Since we are only a month away from the big Halloween celebrations and because of the sudden abundance of TV shows dealing with the Horror Genre, we decided to give a closer look to this phenomenon that some Horror Fans are considering as a new golden era for the genre.
With the huge success of current shows such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, FX’s American Horror Story Anthology series we see a subtle shift from screen to TV. Some other shows with more modest success such as FX’s The Strain, A&E’s Bates Motel (a show that is directly inspired by one of the original slasher films and arguable one of the best horror films of all time) and the CW’S Supernatural (a show who is currently in its eleventh season) we are seeing horror leave the theater and enter our homes.
Overall all, these shows have gathered a cult following and they have all been commissioned for new seasons, extending their long run in today’s highly difficult TV market. They beat the general trend in which the number of shows getting cancelled are sometimes bigger than the shows getting renewed.
With all of this horror TV successes we have a series of new shows trying to replicate the formula, such is the case of MTV’S Scream The TV Series based on the popular Scream film series, FOX’S Scream Queens from TV Producer Ryan Murphy, the AMC’s spinoff Fear The Walking Dead and Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead based on the cult movie series The Evil Dead.
The TV Networks keep adding horror shows to their lineups and it is only a matter of time for big networks like ABC, CBS and NCB start joining the trend and try to cash in on this new wave of horror craze from the viewers.
The immediate question that comes to mind is why the sudden appeal for Horror TV Shows? The answer might be simply because there hasn’t been any successful horror films in the movie theaters in recent times. Besides the very notable exception of The Conjuring, no other horror film quickly comes to mind. So, in the end, maybe this lack of quality material in the cinemas is what’s bringing the viewers to search for this type of content in their own homes.
Of course there are some upcoming horror films that will be trying to be the new big horror flick. They each hope to replicate the success of winners such as Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Crimson Peak. We also have some follow up horror films to the once very popular series Paranormal Activity and Resident Evil, but besides those there aren’t many other major prospects in sight.
We have to remember that the appeal for the Horror genre has always been present since the beginning of cinema (Frankenstein, Dracula etc.) and is something that will always be present in the entertainment business. The big appeal of the horror genre is having that feeling of being scared and having adrenaline pumping through your body while watching and waiting for the next big scare scene -but ultimately knowing that you are safe.
In the end, as a horror fanatic myself, I feel that it certainly has been ages since we have had a famous horror movie series (Saw?) and believe that we still haven’t seen a good follow up horror villain to the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and Michael Myers. With the sudden trend, maybe the big villain successor will finally appear in the small screen.