For this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, run by Wandering through the Shelves, we’ve been asked to list three to five TV shows from the horror genre.
As usual I have based my selection from films I’ve watched. It was a hard call just picking five, as there were actually six in the running. A special mention goes to Stranger Things (2016-present). I really enjoy the show but it didn’t make the cut as I thought it might be a popular choice this week.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991; 2017)
I challenge anyone to write ‘Twin Peaks’ and not have Julee Cruise’s haunting ‘Falling’ immediately start playing in their head. It’s a cult classic for good reason, not least for the fact it spans several genres bringing together supernatural elements with larger-than-life soap opera tropes. I’m yet to watch the 2017 series but hope to do so at some point.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
As mentioned in my ‘2020: The Year in Review’ post, Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped me get through the various UK lockdowns. Having only seen the odd episode previously, I watched every single one and fell in love with how witty, moving and original the show was. It is undoubtedly one of the greatest horror TV shows and was, in many ways, ahead of its time.
True Blood (2008-2014)
An adaptation of author Charlaine Harris’ ‘Southern Vampire Mysteries’, the show focused on telepathic waitress Sookie Stakehouse (Anna Paquin) and her life now that vampires had ‘come out the coffin’ and entered mainstream society. It was the show that brought Alexander Skarsgård and Joe Manganiello to the masses and it remains one of the most gory yet sexy shows produced.
- Read my July 2020 post on the series: ‘I admit it, I’m a Truebie’
The Walking Dead (2010-present)
I came late to The Walking Dead and only started watching it this year when it arrived on Disney+. I quickly became hooked and am now fully caught up. While I do agree that the series repeated itself in the middle series, it remains an excellent show that has given us charismatic performances, some unforgettable scenes and incredibly talented extras.
- Read my post on my Top 10 characters from AMC’s The Walking Dead
The Terror (2018-present)
The first series of The Terror fictionalised the real life lost Franklin Expedition. HMS Terror and HMS Erebus set sail from the UK in May 1845 with the intention of discovering a navigable route through the Arctic. Sadly, no souls ever returned. Every episode was gripping, featuring an all-star line up of British actors including Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies.
- Read my review on The Terror – A chilling thriller that will stay with you