Sometimes the scariest Horrors are the ones you don’t see until it’s too late. For this list we are looking at horror television series that you’ve probably never seen or may have slipped under your radar Without wasting much time let’s get to the list.
7. Penny Dreadful
Though critics and fans adored “Penny Dreadful” during its criminally short three season run, it failed to gain attraction among mainstream audiences. The cast of characters consisted of both original creations as well as classic figures from fiction including Dorian Gray and Frankenstein’s monster. The horror elements are interwoven into the story in a more elegant manner than most shows, the deal with the supernatural providing tightly plotted thrills and scares at every turn. With gorgeous cinematography and a talented cast to bolster its creepy atmosphere penny dreadful will sink its teeth into you and won’t let go.
6. The River
Back in the heyday of the Paranormal Activity series found-footage movies were a dime a dozen. Fortunately, the director of the original movie Oran Peli was able to translate that genre to television with this little-known gem. The series followed a crew searching for a famous explorer who had gone missing seeking magic along the Amazon basin It’s unique setting allowed for a wide range of Horrors and mysteries with wonderfully terrifying world building on an extremely personal scope combining the found footage genre with the exotic supernatural intrigue of its setting made for a unique viewing experience but not one for the faint of heart.
5. The Exorcist
Before the Exorcist premiered many were quick to write it off as an offering that would never measure up to the original film. While it may not have achieved that impossible task, those who tuned in were treated to a tense tale of psychological horror. Instead of trying to remake the classic film it acted as a follow-up telling a new story in the same vein and paying tribute to it just the right amount both.
4. The Strain
After a slew of sappy vampire dramas during the Twilight craze, these blood sucking fiends were in need of reinvention thankfully, effects of his adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s novel trilogy brought life back to the genre. It tells the story of a New York City ravaged by a vampirism virus with all of the gore that that implies. As the layers of horrifying truth are peeled back on the contagion, the stakes grow even higher and the scares become more frequent and intense. For those who like their horror relentless aggressive and vivid this series is for you.
3. Harper's Island
Several shows have tried to stretch a slasher movie into a full season of television but none succeeded quite as well as Harper’s Island. When guests attend a wedding on an island with a history of murder, they begin to get picked off one by one. Secrets of the island and its guests begin to reveal themselves in twisty fashion as some creative and gruesome deaths befall the surprisingly compelling characters, the writers clearly did their homework here as the series both plays into and subverts what you’d expect from a typical slasher narrative. We don’t want to give too much away but take our word for it, it’s better than it had any right to be.
2. American Gothic
In the town of Trinity South Carolina, their lives and murderous corrupt sheriff with supernatural powers in order to claim his illegitimate son Caleb he murders the boy’s family kicking off a power struggle to protect Caleb from his villainous guardian Caleb temple. Featuring a supremely creepy pre American Horror Story Sarah Paulson American Gothic gave us one of televisions most underrated villains in the atrocious sheriff book.
1. The Terror
The HMS terror was a Royal Navy ship that became stranded in the Arctic in the 19th century this would already be a haunting premise for a series but the terror ups the ante by adding a sinister creature to the equation. Based on Dan Simmons novel of the same name, this AMC series spins a ghastly yarn of men driven to the utmost desperation with no hope on the horizon in addition to being petrifyingly shot, it hits an unsettling emotional nerve as the viewer journeys inwards toward doom with the protagonists bleak stylish and with the kind of production values we expect from AMC, this is a series you should check out while it’s still around.