The horror genre has been a major staple of television since The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits in their heyday. Since then horror TV shows have popped up every once in a while to petrify a whole new generation of TV viewers. Currently, there are more legitimately creepy television shows airing than ever before. Today we are going to be looking at the ten creepiest.
Syfy’s Haven is loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, follows the strange events in a fictional town in Maine named Haven. It stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, and Eric Balfour, whose characters try their best to help townspeople with supernatural afflictions and safeguard the town from the effects of those afflictions. Imagine a cross between Murder She Wrote and Twin Peaks, set in a old-fashioned Maine town where weird things happen every week, that’s Haven in a nutshell. The series premiered on July 9, 2010; earlier this year the show was renewed for a split 26-episode fifth season. The first half will be aired in 2014 with the second half in 2015.
9. Teen Wolf
MTV’s Teen Wolf is very loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. The series follows Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a high school student and social misfit who is bitten by a werewolf while looking for a dead girl in the woods. Scott attempts to maintain a ordinary life, keeping the fact of his being a werewolf secret from everyone. This show is recommended for teens and older that like young love mixed with some fantasy and violence. Teen Wolf premiered on June 5, 2011; a fourth season has been confirmed, which will premiere on June 23rd, 2014.
8. Bates Motel
A&E’s Bates Motel is billed as being a “contemporary prequel” to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name). The series follows the life of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock’s film. The story is surprisingly good, the actors are almost perfect in their roles as Norman is slowly becoming the guy we all know and love…too creepy. Bates Motel premiered on March 18, 2013; the second season premiered on March 3, 2014. The series was renewed for a third season to contain 10 episodes.
Not many people expected NBC’s Grimm to succeed. Not only was another modern-fairy-tale series being made at the same time, but it was going to be a police procedural. Though, to our surprise, Grimm ended up being a very solid urban fantasy, with plenty of dark humor, mystery and some very creepy supernatural creatures. Grimm premiered on October 28, 2011. NBC recently announced that Grimm had been renewed for a fourth season.
NBC’s Hannibal is based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The show features a tortured main character, gruesome murders, creepy psychopaths but most importantly great acting and well developed stories and characters. Hannibal premiered on April 4, 2013. Hannibal was renewed for a second season which premiered on February 28, 2014.
Most definitely the longest running series on this list, CW’s Supernatural premiered on September 13, 2005 and is still going strong; the CW recently renewed the series for a tenth season. The series follows the two brothers Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters and other supernatural beings in the world. For such a long running show it has, of course, had its ups and downs over the years. Though, Supernatural is still a really fun and interesting show with great mythology, great characters and interesting story lines. A spin-off of Supernatural was announced to be in the works, with the 20th episode of season nine serving as a back-door pilot. It was later revealed that the spin-off will be titled Supernatural: Bloodlines.Let’s hope it’s half as good as its predecessor.
4. The Following
Fox’s The Following is about an ex-FBI agent (played by Kevin Bacon) trying to catch a serial killer and his murderous cult. The series features a great storyline, suspenseful and creepy; highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good “I can’t believe that just happened” type of show. The season two finale premiered a few days ago and season three is officially a go.
3. The Walking Dead
Ah yes, AMC’s The Walking Dead; the post-apocalyptic zombie show based on the comic book series is still going strong after four seasons. The series premiered on October 31, 2010 with a fifth season on the way. Despite offering plenty of zombies and gore (or not nearly enough, depending on who you ask), the great thing about The Walking Dead are the characters other than the ones who are undead. You can see these people going through real struggles and learning how to rely on each other; a truly outstanding show.
2. True Detective
HBO’s first season of True Detective follows Detective Martin Eric “Marty” Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Detective Rustin Spencer “Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), two detectives and former partners who worked in Louisiana’s Criminal Investigation Division in the mid-1990s. The acting, directing, and writing of the show is unbelievable, but the true genius of the show is found in its format. The series was pitched as an anthology format, with each season featuring a different cast of characters and story; so prepare for more down south creepiness quite soon. Also the beautiful Alexandra Daddario has a brief but “revealing” role that is a must-see. Sorry, just had to throw that out there.
1. American Horror Story
Each season of FX’s American Horror Story is a self-contained miniseries, following an unrelated set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end”. The first season, subsequently subtitled Murder House, the second season subtitled Asylum, and the third season, subtitled Coven are all equally creepy in their own right. The first season premiered on October 5, 2011; a fourth season is set to air in 2014. If a mix of horror, suspense and drama is your thing, you have to experience this truly strange and beautiful creation.