Zombies, blood curdling screams and tripping over tree roots at the worst possible moments don’t have to end after Halloween.

There are zombies to still be had with AMC’s The Walking Dead on Sunday nights, and pee-in-your pants chill moments in every episode of FX’s American Horror Storyon Wednesdays.

Not for the faint of heart, The Walking Dead centers on regular society having been plagued by a deadly virus. Only, a person’s not truly dead when they’ve contracted the virus. He or she’s skin starts to rot and human flesh seems to become the food of choice.

As long as those not infected remember to steer clear of the “walkers,” who have seemingly taken over, and to wield any weapon at the heads of these zombies to truly end them, survival just might prevail.

Now four episodes into season two, the group of people the show follows seems to become more desperate each day to find some sort of safety in this world that has gone to chaos.

Main characters, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) give off the love-triangle vibes. But every time it seems as if something scandalous is about to happen, another zombie appears out of the woodworks to ruin the moment.

Apparently the threat of flesh-eating ex-humans isn’t the best way to start any grand romance. Oh, and Lori is married to Rick, which doesn’t seem to make things any easier for Shane and his thinly veiled soap-star gazes often thrown in Lori’s direction.

The thing I love the most about this show is you don’t have to have watched season 1 or even the previous episodes to really get into it and understand what’s going on plot-wise.

With all the high-stress situations the group is thrown in each episode, it’s tough not to wonder how it all would go down in real life. Would today’s society have all the skills necessary to survive constantly on the run, with no hope of ever finding a cure for the disease that’s claimed the lives of billions? Maybe. Maybe not.

Luckily, zombies don’t exist. But if they did, everyone can tune into AMC on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. to see how things might unfold.

Now let’s backtrack to the other thrilling gem that’s found a home with FX at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

American Horror Story is just what it sounds like—a true horror story. However, the horror seems to reach out to all aspects of each character’s life.

This new show, a fourth of the way through its first season, takes creepy to a level viewers never knew existed.

The plot centers on a broken family, who has moved to a seemingly quiet neighborhood for a fresh start.

Only, it’s not so quiet, and the house they’ve purchased is also still home to those who’ve been brutally murdered there decades before.

But whoops—the realtor forgot to tell the not-so-happily married couple, Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) that any killings had actually taken place in the home prior to purchase.

Throw in a housemaid who looks like an old lady to any female and a hot young thing to all males, a rubber bondage suit, a creepy guy constantly telling Ben to get the heck out of dodge and an attempted murder re-enactment, and I’d say there’s plenty reason to think you’re watching an extremely extended version the most eccentric horror movie ever.

All I know is, if the house I lived in was giving me every hint to get out—I’d get the heck out. Vivien has finally come to this conclusion, but of course, her plans to leave have been temporarily squashed. Isn’t that just the way it always goes for characters in horror movies? Tough break for Vivien I guess.

Overall, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story have become my new favorite shows this fall.

When a show can keep me engaged the entire hour, and wondering where all the time went by the end, then I’m certain it’s a keeper—and these are both most definitely keepers.

 

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