With television now regularly rivalling the big screen for viewers attention, we are taking a look back at some of the best small screen horror offerings of the year.
Channel Zero: The Dream Door
The fourth series of SyFy’s anthology turned out to be the best yet, with horror icon Barbara Crampton in tow, The Dream Door was complex, scary and beautifully shot.
The show has a habit of creating memorable villains and this season’s Pretzel Jack was pure nightmare fuel.
Channel Zero’s future remains uncertain but if the quality is anything like The Dream Door, horror fans will have plenty to keep them happy.
The Haunting of Hill House
Mike Flanagan’s retelling of the classic Shirley Jackson tale across 10 episodes was cinematic, chilling, heartbreaking and compelling.
As each episode uncovered more secrets from the Crain family and we got to know more about them, the tension ratcheted up to 11 with the spirits becoming more and more volatile.
The 6th episode in the funeral parlor was masterfully shot and could be the best TV episode of the year, never mind just horror.
There are rumours of a second series are muted at the moment, but we’d love to go back to Hill House for more frightful adventures.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse
The long awaited cross over between the Murder House and Coven seasons of American Horror Story delivered in the most part on its promise and title.
The return of Jessica Lange and some other familiar faces in its barnstorming finale helped to lift the season as the apocalypse didn’t keep up the promise of the first few blistering episodes.
It will be interesting to see if AHS goes for an original story for its next season or looks to recycle some more of its earlier years.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Netflix’ original take on the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a quirky and softer change of pace from the darkness of Hill House.
This is much different from the Melissa Joan Hart fronted series from the 90’s, sticking much more to the graphic novel source material.
A Christmas special was slightly off kilter but with a promise of 2 more seasons, there’s plenty more adventures of Sabrina to come.
Produced by JJ Abrams, Castle Rock was the first attempt to create a universe from Stephen King novels.
There are what feels like unlimited Easter eggs for King fans, but Castle Rock attempts to create its own story from the rich source material.
A second season has already been confirmed with Castle Rock hoping to step out of the King shadow and become the essential show for his fans.
What were your horror highlights of 2018? Let us know in the comments.