(WARNING: Minor spoilers ahead!)
Horror TV shows have been popping up all over. From shows like American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, to the new Exorcist series. I've been watching horror TV shows my whole life and am always on the lookout for something new. I'm actually about to start Slasher on Netflix. I was talking about some old horror shows the other day, so I decided to bring a bit of nostalgia and talk about four horror shows from the past.
4. Tales From The Crypt
Once I saw that old mansion I was super stoked. The camera took us through the mansion, leading us all the way to the Crypt Keeper! The Crypt Keeper would take us on a 30-minute journey involving horror, sci-fi, twists, and some dark magic. It had an amazing cast, including Larry Drake (Dr. Giggles), Miguel Ferrer (Robocop), Joe Pesci (Goodfellas), David Morse (Suburbia), and tons more.
What's a great cast without a great director? We had Richard Donner (The Goonies), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), Tom Holland (Child's Play), and even Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator) directed an episode. I loved being surprised by each episode, which was completely different. My favorite has to be the killer Santa on Christmas Eve. I also liked the episode with Joe Pesci pretending to be a twin, just so he could marry twin sisters and get twice the money. Joe Pesci's end was very well deserved.
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
This show had so many different elements to it. It had its touch of horror, sci-fi, dark magic, and it even had some pretty sad episodes. I liked the last element because you can't always get a happy ending. Aside from the amazing main cast, we had appearances from Julie Benz (Dexter), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Eric Balfour (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003), and the late, great John Ritter (It).
Two of my favorite episodes are "Nightmares" and "Hush." "Nightmares" brought the gang's worst nightmares to reality, which means that someone (Xander) had to be afraid of a damn clown. Thanks, Xander! "Hush" had some of the creepiest monsters of the entire series. These "men," dressed in black, floated around Sunnydale, stealing people's voices so they couldn't scream when they cut out their hearts. If that's not creepy enough, they have this terrifying smile on their face almost the entire episode. They look creepy as hell!
2. The Twilight Zone
Rod Serling gave us such an amazing show. This was never really your typical definition of horror, but it would mess with your mind so much. We had appearances from Burgess Meredith (Rocky), William Shatner (Star Trek), Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap), and the amazing Donald Pleasence (Halloween). It boasted stories involving the Devil, ghosts, a talking doll, space travel, and even the end of the world.
One of my favorite episodes are "Time Enough at Last." This story follows Henry, a book lover, that works in a bank. All he wants to do is read, and what better place than the vault at his job? However, one day while inside the vault, a nuclear bomb completely destroys his city. Now he has enough to read, right?
Another classic is "Living Doll," a story of a young girl with a horrible stepfather. The girl's new doll, Talky Tina, wants to protect her from her father. He's been warned by Tina, but do you think he listens?
Another favorite is called "Eye of the Beholder." A young women is in a hospital, recovering from surgery to try and look normal. You can't see her face, due to bandages covering her face. The ending had such a great twist — what is considered normal?
1. Are You Afraid Of the Dark?
Here is another great horror anthology series. It had vampires, a clown, magic, mythical creatures, and ghosts. So many celebrities appeared on this show, such as Elisha Cuthbert (House of Wax 2005), Jay Baruchel (This is the End), Neve Campbell (Scream), and even Ryan Gosling (Drive). The show had such a great concept: friends getting together, late at night, to scare each other with terrifying tales. I would love to do that.
While some of these tales ended on a happy note, I preferred the ones that didn't. My favorites were "Laughing in the Dark," "Midnight Madness" and "Ghastly Grinner." "Laughing in the Dark" was about a clown's ghost that was following a young boy that stole his nose inside the local haunted house. He'd better give it back. "Midnight Madness" followed a pair of teens working at a movie theater, who must survive after a vampire comes out of one of the films. "Ghastly Grinner" follows a young comic book artist who released a crazy jester from a comic. The jester, known as the Ghastly Grinner, leaves his victims as laughing idiots. Don't laugh!
What horror show did you love watching when you were younger?