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5 Shows like American Horror Story: Asylums & Haunted Houses
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5 Shows like American Horror Story: Asylums & Haunted Houses

Do you dare to watch? If the answer is yes, be prepared to be spooked big time as you enter the most haunted locations known to man. If you are looking for other TV shows like American Horror Story, Bates Motel adds a new twist on a classic story and The Walking Dead will give you zombie induced nightmares.

Freak or Unique?

American Horror Story is an anthology series that showcases different characters and locations each episode. One week you will be stepping inside a haunted house and the next week you will be dared to enter an insane asylum, both of which will give you heart palpitations.

The storylines covered are not just written for shock value as they feature themes, like infidelity and discrimination that add death to the series. If you cannot get enough horror in your sitting room, we take a look at other TV series like American Horror Story.

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‘The Walking Dead’ (American Movie Classics, 2010-)

Andrew Lincoln plays former Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who falls into a coma after being shot on duty. When Rick comes alive, he soon realises that the world has been wiped out by a zombie epidemic.

Rick leads a group of survivors in the fight against evil, putting his life at risk at every turn. Will Rick and the other survivors fend off the zombies for good? There’s only one way to find out.

Similarity Match: 95%
The Walking Dead features story arcs rather than stand alone episodes, so is a great choice for those who want to sink their teeth into a great plot line.

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‘Bates Motel’ (American Genre Fim Archive, 2013-)

Bates Motel is a serialised prequel to the famous Psycho film and portrays the earlier years of Norman Bates life, from teenager to early adulthood.

The show delves deep into Norman’s character to give the audience insight into the psyche that lead to the horrors at the Bates Motel and explores his very complicated relationship with his mother.

Similarity Match: 90%
Bates Motel is a slow burning serial drama as opposed to the full on one-offs of American Horror Story, but it is a very gripping show that is well worth the investment.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ (Desert Wolf Productions, 2014-)

Another series like American Horror Story is Penny Dreadful. The show takes the audience on a historical ride through Victorian London with explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler and medium Vanessa Ives as they fight against supernatural forces.

Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of the city, very scary indeed.

Similarity Match: 80%
Penny Dreadful is completely far fetched and utterly fantastic. I guarantee that you will love this show if you are an American Horror Story fanatic.

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‘Hemlock Grove’ (Gaumont International Television, 2013-)

When a teenage girl is brutally murdered the hunt for her killer commences, but it looks like it is going to be a long and hard search. The problem is that everyone in the small Pennsylvania steel town has a secret to hide and there is a monster hidden within, who will do anything to stay anonymous.

Mysterious supernatural goings on stop the local detectives at every turn and just when they think they have the problem solved another demon pops up.

Similarity Match: 75%
Hemlock Grove will have you watching at least three episodes a night as it has the same addictive quality as American Horror Story.

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‘True Blood’ (HBO, 2008-2014)

Fan favourite Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty) heads up this hit HBO show that is all about vampires. With teen favourite Twilight grabbing headlines, a lot of people were put off by yet another vampire shown but we think True Blood nails it.

The show is adapted from the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels about a telepathic waitress living in a world full of vampires in the near future.

Similarity Match: 70%
Whilst vampires will never be anything but dark, True Blood manages to mix up drama with soap opera, whereas American Horror Story is a psychological drama in which the horror lies within.

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Prepare for Your next Fright

I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to American Horror Story. Is there another TV show that you’d like to recommend to American Horror Story fans?

Tell us how you indulge in a comedy drama fix, in the comments below.

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