Happy Friday the 13th.
If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing.
While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares.
Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!
Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening.
Haunting of House Hill – Netflix
There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em.
We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.
Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix
The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.
The Exorcist – FOX
If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.
American Horror Story – FOX
The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.
Black Mirror – Netflix
When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.
Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access
These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”
The Purge – FX
Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?
Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network
When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.
Ryan Murphy Announces ‘American Horror Story’ Spinoff That’s Equally as Chilling
From American Horror Story to American Horror Series.
Ryan Murphy, the creator behind the anthology series, is planning to tell more horror stories in a spinoff that he announced via Instagram.
He described the new anthology series “American Horror Stories,” as a “one hour contained” series.
While details aren’t aplenty, it seems as though its an extension of the world he’s already built with each episode serving as a standalone story and featuring familiar faces from the FX show.
Some of those cast members signing onto the project are likely Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Katy Bates, who were all on-hand for the Zoom meeting discussion to announce the project.
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“American Horror Story” cast zoom call…where we reminisced about the good times…the spin off we're doing called "American Horror Stories" (one hour contained episodes)…when we will start filming the next season of the mothership…and other stuff I cannot print. It was so much fun and I'm glad we caught up. I miss everyone!
With AHS renewed for three more seasons, Murphy has a lot of his plate, and fans are still anticipating the 10th season of the series.
The Wrap reported that Murphy’s theme for season 10 may be scrapped as filming was very “weather-dependent,” and never got to happen since the coronavirus pandemic shut down production.
“Well I don’t know, because a lot of what I was going to shoot was dependent on a very specific moment, it was a weather-dependent show. So now I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re going to do. I don’t know what I’m gonna do next with that show. I don’t know if I’ll accelerate another season or wait till next year to shoot this one,” he revealed.
So, as you see, the fate of season 10 is very much murky and floating into the unknown. However, we have absolutely no worries because there’s bound to be some deeply terrifying ideas in Murphy’s mind to replace the current theme that’ll shake us to the core.
And, we always have his spinoff series to look forward to!
WATCH: “American Horror Story” Invites You To The Cult for Season 7
Ryan Murphy is taking some inspo from R. Kelly for the upcoming 7th season of American Horror Story.
Sorry, we had to.
The director revealed the show’s new theme…. drumroll, please…. CULT.
Ryan, who is super secretive about show themes, dropped clues leading up to the reveal on Instagram, which included creepy clowns, American flags, and a person being eaten alive by a hive of bees. Not creepy at all.
While fans still don’t really know what “Cult” signifies but in his announcement, Murphy asked fans to “join the cult.”
Here’s what we know so far:
- Twisty the Clown is back for the season.
- The season kicks off on election night, which explains all the American flags.
- Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton will be portrayed in some shape or form.
- Lena Dunham has joined the cast
- So did Billie Lourd
If I were to take a guess, I would say the series will be set in a colonial town and everyone will be blindly in a patriotic, pro-America cult.
And maybe the cult is run by clowns? I’m definitely getting Purge movie vibes!
I guess we’ll find out when the series debuts on Sept. 5!
American Horror Story-Freak Show “Curtain Call” (4×13)
The curtain has fallen on our freakish friends, and last weeks season finale of American Horror Story Freak Show, left me pretty disappointed. Before I get into the recap I have to say, I wasn’t expecting it to end this way. The freaks we’ve all come to love and know all have their finale moments and I wanted it done better.
Dandy goes on a killing spree, before he is killed himself. All of the freaks we come to love, Seal Boy, The Strongwoman, Meryl Streep Jr, and more are shot by Dandy. Desiree is the only one to survive. Jimmy and his now claws comes back to the campground to see the massacre. He Bette and Dot and Desiree plan to kill Dandy for what he has done. I felt like it was a pretty weak plot to have Dandy kill off the characters, especially since it was the finale.
Once they find him, the only thing they can think of is torture. They let him drown in Houdini’s tank, making his farewell as the ultimate freak in a jar. Did I like the way he died, not really. I felt like they could have done more to him, I was expecting some crazy stuff.
Elsa and Massimo are off to hollywood to start Elsa’s grand career. She is fame hungry, but when Hollywood rejects her, the only thing left for her is to find love. She can’t get that with Massimo since he doesn’t have a soul, so she offs herself to Edward Mordrake. Remember in the halloween episode when Mordrake was looking to make his own dead freak show, well now she is part of it.
I felt like they didn’t do Elsa justice either. This was Jessica Langes last year on AHS, and I needed more. I didn’t want to see her end just by sining songs to the dead, I wanted to see her die in a crazy way, or live up to the damage she did with her freaks. Overall we saw everyones story come to an end, and its crazy to admit but I will miss my fellow freaks.
Photo Credit: FX/AHS
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