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Terrifying Treats: 10 Chilling TV Shows To Watch This Halloween
Settle in for a scare with these binge-worthy shows this season!
When the leaves start to fall 🍂 and there is a chill in the air, it means Halloween is upon us. 🎃 What better way to embrace the eerie ambiance than by diving into a spine-tingling marathon of frightening TV shows? 📺 If you're a horror aficionado seeking the next adrenaline-pumping thrill, this curated list of spooky television is sure to send shivers down your spine. So, grab a blanket (it might be needed to cover your eyes at any point), turn off the lights, and prepare for a journey into the realm of the unknown with these must-watch scary TV shows. 👻 And we know horror is not for everyone, so check back here at rmrk*st next week for our list of must-watch Halloween content that is safe for the squeamish.
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1. American Horror Story (FX/Hulu)
American Horror Story is a groundbreaking horror anthology tv series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Each season is a standalone story, so you can pick up and watch whichever you desire to. The seasons are interconnected by the talented ensemble cast. The new season, Delicate, is currently being released on Hulu & FX. Delicate is an adaptation of Danielle Valentine’s novel Delicate Condition. It is the first season to be an adaptation of another work, and the first time Ryan Murphy has turned creative control over to someone else: writer/producer/playwright Halley Feiffer. Delicate stars Emma Roberts, Matt Czuchry and Kim Kardashian. It tackles the sensitive topics of pregnancy 🤰, IVF, and abortion rights. One should always expect bloody scenes 🩸 in American Horror Story, and even though there have only been four episodes so far, this still holds true. Part 1 has 5 episodes, with Part 2 not scheduled to be released until 2024. 😱
2. The Fall of the House of Usher (Netflix)
The Fall of the House of Usher is the newest series from the mind of Mike Flanigan which dropped on October 12. He has scared us with the likes of The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and many more. And now he has made a gothic horror series based on several of Edgar Allan Poe’s works. 📚 Like Ryan Murphy with American Horror Story, Mike Flanagan has created a wonderful ensemble cast that you will recognize from his past projects. Stream all 8 episodes on Netflix, and we challenge you not to binge it in one sitting.
3. Goosebumps (Disney+/Hulu)
Millennials will recognize this title from the horror book series with the same name written by R.L. Stine, where young teens find themselves in frightening situations that are either supernatural, paranormal or of the occult. This new series premiered on Friday the 13th on Disney+ and Hulu. Five teenagers accidently release supernatural forces in their town, and they have to figure out how to recapture them, all while finding out their parents’ secrets from their teenage years. Justin Long stars as the new teacher in town, who lives in the house where bad things happened 30 years ago. There have been rumors that Slappy the Dummy, the mascot of Goosebumps, will be making an appearance in this series. New episodes are released on Fridays.
4. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Since it might be a while before the fifth season of Stranger Things is released due to the strikes, a rewatch of the Duffer Brothers’ cultural phenomenon is always a good idea in October. Stranger Things is a perfect mix of mystery, horror, and a coming-of-age drama. Who also doesn’t love some 80s nostalgia?
5. Supernatural (Netflix)
With 15 seasons, there is no shortage of content when it comes to Supernatural. This haunting tv series follows the brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they battle supernatural threats such as demons, ghosts, angels, and other mythical creatures. The show blends horror with comedy perfectly that captivated audiences for over a decade. What are you waiting for? Jump into the Chevy Impala with Sam and Dean to see what kind of thrilling situations they get into.
6. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
If you are craving some witches 🧙♀️ this October, this adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is for you. Kiernan Shipka portrays the half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman in this version that takes a darker 🖤 and more mature approach than its 90s predecessor. It blends horror and occultism with romance ❤️ & a coming-of-age story.
7. Castle Rock (Hulu)
Castle Rock is a horror anthology series that is set in the Stephen King multiverse. It takes place in a fictional town in Maine, and weaves together characters and elements from King’s stories while creating a new mysterious narrative. 🔍 With its plot twists and rich character developments, Castle Rock leaves viewers on the edge of their seat in a world where the line between reality and supernatural is blurred.
8. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Yellowjackets is a mystery thriller that has a star-studded cast that includes Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Juliette Lewis, and Melanie Lynsky. The premise of the series follows a girl’s football ⚽️ team that crashes in the Canadian wilderness 🌲 and is stranded for 19 months. As they attempt to survive, the show jumps back and forth to their adult selves in present day. While the show is not based on a true story, it was inspired by 2 events: The Donner Party and The Andes Flight Disaster of 1972. Both events resulted in survivors giving in to cannibalism in order to survive.
9. Marianne (Netflix)
Marianne is a French 🇫🇷 horror series that blends supernatural terror with psychological horror. The series revolves around the character, Emma Larismon, who is a successful horror novelist. ✍️ A witch named Marianne 🧙♀️ from her stories comes to life and starts to terrorize Emma’s hometown. Emma is forced to deal with her past demons and darkest fears to figure out the mysteries of Marianne. The show is heavy on themes of trauma, guilt, and the power of story-telling that go along with chilling visuals. It will leave the viewer on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
10. Creepshow (Prime/Shudder)
Creepshow is a horror anthology that resurrects old-school horror and gives it a modern twist. The series serves as a continuation of the 1982 film 🎥 created by Stephen King and George A. Romero. Each episode contains 2 stories, and are standalone with a unique cast. The Creep starts each episode as he shows pages from the Creepshow comic book, and the episodes have comic book traits just like the original film. 🎞
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