While I am far behind the times with shows like Orange is the New Black and New Girl, which seem to be firm favourites of my friends’, my televisual activity seems to revolve around the more off-beat crime/thriller or horror programmes which leave the viewer with the classic ‘who dunnit?’ question.
So, to begin my sinister selection…
As a horror fan I was particularly excited to see this, especially because of the presence of horror veteran Jamie Lee Curtis. I have been pleasantly surprised by this show’s fast-talking sorority characters, and hilariously exaggerated deaths. It has also led me to witness one of the funniest, most random scenes ever, depicting slightly dim, preppy frat boys taking on the ‘red devil’ while Backstreet Boys’ ‘Backstreets Back’ blares in the background – some alliteration I never thought I would type! By far the weirdest, most amusing horror comedy I’ve seen, ideal for a bit of light watching.
Scream Queens‘ antithesis: Sky’s Penny Dreadful is an elaborate pastiche of Victorian crime and psychological thrillers which truly presents well-though out, quality episodes each week, through a haze of beautifully dark, macabre images. Utilising horror characters such as Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Dracula, in addition to Victorian popular culture references spanning waxworks, the Ripper murders, and penny dreadful magazines which give the show its title, the storyline constantly unravels exciting developments in every episode, and reads like a what’s what and who’s who of Victorian London. Benefiting from talent in the likes of Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, Penny Dreadful presents pure quality in terms of acting, cinematography, and story. Eager to start season 3!
Pretty Little Liars
The web that has been weaved in Pretty Little Liars is far too complex and has most definitely contributed to its drop in popularity. After watching 3 seasons with still no revelation of ‘A’s identity, I threw in the towel. Luckily, I’ve had the luxury of fast forwarding to the end of season 4 to find out what I’d been waiting for all this time, only to be greeted by a slightly underwhelming result. My verdict: The amazing costumes and attractive people do not hide how utterly annoying they are, and I can no longer sit through this disappointing cat and mouse game.
Netflix’s original series Scream is a surprisingly addictive watch. Pushing the plot twists of the original film franchise further, yet maintaining the same sardonic undertones and parody of the classic horror film, the show portrays a modern world where you can’t trust family or friends. Unlike Pretty Little Liars however, this is a fast-paced story line where you aren’t kept waiting for the unveiling of the killers identity. Initiated by a cyber bullying incident, and integrating the use of multimedia, this is Scream (1996) for a newer, younger generation.