Hammer House of Horror, Season 1

Where To Watch: Amazon Prime

Created By: Roy Skeggs

Hammer House of Horror is one of the more underrated horror anthology series out there, and features some of the scariest stuff ever put to TV. The episode “The House that Bled to Death” still haunts my dreams. The British-produced series was also a great showcase for actors; Peter Cushing and Brian Cox star in one episode together (with Cushing playing a Nazi pet shop owner, because why not), and a young Pierce Brosnan appears in another.

Requiem, Season 1

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Kris Mrksa, Blake Ayshford

Starring: Lydia Wilson, Joel Fry, Tara Fitzgerald, Brendan Coyle, James Frecheville

I’m in love with this Netflix series – another British import – about a young woman drawn to the Welsh countryside and a spooky old manor house that rests there. She gets swept up in the case of a young girl who vanished from the village years before, and where it leads her is pretty wild. Requiem dabbles in the occult and supernatural, but it also feels pretty grounded, which makes it all the creepier. The slow-zooms and color palette lend it a vintage quality, which is a neat touch.

Scream, Seasons 1-2

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Kevin Williamson, Wes Craven, Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie

Starring: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna, Amadeus Serafini

No, Ghostface isn’t the killer in MTV’s Scream show. (Although he will be in the upcoming season three.) But that doesn’t make the series any less fun or any less in debt to its meta-movie lineage. This is lightweight teen slasher stuff, yes, but it’s also a lot of ridiculous fun. Bonus: Scream 4 just got added to Netflix, too, and it’s great.

Ash vs. Evil Dead, Seasons 1-3

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi

This Starz series, a sequel to Raimi’s beloved Evil Dead film series, was canceled in April, another sad loss for horror TV. The show follows Campbell’s Ash 30 years after the events of Army of Darkness. Now a deadbeat living in a trailer and working as a stock boy, he’s submitted himself to tending to the Necronomicon, which he’s never been able to destroy. After accidentally reawakening the curse of the Evil Dead, he’s set on a new series of adventures. As a Michigan native, I get a kick out of the show’s Elk Grove setting and Midwest touchstones, but I also just love seeing Campbell as Ash; it never loses its charm. If you’re a fan of the films but haven’t checked out the series yet, get on this ASAP.

Tales From the Darkside, Seasons 1-4

Where To Watch: Shudder

Created By: George A. Romero

If you’re a Shudder subscriber, you really have no excuse not watching Tales From the Darkside, or re-watching it for the 50th time, if you’re someone like me. Maestro George Romero created the anthology series, and it lives up to the horror prestige that comes with that name. I have a hard time picking a favorite episode, although I lean towards the Tom Savini-directed “Halloween Candy,” about an old man who doesn’t want to pass out his Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters and is therefore tortured by an evil puppet goblin. There are plenty of equally crazy and scary episodes in the four seasons, which is reason enough to sign up for Shudder today. 

Outcast, Seasons 1-2

Where To Watch: Hulu + Cinemax Add-On

Created By: Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta

Starring: Patrick Fugit, David Denman, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Brent Spiner

Outcast is so good and so criminally under-seen. If you’ve been wondering where Patrick Fugit has been lately, this series is your answer. Based on the Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta comics of the same name, Fugit stars as Kyle Barnes, a man who’s life has been riddled with demonic possession, which plagues him and his family like a mental illness. He uses his experience to help others affected by demonic assault, as he tries to get his own life together. The visuals are creepy as hell and Fugit is excellent in the lead role. It’s on Cinemax, which is still finding its footing when it comes to original series, but you can stream it with a Hulu add-on.

Crazyhead, Season 1

Where To Watch: Netflix

Created By: Howard Overman

Starring: Cara Theobold, Susan Wokoma, Arinze Kene, Riann Steele, Tony Curran

CRAZYHEAD IS SO GOOD. Did I say that loud enough? I’m really just so excited to share this one, and I hope to god if you don’t feel compelled to watch anything else on this list, you at least check this one out. It’s only six episodes long and it’s so, so fun. If you’re a fan of the British superhero series Misfits, you can’t miss this; it was created by the same guy, Howard Overman, and is its spiritual successor in a way. The show follows two young girls – Amy (Theobold) and Raquel (Wokoma) – who are united after the latter, a demon hunter, saves the former from a demonic attack. The two get in over their heads after they accidentally kill Amy’s best friend Suzanne (Steele) during an exorcism, only to have Suzanne return from the dead as a flesh-eating revenant. It’s hilarious, scary, and easy to breeze through; the perfect way to cap off your summer horror checklist.

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