Over the past few years, horror has made a huge impact on TV. Shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Ash vs Evil Dead” have delighted fans with their gleeful amounts of gore and violence as well as giving us far more material than a standard length feature film could ever hope to offer. And the quality of these shows has only increased, from the glamour of “American Horror Story” to the grittiness of “The X-Files“.
This phenomenon has been slowly coming, from “The Twilight Zone“, “Dark Shadows“, “The Addams Family“, “The Munsters“, and so on, all giving viewers a taste of horror but in different ways. Some favored the twist while others favored charm. But their horror foundation could never be denied.
Horror has never been stronger in our culture and society as it is today. It has become a powerhouse in nearly every medium it touches and it’s a delight to see so many people embracing it or, at the very least, giving it a shot.
So with all these amazing horror TV shows on now, I thought it’d be interesting to find out some of your favorites and your reasons why. Is it the characters? The writing? The setting? You tell us!
As always, here are a few of my favorites and I look forward to seeing yours!
Right away I have to go with pretty much my favorite of all time. The characters are absolutely delightful, the locations charming and inviting, the writing snappy and interesting, and the show never feels like it ages. Pretty much the only thing that gives away when it takes place is the very rare sight of a computer or the outfits, which indeed are horribly dated.
I can’t even begin to tell you just how excited I am for the new season to hit Showtime next year. Hell, I might even start drinking coffee again to celebrate!
Although this show lasted only one season, I really enjoyed its take on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (not the original name but I’d rather not get called a racist, thankyouverymuch). The characters were interesting, there were enough twists to keep me guessing, it looked sharp and the island was beautiful, and there was plenty of violence and twisted murders for the gorehound in me to stay rapt. If you haven’t watched this show, I highly recommend picking it up and giving it a shot!
“Tales From the Crypt”
Did you honestly think I would leave this off the list? This is one of the greatest examples of horror on TV. While the Crypt Keeper was already incarnated thanks to the EC Comics, the show made him a cultural icon, one whose laugh was enough to send shivers up and down the spines of those who heard it.
Furthermore, some of the best minds in Hollywood were a part of the series. Robert Zemeckis, Kyle MacLachlan, Joel Silver, Benicio del Toro, Bill Paxton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Pesci, Malcolm McDowell, Kirk Douglas, Tim Curry, Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton, and so many more were involved in some way, shape, or form. Without “Tales From the Crypt”, who knows where horror television would be today?
God, I will never cease proclaiming my love for this show. It was elegant yet viciously violent. It was intelligently written and expertly pieced together, crafting a tale that was as psychologically terrifying as it was physically revolting, all the while remaining hypnotizing and visually arresting. With gorgeous yet haunting music and a perfect ensemble cast, “Hannibal” set a standard that has yet to be matched and, I feel, won’t be for a very long time.