Horror Shows Recognized With Armful Of Emmy Award Nominations

The horror genre–on both the big and small screens–often get short shrift from awards shows, but this year may be different, as evidenced by the recent Emmy Award nominations.

This week’s announcement of the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award nominations saw three horror-themed shows singled out for their overall excellence, according to emmys.com.

The FX horror/comedy series What We Do In The Shadows received a total of 10 nominations, including several for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In addition, the show’s second season was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Sound Editing.

The series–created by Jemaine Clement and based on the 2014 movie of the same name–follows four vampire roommates living in Staten Island who try their best to adapt to the modern world. The stars include Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen and Mark Proksch.

Stranger Things on Netflix garnered eight Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Special Effects, Outstanding Stunt Coordination and Outstanding Music Supervision.

This series–which is slated to resume shooting on Season 4 in September–was created by Matt and Ross Duffer and is set in Hawkins, Ind. in the 1980s, where the inhabitants have to wrestle with supernatural events taking place in their town. The ensemble cast includes Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown.

And, last but not least, American Horror Story: 1984–the ninth season of the popular FX anthology series–received several nominations, including Outstanding Period/Character Makeup, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup and Outstanding Sound Editing.

This season of the show–created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk–was influenced by such classic slasher films as Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween.

The 72nd Emmy Awards ceremony is slated to air on ABC Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. (ET), provided that COVID-19 doesn’t throw a monkey wrench into the works. So, keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the Emmy Awards and your favorite horror TV shows.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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