But no TV series can survive if no one cares about your heroes and villains, and this CW show has taken that lesson to heart. The saga of demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester is driven almost entirely by their emotional connection, courtesy of engaging performances by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Yes, creator Eric Kipke's initial goal of "scar[ing] the crap out of people" is achieved on a weekly basis, but even when the stakes are outright apocalyptic and the monsters all but unstoppable, it's the ties that bind these bros that have made this show a fervently loved fan-favorite.
In its original form, as a zombie comic book by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead was the little series that could: an independent, black-and-white horror story that slowly but surely eclipsed all but the biggest full-color corporate superhero comics in popularity. Ryan Murphy's FX series has been a showcase for some of the most treasured tropes horror has to offer as a visual genre — killer clowns, demonic nuns, haunted hotels, you name it.
And in an era where the big-screen's genre offerings are still driven by found-footage minimalism, AHS 's more-is-more attitude is a throwback to the days of the Grand Guignol. It's horror for the animated-GIF era. If you need to sum up British satirist Charlie Brooker's internationally acclaimed anthology series, Twilight Zone: The App is as good a description as any. Like Rod Serling's seminal show, this British show's star-studded episodes use horror and science fiction elements as a lens into contemporary anxieties — with the focus on technology and its alienating, dehumanizing potential.
Its best installments the stomach-churning "The Entire History of You,"the pitch-black, go-for-broke satire of "The National Anthem" demonstrate that the era of selfies and social networks has simply given us new tools with which to do the same damage to one another we've always done. And the second series' highlight "White Bear," in which a woman awakes in a strange house with no idea how she got there, is as warped and eerie a take on crime and punishment as TV has ever delivered.
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In the end there was nothing supernatural about any of it — but who cares? The journey was truly nightmarish enough.
High school is literally hell on earth — beat that for a high concept! The genius of Joss Whedon's star-making series was taking a metaphor for adolescent angst, giving it fangs, and handing its heroine a wooden stake. Buffy Summers and her Scooby Gang faced down more than their fair share of menaces from beyond, but like Twin Peaks before it, Buffy realized that great horror was rooted in human experience; the death of Buffy's mother was as harrowing as TV has ever gotten, with nary a demon in sight.
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That said, there are few more nightmarish TV moments than watching the "gentlemen" of the show's "Hush" episode float by, silently smiling as they steal voices and hearts literally, in both cases. From the Arctic isolation of its first-season standout "Ice" to the still-controversial, Texas Chainsaw Massacre —referencing inbreeding freak-out "Home," the show's best creepy, skin-crawling episodes have lost none of its power to disturb all these years later.
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How the hell did a show as visually audacious, narratively perverse, and mind-bogglingly gory as Hannibal wind up on the Peacock Network? Before its unceremonious and unfortunate third-season cancellation, Bryan Fuller's adaptation of Thomas Harris's series of serial-killer novels — starring cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and his arch-frienemy, FBI profiler Will Graham — was nothing short of a horror lover's fever dream.
It treated murder as performance art, peeling away the flesh and gristle of the human body in sensuous, spectacular slow motion to expose the heart of darkness within. In the process it made pretty much every other Prestige Drama look like a student film. As the Phantom of the Opera once said: Feast your eyes, glut your soul. While most TV promised little more than an entertaining diversion between commercials, there was one show that billed itself as a journey into another dimension. Rod Serling's genre-defining anthology series drew its stories from a who's-who of the finest genre writers in the world, creating a an endless stream of stand-alone episodes that were equal parts spine-chilling and thought-provoking: the nuclear-apocalypse cautionary tale "Where Is Everybody?
Laura's death, like her life, concealed an ocean of evil beneath the surface — specifically, a group of terrifying supernatural entities hailing from another place called the Black Lodge. They were personified by a being called Bob: Played by set dresser turned actor Frank Silva, this cackling, shrieking demon's long gray hair and denim jacket gave him the appearance of a metalhead crank dealer — the sight of him crawling through the Haywards' living room toward the camera is the single scariest scene ever shown on television.
Try not to cringe away from your screen as you watch it. You can't. But through all the surreal, red-curtained quirkiness, Lynch and Frost never lost sight of the human suffering at the heart of the horror. It's what continues to make Twin Peaks the all-time television terror champion. The daughter of well-to-do Californians, she married a literary critic called Stanley Hyman while young; they eventually settled in an academic town in Vermont where their circle included JD Salinger , Bernard Malamud and Ralph Ellison.
But she too was escaping a mother she felt criticised everything about her, and her husband turned out to be flamboyantly patriarchal and controlling, retrograde even for the time. Stories about anything, anything at all. Just stories. Do not be fooled by the comic tone, Oates warns, this is a cri de coeur.
And it comes out as such early in The Haunting of Hill House , where Eleanor, stopping at a cafe on her way, watches a little girl being persuaded to drink milk out of an ordinary cup, rather than her own cup with its motif of stars at the bottom. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl. Does she have a chance at happiness, her own cup of stars? Moments of pure fear are followed by a sense of excitement, a kind of hectic community and camaraderie. There is nothing straightforward or even necessarily hopeful about where this education might lead.
These eddies and shifts are far harder to pull off on screen than shrieks and groans and things that go bump in the night. Zombie Baseball Beatdown. By Paolo Bacigalupi. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. Deeply creepy, thought-provoking tale of weird school.
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