Horror Month – June 2015
To celebrate the premiere of Hannibal Season 3 we look at some current & upcoming horror shows. An exciting year time indeed for TV Horror!
Bates Motel (2013 – Present)
This series which is a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho made its triumphant return with Season 3. The story revolves around young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) still living with his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) at the Bates Motel. Without giving too many spoilers this series gets into a lot more of what we know and love about the Norman character from the films and is a true TV masterpiece.
Scream (premièring June 2015)
Loosely based on the successful Wes Craven film franchise this TV adaptation will be coming to MTV later this month (June 30th). Craven has signed on as Executive Producer and will direct the first episode.
Hannibal (2013 – present)
From well-respected show-runner and creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Star Trek) this ABC show focuses on the relationship between Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) & FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy); based on the characters from the Red Dragon novel and subsequent books/films. The show returns for it’s 3rd season on 4th June 2015 in the USA. UK fans won’t have to wait long as the premier will be on 10th June 2015 on Sky Living at 10pm.
The unique style and cinematography comes from visionary principle director David Slade. Mads Mikkelsen delivers a stellar performance in the lead role; a true Hannibal for our times; pulling off the trick of being charming and terrifying at the same time.
Scream Queens (premièring September 2015)
This new original series dubbed ‘part comedy, part slasher flick’ from show runner Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, The New Normal) focuses around a Sorority house. When the university Dean (played by Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students it upsets a mystery killer that will pick off the students one by one!!!!!!
Ash vs Evil Dead (premièring 2015)
Not counting the 2013 re-make, we haven’t seen anything from the Evil Dead franchise since 1992’s Army of Darkness. This new TV adaptation for the Starz nework is set to pick up the story with an all-new script featuring Ash (with horror legend Bruce Campbell reprising his role as well as producing) in the present day; having returned to our world sometime after the events of Army of Darkness.
The original Evil Dead team of Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert & Ivan Raimi are all signed on to executive produce and Sam Raimi will also direct some episodes.
Damien (premièring 2016)
From creator Glen Mazzara (Shield/The Walking Dead) this show which will be shown on Lifetime will be loosely based on the character of Damien Thorn (from the Omen film franchise) living in the present day who must live his life knowing he is the Antichrist. The creators say this will serve and a reboot and is a spiritual sequel to the original Omen film and will largely ignore the existing sequels.
American Horror Story (2011 – present)
From Glee creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk this popular original US show takes the form of a horror anthology series; with each season conceived as its own mini-series. So far these have included ‘Murder House’, ‘Asylum’ ‘Freak Show’, ‘Coven’ and the fifth season titled ‘Hotel’ is set to air in October 2015. Guest writers/directors have included James Wong (Final Destination).
From Dusk Till Dawn (2014 – Present)
Based on the cult classic thriller/horror from writer Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez is heavily involved in the TV adaptation which expands the stories and characters from the film based on the original script with more emphasis on the supernatural and vampiric elements. Season Two airs 25th August on the El Rey network. This season will extend beyond the storyline of the film.
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