American Horror Story, Sherlock, Ratched: 9 Thrilling TV Shows to Watch This Halloween 2020
Whether you’re up for a blood-curdling thriller or a baffling mystery murder, these TV shows are worth revisiting this Halloween:
1/9 Supernatural (2005)
It's Sam and Dean against the world of...monsters?
Hunting monsters is Sam and Dean’s family business. It all began when their mother died strangely in a house fire, changing their whole lives. They have been on the road since and have battled every creature out of legends and folklores. But even after escaping and defeating Death himself, apparently, they are still heading towards an inevitable fate. The end is nigh for the Winchester brothers. After fifteen seasons, the series is finally nearing its finale, but never for those who want to re-watch CW’s TV series.
Notable Quote: "For us, every day is Halloween." -Sam (Season 4, Episode 07)
2/9 The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Haunted houses are full of unexpiated ghosts. But once you get out, you'll never have to return...right?
The Crain family bought the Hill House Mansion only to renovate and profit from it in order to build their "forever house". But in the midst of their stay, the children begin to encounter ghosts. Soon, misfortune occurs within the walls of the Hill House, driving them out. But as tragedy once kept them apart, tragedy will bring them back together. Now that the children have grown, they must face the familiar they once tried to escape.
Notable Quote: "When you're little, you learn to see things that aren't there. And when you grow up, you learn how to make them real." -Olivia Cain (Season 1, Episode 2)
3/9 American Horror Story
Nine seasons, nine different settings, and your favourite actors are back to play a new role.
Every season takes place in a different setting and theme. For the first season, we are immediately introduced to a previous tragedy affecting the Harmon family, which had led them to move from Boston to Los Angeles. But as they try to settle in their new home, their lives are further disrupted by the worst kind of trouble.
Notable quote: "The one thing about the dead is they've got nothing to lose." -Larry Harvey (Season 1)
4/9 Sherlock (2010)
A sociopath solves crimes committed by psychopaths.
BBC’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes has won over both fans and critics for its ingratiating cinematography and arrogant yet disarming protagonist. Although branded as a sociopath by his peers, the eponymous character enjoys solving a good murder case. But Scotland Yard cannot seem to find a better alternative than the consulting detective and his new flatmate (and friend), Dr John Watson. In four astounding seasons, we see Sherlock and John solve challenging cases, including the latter's past.
Notable Quote: "As ever, Watson, you see but do not observe." -Sherlock Holmes (Season 4, Episode 1)
5/9 Luther (2010)
The same year Sherlock came out, another crime-solving detective appeared on BBC.
John Luther has proven himself a devoted detective chief inspector. Despite his dedication to his job (which cost him relationships), he seems to have a hard time arresting Alice Morgan, a psychopath and murderer. Due to lack of evidence, he is forced to accept the fact that she is still on the loose. But as fate pulls them together, Alice eventually becomes Luther's new crime-solving partner. For five seasons, the unlikely tandem must set aside their differences (and attraction) while attempting to catch other twisted criminals.
Notable Quote: "Seems to me your conscience has killed people more than you have." -Alice Morgan (Season 3, Episode 4)
6/9 And Then There Were None (2015)
Although murder mysteries have amassed a large following only recently, this British TV show (that aired in 2015) should definitely be included on people's binge list. The show is adapted from Agatha Christie's book, first published in 1929 with the same name, but with only a few creative alterations.
Ten strangers are invited to a huge mansion located in the midst of soldier island. During their stay, they come to realise that the looming mansion is the least of their worries as people begin to die. Facing their inescapable fate, the group of strangers attempt to find the murderer, inevitably unravelling the mystery.
Notable Quote: "Laughter or not, justice came, as it always does." -Lawrence Wargrave (Season 1, Episode 3)
7/9 Stranger Things (2016)
One moment, a group of young boys are fighting monsters that only existed in a board game, but in the next, they're battling real Demogorgons in the Upside Down.
It all began when both family and friends of Will Byers realised that he was missing. While the adults begin a search party, Mike Wheeler and his friends encounter a young girl in the woods. She appears to possess telekinesis and claims knowledge of the missing boy. In the hopes of finding Will through her, the group of boys try their best to hide her in the basement.
Notable Quote: "Friends don't lie." -Eleven (Season 1, Episode 7)
8/9 Penny Dreadful (2014)
Penny Dreadful is a mergence of gothic thriller and historical fiction set in England during the Victorian Era. The costumes, complete with pinafores or crinolines on black dresses, complement its gripping plot about demons and death.
The story mainly revolves around Vanessa Ives, a medium, and Ethan Chandler, a sharpshooter. Together they must find the killer while battling their own inner demons.
Notable Quote: "The monster is not in my face but in my soul." -The Creature (Season 1, Episode 8)
9/9 Ratched (2020)
Though this psychological thriller recently aired on Netflix, the show is adapted from Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which takes place in an eerie mental institution set in the 1950s. The contrasting of visuals and overall tone mirrors Mildred Ratched's character. The story progresses as she assists Dr Hanover with human experiments for the betterment of mental health. Despite the portrayal of ghastly experiments and butchery in some scenes, the story is enough to keep the viewers glued to their TV screens.
Notable Quotes: "He wasn't born a monster. Somebody turned him into one." -Mildred Ratched (Season 1, Episode 6)