The weather is cold outside and the nights are getting darker, and it just happens to be the spookiest time of year. Here are my Top TV Shows you should watch this Halloween!
Victorian Gothic excess is exactly what Penny Dreadful offers viewers, the show follows Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives as she navigates supernatural goings on in London. One of the most compelling things about the show is that Ives is surrounded some of the greatest literary characters of the Gothic genre such as Dorian Gray, Frankenstein and his monster, Dracula and a Werewolf.
Stranger Things – Netflix
Stranger Things is back with a second season later this month! And I can’t wait to return to Hawkins for some bizarre sci-fi creepiness. I really hope that the show can live up to the brilliantness that was season one!
Les Revenants (The Returned) – Netflix
This french language drama is set in a quiet town where deceased residents have started turning up alive. This drama is confusing because it is unexplained how those that have died either recently or many years ago have now returned to the land of the living. One of my favourite things about this show is the soundtrack as it is one of the eeriest I’ve heard and it fits the drama’s creepy tone so well. Also, the characters are intriguing and the mystery keeps you hooked throughout. As a French student, I can call watching this show studying right? 😂
Fortitude – Now TV (UK) & Amazon Prime (US)
Don’t be fooled by this show’s slow start after episode 2 everything goes to shit in the Arctic settlement of Fortitude, and I must say that this show has some really horrifying moments. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it yet but trust me when I say that it’s bizarre, eerie, very disturbing but utterly addictive as I pretty much got through the shows 2 seasons in less than a week!
I rave about this show every chance I get, it’s a masterpiece and will forever be one of the most grotesquely gorgeous TV shows to be made. It’s creepy and cerebral and the darkly twisted relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lector is one of the most fascinating things about a vastly fascinating show. While it’s a shame that Brian Fuller wasn’t able to conquer The Silence of the Lambs storyline I still hold out hope that the stars will align and we will get season 4 at some point in the future.
American Gods – Amazon Prime (UK) & Starz (US)
Bloody bizarre and strangely surreal are probably the best ways to describe American Gods. It’s a show that brings together two great minds, Neil Gaiman who wrote the book and Bryan Fuller who has made some of the most compelling and interesting TV shows including Hannibal that I mentioned earlier. It’s a bonkers show so do yourself a favour and check it out. Check out my reviews on the first season here.
The Living and the Dead
Set in the Victorian era in a rural village in Autumn time (ticking so many Gothic genre boxes here!!) The Living and the Dead is a perfect creepy Halloween watch. Colin Morgan as Nathan Appleby is a terrifically haunted character that makes this short 6 episode series one to binge watch. Check out my reviews on the show here.
Let me know what is on your Halloween watchlist and if you’ve watched any of these shows let me know in the comments section!!!