Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 4

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Hi again Geeklings!  Halloween is a week away!  Can you taste all that candy yet?  Got some great costume ideas and some fun times ahead?  I certainly hope so!  I know I’ll be trying by best to creep out our library patrons that day.

So far these last few weeks we’ve covered scary novels, scary comics and scary movies that teens can indulge in.  But what if a movie just isn’t long enough to get properly creeped out?  Luckily, we have TV shows that cover all sorts of spooky subjects, from zombies to vampires to werewolves to slashers to ghosts to headless horsemen to the Upside Down.  So grab some of these and prepare for an epic Halloween bingewatch.

Image result for supernatural season 1 Supernatural – This show is currently airing it’s 14th season.  14th season!  It premiered all the way back in September of 2005, and through it’s entire run the show has focused primarily on the two Winchester brothers, Dean and Sam.  When we first meet them we learn quickly they are not usual new adults; they were raised by their single father after their mother was killed by supernatural forces, and they were raised as ‘Hunters’, meaning their sole mission is to travel the country and take down the scariest creatures, ghouls and ghosts out there.  Over the years the boys have loved and lost, and have found new enemies and allies, particularly an angel named Castiel.  There’s a rich mythology and many near-misses for the whole world.  If the entire run seems a little daunting to watch just start with the first season to get a taste.  (BTW, in Season 13 there’s a crossover episode with Scooby-Doo.  I kid you not.  And it’s great.)

Image result for buffy the vampire slayer season 1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer – “Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampiresdemons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the Slayer.”  So this iconic 90s show begins, and it just builds from there.  Buffy Summers wants to be a normal high school student in Sunnydale, California, but there’s a slight hitch.  She’s the latest Slayer and her town is built on a mouth to hell.  7 seasons, several apocalypses, a few love interests, a few ground breaking episodes and characters and a whole lot of scary later, Buffy remains the pivotal slayer, and while some aspects of the show haven’t aged as well as we’d like, she still remains one of the strongest female characters ever put to screen.  Come for the scares, stay for the character development and witty dialogue.

Image result for teen wolf season 1 Teen Wolf – A much more serious revamp of a campy 80s movie, MTV’s Teen Wolf made werewolves a thing again.  Scott McCall is an ordinary guy in high school, hanging out with his best friend Stiles and trying out for the lacrosse team.  Typical stuff… except the night before his sophomore year he ends up getting bit by a werewolf.  We all know what happens now.  Every full moon becomes problematic, and the rest of the time may not be much fun either.  Scott therefore has to learn how to control his power and how to balance all of this with his life at school.  Throw in werewolf infighting, budding romance with massive complications,  werewolf hunters and a whole lot of teen strife, you’ve got yourself a TV show.  Just maybe don’t go walking during a full moon.

Image result for scream queens season 1 Scream Queens – Created by Ryan Murphy, the same guy who brought us Glee and American Horror Story, Scream Queens is big on scares but also laughs and camp.  The first season focuses on the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority (typically made up of catty mean girls), which was involved in a murder and cover up 20 years prior.  Now, someone seems to be out for revenge, dressing as the Red Devil mascot and picking off students one by one.  Some of the sorority members try to solve the mystery while trying to staying alive, and very few people are who they seem to be.  The characters are outrageous, the secrets massive and the slashing abundant.  Plus, Jamie Lee Curtis, one of the original Scream Queens, is in it, so there’s that too.

Image result for the vampire diaries the complete season 1 The Vampire Diaries – This series has a lot of what you’d want from a spooky show, but also has big dashes of romance and drama mixed in as well.  Here we meet Elena Gilbert, a high school student living in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town with a long supernatural history.  That spookyness comes into Elena’s life full-force when she becomes the object of affection for Stefan Salvatore, who happens to be a 162-year-old vampire.  Things are further complicated when Stefan’s older brother Damon, also a vampire, comes back to town.  Vampire hunters, witches, werewolves and family drama are also thrown in.  The show had a spinoff series, The Originals, and will have another spinoff, Legacies, debuting on TV this week.

Stranger Things, Season 1 Stranger Things – One of the biggest hits on Netflix, Stranger Things has taken the current nostalgia craze and run with it, creating something chilling and clever all it’s own.  Set in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the story kicks off with the disappearance of Will Byers.  While his mom and the other adults of Hawkins try to find him, his three D&D playing best friends, Mike, Dustin and Lucas, end up trying to solve the mystery as well, and the arrival of a mysterious girl with even more mysterious abilities unearths a whole bunch of freaky things that should not have been messed with.  Plus there are some older siblings in high school with their own stuff going on.  Both seasons are on Netflix but we have season one in the library system.

IZombie iZombie – Another CW series, but this one takes on everyone’s favorite shuffling undead people eaters.  Liv had her whole life turned upside down when she was turned into a zombie during a boat party.  Leaving her old life behind she quickly learns that if she doesn’t have a regular diet of brains she’ll turn into a shambling, mindless zombie we tend to see in movies.  How to fix that little problem?  By working at the city morgue, natch.  Liv also soon learns that when she eats the brains of the people she’s autopsied she can inherit some of their personality traits and memories for a while, and she uses that ability to help the local police solve murder cases.  Meanwhile, her boss is helping her try to find a cure.  A serial crime show with zombies thrown in?  So intrigued!

Image result for sleepy hollow season 1 Sleepy Hollow – Gotta give a shout out to this one, seeing as how The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of my all-time favorite stories around Halloween.  I grew up on the Disney special and then watched the heck out of the Tim Burton version.  In this TV series, Ichabod Crane was a spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War, but was killed on the battlefied while fighting a horseman and ultimately beheading him.  Crane is then brought back to life in the 21st century.  After meeting Lt. Abigail Mills, Crane soon learns the now headless Horseman is back as well.  Not only that, he and Abby are the two witnesses from the Book of Revelations and that the Horseman is actually Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  So yes, a man really misplaced in time and a police officer just trying to live her life suddenly have to stop the end of the world.  That premise alone is enough for a watch, but watching Crane try to adapt to the modern era after 232 years is also delightful.

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So there are a few to get you started.  Did I miss any?  Post away in the comments below.

Enjoy the last week before Halloween, and until next time, End of Line.

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