We’re experiencing a golden age of terrifying television with the rise of The Walking Dead, Grimm and American Horror Story and the shuddering success of Fear Factor, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. Grisly forensic crime dramas and last decade’s horror-cinema explosion have helped fuel this fear phenomenon, but before the current wave of shows emerged, there were many vintage series that delivered scary shenanigans to enthrall us. Here are five of the best you can rent now.

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THRILLER (1960–1962)
Stephen King proclaimed it the best horror show ever. Featuring gleefully grim intros by Boris Karloff, these black-and-white suspense and terror tales will get under your skin, particularly “The Grim Reaper” with William Shatner.
 

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NIGHT GALLERY (1969–1973)
After the legendary Twilight Zone, Rod Serling conjured this unnerving collection of macabre and supernatural stories. The Satanic episode featuring Bill Bixby and Vincent Price is wonderfully lurid and tongue-in-cheek.
 

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KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (1974–1975)
This well-written supernatural series was a big influence on
The X-Files and found intrepid reporter Darren McGavin pursuing monsters, spooks and ghouls in Chicago. It turns out mythical tabloid creatures are real.
 

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HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR (1980)
The legendary Hammer Film Productions studio concocted this short-lived collection of deliciously gothic horror fare, including Peter Cushing as a pet-store owner with a demented pastime.
 

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TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE (1983–1988)
George Romero’s low-budget anthology veered from the campy to the creepy with its twisted and often clever scenarios. Many future stars cut their teeth (and other things) here.