During the tidings of All Hallow’s Eve, nothing quells the spooky spirit more than submerging oneself in a hauntingly addicting saga. Horror movies are great, but binging a series to end the spooky month? Even better.
1. The Haunting of Hill House
Based loosely off of the novel by Shirley Jackson, this paranormal drama broke new ground for shows of its kind. The best types of horror films, or shows, would still be great dramas even if the supernatural was eliminated from the story line; this passes the test. The plot alternates between flashbacks and present day. After a horrifying night in 1992, a family flees from their seemingly haunted home. As adults, the five siblings face events that bring them back to that night. Although it is creepy and suspenseful, it’s ultimately a show about family and the love that withstands even the worst circumstances.
2. Penny Dreadful
Set in Victorian England (which, is like, my favorite type of England), the cast fights supernatural threats in this drama. The show is littered with iconic characters from gothic literature like Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, Dracula, and even Frankenstein. It’s perfect for getting in the Halloween mood!
3. American Horror Story
Each season tells a different story. Haunted houses, insane asylums, freak shows, and torture chambers are just a few of the settings for this fan favorite.
4. What We Do in the Shadows
Based on the film with the same name, this show follows the lives of four vampire roommates who live in Staten Island. It’s shot in a documentary-style fashion, and the lucky “camera crew” follows their day-to-day lives as they embark on their quest for world domination. Its lighthearted yet often dark comedy makes it unique. Picture Jersey Shore meets Interview with a Vampire.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Kiernan Shipka (the adorable little girl from Mad Men) is Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In this new adaptation to the 90’s hit sit-com, Sabrina Spellman leads a bit of a darker life than that of Melissa Joan Hart; being betrothed to the dark lord will do that. As a half-witch, half-mortal, the dangers and complications never seem to cease, and she has until her 16th birthday to decide which life to leave behind forever.
6. Bates Motel
The thrilling show is a modern-day prequel to Hitchcock’s infamous film, Psycho. Following his father’s death, Norman Bates and his mother become caretakers for a motel located in a small Oregon town. As Norman’s psychological health deteriorates, his mother, Norma, tries to protect him.
7. True Blood
In my expert opinion, this is the only vampire show that ever got it right. Follow Sookie Stackhouse navigate her career, love life, and telepathic powers in a rural town in Louisiana. The show begins 2 years after a synthetic blood product titled, “Tru Blood” has invited vampires to roam freely amongst mortals where they fight for their equal rights in the world. The show was highly applauded when it premiered in 2008, and it has had seven seasons since.
Written by Lauren Bubb
Edited by Dylan Jader