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5 Shows to Binge-Watch This Halloween!

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Author: Amber Newberry

If you’re a horror-addict, you’ve probably tapped out a few of your favorite shows and movie series several times over. You’ve watched Dexter through twice, or more, you can recite “Twin Peaks” dialogue on queue, “Tales from the Crypt” is a yearly ritual that repeats itself over and over at your house. I feel your pain. I have a list of must-watch Halloween movies and specials for every October. This year, I decided to tap into some things that had not been a part of my previous tradition because I had to mix it up a little. What kind of person would I be if I didn’t share my picks with you fine folks? So, here it is, a list of five shows for you to camp out in front of the TV and binge-watch this October. Just remember to feed yourself between episodes.

“Todd And the Book of Pure Evil”

Why to Watch:
If you are not familiar with Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, get thee to Netflix and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and dismayed all at once. This cancelled Canadian TV show centers on high school stoner metal head, Todd Smith. Todd and his best friend, Curtis, a one-handed drummer, have formed the band Barbarian Apocalypse in hopes of winning the school talent show and impressing Jenny, the hot rocker girl. When the audition fails miserably, Todd discovers (swelling music) THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! The book gives him the power to beat nemesis cock-rocker Stewart in a battle of riffs. Of course, the book has its own agenda and causes various havoc throughout each episode up to and including contagious obesity, a ‘stupid’ epidemic, cannibalistic zombified Goth rockers, a killer cake… the list goes on and on. There are some fantastic treats scattered throughout the show… great metal shirts and songs, Jason Mewes as the voice of wisdom (seriously), and no boundaries where content and humor are concerned. While Todd only had two seasons, there is a reasonable wrap-up and a huge cult following, not to mention a movie on the way.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Netflix in all its glory!

“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”

Why to Watch:
22 episodes of frightful fun for the whole family is just waiting for you to press play on Netflix. A revival of the made-for-kids horror television, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour takes a fresh look at an old trick. If you recall the Goosebumps show that was popular back in the 90’s, you might have a good idea of what to expect from this show. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the unique story lines and even a few episodes that were darn scary even to a, dare I say it, adult like me. My favorites included a cemetery episode with a body jumping spirit and another with a creepy monster that lives in the walls. I should express my joy at some of the monster costuming, which I found truly disturbing in one of the aforementioned episodes, I’ll let you find out which. If you enjoyed the 90’s classic ‘kids’ horror shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark and Goosebumps, this show is right up your alley.
Where to Watch:
Again, Netflix has got your back. It’s only one season, but that’s twenty-two episodes and there is more to be found on Youtube.

“Masters of Horror”

Why to Watch:
If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably heard of the made-for-tv film series called Masters of Horror. With each episode directed by a different person with a history in the horror movie business, Masters of Horror has some gems throughout its two seasons. From John Carpenter to John Landis to Takashi Mikke, this show is certain to have at least one of your favorite directors involved. My personal favorite was Dario Argento’s ‘Jenifer’ which is shown in the above trailer. Of course, you can’t have such a well-rounded group of directors without throwing in some spectacular actors and special appearances; Norman Reedus, Meat Loaf, Fairuza Balk, Angus Scrimm, Robert Englund, (deep breath), Robert Picardo, Steven Weber, Lori Petty– just to name a few. If you haven’t sat down to watch a few of the films from this collection, I highly recommend you do while it is still available online!
Where to Watch:
Hulu!

“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”

Why to Watch:
One part comedy, one party suspense, two parts horror… If you bypassed this classic and chilling TV show, now is your chance to remedy that! Here’s a piece of advice I learned in my earliest days or horror fandom: You can’t go wrong with Hitchcock. The very grandfather of modern suspense himself presented a weekly half-hour of spooky goodness to the masses. Alfred Hitchcock Presents made its debut on October 2nd, 1955 and ranked number 79 on a list of Best Written TV Series by The Writers Guild of America. The shows opening, linked above, is one of the most memorable show openings and is often parodied in cartoons and TV shows even today. There’s something to be said for the added eeriness that comes with black and white television in the middle of the night. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a soda pop and snuggle up with your wife and kids for an evening of classic terror.
Where to Watch:
It’s on Hulu!

“Dark Shadows”

Why to Watch:
If you have a taste for the gothic and supernatural, Dark Shadows is a classic that you must watch. Originally on the air from 1966 to 1971, the show gained so much momentum that it is hailed as one of the most popular daytime TV series of all time. I know what you’re thinking, daytime TV usually means soap opera, and yes, this series does fall into that category. Even with the touch of melodrama, Dark Shadows manages to remain a thrilling and engrossing tale of gothic suspense. The show was even revived as a TV series in 1991 and re-imagined in a Tim Burton film starring none other than Johnny Depp. With decades of popularity attributed to Dark Shadows, it is certainly worth the time of a well-watched horror fan. I can also recommend the 90’s version of the show, which is a campy and fun watch.
Where to Watch:
A ton of the show is available on Hulu, but you can also find various episodes online.

Author Bio:
Amber is a lover of horror and all things creepy. With a taste for 80’s and 90’s pop culture and an infatuation with the macabre, Amber found a niche with the Facebook page ‘Halloween in TV Land’ which is devoted to reminding us all of the Halloween episodes from vintage television shows. Amber also writes gothic fiction and you can find her most recent novel, ‘Walls of Ash’ in print or via Kindle or Nook online.

Co-founded Bloody Disgusting in 2001. Producer on Southbound, the V/H/S trilogy, SiREN, Under the Bed, and A Horrible Way to Die. Chicago-based. Horror, pizza and basketball connoisseur. Taco Bell daily.


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