With dozens of shows like What We Do in the Shadows and chucky representing our favorite genre on the small screen, there’s no denying that we’re living through a horror renaissance on television. However, the amount of quality programming being produced is simply staggering, and it’s becoming hard to keep up with all these new releases, especially when we have to keep track of so many different streaming services. That’s why it’s understandable that a few televised gems would slip through our fingers, destined to become lost in a sea of streamable content.
But fear not, because we here at Bloody Disgusting have come up with a handy list of six underseen horror shows to watch during this Halloween season! While none of these were hits on par with a Mike Flanagan production, I firmly believe that they all deserve more fans and are all still worth a watch.
While this list is based on personal opinion, there are a couple of rules. First, we’ll only be featuring lesser-known shows that didn’t quite achieve the cultural impact that they deserved, even if they come from a mainstream platform. Second, we’ll only be including programs from the new millennium, just because they’ll be easier to find online.
With that out of the way, don’t forget to comment below with your own personal favorite underseen horror shows that you think deserve more viewers.
Now, onto the list…
6. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010-2012)
The Canadian lovechild of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Evil Dead franchise, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is one of my favorite hidden gems in televised horror. Featuring episodic romps through a cursed high school as a group of friends attempt to defeat the forces of darkness (with mixed results), this peculiar little show has something for everyone, and I always recommend it to friends whenever I get the chance.
While there are only two thirteen-episode seasons, the show did get a definitive conclusion in the form of an extremely gory animated movie released back in 2017 (appropriately titled The End of the End), making it worth getting invested in this lovely world of demons, monsters and high school melodrama – which is usually played for laughs.
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is available on Amazon.
5. Chapelwaite (2021-Ongoing)
An atmospheric period drama starring Adrien Brody that also serves as a prequel to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot? How the hell are people not talking about this show? A moody family story doubling as a slow-burn horror yarn, this New England parable is perfect viewing for the Halloween season, and I think it’s a shame that it hasn’t become a Netflix-sized hit.
Sure, it takes a while for the program to really dive into its horror elements, but the added setup and character development just makes things all the more frightening when the story begins to adapt the short story (Jerusalem’s Lot) it’s based on.
Chapelwaite is available on Amazon Prime.
4. Wolf Creek (2016-2018)
Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek films are some of Australia’s finest examples of modern-day Ozploitation, so it’s a shame that not a lot of people have heard about the TV series. With each season telling a self-contained story about our favorite murderer in the outback, it’s like getting two extra movies in this hyper-violent slasher franchise!
John Jarratt remains as charming as ever in the role of the lovably evil Mick Taylor, but the show also uses the expanded runtime to fully develop its protagonists, making their gross deaths all the more horrific. If you’re a fan of the movies, there’s no excuse to not check out this serialized hidden gem.
Both seasons of Wolf Creek are available on Amazon Prime.
3. The Pentaverate (2022)
You might not be expecting a Mike Myers comedy series to show up on a website about horror media, but trust me when I say that this absurd little passion project parodies all forms of conspiratorial horrors, from bumbling secret societies to custodial cryptids.
The quirky humor on display here might not be for everyone, especially if you’re not already familiar with some of the concepts being satirized, but I think this show deserves a lot better than the overwhelmingly negative reception that it got back in May. At the very least, conspiracy nuts are sure to find plenty of evil little Easter eggs!
The Pentaverate is available on Netflix.
2. Fear Itself (2008-2009)
A spiritual successor to Mick Garris’ Masters of Horror, Fear Itself continues the anthological terrors of its predecessor on a new network with a Canadian production team. It may be only be a single season of frights, but with episodes helmed by legends like Stuart Gordon, Larry Fessenden and John Landis, there’s no denying that Fear Itself is just as scary as Masters of Horror.
That’s why it’s a shame that the show isn’t as well known, since it’s basically an extra season of mini horror movies. While my personal favorite episode is Fessenden’s wendigo story Skin and Bones, there’s a little something here for every kind of horror fan. Plus, the updated opening theme kicks ass, courtesy of System of Down‘s Serj Tankyan.
Fear Itself is available on Amazon Prime.
1. Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021)
Created by the same team behind SyFy’s ChannelZero (with the entire thing feeling kind of like an extra fifth season to that show), Brand New Cherry Flavor was one of my favorite horror outings from last year. Adapted from Todd Grimson’s novel about supernatural shenanigans in 90s Hollywood and chock-full of witchcraft and horror references, the show had a lot of spooky things going for it. Unfortunately, this little production was mostly overshadowed by the success of Netflix’s own MidnightMasswhich is why not that many people have heard about it.
Sure, the script could have benefited from ChannelZero‘s six-episode limit, but Brand New Cherry Flavor is undoubtedly still worth a watch. And the best part is that the story has a clear beginning, middle and end, making it perfect for binging during this Halloween season.
Brand New Cherry Flavor is available on Netflix.