While it's not spot-on horror, this is still a must-watch series in terms of spookiness, action, and fun. (Oh, and we can't forget those Buffy one-liners.) Joss Whedon does a great job keeping the show going--and the monsters always put on a show.
Salem, a 2014 release, can get preeeetttty gory--as seen above. There is a gloomy atmosphere that sticks with this show and which seems to surround every plot, no matter how optimistic it may begin. What is really surprising about Salem is first of all, how well the special effects are and second, how brutal it can be. Whether you are "side witch" or..."side human"...neither side seems to have a good outcome.
3. Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Crypt is a series I used to watch with my dad when I was younger and that I still watch now. It can be creepy, it can be downright scary, and sometimes it's just belly-laugh-funny.
The Crypt Keeper, shown above, introduces each 30 minute long segment, and just has to crack little jokes along the way. (No complaints here, though.) Many cameo appearances are featured, one of my favorites being Arnold Schwarznegger, and there are seven seasons so you have plenty of choices!
YouTube actually has the episode "Cutting Cards" available, with Lance Henriksen--a horror god, if you don't know him. It has always been a favorite with my dad and me. It's funny and fun, and the ending is great!
4. Penny Dreadful
Another 2014 TV series, Penny Dreadful made quite some noise when it first came out, and for good reason! The lovely Eva Green is cast as the character Vanessa Ives, who, along with many other unique characters (and wonderful actors!) is set out for a supernatural journey. Based on many "penny dreadful" stories, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray, this is truly a shocking series chocked full of gory, scary scenes without many jump scares. This has to be one of my favorites from this year.
While I hear it's similar to The Strain, I have never seen that TV show so I really can't compare. However, I can definitely recommend THIS show because it's gross, involves weird disease stuff, and also captures black vomit a lot.
It is a Syfy show, putting off some viewers, but the cheesiness is only part of the greatness.
*All images via Tumblr.
Have any TV series you would recommend for the spooky season?