Best creepy new TV shows this Halloween
- Henry Northmore
- 4 October 2017
When to watch American Horror Story: Cult, Stranger Things Season 2 and The Walking Dead Season 8
Horror fans are spoiled for choice when it comes to creepy content on TV these days. Our TV editor Henry Northmore gives his terrifying tips for the best new series to scare the pants off you this Halloween.
American Horror Story: Cult
The seventh season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's anthology horror series kicks off Halloween early. While plot details are a closely guarded secret, Murphy told E! Online: 'The first 10 minutes of this season take place in a very eerie macabre way on election night  … which in itself was a horror story, so it's like a horror story upon a horror story.' Lady Gaga and Kathy Bates are out but Lena Dunham is a surprise addition to the cast alongside returning favourites Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters.
FOX (UK), Sundays.
Lucifer – Season 3
Based on Neil Gaiman's version of the Devil from the pages of The Sandman comics. Bored of ruling over the damned, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) swaps Hell for Los Angeles. The wicked premise is played as a black comedy / police procedural. Season 3 will start with four standalone episodes held over from last year before Tom Welling (Smallville) joins the cast as a new antagonist.
Amazon Prime, Tue 3 Oct.
The Exorcist – Season 2
Nothing could be as terrifying as the 1973 movie but The Exorcist TV show went for old-school horror. Season 2 will see demonologist duo, Fathers Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels), contending with a new case of possession centring around a group foster home for troubled kids in Seattle. It also sets up the future of the series as an anthology show with our favourite priests battling Satan across America.
SyFy, Wed 11 Oct.
The Walking Dead – Season 8
The Walking Dead is the most successful horror TV show of all time. Following Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his rugged band of survivors after the zombie apocalypse, WD isn't afraid of bloodshed, regularly culling even fan favourite characters. It all kicked off at the end of season 7 as Rick and co finally fought back against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Expect a huge fight for survival as the two sides gather their forces. Creator Robert Kirkman told the Television Critics Association: 'it's the all-out war story … a more fast-paced season, a more action-packed season, really focusing on momentum, and we feel like over the first seven seasons we kind of set all of the characters into place, and now it's time to break them … '
FOX (UK), Mon 23 Oct.
Stranger Things – Season 2
Stranger Things was Netflix breakout hit of 2016. It tapped into a love of 80s sci-fi and horror, referencing Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Poltergeist, ET and Stephen King. Expect more retro thrills (the trailer features Dragon's Lair, 'Thriller' and Ghostbusters) and another super-scary sci-fi mystery as the kids face a new monster.
Netflix, Fri 27 Oct.