Halloween

Anna Maxwell Martin as Midwinter of the Spirit's Rev. Merrily Watkins  (Image courtesy of Ben Blackall/ITV)

Haunting Telly to Stream this Halloween Season

If the leaves are turning and jack-o-lanterns are making an appearance in your neighborhood, chances are good that Halloween’s on its way. At Telly Visions that means it’s time to roll out our list of spooktastic telly. This year our recommendations focus on the paranormal - ghosts, poltergeists, possessions, haunted houses, etc. We’ve got a nice little mix of UK-based frights and they’re all ready to thrill you at just the click of a mouse.

Dead Funny Films: British Horror with a Playful Side

Halloween is just around the corner, that time of year when it’s fun to be scared. Or so they say. I’m not a big fan of traditional horror films, but I’ve found that those with a decidedly pronounced sense of humor can be quite entertaining indeed. At the very least a light, funny moment here and there can make all the blood and gore a little easier to take. Shaun of the Dead is probably the best example of a horror flick with an equal amount of comedy.

However, ten years after its release Shaun is a classic of this blended genre and you, my dear thrill seekers, are perhaps looking for something a bit more under the radar. The following is a list of horror comedies you can find on-line to satisfy your craving for a “dead funny” film.

Happy Halloween: Learn How to Make Realistic Fake Blood From 'Sherlock's' Mark Gatiss

Besides starring in Sherlock, writing for Doctor Who and being the driving force behind upcoming Who docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss is also known for his love of the horror genre. (You may have already been able to guess this based on some of the episodes he’s written.)

Anyway, back in 2010, Gatiss created a three-part documentary series for the BBC called A History of Horror, which was basically his personal exploration of the history behind horror films, and the culture that surrounds them. It’s a rather fascinating series if you can manage to see it – sadly though it doesn’t seem to be available on DVD anywhere, so you’ll probably only to be able to find bits and pieces of it on YouTube. Which is still worth it, but is an annoying amount of work.

Anyway, in celebration of Halloween, one of the most fun of all holidays, here’s a fabulous clip from A History of Horror that might actually help you with your last minute costume plans for trick or treating. Watch as Gatiss teaches you the recipe and technique for how to make super authentic-looking horror movie blood. It’s kind of creepy, but you kind of can’t argue with the fact that the end results look real…

Get in the Halloween Spirit: A Suggested Playlist for a Creepy British Telly Marathon

Once upon a time Doctor Who was the standard bearer for British telly that made viewers want to hide behind the sofa. In recent years though, tales of vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings have risen in popularity and by the look of UK television schedules, British networks have obviously picked up on the trend.

Always at a disadvantage over American horror series with much bigger budgets, the Brits have been able to figure out a way to be scary with more suggestion and less CGI. They also have a tendency to employ strategically placed humor to counter the tension and violence; thus making it more palatable to slightly sensitive audience members like me, for instance.

Seeing as Halloween is fast approaching, I’ve compiled a list of eerie series perfect for putting you into a spooky mood. So turn off the lights and settle in for a creepy telly marathon.