These days, horror shows like Stranger Things, The Haunting of Hill House, American Horror Story and Black Mirror are delivering some much-needed scares. But as adults, the scare factor just isn’t on the level as the horror shows we grew up with in the 90s. We grew up in an age of cult classic horror shows, and here are four of the best.
1. The X-Files
From 1993 to 2002, each episode of The X-Files was like a love letter to fans of horror and science fiction. For nine seasons, we were treated to the thrilling adventures of agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, one a believer and the other one a skeptic. Each episode followed a “monster of the week” format that introduced us to some imaginative and scary creatures.
The show also had great chemistry from its two leads (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) going for it. And watching their relationship evolve from one of contestation to one of trust was deeply satisfying.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What did this Joss Whedon show not have? Scary monsters, witches, romance, drama, comedy, friendship and beautiful leads (who didn’t have a poster of Sarah Michelle Geller on their wall?) – also, the theme song was too epic. The story follows Buffy Summers, a chosen young lady in a long line of Vampire Slayers tasked with vanquishing vampires, werewolves, demons and any other evil supernatural threat.
It is just a shame that the show didn’t have enough viewers to give it a season eight, but it still remains a cult favorite. However, we did get a season eight in the form of a comic book, but comic books don’t start with an epic theme song.
3. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
You might be asking yourself what a Nickelodeon show is doing here, but this teen horror anthology series had a number of scary episodes. The show played mind games with our minds, forcing us (actually, we watched voluntarily) to sit through its creepy and unsettling atmosphere before dropping a horrifying twist that sent us screaming to our beds on a Saturday night.
Don’t believe us? Since this is an anthology series, you can jump in on any of the episodes. Standouts include “The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle” and “The Tale of the Dream Girl.” Watch them when you get a chance and maybe you will be able to sleep that night – who knows?
Ignoring the recent Goosebumps movies, the show was actually terrifying. Goosebumps was also an anthology horror series and was based on the series of books by R. L. Stine. The show, aimed at pre-teens, was scary but in the fun kind of way, despite having ghosts, demons, vampires, mummies and other nightmarish creatures on its roster.
At its best, the show produced episodes such as “The Haunted Mask” and “Welcome to Dead House.” And you will be hard-pressed to find another show that combined horror and fun so well.Follow us on social media