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Sunday, 9 October 2016

HALLOWEEN | The scariest TV shows to watch this October

There's a reason there's way more scary movies than there are scary TV shows. To put it simply, it's not easy to keep an audience guessing and to keep them scared and on the edge of their seat throughout an entire series. In a movie, it's easily done - an hour and a half of gore, jumps and tension but the genre isn't so popular when it comes to our TV screens.

"Slasher movies burn bright and fast. TV needs to stretch things out. You know, by the time the first body is found, it's only a matter of time before the bloodbath commences" - Noah Foster, Scream

However, on the rare occasion it is done, there a few TV shows that have done it just right. And so if you're looking to shy away from scary movies this Halloween, why not start one of these series for a slow but sure burner that will have you creeped out in the run up to the holiday?

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An all time favourite of mine - Scream takes inspiration from the famous teen slasher movies but instead brings us an intriguing cast who we cant help but root for (and mourn for, when they meet unfortunate deaths) over two series. The series doesn't follow exactly in the footsteps of the film, so it does keep you guessing until the end, and, strangely enough, even though a killer is terrorising a bunch of high school kids, it's realistic for the most part. The 'don't-go-in-there' stupid real life moves are few and far between, and, as well as an excellent soundtrack and resident eye candy in the form of Kieran Wilcox/Amadeus Serafini, the show has plenty of twists too. There's plenty of action to keep you satisfied throughout each episode, but it's drawn out enough to leave you tuning into more to unmask the killer.

I haven't actually seen Black Mirror but have heard great things about it. The disturbing show each focuses a an episode on a new theme and new characters, based around day-to-day issues we face such as how we rely on technology. It's more creepy than scary, but is a complete eye opener. 

This is another one I keep meaning to watch but have heard good things about. Although it's a black comedy, if it's anything like the films (and it should be, what with being directed by Sam Raimi who also directed the film series AND the 2013 remake), it's going to be gory as f*ck. The show was renewed for a second season three days before the premiere of the first season, and is set around 30 years after the events of the first three Evil Dead films. It also sees Bruce Campbell reprise his role as Ash Williams.

American Horror Story has had both its great and its bad series, but it'll always be one of the scariest horror shows around - which also has a totally disturbing title sequence. There's not much I can say about this one as it's so popular, but I think Murder House, Freak Show and Asylum are the creepiest seasons. I think it was the show that really brought horror back to the TV screen in a more modern sense and there's five seasons to catch up on, with its six season currently airing now.

Chances are, you've already seen The Walking Dead which caused quite a stir when it first aired. These days, I may not be so shocked at how bad the gore is (I come to expect it now), but it still has me squirming in my seat. The Walking Dead is a real slow burner - with six seasons so far and another to air soon - and there are probably some episodes that are a lot slower than others, but it's worth the commitment, if even for a realistic look into what would happen if a zombie apocalypse does arise.

I find this show very underrated, which is a shame because it's smart, caters for a younger audience with a few romances story lines, and is generally just a bit different. It's based on the early life of Norman Bates and this might confuse you at first because, of course, the main character of Norman is entirely lovable, but it's not focused solely on him. There's side story lines about the town's mysterious past, and a hottie older brother, too. His mum, played by Vera Farmiga, is a real intriguing character and you'll be giving major props to this actresses skills after watching this.

With a whopping 11 seasons under its belt, Supernatural has a huge cult following. Though I don't find it scary as such, I do find parts of it quite disturbing and it's easy to see why this show has done so well. It's one of the most contemporary shows to focus on all different elements of the supernatural and, of course, Sam & Dean Winchester are some of the most awesome characters I've had the pleasure of watching. It's great because although there's overall larger story arcs, each episode seems to focus on it's own storyline too, meaning it's never boring.

The Returned is actually a French show - with an American remake - about a town filled with people coming back from the dead. This show requires a lot of concentration and it will infuriate you when you don't get answers, but it's definitely one of the smartest horror series out there. It's a slow burner but is well worth a watch - if you can pay attention.

And finally, the popular black comedy Scream Queens. Not only is it hilarious, but it does genuinely have some gory parts too, plus an awesome cast of Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele and actual Scream Queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. God what I'd do to be a Scream Queen (not in this series but just in general)... Fun fact: Did you know that Billie Lourd, who plays Chanel #3, wears earmuffs in every single episode in homage to Carrie Fisher's iconic cinnamon buns hairstyle from Star Wars. Billie is Carrie's daughter.

Are there any shows I've missed off this list? Let me know!

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  1. I love a good horror! I'm currently watching The Walking Dead and Supernatural, definitely great horror series! I'll have to look up the others! American Horror Story sounds intriguing!

  2. I love American Horror story and can't wait for Black Mirror. Charlie Brooker is a genius

  3. Scream and Scream Queens are two of the series I am planning to watch this Halloween as I keep hearing great things

  4. Ooh great suggestions, I watch Scream Queens and love it! I really want to start watching AHS and The Walking Dead! xo

  5. These all sound like must sees for this Halloween season:-)


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