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TV drama seriously has #nofilter when it comes to showing viewers the most gory, almost R rated scenes that’ll make you cringe and scream (yeah, we’re talking about you American Horror Story) with the best television writers in the thriller/horror TV category sparking the most terrifying and sometimes controversial concepts, that even no matter how scary it is, we just can’t look away!
Despite this, horror TV shows in the last year have gained massive followings and inspired some of the coolest costume ideas last year (accessorizing with an eggo waffle box or wrapping yourself in Christmas lights, for example). So with a new Fall TV lineup and Halloween creeping up, we’re anticipating more blood, more guts, and more bone chilling incidents from the paranormal that will keep us up at night!
So lock your doors and get ready to binge heavy (on candy, too) because these TV shows are here to haunt and just might be the scariest sh*t you’ll be seeing and streaming on television.
Things are about to get stranger. Last season’s most talked about series must have been our favorite to binge on Netflix last year and left tons of question unanswered – as any good show should. Season 1 carried us through some seriously strange things happening in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana involving disappearances of missing children, kids with supernatural abilities, an obsession with eggo waffles, and who knows what the hell goes on in “upside down place.” It’s got exactly what you love about popular themes in the 80’s style genre: an electric style theme song, young teenage angst, and an unforgettable group (think The Goonies) of bad ass kids.
The second season sets us a whole year after the town’s creepy encounters and premieres on October 27th.
Where to watch: Netflix
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all – American Horror Story creeps in, shocks us to the core, and leaves us speechless every season. Currently on its seventh installment, this season’s theme is cult. Now we’ve been through our round of famed killers, insane asylums, freak shows, witch hunts, and gory haunted hotels. So far, this follows the post election ‘scaries’ and is expected to go all out graphically and may stir up controversy. We’re not surprised, no wonder we keep giving in to this Emmy award winning anthology series.
Where to watch: Netflix & Hulu
First season’s Penny Dreadful left us shooook. But first, let’s talk about hottie Josh Hartnett returning to the small screen in this haunted anthology series based on memorable and eerie tales we grew up loving including Dr.Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Dracula, and more. The show also stars powerful drama actress, Eva Green, who won a Golden Globe award for her role as Victoria Ives, who battles past the demonic possessions of the underworld.
Though the series reached its series finale end on the 3rd season, you can still easily binge the dark night away with this Showtime thriller.
Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video
A prequel based on the classic thriller and Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, that devised the the infamous and most iconic cinematic scene in the history of film. Set in the same run down hotel the family owns, you become accustomed to the early life of teenage Norman, and his strangely close relationship with his mom and the rejection from his peers that molded his character and the marked the beginnings of a serial killer. With 5 complete seasons of this thriller/drama on Netflix, it’s possible you won’t be able take night showers again.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu
The British series Black Mirror is without a doubt one of the scariest, unnerving anthology shows of our time. Episodes are set in an unknown foreboding dystopian future, and take on themes such as the impact of social media, fame, and the criminal justice system, complicating our perceptions on technological advancement and connectivity, and revealing how technology can make us feel connected but can simultaneously disconnect us. Black Mirror is an intense look at our changing world. Pro-tip: try not to binge watch this one, it can get quite depressing.
Where to watch: Netflix
You know a podcast is really good when the executive producers of The Walking Dead and the The X Files pick it up the podcast and turn it into an Amazon television series. Aaron Mahnke’s Lore comes to life on screen, examining the origins and truths behind ubiquitous folklore, such as vampires, ghosts, shipwrecks, and other supernatural themes across the world, revealing that humans and their actions are in fact the real monsters. Through historical reenactments, animation, and superb storytelling, Lore is the perfect addition to your scary show watchlist.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
“It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”
You have entered the Twilight Zone, a place for the bizarre, psychological horror, the unexplained, and the paranormal. Rod Sterling’s eerie storytelling stands the test of time, with twists that still shock and surprise. Start off with the greatest Twilight Zone hits: “Eye of the Beholder,” “It’s a Good Life,” “The Invaders,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” and “The Hitch-Hiker,” and see if you can keep yourself from watching more.
Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu
We can’t seem to figure Room 104 out, and we’re ranking it on this list for that reason alone. Room 104 is guaranteed to make you go WTF, but for some reason, you’ll want to return and see what the room’s next occupants are up to in this motel room shrouded in mystery and absurdity. Is it a scary show? Yes…well sort of. Will it weird you out? Yes, most definitely. Room 104 is comprised of 20 minute episodes, with each focusing on the people occupying the room for the night, and let’s just say…things get strange.
The gist is in the title. Channel Zero is an anthology horror series. We won’t give too much away, but the “No End House” season premiered on January 9, 2017, and focuses on a house of endless horrors–hence, the name. Season 2 started airing on September 20, 2017.
Where to watch: Syfy.com, Amazon Video
The Strain is a horror series based on the novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, originally debuting on FX before hitting streaming sites. There is a sudden viral outbreak that imposes vampirism on many, resulting in horrific, impending doom. There are 4 seasons to haunt you with, and the fourth concluded on September 17, 2017.
Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Video