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12 Shows Like American Horror Story to Watch If You Like American Horror Story

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Sarah Paulson and Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story

Sarah Paulson and Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story


American Horror Story has been round for therefore lengthy at this level (10 seasons, with three extra on deck, plus Hulu’s episodic spin-off American Horror Tales) and diversified a lot in high quality over its run that it is easy to neglect how influential it’s. However each anthology collection that is come out since AHS premiered in 2011, from Fargo to The Haunting to even True Detective, would not exist if Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk hadn’t cracked the code of how you can inform a unique story each season whereas staying true to a really particular inventive imaginative and prescient. There is a cause why American Horror Story remains to be going sturdy in any case these years: it is aware of what it is doing.

The present lately departed Netflix for good and Hulu now has unique streaming rights, which is smart, as a result of Hulu and FX, AHS‘ cable dwelling, are intently linked. You would open up your Hulu app and begin streaming Homicide Home for the umpteenth time, or you would take a look at another reveals that really feel one thing like American Horror Story however aren’t American Horror Story. Our listing of reveals for AHS followers contains campy thrillers, horror chillers, and different Ryan Murphy dramas. No matter season or stylistic part of American Horror Story is your favourite, you may discover one thing on this listing to get pleasure from.

Searching for extra suggestions for what to look at subsequent? We now have a ton of them! And for those who’re on the lookout for extra hand-picked suggestions based mostly on TV reveals you’re keen on, we’ve these too, in addition to suggestions for Netflix (motion pictures/reveals), Amazon Prime Video (motion pictures/reveals), Hulu (motion pictures/reveals), Disney+ (motion pictures/reveals), HBO Max (motion pictures/reveals), Apple TV+, and Peacock.

Dina Shihabi, Archive 81

Dina Shihabi, Archive 81

Quantrell D. Colbert/Netflix

American Horror Story loves a very good cult, which simply so occurs to be a significant ingredient of Archive 81. The collection facilities round an archivist (Mamoudou Athie) who’s tasked with restoring outdated tapes that had been salvaged from a hearth, solely to search out himself getting sucked into the world of the grad scholar (Dina Shihabi) who seems within the footage — and the mysterious cult she was investigating. The present jumps forwards and backwards between two timelines, which helps make this an additional twisty, further scary thriller that any AHS fan ought to get pleasure from unraveling. –Allison Picurro

Reg E. Cathey and Patrick Fugit, Outcast

Reg E. Cathey and Patrick Fugit, Outcast

Kent Smith

With Outcast, The Strolling Lifeless creator Robert Kirkman introduced us yet one more splendidly tousled and significantly scary present. Not like The Strolling Lifeless, this one solely lasted two seasons, and is far more of a self-contained story, nevertheless it’s value testing for followers of horror TV. The present stars Patrick Fugit as a person who has been coping with the consequences of being possessed by supernatural forces since he was a child (American Horror Story has handled demonic possession, so AHS followers ought to really feel proper at dwelling right here), and the collection offers with completely different themes like spiritual fanaticism in addition to the character of evil. It takes itself far more significantly than AHS, however will suck you in with its compelling story. –Allison Picurro

Hamish Linklater, Midnight Mass

Hamish Linklater, Midnight Mass


Horror extraordinaire Mike Flanagan makes one other look afterward this listing together with his anthology collection The Haunting, however we additionally advocate testing his newest enterprise, Midnight Mass. This one is ready on a distant fishing island in New England that’s shaken up by the arrival of a brand new Catholic priest (Hamish Linklater), who shortly positive aspects a horde of devoted followers locally as he seemingly begins to carry out miracles. However nothing is ever what it appears on a Flanagan present, and it shortly turns into clear that there is a sinister menace looming over the island, every episode unfolding with a specific amount of gripping eeriness. American Horror Story is unquestionably altogether freakier and sillier than Midnight Mass, a present much less involved with issues that go bump within the night time than your common scary collection, nevertheless it will not disappoint you for those who’re on the lookout for extra scares (and why would you be right here for those who weren’t?). –Allison Picurro

Josh Hartnett and Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Josh Hartnett and Eva Inexperienced, Penny Dreadful

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At all times seeking to exhibit your gothic horror data? You will really feel at dwelling with Penny Dreadful. The three-season collection, set in Victorian London, kicks off by following Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and Vanessa Ives (Eva Inexperienced) as they got down to rescue Murray’s daughter and Vanessa’s childhood pal, who’s been kidnapped by somebody or one thing sinister. Alongside the way in which, they befriend or battle a number of acquainted faces for followers of gothic horror literature, like Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dracula (Christian Camargo), and Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney). There are additionally witches, vampires, and different creatures that go bump within the night time. It is ugly and unusual and stuffed with an limitless roster of fascinating characters.

Bill Skarsgard, Castle Rock

Invoice Skarsgard, Citadel Rock

Patrick Harbron, Hulu

For those who’re on the lookout for an anthology collection that is somewhat extra psychological thriller and fewer, properly, in-your-face-AHS horror, Citadel Rock is a superb choice. It solely aired for 2 seasons, however even inside that quick timeframe it seems like a completely realized horror universe and that is as a result of it got here with a bonus: It has the works of Stephen King as its built-in mythology. Though every season tells a unique story, each happen within the small city of Citadel Rock, Maine, and each are crammed to the brim with folks, locations, themes, and callbacks each King fan will acknowledge. Lizzy Caplan as Distress‘s Annie Wilkes in Season 2 is an actual standout, and the Season 1 standalone episode “The Queen” is broadly thought-about to be the collection’ finest.

Nell Tiger Free, Servant

Nell Tiger Free, Servant

Apple TV+

Properly, for those who’re on the lookout for a present to hang-out your desires, you’ve got discovered it. Any horror present with creepy youngsters is already 10 occasions scarier than one with out, and Servant undoubtedly has that… with an excellent creepier twist. Servant, government produced by M. Evening Shyamalan, tells the story of Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose), a girl who’s had a psychotic break after the demise of her child, and in an try to assist her heal, she and her husband Sean (Toby Kebbell) use a lifelike doll that they hold of their dwelling. Dorothy believes the doll is their precise son, so you understand it is actually pushing the boundaries of that creepy scale. But it surely’s solely as soon as they rent a deeply unsettling nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), that issues begin getting actually bizarre. Like, (SPOILER!) that-doll-may-be-turning-into-a-real-baby bizarre. And whereas the premise of the present has that shock worth, it is the quiet, claustrophobic method through which the collection is shot (the motion largely takes place inside the couple’s Philadelphia townhouse) that provides it that further chill-inducing vibe.

Carla Gugino, Julian Hillard, McKenna Grace, Lulu Wilson, Paxton Singleton, Violet Mcgraw, and Henry Thomas, The Haunting of Hill House

Carla Gugino, Julian Hillard, McKenna Grace, Lulu Wilson, Paxton Singleton, Violet Mcgraw, and Henry Thomas, The Haunting of Hill Home

Steve Dietl/Netflix

Who would not love a very good quaint ghost story? Netflix’s The Haunting of anthology collection has given us two so far, however Hill Home from Season 1 reigns supreme (though these melted face ghosts from Bly Manor will definitely depart an impression). It isn’t simply the scares that set Season 1 aside — though there are a number of moments that can have you ever leaping — however how seamlessly the horror facets work into the emotional story of the Crain household, without end modified the summer time they transfer into the titular mansion in 1992. The story alternates between that point and the state of the household within the current, the place the now-adult Crain siblings are haunted by each the supernatural and a few very actual world, inner turmoil that provides some coronary heart and heft to the proceedings. For those who stay unconvinced, simply wait till you attain the season’s excessive be aware in Episode 6, “Two Storms,” an installment that’s not solely a technical surprise — it performs out in a method that seems like one steady shot — however an ideal mix of horror and heartbreak.

Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country

Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Nation

Eli Joshua Ade/HBO

Let’s speak monsters, lets? And that is each supernatural monsters and monsters of the human form, as a result of HBO’s Lovecraft Nation, based mostly on Matt Ruff’s novel of the identical identify and tailored for tv by Misha Inexperienced, tackles each. Set within the Fifties, the collection follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he travels by Jim Crow-era America looking for his lacking father Montrose (Michael Okay. Williams) together with his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and pal (and show-stealer) Letty (Jurnee Smollet). Alongside the way in which they battle racists and monsters and monsters who flip into racists. After which issues get bizarre. It solely ran for one season, however what a season it was.

Mike Colter and Katja Herbers, Evil

Mike Colter and Katja Herbers, Evil

Elizabeth Fisher/CBS

For those who’re not already watching Evil, you are doing it flawed. The collection hails from the by no means boring duo that introduced us The Good Spouse and The Good Combat, Robert and Michelle King, and simply as you’d anticipate, Evil supplies the sudden. It is a bizarre and wild procedural that follows a workforce of three assessors investigating attainable demonic possessions and miracles for the Catholic Church: Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a forensic psychologist and a largely non-believer; Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi), a contractor, techie, and resident skeptic; and priest-in-training, a person of religion and turtlenecks David Acosta (Mike Colter). Sure, Evil supplies some really wild and terrifying circumstances of the week — many making thought-provoking and biting social commentary as is par for the course with the Kings — nevertheless it’s additionally constructing a fancy and creepy mythology that regularly provides layers to the collection. There’s demons and angels and unhinged youngsters and bushy horned beast therapists. In brief, there’s one thing for everybody right here.




Season 4 of American Horror Story was the Freak Present version and it targeted on an entire bunch of horrifying issues that went down at a circus, which is smart as a result of the circus is inherently creepy — I am not concerned about what you are promoting, clowns, OK? For extra bizarre stuff taking place underneath the large prime, there’s HBO’s Carnivàle. The collection follows a touring circus throughout the Nineteen Thirties Mud Bowl and strikes a startlingly completely different tone than American Horror Story. It is dense, with an advanced and repeatedly rising mythology. It is surreal, stuffed with characters having visions, and other-wordly, seemingly not possible, many occasions sinister occasions going down. It’s each bleak and biblical because it grapples with real-world issues of life following the Nice Melancholy and the epic on-going battle between good and evil. If any of that sounds good to you, you are in for a deal with.

Kiernan Shipka, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Kiernan Shipka, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Diyah Pera/Netflix

There is a wholesome quantity of reveals about witches on the market (Charmed, A Discovery of Witches, Motherland: Fort Salem to call a couple of of the newer witchy outings), however maybe the one which comes closest to the camp of American Horror Story: Coven is Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Based mostly on the characters from the Archie comics and wildly completely different from the opposite Sabrina TV adaptation, the extra healthful Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this model of the part-human, part-witch story, led by Kiernan Shipka because the titular Sabrina, embraces the darkish facet of the Sabrina universe. Sure, there’s nonetheless Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) and at one level a love curiosity named Harvey (Ross Lynch), however there’s additionally lots of Devil worshipping and ruling over hell, and battles between good and evil forces, too. So, like, somewhat completely different from the Sabrina you is perhaps accustomed to.

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

The Individuals v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Michael Becker/FX Networks

For followers of Ryan Murphy’s anthology collection format who’re able to take a break from horror for some time (it is on your well being), American Crime Story ought to match the invoice. Every season, American Crime Story does a deep dive into a unique true life occasion. Season 1, The Individuals vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, informed the story of, you guessed it, O.J. Simpson’s homicide trial from all sides and contains standout performances by Murphy common Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as “if it would not match, you will need to acquit” protection lawyer Johnny Cochran, and Sterling Okay. Brown as co-prosecutor Christopher Darden, amongst others. The second season turned its give attention to the 1997 homicide of clothier Gianni Versace (Édgar Ramírez) by the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). If neither of these true crime tales do it for you, maybe you may have an interest within the long-awaited third season of the collection, Impeachment, overlaying Invoice Clinton’s (Clive Owen) White Home intercourse scandal. Beanie Feldstein takes on the position of Monica Lewinsky, who additionally occurs to be a co-producer on the collection. It simply arrived on Hulu after airing on FX final 12 months.


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