In Netflix’s excellent new series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, the Mexican genre guru presents eight macabre tales of terror from some of the best directors in the horror genre including Jennifer Kent, Ana Lily Amirpour, Vincenzo Natali, and Panos Cosmatos. GDT himself is on Rod Serling duties, introducing each episode with a wry, measured monologue. It’s great stuff.
Anthology series have been a staple since the dawn of broadcast television, and horror anthologies have always been popular. Perhaps it’s because the natural form of horror is the short story, centering on one discrete, terrifying idea, and that makes for easy adaptation to a half-hour or hour-long format. Plus: if you get a dud episode, the next one is likely to be better.
Sadly, many of the best anthology series are unavailable online, so good luck tracking down bangers like Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside, or even the classic The Outer Limits. But many great series are available to stream, like the four below.