Horror seems to be taking over television, and I for one, am not complaining! My grandfather took me to see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was five years old, so I have been a fan of the genre for many years. Today more and more networks are taking a stab at horror series and strangling the competition!
The Walking Dead, Outcast, The Strain, Penny Dreadful and Bates Motel, just to name a few. This genre is bringing to life adaptations of comic books, novels and classic horror films and they are sustaining! Horror is probably the hardest genre to keep a following.
With a horror movie, there are 90 suspense-filled minutes and a resolution at the end of some sort. With a series, the writers must be extremely creative and diligent in bringing back viewership week to week. The Walking Dead for example, does an excellent job of maintaining ratings by utilizing a simple combination. Taking a mid- season hiatus in an already short season, focusing on new threats other than zombies, and making the audience invested in the human aspect. (And not being afraid to kill off those beloved characters!) I feel that the reason AHS has lasted so long is the simple genius of changing the backdrop and format of the horror with each new season. These little tricks result in giant treats for the fans! More and more people are becoming fans of horror thanks to the surge of new shows on television, which in turn begs for more new shows – it’s the circle of life. Some naysayers may be wondering why there has been such a dramatic increase in this trend considering all of the monstrous events taking place in real life. My best response to this comes from the man himself, Stephen King. King has said, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”