It’s pretty safe to assume that if you’ve clicked the link to read this list then you already know that the animated horror genre is thriving. For decades we’ve been treated to feature length frighteners that kept us up at night, but in todays market, where TV is much more of a cinematic experience than it once was, there is also a ton of terrifying television shows out there to sink your teeth straight into.
Whether you’re into more traditional, hand-drawn animation, or marionettes and CGI are more up your street, there is literally something for every taste, and thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll, these gravely gems are available to consume in all of their gory and gruesome goodness.
So why not make yourself (un) comfortable, lock the doors and turn on all of the lights because things are about to get a little bit … unnerving. Prepare to invest in some new underwear as we unleash upon you our pick of the 10 Best Animated Horror TV Shows of All Time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
10. Spawn: The Animated Series
Back in the 1990s, Todd McFarlane's Spawn comic book series was the crown jewel in the Image Comics library. Created in 1992, Spawn was the story of Al Simmons, a former assassin who is killed in action during a mission to Botswana.
When Simmons finds himself in Hell he strikes a bargain with the Devil that allows him to return to Earth to see his wife and son one last time, with the only proviso being that he must in turn become an unrecognisable agent of damnation known only as a Hellspawn.
Seeing the potential to milk this cash cow, Warner Bros. decided to turn Spawn into a serialised animated TV show, bringing to life the horrors of McFarlane's world in 18 wicked half hour long episodes. Spawn: The Animated Series would eventually land on HBO in 1997 and made an immediate impact on its audience.
For perhaps the first time ever, a bonafide TV network was willing to treat an animated series as a legitimate medium for grown-ups, not holding anything back when it came to sex, violence and gore. So much gore.