and I have to say that the show pulled me in right away. If you are a fan of slasher films like Scream, this is the show for you. The first season centers around the character, Sarah who finds herself caught in the middle of a series of murders that are very similar to the murder of her own parents. The opening episode is beyond terrifying featuring the killer, The Executioner, who will give you nightmares for sure. The second season follows a completely different story-line and has more of an Agatha Christie type feel, as we learn about a group of friends who were responsible for killing a girl many years ago and try to put together the missing pieces when they later return. Each season brings different elements to the table, but has a healthy dose of gore, mystery, and twists that are not that easy to guess, which is refreshing.
I am a huge fan of campy horror and I thoroughly enjoy films like Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, The Evil Dead franchise, and The Cabin in the Woods. I think there is something to be said about the perfect blend of horror and comedy that is just pure genius. Even though Scream Queens only lasted two seasons, this show had me laughing out loud and screaming whenever the Red Devil made an appearance. The show follows a sorority who is targeted by the killer, but I have to say that Niecy Nash playing the security guard, Denise is the absolute best part of the show. While you may think you have seen a million movies like this before, Scream Queens really delivers and I was beyond disappointed when the show was cancelled.
Have you ever wondered what turned Norman Bates into the infamous killer in Psycho? Bates Motel gave us the chance to really dive into the dark and creepy world of Norman Bates. The show is a prequel and we get a glimpse into Norman’s life as a teenager. The acting on this show is outstanding and the characters really draw you in, as you almost feel sympathy for Norman as you see the events that lead to his breakdown. The show has an eerie and mysterious feel, drawing the viewer in seamlessly. While we don’t see as much blood and gore in this particular show, Norman’s actions are bone-chilling and beyond creepy, which scare us in an entirely different way. When Norman dresses up as his mother, it’s scary how he is able to emulate her mannerisms and words to perfection. While the show answers many questions from Psycho, it also does a great job of paving its own identity, causing you to be on the edge of your seat at all times, never knowing what to truly expect from the Bates family.
Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash vs Evil Dead is another show that is the epitome of campy horror. Bruce Campbell is a genius and I have been a fan of the Evil Dead franchise for a long time. The show gave fans the chance to fall in love with Ash Williams, or “Ashy Slashy,” all over again, accepting that the only person who can stand in the way of evil is not afraid to deliver a well thought out pun just before destroying a deadite in grotesque and creative ways. The show also allows fans to get to know the Ghost Beaters, Kelly and Pablo, who team up with Ash against the she-devil, Ruby, played by the absolutely fabulous Lucy Lawless. The show recently aired its series finale, but provided fans with three seasons of fun, gore, comedy, and great music. You are seriously missing out if you do not check this show out. “Groovy.”
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
- Twin Peaks
- The Twilight Zone
- The Strain
- The Walking Dead franchise
American Horror Story
It should be no surprise that my favorite horror TV show is FX’s American Horror Story. The show is created by Ryan Murphy and does an amazing job of covering every element of horror. Each season features a different premise with a new type of evil never lurking too far away. While each season is unique in its own way, my absolute favorites are Coven, Hotel, and Murder House. The show is not afraid to test boundaries and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. There have been some moments on the show that have been so frightening that I was not able to sleep without seeing Twisty the Clown appear in my nightmares. The show does a great job of bringing one’s fears to the surface, but it also really looks into the darkness that exists within society as well, which really elevates the show. The most recent season focused on a cult, proving that humanity can be just as capable of performing evil as spirits and vampires. I was also very intrigued by the comparison of each season to a circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s journey through each circle exposes him to different types of sin and evil that exist in the world and within society, which adds even more complexity to American Horror Story. I am beyond excited to see what the next season brings and what sins it will explore next.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite horror TV shows.
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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