5 Best Horror Box Sets to Binge Watch this Halloween
- Henry Northmore
- 14 October 2015
Time to catch up on some terrifying television in time for October 31st
There's so much great horror content on TV that it can be hard to keep up. So why not make an appointment with the sofa and indulge in some of the best scary boxsets and catch up on all your spooky viewing over Halloween.
1. Hannibal Season 3 (Studiocanal)
The classiest show on TV that no one watched. A TV prequel to Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter novel's might sound trashy but Hannibal is a thoughtful, considered (incredibly gory) study of horror and obsession. Mads Mikkelsen is chilling as the elegant titular serial killer, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburn are the FBI agents on his trail. Season three starts in Italy and catches up with the books (the last half is essentially an expanded version of Red Dragon). The critics loved it but poor viewing figures led to cancellation, check out what you missed.
2. American Horror Story: Freak Show (Twentieth Century Fox)
Nothing can top the first season (Murder House) but as each series of American Horror Story is self contained you can dip in as and when you please. Season four is set in a freak show in 1952 and as you'd expect it's jam packed with a weird and wonderful menagerie of unusual oddities. It's an incredibly strong cast with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Basset and Sarah Paulson among the circus performers reviled by the outside world. The plotting sometimes feels a bit unstructured but visually Freak Show is never less than stunning.
3. The Enfield Haunting (Entertainment One)
Apparently the most documented poltergeist case in the UK The Enfield Haunting is a classic ghost story retold in 70s suburbia. Elevated by fine performances from Matthew McFadyen and Timothy Spall and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing).
4. Penny Dreadful Season 2 (Paramount)
Victorian frights as classic horror characters from literature are all thrown into the melting pot of 19th-century London. Reeve Carney plays Dorian Grey, Harry Treadaway is Dr Frankenstein and Rory Kinnear is his creation. However it's Eva Green, as dark and brooding heroine Vanessa Ives, who steals the show. Season two sees her battling Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) and her coven of witches.
5. The Green Man (Simply Media)
Albert Finney is at his devilish best as the alcoholic proprietor of a haunted country hotel in this BBC three part miniseries based on a novel by Kingsley Amis. It feels quite tame by today's standards but caused a minor stir when first broadcast in 1990. A funny, saucy and occasionally scary romp let down by some dated special effects.