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“Red Tide,” the first half of season ten of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series “American Horror Story: Double Feature,” has just concluded and now it’s time for the second half of season ten to begin. (This is not meant to be offensive.) In the upcoming season of “Death Valley,” we may finally see the extraterrestrials we’ve been asking for after several seasons of wondering where the hell Murphy has been hiding them. We’ve worked hard for it.
The following list of shows, from campy thrillers to deeply unsettling dramas, should quench your thirst in the meantime while you wait for the next episode of Double Feature if you are a fan of horror and things that keep you up at night, or if you are just a fan of Ryan Murphy anthology series (hey, we all have our things).
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1. Midnight Mass
Mike Flanagan will be back later in this list with his anthology seriesThe Haunting, but we also suggest you check out his most recent project, Midnight Mass. This one takes place on a small fishing island off the coast of New England, where life is turned upside down when a new Catholic priest (Hamish Linklater) shows up and begins to perform miracles. On a Flanagan show, nothing is as it seems, and it quickly becomes apparent that a sinister threat is looming over the island, with a certain amount of gripping dread unfolding in each episode. When compared to Midnight Mass, American Horror Story is a lot more bizarre and silly. It doesn’t focus as much on things that go bump in the night, but if you want more scares, this show won’t disappoint. – Allison Picurro
2. Penny Dreadful
Are you constantly trying to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of gothic horror? WithPenny Dreadful, you’ll be right at home. Following Timothy Dalton’s Malcolm Murray and Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives as they attempt to rescue Murray’s daughter, who has been abducted, and Vanessa’s childhood friend, who has been kidnapped, the three-season series begins. Fans of gothic horror literature will recognize Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dracula (Christian Camargo), and Dorian Gray among the characters they meet along the way (Reeve Carney). Witches, vampires, and other nocturnal creatures are also prevalent. Ghastly and bizarre, it features a large cast of intriguing characters.
3. Castle Rock
Castle Rock is a great choice if you’re looking for an anthology series that’s more psychological thriller than, say, in-your-face AHS horror. Even though it only ran for two seasons, it felt like a fully realized horror universe, and that’s because it came with an advantage: the works of Stephen King were its built-in mythology. Seasons one and two take place in the small Maine town of Castle Rock, and they’re both packed with familiar characters, locations, themes, and callbacks for any King fan. Season 2’s Lizzy Caplan as Misery’s Annie Wilkes is a standout performance, and “The Queen” from Season 1 is widely regarded as the series’ best standalone episode.
In other words, if you want a show to recur in your nightmares, you’ve found it. Servantdefinitely has creepy kids, and that alone makes it 10 times scarier than a show without them. M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant tells the story of Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose), a mother who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the death of her baby. Dorothy and her husband Sean (Toby Kebbell) use a lifelike doll in their house to help Dorothy heal.
You know it’s creepy when Dorothy believes the doll is their real son because it really pushes the creepy scale. Things start to go awry when they hire Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), a disturbing new nanny. As in, (SPOILER!) that doll might actually be developing into a real baby. The premise of the show is shocking, but what really makes it chilling is the way it’s shot. Most of the action takes place in the couple’s Philadelphia townhouse, which is dark and claustrophobic.
5. The Haunting of Hill House/The Haunting of Bly Manor
A good old-fashioned ghost story is a classic that everyone enjoys. The Haunting of Hill House, an anthology series on Netflix, has so far provided us with two episodes, but Hill House from Season 1 is the clear winner (although those melted face ghosts from Bly Manor will certainly leave an impression). Even though there are a few jump-out-worthy moments in Season 1, the real standout is how seamlessly the horror elements blend with the Crain family’s emotional journey after moving into the mansion’s titular mansion during the summer of 1992.
Between that time and now, the Crain siblings are haunted by the supernatural as well as some very real world internal turmoil, which adds a certain amount of heart and heft to the proceedings when they are now adults. Wait until you see the season’s high point, “Two Storms,” an episode that is not only a technical marvel — it plays out in such a way that feels like one continuous shot — but also a perfect blend of horror and heartbreak.
6. Lovecraft Country
Why don’t we talk about monsters for a while? HBO’s Lovecraft Country, based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name and adapted for television by Misha Green, tackles both supernatural and human-kind monsters. Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) travel to 1950s America in search of Atticus’s missing father Montrose (Michael K. Williams). They are joined by Atticus’s friend Letty (Courtney B. Vance), who steals the show (Jurnee Smollet). They encounter racists, monsters, and monsters who transform into racists along the way. After that, things start to get strange. [HBO Max subscribers:
You’re watching television incorrectly if you haven’t started with Evil. ‘Evil’ comes from Robert and Michelle King, the dynamic duo behind hit shows like ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘The Good Fight,’ so expect the unexpected. Assisting the Catholic Church in its investigation of alleged demonic possessions and miracles is a team of three investigators led by forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a techie and contractor named Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi), and priest-in-training David Acosta, a man of faith known for his turtlenecks (Mike Colter). As with all of the Kings, Evil has its fair share of bizarre and frightening cases of the week, but it’s also creating a rich mythology that constantly adds new layers to the series as it progresses. As well as demonic creatures, there are deranged minors, and hairy-horned beasts who practice therapy. In a nutshell, this place has something to offer for everyone.
the circus is inherently creepy — I’m not interested in what you’re selling, clowns, OK? — Season 4 of American Horror Story focused on a variety of horrifying events that occurred there, which made sense because the circus is inherently creepy. If you’re looking for more bizarre events taking place in the circus, check out HBO’s Carnivàle. The show is set in the 1930s Dust Bowl and follows a traveling circus. It has a completely different vibe than American Horror Story. It’s complex, with an ever-expanding mythology. Everything about it is surreal, from the characters’ dreams to the seemingly impossible, sinister events that take place. It’s gloomy and biblical at the same time, tackling issues like the Great Depression and the epic struggle between good and evil that continues even today. You’re in for a treat if any of that appeals to you.
9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Even though there are numerous shows about witches (such as Chastened, A Discovery of Witches, and Motherland: Fort Salem in recent years), Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes the closest to the tone of American Horror Story: Coven. With Kiernan Shipka as the titular Sabrina, this adaptation of the part-human, part-witch story embraces the dark side of the Sabrina universe, based on characters from the Archie comics and wildly different from the more wholesome Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV adaptation. Although Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) and Harvey (Ross Lynch) are still present, there is also a lot of Satan worship and rule over hell, as well as battles between good and evil forces. So, it’s like, a departure from the Sabrina you’re used to.
10. American Crime Story
When horror fans are ready to take a break (for their own good), Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Crime Story should be just the ticket. American Crime Story delves deep into a different true-life event each season. During the first season of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, viewers learned about the trial of ex-football player O.J. Simpson from all sides, including Murphy regular Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense lawyer Johnny Cochran, and Sterling K. Brown as co-prosecutor Christopher Darden.
The second season focused on serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramrez) (Darren Criss). Even if you’re not interested in either of those true crime tales, the long-awaited third season of Impeachment, which focuses on Bill Clinton’s (Clive Owen) White House sex scandal, may pique your interest. Monica Lewinsky is played by Beanie Feldstein, who is also a co-producer on the show. The new anthology will be released on September 7th.