As we celebrate Halloween today (and throughout the week), there’s nothing better than scaring ourselvese us silly by watching something spooky. Last year, we treated you with our ‘7 Scariest Asian Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween’, but this year we are focussing on the small screen.
With the rise of binge-watching, Halloween should be celebrated in the same manner. Gone are the days when scary plots were only available on the big screen—now they are just a few clicks away. Here are our recommendations of five spooky and sometimes scary TV shows to binge-watch this Halloween weekend.
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy has elevated the horror genre on TV with American Horror Story. The anthology series has earned sterling reviews with its twisted plots and spectacular acting chops along with genuinely stomach-churning scenes. Whether it’s the Murder House in season 1 or the salacious witch coven in season 3, American Horror has something for everyone. The eighth season is currently on air and let’s just say it’s their best yet.
The Haunting of Hill House
The TV adaption of Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel has been in the spotlight for its traumatic scenes, or so some viewers have stated. Directed by Mike Flanagan, the TV show tells story of the Crains, who grew up in what is now America’s most haunted house. Now adults, the siblings are forced to face their past and correct their mistakes. The haunting comes at the right moment and don’t you dare miss out!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Perhaps not the scariest title on this list, but trust us when we say this one is downright spooky. The reimagining of Archie Comics, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, has gotten an adult makeover with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, this Netflix series focuses on Sabrina Spellman: a teenage half-witch who’s torn between two worlds, the mortals and the evil witches. Boasting a creepy setting, a deliciously eerie plot and all-round campy fun, The Chilling is indeed a treat for TV fans this Halloween.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer is nothing if not a classic. Released in 1997, the series ran for seven seasons, providing fans with quality writing and the beloved cast of a teenage vampire slayer who deals with adulthood and her own demons. Tackling issues from gender roles and sexuality to death, Buffy can’t be classified as a teenage TV show alone, as the series speaks to a diverse and wide-ranging audience. So grab your chips and sodas and prepare to watch the most exhilarating TV show. Tip: The first season starts slow, so you can always skipped to season three for enjoyable viewing.
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Our list wouldn’t be complete without Asian horror. HBO’s horror anthology series Folklore was created by Singaporean Eric Khoo and features several Asian talents, including Indonesia’s maestro Joko Anwar. The six-episode series revolves around Asian superstitions and its, well, folklore. Having been screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Folklore received good reviews from critics, particularly for the “A Mother's Love” and “Pob” episodes.