Well, for a moment there it looked like summer.
But if today’s weather is getting you excited to pop some popcorn and bring your doona to the couch, here’s what to watch.
THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (NETFLIX)
There are reboots galore at the moment, and while the Charmed reboot just looks terrible, the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot has actually gone above and beyond to create a new terrifying look at everyone’s favourite teenage witch originally made famous by Melissa Joan Hart.
Based off the Sabrina comics from Archie, the new Netflix show is made by the same people and in the same universe as Riverdale.
On her 16th birthday (which happens to fall on Halloween and a blood moon eclipse) Sabrina is pressured to sell her soul to the devil in exchange for her witchy powers. Torn between her human friends and the sweet boyfriend Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina sets about to define herself as half human and half witch – but not without angering the devil in the process.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is super dark – deliciously so. With the same teen-angst style drama that is popular in Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina depicts a dark terrifying world of Hell, goat demons, blood sacrifices, pentagrams and curses.
It sets the tone of not fully romanticising the “good” nature of witches, and instead focuses on the realism of the occult and black magic. Mixing the two together makes for a perfect dark drama that will make you rethink the way you look at witches.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (NETFLIX)
Splicing between past and present, a large fractured family with paranormal sensitivities must confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
The Haunting of Hill House is Netflix’s new spine-tingling horror that is riveting and captivating to watch. Based on a family of five, each character lives with their own demons that were created when they lived in a scary haunted manor that claimed the life of their mother.
The show moves backwards and forwards in time, demonstrating how each individual character came to be until the adult versions are forced to face their greatest horrors.
The acting in this show is superb, and the characters are all so hauntingly beautiful it is impossible to look away. While somewhat slow-going, you’ll want to binge this from start to finish.
THE PURGE (STAN)
Just when you thought that The Purge only came to America once a year, here comes the new Stan series based on the popular violent movie series.
There are so many storylines to follow during Purge night that it makes sense to open this up as TV series, but essentially the story is exactly the same. For 12 hours a year, all crime (including murder) is legalised in the United States.
The show follows similar plotlines to the movies as we watch 12 new characters attempt to survive Purge night and face the sins of their pasts while doing so.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE (FX)
American Horror Story has always brought the spine-tingling horror to the small screen with it’s unique and violent anthology series, but season eight’s current theme of Apocalypse has blended together everything that made American Horror Story great.
Based on bringing together season one’s Murder House and season three’s Coven, Apocalypse sees the end of the world due to a nuclear strike and a group of people that survive it.
As the devil incarnate himself, Michael Langdon (remember he was the baby born of Connie Britton and Tate’s ghost during Murder House?) arrives to collect souls for his new world, we’re suddenly catapulted backwards and forwards through time with the appearance of the witches from Coven, who are hell bent on stopping him.
Murder House and Coven have often been referred to as the best seasons of American Horror Story, so mixing the anthology together is extremely satisfying. Seeing your old favourites pop up, being introduced to more wickedly sinful witchcraft, and the starting end-of-the-world disaster sequence is enough to cement Apocalypse as a culmination of Ryan Murphy’s finest and spookiest work yet.