TV

Welcome to the modern era, an era where there are enough horror series to make a top 20 so rest assured there is a good chance one of your favorites may have been left off. Don't take it personally, there's just an insane amount of horror television in the modern day, and there are no signs of it slowing down in the years to come.

 

If you want to understand where and how modern television developed the 1990's are essential touchstones. There are a lot of very popular, and very influential shows from this period that helped determine where horror, and even television itself branched off to in the following decades.

Whether you’re a member of the audience, a critic, or directly connected to a television series, finales bring with them a host of questions; from whether or not plot lines paid off to whether or not you had fun watching them. Perhaps the most important question of all—particularly in a time where audiences are inundated with more media than they could ever possibly consume—is whether or not this story is one that is worth continuing or not.

If you look up Ash vs. Evil Dead on IMDB, you will note that it has an average rating of 9/10 stars, based on 17,000+ reviews. Check out Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” and you’ll see that it’s sitting pretty at 98%. This show is a genuine delight, and in its penultimate episode, it reminds us all the reasons why that is.

After a few rockier weeks, Ash vs. Evil Dead is back.  “Ashes to Ashes” may be one of the strongest episodes of the series thus far. Changing up the formula from the previous episodes to a fantastic effect, the eighth episode finds us right back at the cabin where it all began. After sneaking away from his team, Ash makes his way back to the remote cabin and very little has changed. The porch swing even swings to the same beat, banging into the house slowly and ominously.

Another day, another Deadite. After Ash’s old friend (?) Lem manages to stumble away from the carnage at the diner last week, he heads back to the small militia outpost in the middle of the woods where he has been living; ya know, like you do. Hoping to stock up on weapons for the coming war, our ever-growing group of heroes follows him to the secluded bunker where Ash makes a Ruby Ridge joke before discovering that the Evil has beat them there.

At its core, Ash vs. Evil Dead is the story of a hero on a quest. As previous reviews have already attested to, this show takes Ashley Williams out of the iconic Tennessee cabin (and the nonsensical, but fabulous setting of the small village in the Middle Ages) and places him quite literally on the road. Almost every episode features shots of his yellow Delta tearing down an open highway as the camera soars high above, able to see the expanse of nothingness that he can’t quite understand through his vantage, limited by the horizon and what he can see through his windshield.

Of all the questions we want answers to on American Horror Story Hotel, the identity of the Ten Commandments Killers is pretty low on the list. Episode 8 of the series is aptly named, "The Ten Commandments Killer" – and we get exactly that.

Exorcisms may be a staple within the horror genre, but they were never an integral part of the original Evil Dead mythos—once a person became a Deadite, the only way to deal with it was bodily dismemberment (preferably by chainsaw). But with the addition of a larger pantheon of capital “E” Evil in the universe of Ash vs. Evil Dead the options have grown. More demons mean more ways to send them back to hell!

Episode seven of AHS: Hotel, “Flicker,” gives us what we’ve all been waiting on since the beginning: The Countess’ history.

While Will Drake is breaking ground and walls on the renovations to the Hotel, the construction workers demo through a metal wall and discover an eerie corridor that smells like death. Obviously, for our entertainment, the two men venture into the darkness and are attacked by two zombified vampires. When Iris goes to show the Countess was found – we see the first crack in her icy veneer and know she is terrified.