Hasitha Fernando with a selection of TV shows for you to get high this Halloween…
Spooktober is upon us once again, so it’s time to check out some awesome horror content, right? Easier said than done, but in an age where streaming services reign supreme, choosing what to watch has never been so difficult. To assist you in this impossible mission, here is a list of horror TV shows that debuted from last Halloween season up to this point. Have a look folks!
1. Hellbound (Netflix)
Infernal beings indiscriminately impose violent sentences and send individuals to Hell, leading to the rise of a fanatical group based on the idea of divine justice.
Starring Yoo Ah-In, Kim Hyun-Joo, Park Jung-Min, Won Jin-A and Yang Ik-Jun.
Based on the 2019 South Korean web series comic “Jiok‘, written by Yeon Sang-Ho and illustrated by Choi Kyu-Seok of the same name, this dark fantasy horror drama courtesy of streaming giant Netflix packs bloody thrills and provocative narrative to boot. In the wake of the critically acclaimed Squid Gamewhich was published in the same year infernal delivers an equally compelling premise that injects timely social commentary and some gnarly, visceral horror to make it an unforgettable thrill from start to finish.
2. Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
Everyone’s favorite part-time serial killer is making a comeback with horrific consequences.
With Michael C Hall, Julia Jones, Jennifer Carpenter, Clancy Brown and Jack Olcott.
fans of dexter had good reason to celebrate last year when Dexter: New Blood debuted. The popular TV show, headlined by Michael C. Hall, follows the murderous exploits of forensic analyst and serial killer Dexter Morgan as he wreaks his own form of vigilante justice against criminals who are underserved by the justice system. Dexter: New blood is the latest chapter in his body-laden journey, and it’s every bit as gory and disturbingly funny as its brilliant predecessor.
3. We’re All Dead (Netflix)
Caged students must escape from their high school, which has become ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak.
Starring Yoon Chan-Young, Park Ji-hu, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, Yoo In-soo and Lee Yoo-mi.
Another fantastic export from South Korea produced by Netflix, we are all dead is a coming-of-age zombie horror drama that packs an unexpected punch and follows a surprisingly emotional narrative that revolves around a group of high school students trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. With movies like Train to Busan and TV series like kingdomUnder her belt, South Korea is quickly developing a solid reputation for zombie horror and we are all dead the newest to join this renowned pack.
4. Shining Valley (Starz)
A dysfunctional urban family moves into a new house on the outskirts, only to find that their home already has an uninvited guest.
With Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear, Gusbirney, Mira Sorvino, Judith Light and Dylan Gage.
This horror comedy TV series undoubtedly went under the radar of many. Although well-known names such as Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear and Mira Sorvino are associated, Glowing Valley didn’t get the attention it should have. Still, it’s not too late to catch up. Packed with unexpected plot twists, hilarious dialogue and captivating performances, this underrated horror comedy is certainly something to look up this Halloween season.
5. Archive 81 (Netflix)
An archivist takes a job restoring damaged videotapes and is drawn to a darker secret with grisly consequences.
Starring Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Evan Jonigkeit, Julia Chan, Ariana Neal, Matt McGorry and Martin Donovan.
A popular horror podcast was the inspiration for this nifty little supernatural horror piece, produced by none other than James Wan. A suspenseful, nerve-wracking drama reminiscent of J-horror classics like Ringu and Cairo, Archive 81 is a twisting thriller that is sure to keep you in suspense while delivering a thoroughly engaging story that is sure to get under your skin. It’s a damn shame we won’t be getting another season of this.
6. The Midnight Club (Netflix)
In a hospice for the terminally ill, eight young adults gather every midnight to share scary stories.
Starring Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Ayah Furukawa, Adia and Heather Langenkamp.
Developed by horror maestro Mike Flanagan, who brought us last year’s exquisite midnight fair, this is an adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name by Christopher Pike. And like Flanagan’s earlier efforts, this is a very humanistic horror piece, offering plenty of horror but also emotionally draining the viewer through the show. Give this a Looksee. You will not regret it.
7. From (Epix)
The residents of a remote town struggle to find a way out when mysterious forces try to prevent them from leaving.
Starring Harold Perrineau, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Eoin Bailey, David Alpay, Elizabeth Saunders, Shaun Majumder, Scott McCord and Ricky He.
Clearly inspired by the literary works of Stephen King, in particular Despair, Salem’s Lot and Under the dome, Out of is overwritten with Lost alum Harold Perrineau and ably backed by a strong ensemble cast that delivers the bucks. A superb character-centric drama with an intriguing premise, the series possesses a high level of urgency and unrelenting suspense that will have you hooked from the start. Definitely worth a binge watch.
8. Interview with the Vampire (AMC)
The vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac tells his long life story to a renowned journalist.
Starring Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid, Bailey Bass, Eric Bogosian, Assad Zaman, Steven Norfleet, Kalyne Coleman and Rae Dawn Chong.
Anne Rice’s iconic tale of vampirism received its cinematic adaptation back in 1994 in the form of Neil Jordan’s divisive gothic horror drama. Played by Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, the lead roles proved an enticing draw for younger viewers around the world, who were enthralled by the teenage heartthrobs even if they weren’t fans of the books. Flashforward to 2022 and we have AMC’s take on the source material, and so far there’s a lot to love in this darkly erotic vampire yarn. Pretty much.
9. Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer (Netflix)
The story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, told largely from the perspective of his victims.
Starring Evan Peters, Penelope Anne Miller, Molly Ringwald, Richard Jenkins, Niecy Nash and Colin Ford.
Movies and TV shows about notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer are a dime a dozen at this point. But this Netflix production gets many things right in its interpretation of the horrific events that transpired. Anchored by a powerhouse performance by Evan Peters American Horror Story Fame, Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer is an unnervingly chilling tale not to be missed.
10. Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Netflix)
An anthology of dark tales told by a multitude of revered horror creators.
Starring Crispin Glover, Andrew Lincoln, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Essie Davis, Sophia Boutella, Ben Barnes, Rupert Grint, F Murray Abraham.
Guillermo del Toro’s cabinet of curiosities is a collection of the Oscar winner’s personally curated stories, which are described as equally sophisticated and terrifying. The series is arguably the icing on the cake of this Halloween season. Featuring an exceptional cast, the anthology of stories is brought to life by the creative crème de la crème of modern horror cinema and promises one hell of a ride from start to finish.
Hasitha Fernando is a part-time doctor and full-time cinephile. Follow him on Twitter via @DoctorCinephile for regular updates on the entertainment world.