Favorite "Horror" Show

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Favorite Horror Show

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Twilight Zone (Origianl Run)

    Votes: 4 44.4%
  • Tales From the Crypt

    Votes: 2 22.2%
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The X-Files

    Votes: 3 33.3%
  • The Walking Dead

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    9

ghost19

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I think I liked it better when it first came on. It got a little weird for me toward the end of the series, sort of the same way The X-Files did, which might have been the Chris Carter influence for both.
I was completely enthralled with this show from the first episode..lol. Was not a happy camper when they cancelled it. I really liked Frank Black's character and the story lines were really good. The Halloween episode, "The Curse of Frank Black" from season 2 is probably my favorite episode. I always watch that episode around Halloween every year. I should have known you'd know about this show, Ms. Mod!
 

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I was completely enthralled with this show from the first episode..lol. Was not a happy camper when they cancelled it. I really liked Frank Black's character and the story lines were really good. The Halloween episode, "The Curse of Frank Black" from season 2 is probably my favorite episode. I always watch that episode around Halloween every year. I should have known you'd know about this show, Ms. Mod!
Can't say I remember any specific episodes but it would be interesting to watch again to see if I have the same response to the show as I did the first time around.
 

roadhawg

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There was a show that ran from 1996-1999 called "Millennium", starring Lance Henriksen. I'm not sure it would qualify as straight up horror, but it had several elements of horror embedded in the whole undertow of the show. It was created and produced by Chris Carter, the same guy who did X-Files but this show was much darker. Before Justified came along, this was my favorite television series of all time and it's still very good. I have the three season DVD set and every once in a while I'll watch a couple of episodes and they're still very good.

Dana Jean Have you ever watched this show? I think you'd love it.
I need to watch that show as i haven't even heard of it. As i dont think shows need to be straight up horror because some horror is technically pyshological, as many Twilight Zone episodes are that way.
 

roadhawg

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I was completely enthralled with this show from the first episode..lol. Was not a happy camper when they cancelled it. I really liked Frank Black's character and the story lines were really good. The Halloween episode, "The Curse of Frank Black" from season 2 is probably my favorite episode. I always watch that episode around Halloween every year. I should have known you'd know about this show, Ms. Mod!
Was that a show where the episodes were connected with the same characters and the story line keeps going. Or was it more like a Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt in each episode did not have the same characters
 

ghost19

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Was that a show where the episodes were connected with the same characters and the story line keeps going. Or was it more like a Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt in each episode did not have the same characters
They're all connected. The show spans three seasons and there's some very cool plot lines.

 

Doc Creed

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What about Dark Shadows and Twin Peaks? From the list given I would have to say The Twilight Zone. Some of those episodes were unforgettable!
Last weekend I watched 'Long Distance Call' again.
I was surprised how dark but sweet it is. The kid getting hit by a car, on life support, and the grandmother calling on the toy phone in the kid's empty room. Chilling but poignant.
 

kingricefan

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Jul 11, 2006
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Last weekend I watched 'Long Distance Call' again.
I was surprised how dark but sweet it is. The kid getting hit by a car, on life support, and the grandmother calling on the toy phone in the kid's empty room. Chilling but poignant.
Ayuh! I wonder who the writer was? Beaumont? Bloch? Matheson?
 

Gerald

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There's not many tv-shows I can think of that are purely horror. Even something like The Walking Dead is also partly drama - it's about the characters and their relations as much as about zombies. There are a couple of fights with zombies each episode, but no way is it a scary show very often.
Something like Ash vs. Evil Dead is horror, but definetely also comedy/slapstick.
Shows about vampires tend to be either romantic (Buffy, Vampire Diaries) and/or sexy (True Blood). But almost never scary.
The tv-series of Scream played mostly like a horrorfilm, but also again a lot of drama in between. Scream Queens on the other hand was a total parody of a slasher film. And American Horror Story also throws in a lot of over-the-top sex and comedy besides the horor.
The Strain is fairly purely horror, although again with drama elements.

I think tv-series are seldom as scay as cinematic films because they're shot differently. There seems more care in the build-up of scary scenes in theatrical films, as where in tv-series they happen kind of shortly in between all the other stuff. Films tend to be far more intense and the sound design is better and more effective.
Also there is a break in the tension with the end of each episode of a series.

The tv-series that feel most purely horror to me are usually the anthology series with standalone episodes, like Tales from the Crypt, Hammer House of Horror, Tales from the Dark Side, Masters of Horror, Fear Itself. And probably the new Creepshow too.
 
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Tery

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My favorite is one not on the list' Friday The 13th. It's badly named because it hasn't a thing to do with the film of the same name. Instead, it focuses on cursed/haunted items from an antique shop. A nearly endless supply of stories. It was well-written and the lead actors sold it. An under-appreciated gem of the horror genre on TV.

Also; American Horror Story.
 

Gerald

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My favorite is one not on the list' Friday The 13th. It's badly named because it hasn't a thing to do with the film of the same name. Instead, it focuses on cursed/haunted items from an antique shop. A nearly endless supply of stories. It was well-written and the lead actors sold it. An under-appreciated gem of the horror genre on TV.
They only released two episodes of it on a VHS, a long time ago here for rental. I rented it and remember liking it very much. Also David Cronenberg directed an episode of it, and I think I saw it somewhere (Youtube probably) but it didn't have the typical Cronenberg-feel.


Going by the ratings, the episodes must be pretty good til the end. A lot of series like this start out strong, but episodes tend to get weaker later on - even with something like Ray Bradbury Theatre I felt that was the case.
 

Gerald

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Similar to Friday the 13th there was a series of Poltergeist that had nothing to do with the movies. It starred Derek de Lint, who is a rather famous actor from my country, although here he is best known for appearing in films based on Dutch literature, like De Aanslag (The Assault) which won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars in 1987.
He played a leader of a team researching the paranormal - I saw it long ago so don't remember all the details. I remember liking it very much.

 
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