John Doe’s 15 Favourite Horror TV Shows : Part 1
Part 1: John Doe's Favourite Horror TV Series'
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Being in the U.S and experiencing Halloween for the first time was for John Doe an excuse to go all out on horror for the month of October.
Still dripping scarlet fluids and peeling of decrepit false flesh Mr Doe embraced the dark, evil rituals of his first all Hallows night in the USA. As a result his blog suffered from such a hemophiliac loss of creative blood that it would have even left a vampire withering in its own starving misery.
The festive mood still lingers and having previously posted his 13 Great Horror Movies for Friday the 13th The Doe has decided to list his all time small screen horror favourites.
Pure horror on TV is even rarer than finding it in cinemas. Generally it gets merged with Science Fiction or Fantasy so a little liberty has been taken with the list below. That being said all the shows have moments of genuine chills and a self evident adoration for the genre itself.
Divided into 2 parts, the first (The Series) being continuous sagas driven by episodic storytelling. The second (The Anthologies) is shows comprised of stand alone short stories
American Gothic (1995)
Lording over a small South Carolina town called Trinity, the devilishly enigmatic Sherriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) is obsessed with a gifted young boy named Caleb (Lucas Black). Criminally canceled just as it was truly hitting its stride, this Sam Raimi produced series combines it dark intent with a mischievous sense of humour.
American Gothic Trailer
The battle between good and evil, heaven and hell rages in this Lynchian Deadwood meets American Gothic series produced by Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactic). The production design is faultless, the script eagerly plays with the mysterious characters and the dense storytelling make it worthy of several viewings. The cast including Clancy Brown (Highlander) and Nick Stahl (Bully) are as good as any that have slimed onto the small screen and the epic scope of its tale made John Doe want to bite the head of a chicken when it was cancelled after only two seasons.
The Kingdom - Riget DVD
Controversial Filmmaker Lars Von Trier (AntiChrist, Breaking Waves) happily exists on an existential plain of his own and this TV miniseries capitalizes on his esoteric eccentricities. Set in a state of the art hospital where things gradually get weirder and weirder to get specific would do you the reader an injustice, just know that this challenging brain food that serves its dish cold.
The X Files Complete Box Set DVD
It is hard to choose which of these two horror/sci-fi morsels was superior. The Mulder and Scully show aka The X Files may have been more science fiction based but contained its share of atmospheric terror. The fact that Stephen King and Dean Koontz wrote episodes justifies including it in a horror list too. Millennium however thrived in a dark,foreboding tension that was forever indebted to Lance Henriksen’s (Near Dark, Aliens) skillful strength of menace.
The moody Intro sequence for Millennium
Dead Like Me Complete Series DVD
This is a quirky horror/comedy about a young girl named George (Ellen Muth) who discovers that after death she has been assigned to Grim Reaper duties. Witty with colorfully imaginative deaths, a self aware script created by Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Wonderfalls) and the twisted after-life politics amuse. Mandy Potemkin (The Princess Bride) makes it a must watch. Oh and you guessed it, canceled before it's time while Buffy ran 7 years, makes no sense to Doe
For all us fans here is the trailer for the Dead Like Me movie released on DVD in 2009
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