It’s a terrifying time right now isn’t it? One thing that’s for certain is that all of us will be spending an increasing amount of time indoors, and in front of our TVs too… because when work from home hits, y’all know the best thing ever is to sit on the sofa (laptop in your, well, lap) in front of that magical box.
There are SO many shows out there to pick from, but because I love horror so much I wanted to highlight those suspenseful gems that are worth sitting through! So I’m bringing back my Wednesday Watching (minus the Wednesday but you get my drift). Let’s dig into the scariest shows out there…
I have to admit when I found out Apple TV+ was coming I was less than excited (that is to say because I’m already signed up to like a gazillion subscriptions). But it’s horror offering in the form of M Night Shyamalan’s Servant would have made me sign up just for that. Luckily I bought a new iPhone this year, so a year’s subscription free was at my fingertips (wahoo!) and I dug into the show just this week.
If you love slow-burning, tense supernatural stuffs then this one is for you. Servant’s premise is set around Dorothy and Sean, a wealthy couple whose lives centre around their son, Jericho. The problem? Jericho is an anamatronic doll… or is he? Nothing is as it seems with this twisted tale, as a new nanny moves in, and she’s more than willing to play along. I won’t give too much away, but if you love M Night’s movies, give it a whirl. Supernatural shenanigans await, and there’s a whole load of food imagery and symbolism that’s to be appreciated.
Where you can watch: Apple TV+ (which you can get for free for a year if you bought an iPhone recently!)
How many seasons are there? Just one right now, but it’s been renewed for a second season that’s due to come out some point this year.
If a horror is making my skin crawl with the Netflix teasers, I know it’s a winner. Marianne was stunning. Creepy and captivating from the start, it’s pacing means you are never too far from a scare. The moody French horror series is limited to eight intense episodes, which tell the story of Emma, a young author who is drawn back to her hometown after her dark literature seemingly comes to life.
Okay so some moments are corny, but director Samuel Bodin knows it, and he plays on it, adding some comic relief in between the building dread occuring in a bleak seaside town that oozes elements of Hitchcock and Stephen King at times.
Where you can watch: Netflix!
How many seasons are there? Just the one, hence why it’s a limited series. Those eight episodes reaaally offer a lot.
American Horror Story
I couldn’t make a list about TV or horror without giving my favourite television series a shout out! AHS is reaching its tenth season this year, and each season has been a rollercoaster ride of hotels, haunted houses, horrifying circus acts, hideous cults and hunky vampires, and I’m only just touching the surface. I honestly think if any one person watches this show, they’ll find a season specifically tailored to their interests. Being an anthology series, Ryan Murphy’s creation sees each season play out in a different setting, usually using a different time period.
While the actors who appear are largely re-cast, new themes are explored, dark settings are brought to life, and each season has you gripped. I’d love to know your favourite season in the comments below!
Where you can watch: Netflix, and you can also watch on Youtube too.
How many seasons are there? nine, with the tenth being released in autumn of this year (and Macaulay Culkin is starring? IM SO EXCITED!)
Scream is an absolute hoot. I mean, if you’re craving some 80s slasher action, stick this on and turn off the lights. The anthology series is a nostalgia trip, a group of teens being targetted by a masked murderer – just try and take this show as seriously as you took the string of Scream movies and you’ll have a good time. Obviously it gets a bit repetitive in terms of storyline, but don’t most shows y’all love? Elena always picking between Damon and Stephan in Vampire Diaries… Piper, Phoebe and Paige protecting humans from the other realms in Charmed? You get my drift. P.S, love how those two examples sprang to mind first. I have terrible taste.
Where you can watch: Netflix
How many seasons are there? So far there are three seasons of Scream, and its just been announced that a new Scream show could be in the works over on Netflix (this original was shot by MTV) so watch this space…
Isn’t this like one of the most obvious one to put on this list? yes. Am I including it anyway? you’re damn right I am. I LOVE Stranger Things, like half of the population does, so if you haven’t watched it, what the hell are you doing?
I’m stanning the show even harder this time around as season three was pure gold in my opinion. The strongest season of the lot. There, I said it. *deep breath in* andddd I feel so much better saying that. *exhales*. Seriously Stranger Things is the adventure horror we’ve been waiting for. Throw in some serious 80s vibes and you’ve got yourself arguably one of the best television shows ever made. Take a group of maybe a little precocious but totally loveable teens, slap some terrifying aliens in there, throw in some impending doom and lightly sprinkle with the power of psychokinetic gal pal Eleven and you’ve got the recipe for success.
Where you can watch: Netflix, ofc.
How many seasons are there? Three so far, with more to come. I hope it goes on forever to be honest.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
As a kid I used to rush home to watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch after school, so when I heard they would be making a new Sabrina, I have to admit I was a tad skeptical. Butttt, I had no idea about the Archie comics and in retrospect that 90s show, (despite having a special place in my heart) does seem a little pedestrian in comparison to the mighty Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Dark, twisted fantasy meets teen cheese and I drank in every second. It’s pure, unadulterated escapism and each season leaves me wanting more.
It’s only real similarity to the television show you know from the 90s are some of the character names. Everything else is in stark contrast, which gives it the room to grow and thrive away from its predecessor.
Where you can watch: Netflix!
How many seasons are there? three so far, with part four coming out this year!
‘What’s your favourite film?’ someone asks me. ‘The Shining!… no, Psycho. NO. Definitely The Shining. *WAH* Psycho is a classic. Long story short, I jump constantly back and forth with these two movies! And that’s why Bates Motel holds a special place in my black heart, as the prequel to the cult classic Pyscho – Hitchcock’s tale of Norman Bates, a motel owner and loner with more than a few dark secrets.
Bates Motel is a moody, slow burning horror that’s more about the build up than the cheap jump scares. Freddie Highmore does so well as Norman, a young adult who struggles with his life and the creepily close relationship he has with his mother.
Where you can watch: Netflix
How many seasons are there? five toe-curling seasons that are wrapped up nicely.
Psychological horror thriller Hannibal is a nailbiting ride, let me tell you. A gore-fest to be sure, so make sure you don’t eat dinner during a binge or you’ll be wretching as hard as Sweet Dee from Always Sunny. Largely disassociating itself from the movie franchise, and arguably better (don’t @ me), the series tells the story of Will Graham, a gifted FBI criminal profiler who is unaware that the killer he is hunting is none other than his own psychiatrist, Dr Hannibal Lecter.
Where you can watch: Netflix or Youtube
How many seasons are there? there are three, although I have to admit the show does dip in quality towards the end, and the show was subsequently cancelled, much to the shock of fans.
The Haunting of Hill House
The last recommendation I’m adding to my list is The Haunting of Hill House. Based on the 1959 gothic novel, this slowburning series centres around a family who grew up in a haunted house and are forced to return as adults when tragedy strikes. Ghost galore, this 2018 horror show was incredibly popular upon its release, and turned heads (and bent necks, wahey) when several articles documented the amount of ghosts hidden in the background of multiple scenes too. So if you’re watching for the first time, keep those eyes peeled!
Where you can watch: Netflix
How many seasons are there? just one so far, but season two has been confirmed and should be released later this year.