In the 2000’s, TV on DVD became a hot commodity, with thousands of series – both major and minor – making their way to the format. Unfortunately, the era of back catalog TV shows getting released on disc seems to have passed, partially thanks to the rise of streaming making physical media less profitable. Effectively, that means that the following 8 worthwhile horror-based TV shows are unlikely to ever join fans’ DVD collections, forever shunted to the recesses of Youtube, torrents, tape trading, and other legally questionable means of procurement.
Note: the 8 shows below are presented in no particular order. Some of these can be found online if one knows where to look, but no links will be provided here, for obvious reasons.
Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)
Following the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master – arguably the peak of Freddy’s popularity as a pop culture icon – New Line decided to capitalize on the franchise’s success with Freddy’s Nightmares, an anthology horror series set in Springwood and hosted by Robert Englund’s infamous dream stalker. Freddy himself would also occasionally play a larger role in the plot, sometimes becoming the villain of a particular episode. Two seasons of Freddy’s Nightmares were produced, before pressure from censorship lobbies got the often graphically violent – by broadcast TV standards at least – series booted off the air.
Nightmare Cafe (1992)
A few years after Freddy’s Nightmares ended, Robert Englund starred in another TV series called Nightmare Cafe, produced by late horror legend Wes Craven. Running a scant 6 episodes, Nightmare Cafe’s titular business offered the wrongfully deceased a second chance at life, provided they were willing to intervene in life or death situations before they happened. Englund played Blackie, the mysterious owner of the establishment. Despite its brief length, Nightmare Cafe is a fun curiosity for fans of Craven, Englund, or both.