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Something scary is happening on television.

Sabrina the Teen Witch is back, but now she is dealing with Satan instead of with bad teachers. "The purge" has reached its best moment. Even "The Twilight Zone" will be decorating their TV screens again.

We are in the midst of a horror mini-boom on television that feeds a greater diversity in storytelling. Horror is broadcasting, by cable, by premium cable. The horror even has Shudder, your own dedicated streaming service.

October saw the premieres of two horror shows on Netflix, "The Haunting of Hill House" and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." The last season of Syfy of the anthology series "Channel Zero" premiered on October 26.

The horror is not exactly new on television, but it is certainly more acclaimed, more successful and more prolific than ever. Unlike their counterparts on the big screen, horror shows are harder to achieve convincingly. Fear of jumping, a staple of many horror movies, is less frightening when done repeatedly for 10 hours. The community experience is also lost when fans are isolated at home instead of feeling fear with their film companions.

But horror television is thriving, and it can do things that movies can not.

"Television offers you (the ability) to immerse yourself deeply in the character, it offers you the opportunity to make braids of things that you can pay much later," says Trevor Macy, producer of "Hill House", who has worked in horror . Movies that include "Oculus" and "The Stranger".

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"In general, there's a lot more creative narration on television today than in the movie, and I think that's true for horror as much as it is for anything else," he says.

Like the high profile hits "The Walking Dead" or "Stranger Things", many series borrow the horror tropics, but remain on more conventional action and adventure paths. Shows that carry the horror label with a badge of honor, going from disturbing to downright scary, are rare, but they are coming out of the shadows.

"Hill House", "Zero" and the recent "The Terror" by AMC are excellent examples of how television can improve horror, allowing psychological stories and guided by the characters to scare you more than any monster hidden behind the door .

Maria Sten as Jillian in "Channel Zero: The Dream Door". (Photo: Syfy)

"Zero" is inspired by another singularly modern phenomenon: Internet. Obtaining the history of each season in the forum of Creepypasta, where the myth of Slender Man began, "Zero" takes advantage of both universal and specific anxieties. Their new season, "The Dream Door" (every day until October 31, 11 EDT / PDT), focuses on the marital anxiety that comes to life.

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The material of origin of "Hill House" is more of the old school: the classic novel by Shirley Jackson of 1959. The Netflix series, which reinvents the story of a famous and haunted house in a modern environment, makes great use of the format television "slow burn", which makes your audience acquires a sense of complacency before things get terrifying. Last spring's "The Terror" brilliantly used this format, embellishing the story of a crew of nineteenth-century sailors who went to find the legendary Northwest Passage, never to return. Although described by the creators and AMC as a thriller instead of a horror, "The Terror" is one of the most terrifying series of the year, since its slender Victorian characters collapse with a true primordial fear.

Ciarán Hinds like John Franklin in "El Terror". (Photo: Aidan Monaghan / AMC)

None of these series have enjoyed the commercial success of recent films like "Halloween" and "A Quiet Place", but they are massive improvements in the main failures such as Fox's "Scream Queens" and despite being very unequal, "American Horror Story ", from the creator of" Queens "Ryan Murphy, is still a hit for FX in its eighth season.

So, why does terror terrify us more than ever in 2018? Well, 2018 is also a bit scary.

"We live in a moment of fear," says producer "Zero" Nick Antosca. "When things are great and our culture is in a great place, then horror does not necessarily go to the forefront in the same way, but when people feel anxious in their daily lives, when they watch the news or feel bad. threat, horror tends to thrive as a cathartic place to go. "

Therefore, bring the scares. (The good ones, at least.)