From 1989 to 1996, Steve Dodd’s Tales from the Crypt centered on stories told by the ancient Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir) that included an array of horror themes. Everything from gore, black magic, sci-fi, and beyond were covered in the show, and even starred actors fans might not have recognized back in the day. Although the iconic anthology series has been over for decades, there are new and just as entertaining shows to dive into.
Like Tales from the Crypt, the following shows are filled with interesting storylines, fascinating characters, and horror adventures that aren’t for the faint of heart. If viewers haven’t indulged in these shows yet, they’ll be glad they did now.
10 Creepshow (Shudder)
2019’s Creepshow series follows the same anthology format as the 1980s movies and features the silent host simply called the Creep. For two seasons now, the show has been re-telling the comic book stories and the terrifying characters that come with them.
It also stars some familiar faces like Anna Camp, Kiefer Sutherland, Ali Larter, Justin Long, and Bruce Davison, just to name a few.
9 The Outsider (HBO Max)
Richard Price, famous for creating Ransom, The Wire, and The Night Of, released the crime fantasy series named The Outsider, starring Ben Mendelsohn. Set in a quiet town, the local authorities are baffled when a well-to-do man horrifically murders a boy.
At first, the case seems open and shut. Still, when supernatural forces edge their way into the case, it’s up to Ralph Anderson (Mendelsohn), a recovering alcoholic and detective, to find out what’s going on in Cherokee City while grappling with demons of his own.
8 Slasher (Netflix, Shudder)
Slasher is a crime-horror drama that features an array of serial killers who leave death and destruction wherever they go. Set up as an anthology series, each season is centered around a specific killer with an unknown motive. Also, each season is directed and produced by someone different and will remind viewers of some of the best slasher films from the ’90s.
Slasher is filled with suspense, horror, mystery, and violent characters that horror fans won’t get enough of. A fourth season has been commissioned for Shudder.
7 Channel Zero (Sling TV)
Syfy’s Channel Zero is a crime fantasy drama that is based on separate stories throughout each season. To name one, the first season centered on a fictional children’s show that was derived from the 1980s. When a local child goes missing, a man comes back to his hometown to figure out what’s happening and how Candle Cove, the pirate-themed kid’s show, is connected.
Up until 2018 before its cancellation, three more seasons were released, and for the most part, they all gained positive reviews.
6 Lore (Amazon Prime Video)
The people who brought viewers The Walking Dead and The X-Files come a new anthology series based on the popular podcast by the same name. Lore features real-life events derived from a person’s worst nightmares and how horror legends were born.
This includes vampires, werewolves, body snatchers, and many more creatures that go bump in the night.
5 The X-Files (Hulu)
Anyone who considers themselves a fan of the unknown and creepy has heard of The X-Files and its success in the 1990s. It’s hard to compare this series to anything else on television because it’s a one-of-a-kind show that focuses on Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). Playing FBI agents, Scully and Mulder work in the X-Files department, investigating cases that cannot be explained.
Throughout 11 seasons and several follow-up movies, the agents find themselves in odd situations that force them to believe in the unbelievable. The X-Files left a huge impression on the sci-fi genre and has since been referenced by dozens of other shows.
4 The Twilight Zone (Netflix)
Created by Rod Sterling, The Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964 and centered on ordinary people who find themselves in unordinary situations. Released as an anthology series, the content is, at times, disturbing and often has a shocking ending that viewers don’t expect.
The Twilight Zone covers everything from sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, and time-bending experiences that is unmatched.
3 Bloodride (Netflix)
Bloodride is a 2020 Norwegian anthology series revolving around a bus full of passengers. Traveling through a storm in the middle of the night, each episode highlights said passengers and the thrilling stories they have up their sleeves. When the episode is finished, they exit the bus.
So far, only one season has been released, but it’s enough to know Bloodride is a series to watch if viewers are fans of the horror genre.
2 Two Sentence Horror Stories (Netflix)
Created in 2017, Two Sentence Horror Stories is an anthology series with two seasons so far, as well as a third in the works.
The timely series covers various topics like ominous masked strangers, alien-like worms, and serial killers with a thirst for single moms. There’s an episode for every type of horror fan and keeps the story short and to point.
1 Lovecraft Country (HBO Max)
Based on the 2016 novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country is a horror drama that stars Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors. The show is set in the 1950s and centers on a young Black man named Atticus Freeman (Majors) who travels across the United States searching for his father.
When he stumbles upon a town with a dark past and an H.P. Lovecraft connection, he realizes Lovecraft’s tales might have some truth behind him.
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