Riverdale brought a new identity and dark exploration to the characters of the Archie comics, creating an entirely different world steeped in deceit, secrets, murder, and tantalizing mayhem. While it has formed its own identity, it was heavily inspired and continuously pays homage to Twin Peaks among many other murder mysteries and horror classics. Like Twin Peaks, the story of Riverdale begins with a body washing up on shore, causing the mystery and whirlwind of fragile secrets in this seemingly sleepy little town to be unleashed. While part of the show’s charm is how it has achieved genre meshing, creating an infectious tone and style all its own, the show is at its most enthralling when it embraces its sinister roots and honors horror films that have come before. It offers self-aware horror with characters commenting on the parallels and perspective the twisted events that fall on them hold to horror films. Many of the episodes are even named after iconic horror films and shows. Riverdale has featured an array of human evil from cult leaders to drug-fueled hypnosis to vigilante killers, even revealing the dark potential of the most seemingly caring and pure of hearts. In turn, it also honors the fight and determination of our characters who repeatedly uncover and face this evil down, refusing to let it defeat them or take their home away from them. Riverdale has continuously offered sensational, enthralling, and telling horror that has greatly added to the appeal of the show and the character’s journey.