2019 may be shaping up to be one hell of a year for horror on the big screen, but what about the small screen? Though not as stacked as the slate of feature films heading our way, there’s still a lot of new and very intriguing horror TV series on the horizon. Book and comic adaptations, new seasons of beloved Netflix series, and more. Here are 10 horror series we’re looking forward to this year.
The Passage – Fox
The first major horror series is just around the corner, premiering January 14 on Fox. Based on Justin Cronin’s novel series of the same name, The Passage is focused on an underground medical research facility, Project NOAH, where scientists are working on a virus that they hope will cure all diseases, but has the potential to wipe out humanity. Their test subjects? Death row inmates. When the virus turns the inmates into infectious vampires, and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, an orphan girl may be the only one who can save them.
What We Do in the Shadows – FX
Currently slated for a spring release, this 10-episode spinoff series of the 2014 horror comedy film follows a group of vampires sent 200 years ago to conquer America. Except, they sort forgot and lost their way. Meaning, the boat dropped them off in New York, and that’s as far as they got. Expect the same hilarious mockumentary-style comedy as the film, but with a new group of vampire characters. The series is produced by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, and being that this series is set in the same universe as the film, there’s potential for crossovers.
Swamp Thing – DC Universe
Set to arrive on the streaming service in May, this gothic romance stars Andy Bean (It: Chapter Two) as Alec Holland, the scientist tragically transformed into the beastly Swamp Thing (played by Derek Mears). Crystal Reed stars as Abby Arcane, a researcher from the CDC to investigate a mysterious virus, and finds herself falling for Holland in the process. Based on the popular DC comic series, Swamp Thing is executive produced by James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman, and also stars Jennifer Beals, Henderson Wade, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade and Kevin Durand.
Stranger Things: Season 3 – Netflix
It’s been over a year since season 2 dropped on Netflix, and we’re more than ready to take a trip back to Hawkins and revisit the gang. Luckily, with the recent announcement of a July 4th release date, the countdown has begun. As for plot? Well, that’s still a mystery. Season 2 wrapped up quite nicely, with the Mind Flayer defeated (for now), Eleven back with Mike and officially adopted by Sheriff Hopper, and the door to the Upside Down has been closed. But this is also going to be the biggest season yet, set in the summer of 1985, and will bring new Hawkins set pieces like the mall. We’re also supposed to get more Steve Harrington, which is always a huge plus.
NOS4A2 – AMC
Set to premiere in the summer, this 10-episode series adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel of the same name sees Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings, Hounds of Love) as the only one with the potential to take down ancient immortal Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), a vampire that feeds off the souls of children and dumps their shells into Christmasland – his twisted world where every day is Christmas and no one can be unhappy. McQueen has more than just courage and a wisecracking attitude at her disposal; she also has the ability to open portals to help her find lost objects.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Netflix
Set to release on the streaming service sometime in 2019, this new series is actually a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. The series will follow three Gelfling heroes as they undertake a quest to save the world from the oppressive Skeksis, and boasts an unending roster of prominent voice talent. Yes, this is more kids fantasy than horror, but to be honest, there’s always been something about the Gelflings’ design that’s creeped me out.
October Faction – Netflix
Based on the IDW comic series of the same name, this 10-episode show follows globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen, who retire to upstate New York with their teenage children following the death of Fred’s father. Fred and Deloris attempt to adjust to retired life under secret identities, but ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead and their new town is less than idyllic. The comic series is grim, morbid, and gory, so if this adaptation is half as bloody this could be a great one.
Carnival Row – Amazon Video
Described by Amazon as “fantasy-noir,” the series revolves around a serial killer preying on mystical fantasy creatures in a neo-Victorian city. The lead investigator becomes the prime suspect, and tensions between citizens and the rising immigrant populace reaches a boiling point. Cara Delevingne stars as Vignette Stonemoss, a faery fleeing persecution, while Orlando Bloom plays Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector tasked with solving the murders. The story is based on an unproduced filmscript by Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) called A Killing on Carnival Row, which made its way onto the Black List in 2005.
Lovecraft Country – HBO
Jordan Peele’s Us may be at the forefront of our minds, but his executive produced series Lovecraft Country should be on our radar, too. His company, Monkey Paw Productions, will be producing alongside J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The story follows Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), who teams up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George as they embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of Black’s father. If the racist terrors they encounter along the way aren’t enough, there’s also the terrifying monsters of Lovecraftian nightmare to deal with as well. It’s based on Mark Ruff’s novel of the same name.
Locke & Key – Netflix
It’s been a long road getting this fantastic IDW comic series adapted to screen, having been ordered to pilot twice before and getting passed on. Thanks to Netflix, who ordered 10-episodes, this Lovecraftian story is finally on its way. Comic series author Joe Hill is on board as creator/writer/executive producer with Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain, Bates Motel) as showrunner. The plot follows the Locke family, who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts following the grisly death of the patriarch only to find the house has magical keys that unlock a variety of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon trapped in the house wants the keys, and is willing to do anything to get them.