With the plethora of fantastic horror available right now, it’s a great time to be a horror fan. Not only are horror movies getting better and better, told from a variety of viewpoints and with tons of cool new stories, but television is also experiencing a horror renaissance. And y’all, there are just too many options to choose from.
It all started with the premiere of What We Do In The Shadows this past week, which got me thinking–what other cool new 2019 horror TV shows have come out or are coming out soon?
Answer: A ton. Like,
So I wanted to make a list of all the forthcoming 2019 horror TV releases, both scheduled and unscheduled. Think of it as a handy reference guide for when you need a particular itch for the disturbing scratched. I’ll update as more information about release dates becomes available.
Scheduled 2019 Horror TV Series
The Passage (January 14, Fox)
“Based on author Justin Cronin’s trilogy of the same name, `The Passage’ is a character-driven action drama that focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists experiment with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease — but it also could potentially wipe out the human race. When a young girl is chosen to be a test subject, a federal agent is tasked with bringing her in, but he becomes her surrogate father, determined to protect her at any cost — even as Project Noah’s work threatens to unleash an unimaginable apocalypse.”
Kingdom (January 25, Netflix)
“The deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread; the prince must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.”
How have I been sleeping on this show? Oh, I’d just given birth? That’s right.
Folklore (February 1, HBO)
“Created by Singaporean director Eric Khoo, the six-episode series features stories based on Asian superstitions and national folkloric myths, with each episode helmed by a director from a different country”
The Order (March 7, Netflix)
“When Belgrave University student Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. Out to avenge his mother’s death, he uncovers dark family secrets and lands in an underground battle being waged between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic. Assisting Jack in the fight is Alyssa, a tour guide at Belgrave and fellow member of the Order, which is led by Jack’s estranged father.”
What We Do In The Shadows (March 27, FX)
“Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years in Staten Island. After an unexpected visit from their dark lord and leader, the vampires are reminded of what they were initially tasked with upon their arrival in New York City over a century ago — total and complete domination of the New World. But what exactly is the best way to go about achieving said domination? A vérité camera crew follows along as the vampires set out to answer this query.”
Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs (March 29, Shudder)
“Proving once again that “the drive-in will never die,” iconic horror host and exploitation movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs is back with an all-new Shudder Original series, hosting weekly Friday night double features streaming live exclusively on Shudder. Over the course of nine episodes, The Last Drive-In series will offer an eclectic selection of films, with movies ranging across five decades and running the gamut from horror classics to obscurities and foreign cult favorites. From time to time, special surprise guests will drop in on Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl.”
Santa Clarita Diet, Season 3 (March 29, Netflix)
“Joel and Sheila Hammond are everyday suburban real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple faces a series of obstacles when Sheila has a physical transformation into a zombie and starts craving human flesh. With Joel and the family trying to help Sheila through the trying time, they have to deal with neighbors, cultural norms and getting to the bottom of a potentially mythological mystery.”
The Twilight Zone (April 1, CBS All Access)
Next stop ahead The Twilight Zone. CBS All Access’ upcoming reimagining of the original series, which premiered in 1959, will debut in early 2019. Jordan Peele will serve as host and narrator of the new series, a role made famous by creator Rod Serling, who used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Season 2 (April 5, Netflix)
It was hard to find a concise synopsis for Season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but here’s what I’ve been ablet o piece together—now that Sabrina signed the Dark Lord’s book and has become a full-blown witch, life is more complicated than ever. Between harnessing her new powers, dealing with the fallout from breaking up with Harvey, flirting with fellow witch Nick, and balancing her life between the mortal and immortal worlds, Sabrina has a lot on her plate. It’s only going to get more complicated for Poor Sabrina, as Season 2 throws everything at her, from werewolves to Madam Satan’s secret to the return of her presumed-dead father.
Black Summer (April 11, Netflix)
“When a mother (Jaime King) is separated from her daughter, she embarks on a harrowing journey, stopping at nothing to find her. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.”
Chambers (April 26, Netflix)
“A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.
NOS4A2 (May 2019, AMC)
“The supernatural horror series NOS4A2, based on Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name, tells the story of Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift.”
Stranger Things, Season 3 (July 4, Netflix)
“By mid-1985, the era whose box office was dominated by Back to the Future, Mike and Eleven have developed a romantic relationship, as have Max and Lucas. The heroes and heroines are living seemingly normal lives, though one year after the defeat of the Mind Flayer, things are not all what they seem in Hawkins. The town has a new leader, the morally corrupt Mayor Kline, whose administration supported and presided over the construction of the new Starcourt Mall. With the Fourth of July approaching, strange things start to happen: Lucas’ sister Erica discovers a mysterious new threat, and a lifeguard at the community pool suddenly disappears, triggering fear in those that still have the events from the previous year fresh in their minds.”
Unscheduled 2019 Horror TV Series
Swamp Thing (DC Universe)
“Abby Arcane returns home to Houma, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with scientist Alec Holland. After Holland tragically dies, Arcane discovers the mysteries of the swamp and that Holland may not be dead after all.”
Carnival Row (Amazon)
“As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a dark futuristic city, a detective on the case becomes the prime suspect in the murders. Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.”
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
“Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff and written by Misha Green, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Produced by Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams.”
Locke and Key (Netflix)
“Locke & Key revolves around “three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.” Based on the comic book series from Joe Hill.”
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime)
“Set nearly forty years after the original series…in Hollywood, during the Golden Age of the 1930s…[Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is]rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil and will explore a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within its historical backdrop.
When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.”
Note: this will probably be pushed to 2020, but there is no official confirmation either way yet.
October Faction (Netflix)
“Follow the adventures of a retired monster-hunter and his family, which includes a thrill-killer, a witch and a warlock. Based on Steve Niles’s comic.”
“After a mysterious disease begins transforming people into vampires, Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) is pitted against his best friend, now a powerful vampire leader.”
The Terror: Infamy, Season 2 (AMC)
The show is set “On the west coast of the United States during World War II,” and will “center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.”
(Read my review of Season 1 here)
Castle Rock, Season 2 (Hulu)
“In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.”
Castle Rock will probably be pushed to 2020, but there’s no confirmation either way yet.
“An eight-part psychological horror, “Ares” stars Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot, Lisa Smit, Robin Boissevain, and Frieda Barnhard. Created by Pieter Kuijpers, the series enters the world of a secret student society in the heart of Amsterdam where best friends Rosa (Olieberg) and Jacob (Kersloot) surrender to a world of wealth and power. Soon they start to realize they’ve entered a demonic place, built on secrets from the country’s past.”
American Horror Story, Season 9 (FX)
Details are sparse concerning the next installment in FX’s popular horror anthology series. However, we do a few things, mainly that Season 9 is definitely coming in 2019, Emma Roberts will star, and the witches from AHS: Coven and AHS: Apocalypse will not be involved. This season might be about aliens, but who knows for sure?
What 2019 horror TV series are you excited for? Any 2019 horror TV series I left off? Let me know in the comments!