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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013 15:54:56 GMT
JessicaRose says:
I am a huge fan of Walking Dead and I have finally got up to date with Season 4. I am hooked on box sets, I have watched Bates Motel, Desperate Housewives, Greys Anatomy. Loved them all. I have tried Dexter, Person of Interest and Breaking Bad but I couldn't get into them so I have given up. But I really want something similar to Walking Dead to get my teeth into. I have been recommended Blacklist and Hannibal. Can anyone give me some ideas on what is amazing right now :-)

Posted on 14 Nov 2013 00:16:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2013 00:17:34 GMT
nameinuse says:
As a Walking Dead fan myself (though this last season currently airing is hitting me a little flat) I strongly suggest American Horror Story (currently airing its third season) which is superior to Walking Dead at the moment.

I also enjoyed Hemlock Grove which is an original Netflix series. All their original series are good- Orange is the New Black is a great one they recently put out. I like the British Sherlock series a lot. And, of course, Game of Thrones which is an HBO series.

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 11:51:56 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
How about Twin Peaks. Best weird series ever.
There's always Harper's Island?

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 15:25:14 GMT
JessicaRose says:
Oh yes I loved Harper's Island, I wish they did another season! I never really got into Twin Peaks, it was a bit too strange for me! My family used to watch it back in the day, but I was too young, and think, even now, it wouldnt be enjoyable!

Nameinuse, I watched a couple of American Horror Story episodes... hmm, unsure what to think really, very very odd, might give it another go. is there a decent storyline as I was a bit confused! Might have to give it a second attempt!

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 08:46:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2013 08:58:36 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Tricky one this with box~sets, generally speaking most Television I watch is pre 1985 and/or British. As I cannot stand modern American drivel for the most part ~ admittedly they have done some very good stuff on occasion ~ my attitude largely formed due to the often repetitive moralising and soap opera style 'family story arcs', placed unnecessarily throughout shows, ruining most/all artistic or storytelling merit that the show's concept probably deserved, before the banality kicked in. Which is over shadowed, presumably because of a station/network's greater interest in making the show more marketable to a wider (family) audience. Which tends to taint the series with it's own marketing agenda, as opposed to the story being allowed to have it's own agenda, purely for reasons of telling a story.
Insofar as television being that of a largely mainstream format anyway.

However, I'm sure you didn't start this thread to listen to that, ;D...

Purely dependent on tastes, and I would most definitely read up on these ~ if you don't already know them ~ before purchasing, I would recommend:
American Gothic ('95~96), Kolchak ('74~'75), Thriller ('73~76), The Omega Factor ('79), Funland ('05) and Children of the Stones ('77). Oh yeah and I quite liked Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes ('06) which had a few amusing episodes.

There are many more suggestions I could give you, but I would read up on those and see if they interest you first, as alas, I fear we may be from very different worlds Jessica_13!

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 10:41:01 GMT
Anita says:
In my experience "Twin Peaks" is one of the best series *ever*. Not exactly for horror fans, I'm afraid, and not exactly horror. Weird, yes, exciting, brilliant...

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 13:16:49 GMT
AlanK47 says:
Also on same vibe as Arch. I'll mention:

Eerie Indiana (1991)

Day of the Triffids (1981)

Perversions of Science (1997). unavailable on DVD. This is cheesy Sci-fi of the highest order. Like Outer Limits only just a bit further out. Some episodes can be found on You Tube

Also remember Wild Palms (1993) being quite good at the time. Not seen it since tv airing though.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 21:56:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2013 21:56:44 GMT
gille liath says:
Nice to see someone else who's not impressed by current American drama - and you didn't mention the way they try to give every series infinite extension, like space.

I did like the first two series of Walking With the Dead, though. Not so much the third, which I've just seen; precisely that problem, they're stretching it out too thin.

It doesn't exactly qualify as a box set, but horror fans may be interested in Channel 4's Black Mirror. I liked it, anyway...also Psychoville, especially the Halloween special of a couple of years ago.

And anybody mentioned The Prisoner yet? Not horror, but pretty whacky.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 10:05:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 10:06:08 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Yeah Gille, someone recommended Black Mirror to me, wasn't it by Charlie Brooker? (who wrote it I mean, not recommended it :D)
Prisoner is very good, as was Psychoville.
And something else that came to mind, that one of my ex~partners used to really like was Jekyll ('07).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 11:26:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 11:56:59 GMT
gille liath says:
Charlie Brooker, that's the guy. I think it's a bit like Hammer House of Horror (which I suppose also should be mentioned, old as it is), although all the stories have a technological angle.

I like the tag, by the way. The name on the grave, huh? (Don't tell me it just happens to be your name :) )

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 12:19:57 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Gille you swine, I'm gonna have to get that now!! The minute you start likening something to HHOH, I'm there, even if it is modern (toss).
By the way, Jessica_13, that is another good recommendation Gille just put out, the Hammer House of Horror series ('80)! There's a couple of lousy episodes, like most unrelated, single story series, but generally speaking it's really good.... with some cracking episodes like 'Silent Scream', 'Two Faces Of Evil', 'Witching Time' and 'Guardians of the Abyss' instantly springing to mind!! Nearly all of the episodes had really downbeat endings too :D.
Triffids as Alank47 pointed out is good too, and that jolted my memory into my remembering my racing through Nightmare Man ('81), albeit, without giving anything away, I thought the ending was poor.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 20:09:48 GMT
gille liath says:
Well, it's cheap enough to take a punt on. :)

I wonder why there's only that one series of HHoH on video - presumably more were made?

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 20:32:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 20:34:29 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Nope that's it, they did Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense.. that was 13 episodes too! Hammer did do a couple of other forays into the world of tele over the years, but those are the most recognised two..
With Journey to the Unknown, World of Hammer etc some of the others..

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 20:51:35 GMT
gille liath says:
Strange - it seemed to be on all the time when I was a kid. :)

I suppose there's Tales of the Unexpected too, though I don't remember what that was like.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 23:16:38 GMT
Stuart M B says:
re TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED my memory of them is they were pretty poor and nearly always let down by the ending

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 19:23:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2013 19:42:40 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Gille and Stuart, if you are only a casual viewer of that sort of tele, namely late 70s/early 80s Brit stuff, I can see why, from memory, you could confuse the two, quite easily.. And although I've already admitted (;D) I am a fan, I would even go so far as to say a series like TOTU was a bit hit and miss at times to say the least. But don't let that put you off revisiting it, because some of the episodes, in particular the first couple of series, were absolute humdingers!!
Especially if you take the tight time frame they had (25mins~ish) with which to build, adequately plot and characterize the story, to make you interested in the characters enough for the twist at the end to work.
Trust me, some of those episodes, there's not an ounce of fat on em, at least in my opinion.
Don't believe me? Checkout episodes like The Flypaper...really dark!

Also some of the best TV I've seen, is in the previously mentioned 'Thriller' TV series, by Brian Clemens, there's 40 odd single story episodes and not a bad one among em in my opinion. Stories running around 65~70mins, ranging from outright supernatural occult horror to crime, with everything in between from psycho~slashers to espionage agents. Brilliant series!!

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 20:56:07 GMT
Stuart M B says:
Iwas merely giving an opinion and you obviously saw something in them that I did not but lets be honest the good ones were
far outwayed by the bad ones in my opinion anyway,but if you enjoyed them good luck to you each to his or her own
as for the THRILLER SERIES my memory of them is yes they were very good although I can't remember any specific episodes

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 21:34:15 GMT
gille liath says:
My only memory of TOOU is the title sequence, but it sounds like it might be worth a try.

It was one of many now-classic series that I only ever got to see the tantalising opening titles of, over my shoulder as I went to bed. Fortunately - or not - we now have ITV4...

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 18:27:49 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
The episode "Flypaper" from Tales of the Unexpected is pretty damn fine.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 17:49:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2013 17:52:52 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Jonesy, I don't know how well versed you are with TOTU but another couple of good ones that jumped straight to mind, when I read your post, are the episodes 'Taste' with Ron Moody and 'Back For Christmas' with Richard Johnson.. In fact the first couple of series with Dahl at the start are nearly all good. Perfect late night, fire side, winter tele fun. With a dark, often perverse humour to them.

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 21:24:11 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
I don't know why , but i didn't see many.
I liked "Flypaper" because it was truly nasty.
The only other ones that spring to mind are "The Landlady"" the one where the vicar goes round trying to rob people of their antiques and the one with Susan George in it ( Strange that!)

Posted on 30 Jan 2014 12:34:05 GMT
The Kingdom I & II - Original Broadcast Edition [DVD]. Forget the awful US version.
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