Horror in the 2000s heavily influenced new series franchises and the growing popularity of horror subgenres. Before the big horror boom of the 2010s, with The Walking Dead and American Horror Story kicking off a cavalcade of scary TV series, the 2000s saw the rise of great horror shows, ranging from supernatural stories to attack of zombies and creepy bloodsucking vampires. Where it was small quick fixes or binge-worthy series, there was definitely something for everyone in the 2000s.
Now that this spooky season is upon us, horror lovers can’t wait for the most haunting night of the year. Horror fans are always craving something awfully good to watch, even if it’s October, so check out these great horror TV shows from the first decade of our new millennium for your dose of blood, suspense, gore and slash.
7/7 The dead zone
Based on characters from the Stephen Kings novel of the same name, The Dead Zone series first aired in 2002. It follows Johnny Smith, a small-town teacher involved in a car accident and left in the coma for six years. But after regaining consciousness, he realizes that his once perfect life has changed dramatically.
Not only did his fiancée give birth to a son he doesn’t know, but she married another man who happens to be the town sheriff. While coming to terms with the difficulties in his personal life, he soon realizes that he now possesses amazing psychic powers. With just a small touch of an object or person, he sees visions of their past and future. With the help of his ex-fiancée, her husband, and a physical therapist, Johnny begins to harness his newfound abilities to help solve crimes, but all is not as it seems when he begins to witness apocalyptic events. catastrophic in his visions.
6/7 Dead Set
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Dead Set aired in 2008 and is a British zombie horror mini-series from Charlie Brooker, the creator of Black Mirror, and is set on a fictional season set of Big Brother. Safe in their fully equipped big brother house, the contestants have no idea of the zombie attacks taking place outside until showrunner Kelly manages to enter the house and warns them of the misfortune outside. The house quickly becomes a haven for contestants and production staff, but with no contact with the outside world, they must attempt to sneak out of the house for supplies, while trying to avoid the flesh-eating zombies.
5/7 The Vampire Diary
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In The Vampire Diaries, fans can delve into the story of two brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, who are age-old vampires. After moving from place to place in order to hide their bloodthirsty existence, they return to Mystic Falls, a small town in Virginia where their life as humans ended. High school girl Elena mingles with the vampire brothers and quickly captures Stefan’s heart, but Damon is determined to get revenge on his brother for turning him into a vampire in 1864, so seeks revenge by going after Elena. We watch their relationship with Elena grow and the vampire creatures lurk in the city bringing destruction to lives, loves and many dangers.
4/7 Masters of Horror
After regularly meeting with a host of horror directors, in 2005 Mick Garris teamed up with several of the “masters” of horror to create and produce this anthology television series consisting of 13 hour-long films each. season. The first season of Masters of Horror provided us with a lot of horror including kidnappings, monsters like humans, witches, soldiers appearing from beyond the grave, evil entities, violent turf wars.
Fortunately, viewers didn’t have to wait long for season two, which began with a doomsday tale of a monstrous force that devastated a small Texas town, followed by episodes filled with psychopaths, vampires, murderous maniacs, with a bloodthirsty vengeful spirit seeking revenge. If you’re a fan of a wide range of horror subgenres, Masters of Horrors is a must-watch this spooky season. Including hour-long films from iconic directors like John Carpenter, Dario Argento, John Landis, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, Larry Cohen, Stuart Gordon, Takashi Miike, and more.
3/7 True Blood
True Blood is an American fantasy horror drama series that follows telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire hundreds of years old. The show exists in a world where “True Blood” branded synthetic blood means vampires no longer have to hide and can co-exist with humans. However, an anti-vampire organization begins to gain power and do battle with what they still believe to be bloodsucking enemies, which means there’s a lot of tension as Sookie has to start navigating the the trials and terrors of intimacy and the danger that her relationship may be in.
First airing in 2005, Supernatural ran for 15 years, so fans got totally immersed in the thrilling yet terrifying lives of Sam and Dean. Raised by their father after their mother’s death, the brothers were taught to hunt and kill any evil supernatural beings that roamed the earth. They grow to solve cases and save the world from supernatural entities. After 22 years, they embark on a journey to find their missing father and must stick together using new tricks and tools as they encounter enemies including rampaging monsters and demonic gods. To this day, Supernatural remains a great fantasy show that brought some genuinely chilling horror elements.
Carnivále spans two seasons (but was meant to be longer) and is set during the Great Depression, following people’s lives in a traveling carnival. The first season sees Ben Hawkins, a young man who possesses healing powers, join the carnival and soon after begins having strange dreams and visions. Unbeknownst to Ben, these are the visions of a wanderer who had joined the carnival many years before, who possessed abilities similar to his.
The plot continues to introduce a Methodist preacher, Brother Justin, who shares Ben’s visions, and as he discovers his supernatural powers, he begins to manifest the sins of his parishioners into terrifying realities. He’s sure he’s doing God’s work and continuing his religious duties, while Ben and the carnival grow ever closer, but neither realizes they’re key players in a war between good and the evil. The viewer is drawn into a mythological story drawing on themes of Christianity, Gnosticism and the Knights Templar in this unsettling spectacle, one of the darkest of the decade.