A list with the best horror series from 2013 till 2015, from the thrilling sorts to your regular splatter shows.
The best horror shows from 2013 – 2015
Written by Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas
A well-behaved, fanatical medical student is turned into a zombie at a party. She then decides to work for a coroner, so she can consume tasty human brains in a responsible manner. It appears she absorbs the memories of the people she has eaten, and so she decides to help the police with solving mysterious cases. iZombie is an adoption of a comic, which is done pretty well. There’s not too much gore, the narrative is cleverly build and even the humoristic parts are enjoyable. The main actor, Rose McIver, stars bright fully in this surprisingly entertaining series. The show is comparable to Buffy he Vampire Slayer with regard to the tone.
The Strain (2014)
Written by Guillerme del Toro and Chuck Ragan
Die-hard horror fans had all the reason to be enthusiastic last year: Guillermo del Torro, the grandmaster of horror, brought a new series: The Strain, based on the books of the same name. Chuck Hogan, co-author of the books, was also included in the production, so what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, the show relies on drama a little too much. The love for horror is tangible, but feels like a mere compensation for a show that’s ultimately a bit disappointing. That being said, The Strain is not a show that you would like to miss as a fan of the horror genre.
Penny Dreadful (2014)
Written by John Logan
Psychosexual gothic horror in Victorian London: that sounds like a winner. Penny Dreadful is just that. Classic literary characters such as Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray are revived in very attractive storylines and polished screenplay. That is no coincidence: the likes of John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall), Josh Hartnett and Evan Green all lend themselves to this spectacular show.
Written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon
A show about the witch burnings in Massachusetts during the 17th century. Salem’s protagonist is Mary Sibley, a witch, who fights against the hysterical hate against her together with her husband and her ageless accomplice. The producers claim to look for the truth behind this hysteria, but that claim ultimately feels like a false one. Not a very special show, in general: the context is attractive, but is played out poorly.
The Returned (2013)
Written by Carlton Cuse
The Returned tells the story about a little village in France where people who are deemed death return to pick up their normal lives as if nothing has happened. It is a zombie series, but not a typical one, and as far as we’re concerned one the best horror shows of 2013. The original French series is still running (the second season will be released this year); the American remake started in March.
Written by Carlton Cuse
A series that surely will not be appreciated by everyone. Mads Mikkelsen, one of Denmark’s greatest actors, has a pretty headstrong interpretation of Hannibal that feels a bit awkward in the beginning. That feeling vanishes quickly, fortunately. The story of the television series deviates from the movie in certain ways, but the overall narrative is the same: a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibal is involved in solving a murder case. A very fortunate show – one of NBC’s finest in the last few years.
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon
This show centers around Matt Davis, a journalist that aims to discover the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his brother. He finds a connection between a popular television series called ‘Cult’, hosted by the occult Robert Knepper. Cult is produced by sci-fi and fantasy writer Rockne S. O’Brannon (Alien Nation, Defiance). This series is pulp, frankly, but as always there is an audience for it.
Bates Motel (2013)
Written by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin en Anthony Cipriano
After her husband dies, Norma Bates buys a motel in a coastal town that she inhabits together with her son. Their relationship is disputably close and together they try to come to terms with their changed lives. Bates Motel is based on Hitchcock’s Psycho, and focuses on the character of Norman Bates (the son) to see how he slowly develops into a serial killer. The stylistic devices are put to good usage: the suspense, the plot twists and the psychological thrills are well taken care of. Eventually, however, the show becomes weaker; the relationships between Norma Bates and his mother eventually become a bit soapy. The first season is recommendable however.