TV reviews for horror aficionados; from vampire slayers to streamable spooks, explore horror-inducing television series from the discomfort of your living room.
Why “The Haunting of Hill House” is a Great Adaptation
Adapting books to film or television is always a risky business. Sometimes the result is amazing (“The Godfather,” “High Fidelity,” and “Doctor Zhivago” come immediately to mind), but most of the time it’s a disaster (“The Great Gatsby,” “The Hobbit,” the “Percy Jackson” series, and more). When you set out to adapt one of the greatest horror novels of all time into a TV series, the chance of success is quite low, which is what makes the Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 classic “The Haunting of Hill House” such a pleasant surprise.
When it comes to television, I am a person to who can weigh in. I am a stay-at-home mom who barely sleeps. I go from one show to the next in rapid succession. Many an evening is spent clacking away writing stories, cleaning the kitchen, or being semi comatose on the couch. This brings me to my latest binge. Wynona Earp. I would say if you like the supernatural, a lot of darkness carved out with humor, add Wynona Earp to your list of must watch shows.
What We Do In The Basement
In 2019, a television show shot in mockumentary style followed the exploits of four vampires living on Staten Island. I am referring, of course, to Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, a TV spinoff from Waititi’s 2014 film with the same title. I remember hearing about it, briefly. I thought it sounded like my kind of show, but then I forgot about it again until the middle of 2020 when I saw the show referenced in a video essay about vampires in movies and television.
When I tell people about “Dark Shadows”, the gothic soap opera that aired on ABC television between 1966 and 1971, I typically get one of two reactions: “Are you talking about that weird Johnny Depp vampire movie that wasn’t very good?” or “Are you seriously recommending me a black and white, 50-year-old horror soap opera?”.
The Horror and Sci-Fi Universe
If Psycho, then Bates Motel You ever watched the classic 1960 horror film, Psycho? Well, if you have, and if you liked it, then you would probably love Bates Motel. It revolves around the lives of Norman and Norma Bates, a bizarre mother-son duo that are lovable as well as creepy. It dives into what led Norman to become the killer he is in Psycho, as well as going past that to its own ending of the story. If you like psychological horror or thrillers, then this is for you.
If Watchmen Then Definitely, Lovecraft Country
We’ve all been there before; feeling empty, because we somehow finished all the episodes of a series we were watching not knowing what to do with ourselves after. Only to be left with so many questions and thoughts. That will only be answered; when another season comes out, but when will that be you think? Until then, you decide to start a new TV series to help the wait of your favorite show to return. However, picking a new TV show to watch after you just recently finished one; can be a little tricky. If you have ever watched the HBO hit WatchMen, then you should probably check out the Golden Globe nomination, Lovecraft Country on HBO.
Why not try a BEDTIME STORY instead?
Have you ever experienced something that you just couldn’t quite figure out? Well not in a scientific or logical way but to you was as real as being alive! Do you still think about it? Has it left you confused and wondering exactly what it was you had seen, felt, heard or even interacted with? I had my first experience at the age of three. I have always remembered it and thought about it often. However, it wasn’t until my eighteenth birthday party when my dad had told me some history about the place we had lived in back when I was three. I was fixated on every word emitting out of his mouth. Completely wide eyed at what he was telling me and in that moment everything suddenly became clearly vivid and actually made sense to me. Almost as though what I had experienced all those years previous had been validated, made real. At least in my mind. It’s one thing to have an unexplained encounter on your own but to share certain happenings of an unnatural occurrence with others really resonates in a comforting , yet somewhat eerie way.
The Tale of the Chosen Ones
Tale of the Chosen Ones “Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer."
Netflix Thriller "Behind Her Eyes" and Jordan Peele's Movies are Strikingly Similar
Jordan Peele’s movies Get Out and Us are known for featuring black protagonists and prominent black characters. Along with its eye-opening final twists and the creepy, sinister smiles that make me quake in my boots. Both of Peele's horror masterpieces explore themes of family and stolen identity, along with the subtle touch of supernatural to keep it relatable and a horrific experience for the audience. All these aspects make a good, horrifying Jordan Peele movie.
The Walking Dead: Why Aaron And Gabriel's Trip To The Water Tower Could Spell Disaster
WARNING: SPOILERS for The Walking Dead 10x19, 'One More' The third of The Walking Dead's six Season 10 bonus episodes, 'One More', focused on Aaron and Father Gabriel in the middle of an extended supply run, scouting potential food supplies with a map given to them by Maggie.
Calling All The Haunting of Hill House Fans!
I know, I know, one is considered horror and the other more of a subgenre, a psychological thriller, but hear me out… Not to shame present day filmmakers, but finding a bone-chilling, nail-biting, fuzzy blanket pulled up over your nose, can’t sleep with the lights off horror movie or show, today – it’s a rarity. Sure, there have been some exceptions. Rarely though, have I found a movie that gives me the chills like watching Karen Black, the original mistress of the dark, portray terror on the screen in such a way, my teeth clench to keep from screaming with her!
If Walking Dead, then Z Nation
I am a diverse multimedia consumer, so I try to watch a little bit of everything that TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc. has to offer. During my days of binge-watching just about everything I came across, both presently and in my early childhood. During my teens years became more interested in horror specifically. I found a show called the Walking dead that premiered on AMC channel on October 31st, 2010 after a long night of trick or treating and sweaty costumes it seemed like the perfect way to end my night.