For the most part, The Walking Dead follows the classic zombie rules — so why not jazz things up with a 21st century take on the undead, via the rabid-style zombies of this series. It could follow humanity’s attempt to rebuild, while keeping the zombie threat close-by to keep us jumping.
With a character as awesome as Freddy, it’s a shame the 1980s anthology series spin-off didn’t use him more often. So, we’d propose a series following a new group of teens duking it out with the dream creeper. Build it around the mystery of who Freddy is, and how he came to be, and set the look of the show apart by delving into some super-freaky dreamscapes.
This movie is scary as hell, and if you took the premise and strung it out into a full-fledged series — digging deeper into the universe, perhaps following a small team being stalked by xenomorphs as they try to find a way to survive in an overrun ship — it’d give you a chance to really care about some characters before they get facehugged and chest-burst.
You’ve got to have a little fun. We keep wishing and hoping for a big screen sequel, but how about a small screen take on everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding hero. He’d be right at home on a cable network, where you could make a dark, funny WTF series following Ash on his quest to save the world and defeat evil. Groovy, baby.
Admittedly, the ending of this flick makes a follow-up series a long shot. But, could you imagine a supernatural Office-style series following the hilarious staff underground, chopping back and forth between the terrifying insanity happening in the cabin (or other global sites) on a weekly basis? It'd be a truly WTF horror sitcom.
How could this not work? Take the scary horror of Stephen King, and combine it with the ever-popular high school drama genre. A coming-of-age story following a young Carrie, with her screwed up home and school life, could make for compelling (and scary as hell) territory to mine.
Yes, there’s a new Dracula series taking a twist on the mythos this fall. But, we’re talking about a legit, old-school take on Bela Lugosi’s horror classic. Set it back in the day and follow Van Helsing’s quest to find Dracula, and tell more of Drac’s story along the way.
Considering how wildly varied this franchise has gone, there are more than a few options for inspiration. But, at its heart, you have a somewhat funny story of teens grappling with evil craziness popping up around them. Combine suburbia, high school and vampires. Vampires are supposed to be bad guys, so keep ‘em badass — no more of the vamp with a heart stuff.
AMC seems to have the zombie genre locked up with The Walking Dead and its upcoming spin-off, but who better to challenge Robert Kirkman & Co. than the original zombie auteur? A period-styled, Romero-produced zombie series could breathe some new life into the genre by going back to its roots.
There’s a reason this flick remains one of the scariest ever made: There aren’t many things more frightening than the thought of something evil taking you (or a little girl) over for evil purposes. So, why not take the franchise and focus on a priest (or team of priests) as they tackle a few cases per season, digging into exactly what is possessing a person, and ratcheting up the tension to get that baddie out. You could also have a larger arc, trying to figure out what mega-demon is calling the shots.
Much like Under the Dome proved this past fall, TV viewers like to see Stephen King wreak havoc on a small town. So, take the terrifying tale of The Mist and let us follow the townsfolk as they try to figure out what the hell is happening to their idyllic little slice of life, as the evil in the mist starts picking people off.
A political thriller, with some heavy supernatural undertones, this could make for a fun premise to dig into on a weekly basis. From the different groups surrounding Damien, to his family’s political life, to his own growth into... whatever the hell evil thing he becomes. There’s a lot of stuff you could dig into with this one.
Yes, we realize there was a 1980s series of the same name, but it bore virtually no resemblance to the horror franchise we know and love. How about a tense miniseries, set at Crystal Lake, with a group of campers and counselors trying to survive and duke it out with Jason Voorhees? That could be a lot of bloody, bloody fun.