Its that special time of year when people dress up, go trick-o-treatin' and carve jack-o'-lanterns to celebrate all things spooky and supernatural. It's already inevitable that folks dressed up as The Joker and Harley Quinn will be everywhere you look. But more importantly, #Halloween is the time to curl up in front of the TV and see what awful horrors the small screen has to offer.
Do you love Halloween but are too lazy to step outside and see what's out there? Why don't you scare yourself with a binge-watch from the safety of your own home? Below we have listed the 8 best TV shows to watch this Halloween. Both current series and old classics, there is something to satisfy every horror need.
From Robert Kirkman, the creator of the wildly successful #TheWalkingDead comic books, which were turned into the fantastic TV series, comes #Outcast, a tale of demonic possession that is guaranteed to have you squirming in your seat. Starring Patrick Fugit as a man returning to West Virginia who has been battling demons his entire life, he must team up with Reverend Anderson in order to restore some normality to his life. An excellent counterpoint to the flagship zombie series, some say its even more frightful, because this time the enemies can't be seen.
2. Scream Queens
One of the many TV projects from show-runner extraordinaire Ryan Murphy, the anthology series #ScreamQueens takes the overworked trope of teenage girls being murdered by mysterious men and expertly turns turns it on its head. Currently in its second season, and boasting Kirstie Alley among its ranks, it has been praised as one of the funniest self-conscious horror comedies on TV.
Based on the Wes Craven films of the same name, #Scream utilises the same meta-fictional horror themes to provide thrills as smart as they are scary. Yet it maintains its relevance, having been updated for modern times, taking a look at contemporary issues of cyber-bullying, and how they can have real-world effects. You can watch it all on Netflix now!
4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
One of the first series to usher in what we understand as TV's Golden Age, #BuffyTheVampireSlayer stars Sarah Michelle Geller as the eponymous badass killer of the undead. Originally an underwhelming movie, the television version finally gave viewers the Buffy they deserved: a complex teenage girl with a lot of growing up to do, who also had the difficult task of fighting off evil wherever she went. Considered the start of the dominance over pop culture we see Joss Whedon have today.
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5. American Horror Story
Another brilliant series by Ryan Murphy, #AmericanHorrorStory has become a staple of pop culture entertainment, still going strong in its sixth season. An anthology series with a core cast including such luminaries as Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts, American Horror Story is likely to still be going strong in another ten years from now. Now famous for its many, many twists, the nature of the series means that you can visit it during any season you want. Watch the promo for season 6 below:
6. Black Mirror
Not ostensibly a horror series, each episode taking on a new theme ranging from utopian (San Junipero) to evoking a sense of complete despair, #BlackMirror still shows the potentially disastrous consequences of what technology may offer us. From being shamed for what you do on the internet, to a world where your online ranking dictates how you live, Black Mirror — season three of which debuted last week — shows us our deepest futuristic fears, all the more scary for never positing any solutions.
7. The Simpsons (Treehouse of Horror)
#TheSimpsons may have been (understandably) declining in quality over the past fifteen years, but the Halloween episodes still know how to pack a punch. Self-contained episodes with no real pertinence to the series overarching sitcom plot, they have been credited for some of The Simpsons wackiest episodes: including billboards that come to life to terrorise the town, an expert parody of The Shining, and who can forget when Homer turns 3-D, only to walk about our real world?
8. Twin Peaks
A surreal soap opera, Twin Peaks is the true definition of horror, as when watching the acclaimed show, you never know what is going to happen next. Centred around the key question of "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" the show knows just where to push our buttons as it gets progressively weirder and weirder. With season three coming up next year, we can finally find out what was meant to happen when Laura Palmer said "I'll see you in 25 years". One wonders if even David Lynch knows the answer to that one.