ByMelissa Thomas, writer at Creators.co
Horror blogger. Find more of my work at littleblogofhorror.com. Email me at [email protected]
Melissa Thomas

With the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, Bates Motel, American Horror Story and countless others, the push to bring more horror to television has gotten stronger. The Walking Dead is clearly based on the comic book series and Bates Motel is a prequel to the Hitchcock classic Psycho, now more horror franchises are coming to the small screen. Here are 10 horror films getting the TV treatment.

10. Scream

With the release of the trailer, fans have been sounding off with mixed feelings about a small screen adaptation of Wes Craven's 1996 cult classic, Scream. The television show will follow similar lines as the film, but there will be some very noticeable differences, like the mask change. I recently published an article on the differences and similarities of the film and series which can be found HERE.

Film synopsis:

A group of teens are pitted against a masked murderer that tests their knowledge of horror movies.

Series Synopsis:

After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens - with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart - become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of an assassin who's out for blood.

Network: MTV (Eye Candy, Teen Wolf)

Premier: Tuesday, June 30, 2015


9. The Mist

The Mist was first made famous as a horror novella in 1980 by the undisputed master of horror literature, Stephen King then adapted as a film in 2007. Rumors of a television series began in 2013, but nothing more has been confirmed since.

Film Synopsis:

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Series Synopsis: Not yet available

Network: Yet to be confirmed

Premier: Not yet confirmed


8. Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate was released in 1997 and starred Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. There have not been many details released, but Warner Bros. TV is developing the series.

Film Synopsis:

An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.

Series Synopsis: Not yet available

Network: NBC (Grimm, Constantine)

Premier: Not yet available


7. Shutter Island

Shutter Island is receiving a prequel series that will chronicle the early days of the Ashecliff Hospital and its founders. The series will not share a title with the film, it will be titled 'Ashecliffe' after the hospital. Scorsese will direct the series.

Film Synopsis:

A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Series Synopsis: Not yet available

Network: HBO (Game of Thrones, True Blood)

Premier: Not yet available


6. Resident Evil

First a video game franchise then a film with an extensive list of sequels, Resident Evil will soon be able to cross television series off its list. German production house Constatin Film has expressed interest in bringing the film to the small screen.

Film Synopsis:

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Series Synopsis: Not yet available.

Network: Not yet available.

Premier: Not yet available


5. Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In is a Swedish vampire drama that was released in 2008. The series will be written by Teen Wolf show-runner Jeff Davis.

Film Synopsis:

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Series Synopsis: Not yet available

Network: A&E (Bates Motel, The Returned)

Premier: Not yet available


4. Suspiria

Dario Argento will supervise the television adaptation of his 1977 film. The series will not share a name with the cult classic, instead, it will be titled 'Suspiria De Profundis'.

Film Synopsis:

A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.

Series Synopsis:

No synopsis has been revealed, but there have been hints as to what to expect. The series will be centered around the 19th century English writer, Thomas De Quincey's eponymous book that inspired Argento's film.

Network: Not yet available

Premier: Not yet available


3. American Psycho

American Psycho will not be remade as a TV series or given a prequel, the series will actually be a sequel to the controversial Bret Easton Ellis film. The series will be written by Stefan Jaworski and co-produced by Lionsgate.

Film synopsis:

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

Series Synopsis:

In the new drama series, iconic serial killer Patrick Bateman, now in his mid-50’s but as outrageous and lethal as ever, takes on a protege in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal – a next generation American Psycho.

Network: FX (Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story)

Premier: Not yet available


2. Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th was given a series by the same name in the late 80's, but it was not the slasher Friday the 13th. Finally, there will be a series that will showcase Crystal Lake and Jason Voorhees. Sean Cunningham is involved in the project.

Film Synopsis:

A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

Series Synopsis:

No true synopsis has been provided yet, but Sean Cunningham has let a few hints to the series slip during interviews. It will take place at the real Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees will be in the series, and Jason will not be the only killer.

Network: The CW (Supernatural, Arrow) has confirmed interest in picking up the series.

Premier: Not yet available


1. The Evil Dead

With 2 sequels and a reboot, The Evil Dead is finally getting a television series, Ash vs Evil Dead. Sam Raimi is on the writing staff and Bruce Campbell will be returning as everyone's favorite boomstick carrying, chainsaw-handed heroine, Ash. filming for the series has begun.

Film Synopsis:

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Series Synopsis:

Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.

Network: Starz (Black Sails, Camelot)

Premier: Fall 2015

Are there any other horror films you think would make the perfect TV series, let me know in the comments.

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