Throughout television history, horror has not translated as well as other movie genres like drama, comedies and action-adventure.
Even though hits like the Twilight Zone still air, horror fans are limited to edited re-airings of horror movies or the Chiller channel.
Original horror shows have not been that successful either. While series like Kingdom Hospital and Masters of Horror brought scares, they failed to keep viewers week after week.
Instead of creating new horror movies, adapting original horror movies into a television series could be the best option for reviving the horror genre on television. Sure, Friday the 13th: The Series and Freddy’s Nightmares are not classics, but they stuck to the true horror formula.
If a couple of the following shows are made based off these movies, one of them is bound to be a success on one of the hundreds of available cable channels.
The key to a successful horror television is giving viewers characters that can care about. Having a weekly show feature a different story every week will only keep fans of the genre instead of a general audience. Having a character arc and potential romance in the story is a key to the success of any television genre.
Paranormal Activity: The success of the ultra-low-budget Paranormal Activity has led to a quick sequel entitled Paranormal Activity 2, but a television series could prove more successful for this horror franchise.
Television is already filled with ghost hunting shows on channels like A&E and SyFy so a fictional version of these shows would fit in perfectly with the mix.
The Paranormal Activity television show would follow two rogue investigators, a male and female that have been researching actual cases of this activity. They would obviously have romantic tensions and banter that would help flow and connect the series episode to episode.
Each episode of the series could open with the infamous sped-up shots of a dark home at night. The show would have to keep things interesting though, with hoaxes, twists and actual danger for the stars.
Halloween: Michael Myers doesn’t have the charisma of a leading television star, but the Halloween television series has the potential to be a huge hit if it is made right.
Following in 24‘s footsteps, the Halloween television show should be a real time series with each episode consisting of an actual hour starting with the first hour of Halloween night.
The first hour of the series would focus on Michael Myers’ back story to introduce fans who are not familiar with the horror icon. The Halloween universe would have to expand to include multiple storylines that happen within the same night.
For example, parents could lose a child among the trick or treaters or young lovers could be involved in a love triangle. All of the stories would eventually clash and mix with the Michael Myers murder spree.
The tense time concept could expand easily to future seasons of the series.
The Omen: To make this creepy movie into a television show, some changes are needed. First, an extended mystery element needs to be added to the concept.
For example, on 6/6/06, four children are born in the same town. Six years later, all four children are in the same 1st grade class. One of them is actually the demon child while the three others are not.
Plotlines would have to be well thought out, but the four families could easily interact and keep viewers guessing as to who the demon child really is. This may be one of the hardest concepts to pull off, but it could recreate a lot of the creepiness that a lot of the Omen films have.
Final Destination: While the Final Destination movies featured large disasters like plane crashes and auto wrecks, the show could tone down the content while still bringing the same message.
Final Destination: The Series would follow a private detective that has become obsessed with the spirit of death and the mysterious events that surrounded the four movies.
Instead of the big disasters, each episode would open with little events that could be made creepy and suitable for TV. After each “vision,” the detective and his partner are called in on the case and have to try and prevent the wrath of death.
The staying factor of the show will be the variety and creativity of deaths, the “will they” or “won’t they” survival episode and secrets that the detectives have themselves.