3 Scary New Series Coming to Netflix Soon
Into the Dark
Series Premieres, Friday, Oct. 5, Hulu
Creepy Casting: Tom Bateman and Rebecca Rittenhouse star in the premiere of this monthly holiday-driven anthology. First up: Halloween!
Main Monsters: Bateman plays a hit man lugging his victim through the L.A. streets. “He’s hiding in plain sight,” teases Jeremy Gold, copresident of production company Blumhouse TV.
Fearful Influences: The show takes known horror tropes and “turns them on their ear,” Blumhouse co-president Marci Wiseman says. “Black Mirror is a reference we use a lot.”
Series Premieres, Friday, Oct. 26, Netflix
Creepy Casting: The Archieverse’s half-witch, half-mortal is played by Mad Men vet Kiernan Shipka in this dark coming-of-age tale.
Main Monsters: Sabrina’s big antagonist is the Dark Lord, an evil force like those in folk tales. “We see the devil in many incarnations,” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says.
Fearful Influences: Not Melissa Joan Hart’s TGIF series! This Sabrina looks to Aguirre-Sacasa’s original graphic novel and adds retro vibes in the vein of The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby.
Series Premieres, Friday, Oct. 12, Netflix
Creepy Casting: The 10-episode drama features an impressive cast, with Timothy Hutton, Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman and Carla Gugino.
Main Monsters: The house…and those living in it. “The best scares are born of the characters themselves — their secrets, insecurities and fears,” says creator Mike Flanagan.
Fearful Influences: The story, from Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, “is iconic and was adapted perfectly [as a movie] in 1963,” Flanagan says. “Our story is really its own thing.”
This article also appeared in the Sept 3 - 16 issue of TV Guide Magazine.