Horror on TV is hot right now. It is safe to say we are in a golden age of television. Between The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, horror television ratings have never been higher. I'd even go so far as to say horror fans are being spoiled. The most recent trend in horror has been to convert films into television shows. In some cases it works quite nicely, i.e. Bates Motel, The Exorcist, Scream, Ash vs. Evil Dead, but occasionally it flops *cough Damien *cough.
With the television version of Wolf Creek premiering on PopTV, and a Purge series on the horizon, this train doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. What other horror classics would make for a good television series? Let's take a look!
6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an absolute classic in my opinion. Sure the sequels got a little goofy, but that doesn't take away from the impact of the original. Heck, I am even a fan of the 2003 remake starring Jessica Biel. I think that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre universe would lend itself nicely to the episodic format. There are a lot of characters we could explore within the family and perhaps we could dig deeper into the town and its inhabitants. I think there is a lot of room to grow within the franchise legacy.
5. Final Destination
I absolutely love the Final Destination movies. I think that for the most part (minus part 4) they are all solid flicks. The first episode could introduce the main characters and show the big premonition. In each of the following episodes, we could get an awesome death scene, more explanation into the rules of cheating death, and, of course, the show would have to feature Tony Todd. This is one I'm really rooting for.
4. Friday The 13th
Now technically Friday the 13th already got a TV series, but not in the way that you think. In the late '80s, an anthology series called, Friday the 13th: The Series came out. It really had nothing to do with the original films and Jason wasn't even a part of it. I'm thinking they should make a real Friday the 13th series.
Make it 13 episodes, set it at Camp Crystal Lake and have Jason do his thing. Scream and Slasher have already proved that you can make a slasher work on TV. The series was in active development at the CW for a brief moment, but the project has been put on hold. At any rate, give us more Jason!
The Saw formula has, what I think, the basic formula to make a good TV show. I feel that each episode could be filled with gruesome, elaborate and creative death traps. We could follow a couple detectives as they try to get to the bottom of all of the killings (True Detective style). In true Saw fashion, the season would have the potential to contain twist after twist. We are getting a Saw reboot in theaters next year, but maybe after that the franchise could move to TV.
2. I Know What You Did Last Summer
Much like its '90s cohort, Scream, I think that I Know What You Did Last Summer could work in the television world. Done right, it would be an 8-episode miniseries that would air sometime over the summer. I think that the series format would give the killer a little more time to tease the characters. If Season 2 were to ever arise, can you say: I Know What You Did Last Season?
1. Scary Movie
Tentatively titled, Scary Series, the show would have plenty of material to spoof. Horror is everywhere on television right now, so it is time that someone poke a little fun at all of the relevant and ongoing horror tropes.
What do you think? Would you tune in every week to watch any of these horror shows? Let us know in the poll below and if you think I missed anything sound off in the comments below!
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