7 Creepy Shows Like "American Horror Story" That Will Haunt You

Updated on December 11, 2017

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American Horror Show is one-of-a-kind anthology. Horror movies and TV shows don’t really terrify me to the level this show managed to do. Each season comprises of 12 episodes, taking place in different locations and timelines. The first season took place in what seemed to be a haunted house, the second took place in an insane asylum and the third one is set in secret schools for witches in New Orleans, all telling an outrageous, yet really creepy stories.

If you can suspend your disbelief while watching this show, it will get you. What’s great about AMH is its ability to touch the deepest, darkest and most sensitive issues without being too cheesy or serious. It’s hard not to churn through the whole season once you watch a couple of episodes. But what after that? Fret not. I have got your fix. While we wait for the next season to air, here are some other shows like American Horror Story to keep you occupied.

Bates Motel

We all sniffed when we heard about what seemed to be an unnecessary TV show in the making, which is going to be a prequel to Psycho, an iconic thriller from 1960s. Of course, we were wrong. Set in the modern day, Bates Motel is a story of Bates’ troubled childhood that turned him into a deranged monster from a normal kid. You mustn’t miss out on it if you are looking for a TV show like American Horror Story. It’s just as unsettling and creepy as the AMH.

Hemlock Grove - One of the best Netflix originals like American Horror Story

While Netfilx originals like Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards get most of the limelight, shows like Hemlock Grove never get the chance to shine. I watched it recently and can tell you that’s it’s totally worth sparing a thought for this amazing horror-themed TV show. Comparing it to other sci-fi and horror shows is like comparing apples and oranges. It’s more like American Horror Story meets Twin Peaks. Give this show a go. The first season takes its sweet time to really get going, but the second season is a lot more gorier and bloodier – just perfect for gorehounds. While it’s not as scary as shows like American Horror Story and Wayward Pines, an interesting plotline and some good character development cements its place as one of the best Netflix originals.

The Returned - A French TV show like The American Horror Story

A couple of people come back to the town after being dead for more than a year, not remembering what happened to them. For them, it’s just another day, without realizing that one year has passed. Are they the same person they used to be? This creepy French drama explores the consequences of dead people coming back to life and how if changes the lives of those around them. Without resorting to the usual jumpscares that is usually associated with this subgenre, The Returned does an incredibly good job of being a show that is scary and unsettling in small doses. I can’t wait to find out more in the next season.

If you are looking for some shows like American Horror Story that are just as unsettling, dark and sadistic, The Returned should be your best bet.

Black Mirror

The lack of creativity has always been the problem of horror TV shows and movies. We always see same faces, same approaches and same generic concept on our TVs. But Black Mirror is different. You need only a couple of minutes watching to understand this. It’s the best surprise I have come across in last couple of years. Black Mirror truly excels at being witty, different and genuinely creepy, compelling you to think deeply about the world we live it. It questions your behavior, routine, choices and code of ethics.

Each episode is different, taking place in a new location, with new characters and plot. But every episode emphasizes on the devastating effect of today’s contemporary phenomena (Reality shows, social; media, smartphones etc) in the future when they evolve into something different than what they were meant to be. The writers have done an amazing job to make the far-fetched ideas seem graspable.

Black Mirror perfectly manages to capture the absurd society we live in, which forces you to think about what our world would look like if things were just a little bit different. It never really explores and positive trends (would there be any fun in that?) - but approaches everything pessimistically, showing its darker side. The result is a great mix of beak drama, satire and comedy that cements Black Mirror’s place as one of the best TV shows like American Horror Story.

I don’t think Black Mirror is everyone’s cup of tea. It’s certainly made to appeal to only a particular class of audience – the same ones who love shows like American Horror Story and Twin Peaks. You may find some themes to be slightly uncomfortable, but considering the nature of this show, it perfectly fits the circumstances. A big thumbs up from me for staying true to its roots and maintaining a constant stream of quality content in nearly every episode. It’s unlike anything else on the TV right now.

To sum it up, Black Mirror is a Cynical look at the worst of the human nature. Fascinating, unique and really creepy! Highly recommend for anyone who is looking for some good TV shows like American Horror Story.

Darknet – One of the creepies TV shows like American Horror Story

As a fan of horror genre, it’s hard to find anything out there that is truly spooky and original anymore. Most movies and shows rely on cheap clichés for scares that are not thrilling anymore. You already know what’s coming.

In that sense, this Canadian horror TV show is a breath of fresh air. There are no ghosts or demons, but it still manages to evoke deepest and darkest of fears by playing off our modern concerns – the fear of others and self. It gets us where we can still be gotten pretty easily.

If you are like me, Darknet would be a diamond in a plié of mud. It goes a completely different route than what you are used to by now. Truly intriguing and chilling! Don’t miss out on it if you are looking for some good TV shows like American Horror Story.

Hannibal - One of the latest TV shows like American Horror Story

When I heard that they are making a “Hannibal” TV series, I presumed that it’s going be worse than the last one. If you look at the past, I was kinda right to expect the worst. Each installment in this franchise has been worse than the one that came before it. Hannibal has been nearly tortured to death by too many idiotic sequels to “Silence of the Lambs”. A TV series is all it needs for a final nail in the coffin. Thankfully, Hannibal turned out to be everything I didn’t expect it to be.

The show follows Agent Will Graham, who has an uncanny ability to think like a serial killer, thuds being incredibly helpful with solving homicide cases. He comes across as really intelligent but vulnerable man, tormented by his own imagination. Yet he has to live for the greater good.

Things take a drastic turn in his life when he comes across Hannibal Lector, a psychiatrist in the daylight, but a human predator once night falls. His invulnerability is preyed upon by Hannibal. He plays with Wills’ mind, making him do certain things he wouldn’t do otherwise. The mind game continues in first season.

Things tense up a bit more when Wills know that Hannibal Lector is a cannibal. But he still chooses to continue his therapy sessions with him, hoping that he can get to know more about his heinous crimes and trap him. The tension is out of the roof every time Wills and Hannibal is facing each other. The cannibal knows that Wills is trying to trap him, yet he plays it cool, giving Wills a lot of chances to confess about the game he is playing here. Perhaps, Hannibal considers Wills to be worthy enough of his companionship as Wills is the only one who understands his true nature. He wants Wills to join him to the party. Of course, Wills has another plans.

The plot is too complicated. You will get puzzled if I try to summarize it for you. Just get into this show and enjoy a beautifully written and played storyline. Even if you dislike police procedurals, Hannibal will feel a lot different to you. There is a lot more at stake for everyone then just solving weekly homicide cases. Fantastic show. Kudos to NBC to still keep it on air it despite not getting ratings a show of this caliber and scope needs. You and your friends need to watch this one of the best shows like American Horror Story if you wanna see the fate of Dr. Hannibal.

Penny Dreadful

Set in the Victorian London, Penny Dreadful promises to be a sophisticated and hardcore version of “Supernatural” with a gothic vibe all over its episodes. Penny Dreadful to horror is what Breaming Bad is to drama – setting a benchmark for another horror shows to come. And strong performances from Josh Hartnett and Eva Green give Penny Dreadful quite a significant edge over other shows of same sub-genre. With elements of Anatomy, psychology and history, this show promises to bring it all together in one scary package that will haunt viewers for a long time after credits roll. Even if you don’t like horror genre, you should check it out.


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