Its October next month and that can only mean 2 things. 1) Its Halloween!!! Time to get spooky. 2) All the good horror shows are back on TV. Finally! We will be graced with some truly great television returns. As someone who loves the horror genre, I am very excited for the fright fest. In honour of the event, I am counting down my top 5 horror television/ Netflix returning shows. This will not include any new shows or the great spooky shows that returned in September, such as America Horror story on Fox, AMC’s Fear the Walking dead or SYFY’s Channel Zero.
5) The Exorcist Season 2 (SYFY) October 11th (UK).
Last year, a brand new horror show graced our screen, based off of the 1973 movie The Exorcist…. and the book I guess. The first season was based on Regan, the little girl from the film all grown up. The devil was back for more and returns to possess her daughter and torment her family. The second season seems to focus on a new family, allowing for a whole new story. Judging by how scary the first season was for a television adaptation, I hope to see some new frights in store and a continuation of quality. The first season had some impressive character development and adaptions to the original story. However, with horror shows, there is always the risk of losing itself along the way. As we are moving somewhere new, there is always the chance that this can turn into another generic haunted house plot. This is would be perfectly fine, if we didn’t already have a few of these on our screens. We want originality to be scared. We will just need to wait and see.
4) Riverdale Season 2 (Netflix/CW) October 12th (UK).
Just the day after The Exorcist returns, Riverdale is back on Netflix. I know this isn’t necessarily a supernatural horror show but if you have watched the first season, you would know that there is murder, gangs, secrets, cheerleaders and disturbing plot lines involved. The show is very much a typical high school chick flick but with much darker and twisted themes, that you would usually see in shows such as Game of Thrones, rather than a high school drama. It’s very much the Heathers of the TV world (1988, Michael Lehmann). The show fits perfectly within the mystery teen genre and brings some originality to industry, with the use of tones and colour schemes. I personally loved the show because I am one for a little romance, mixed in with my crime horror. The storyline kept you thoroughly engaged with cliff hanger after cliff hanger. The show also had some lovable characters and cast. I have no trouble understanding why Riverdale has such a large fan following on Tumblr. Again, as the main crime from the first season has been solved, it is difficult to see if they could match up the thrill of a murder with the shooting of a fairly secondary character, which still might live. BUT as the characters, rather than the plot, are the main selling point of this series, the show may still be safe after all.
3) Supernatural Season 13 (CW) October 12th in USA.
Yes, Supernatural is on its 13th season. The show might end…eventually. Now as a long time Supernatural fan, who has watched the show since its first season, I am allowed to judge the downfall of this show. Supernatural has faced a variety of big bad evils throughout the years from angles, demons, the 4 horsemen, the Devil, Leviathan and even Gods sister. These boss battles would get more extreme each year. However, what can trump God and his sister? According to the show, a Nephilim can. This is a child of a demon and a human. Sounds powerful but is also the villain in season 5 episode 6 so it’s been done before as a filler episode. However, the monster was never defeated as he was far too powerful, leaving some element of hope that this big bad could cause a lot of trouble for our boys. They shouldn’t recycle villains but it should be interesting to see if it pays off. Judging from the trailer, the quality of the show has gone down again but I am excited to see it back. Sometimes though, it’s wise to quite while you are ahead. They shouldn’t just drag it out until the quality gets so bad that no one watches. Perhaps season 13 will prove me wrong. Despite this, Supernatural has a very dedicated fandom who would probably watch Sam and Dean eat burgers for 45 minutes and be happy about it (I am one of these fans). This is in my top 5 simply because I love Supernatural. It’s silly but has some fantastic moments and some incredible characters. I can’t wait to see what’s in store and how they set up the next big bad for season 14. Let’s face it, season 14 is happening. VIVA LA CASTIEL.
2) Walking Dead Season 8 (FOX) October 22nd.
Much like Supernatural, it can be argued that the quality of The Walking Dead has decreased slightly. This is down to the amount of build-up that season 7 has put into season 8. By this logic, the next season should be incredible. We will finally see the big battle between Negan and Rick, a concept they have been making audiences wait for, for a very long time. Due to the mass success of the show and cinematic style, the show has a lot of pressure to please us and create a truly fantastic season. TWD has been amazing before so there is a lot of opportunity for this to continue. Many people I know will be judging the first few episodes to decide if they want to continue with the series. Mind you, many people continued after the horror that was season 2 so if they can look past the farm, then they can excuse season 7. Judging by the trailer, we have a lot to look forward to, with more fighting of both the living and the dead, adding to anticipation of The Walking Dead’s return. Plus, we all want to know what our beloved characters are up to. I know a lot of people in the fandom, who want to know if Jesus and Daryl will hook up. However, the TV industry could just be pulling their usual trick by putting all the good stuff in the trailer. There has been a lot of hype, let’s hope it pays off!
1) Stranger Things Season 2 (Netflix) October 27th Both UK and USA.
Stranger Things was all the rage last year when Netflix released one of the best horror shows I have ever seen. It’s not hard to see why the show had such an incredible response. There were some of the best child actors to bless our screen, accompanied by compelling and horrific script writing. A truly talented bunch of people made this phenomena and it’s not hard to tell. The 80’s charm and the immature characters appealed to a large target audience and were fit for those who may even be opposed to the horror genre. The show had an excellent combination of plot and character development, a difficulty in a lot of horror shows. Stranger Things feels similar to the 2017 version of IT. Everything about the first season was a masterpiece. Much like The Walking Dead, this adds to the pressure of season 2. They must make a frightening but fitting storyline and keep our characters engaging. Perhaps, this is why the show has stepped it up a notch by bringing the upside down the right-side up. The horror world is invading ours with a lot more force. From this, the creators have promised a scarier tone. Excellent for horror fans but could put off some viewers. Their loss. I simply can’t wait. Hopefully the Netflix server will be able to handle the demand of everyone binge watching Stranger Things all at once.
Let me know what shows you are looking forward to.