A new horror from the mind behind The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Netflix, Creepshow returns to Shudder, Star Wars finally gets a proper anime series and more in this week’s guide
‘Midnight Mass’ (Netflix)
From one of the modern masters of horror, Mike Flanagan, Midnight Mass is a religious and existential themed journey that just might the filmmakers best work yet, and that’s saying something for the man who made The Haunting of Hill House. The seven episode series follows a man named Riley (Zach Gilford) who, along with his childhood friend Erin (Kate Siegel), returns to his childhood home of Crockett Island after years of running away. Their arrival coincides with that of Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) a lively new priest who takes over at the town’s only church to spread the good word – maybe a little too well. Miracles begin to happen in the small community, ones both amazing and horrifying, and there’s always a price to be paid in the end.
Read full Knotfest write-up: ‘Midnight Mass’ is the Perfect Halloween Binge Watch
‘Bad Candy’ (VOD)
Starring none other than Corey Taylor, Bad Candy is a slick new horror anthology out just in time for the season. Taylor plays a radio DJ that goes by Chilly Billy in the town of New Salem, where strange and horrifying things seem to happen just about every day. With co-host Paul (Zach Galligan), Chilly Billy shares spooky tales and legends of the town, each one more horrifying than the last.
Read full Knotfest write-up: ‘Bad Candy’ Kicks Off the Halloween Season
‘Creepshow (Season 3)’ (Shudder)
The classic horror anthology series by Stephen King and George A. Romero was finally brought back from the dead in 2019 thanks to Shudder, delighting fans and capturing the spirit of the original films. Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero, who is best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Creepshow’s third season features all new horrifying tales. A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page…
‘Star Wars: Visions’ (Disney+)
Visions is an upcoming anthology series that will see the galaxy far, far away through the lens of bold and visceral Japanese anime. It will comprise of nine short films created by a different animation studio for each chapter, giving every episode its own unique visual style while still adhering to the familiar Star Wars imagery. The English voice cast boasts some notable names that include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Temuera Morrison, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Kyle Chandler, Karen Fukuhara, David Harbour and more.
‘Doom Patrol’ (Season 3)’ (HBO Max)
Starring Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Joivan Wade as Cyborg, Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Abigail Shapiro as Dorothy, and the legendary Timothy Dalton as The Chief, Season 3 of Doom Patrol is primed to explode. Dorothy’s battle with the Candlemaker reaches its climax and the Doom Patrol suffers a tragic loss. In the aftermath, the team go their separate ways as they struggle with their identities when the arrival of Madame Rouge in a time machine sets them on a new path.
Down and out backup singer and celebrity ex-husband Kasper (Valter Skarsgård) is invited to compete in the Funhouse, an online ‘Big Brother’ style reality show. To rebrand his image and tarnished reputation, Kasper reluctantly accepts the offer. Together with 7 other C-list celebrities from around the globe he will compete for the prize of 5 million dollars. At first, the Funhouse is just as the name suggests, full of wild times, budding friendships, love connections and brewing rivalries. To everyone’s surprise, the fun quickly turns into misery when the first challenge leaves one of the contestants brutally murdered. Things get worse from there for the contestants very quickly.
‘Hammer House of Horror’ (Shudder)
Hammer House of Horror is a horror anthology series that ran on British television in 1980. Consisting of thirteen distinct episodes, the series told ghoulish tales of serial killers, witches, ghosts, werewolves and more. The entire series is now streaming exclusively on Shudder and is not one to be missed.
‘Dark Skies’ (Netflix)
Produced by Blumhouse, Dark Skies is a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret (Josh Hamilton and Keri Russell) witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.
I’m sorry for this one, but come on. Classic killer clown movie. Meet Stitches (Ross Noble). He’s the sleaziest clown on Ireland’s children’s party circuit. But when a bunch of unpleasant brats tie his shoelaces together, Stitches tumbles over and is finished off by a large kitchen knife. Many years later, those same nasty kids are now teenagers attending a more adult bash. What they don’t know is that a sinister black magic clown cult has resurrected Stitches. Bent on vengeance, this uninvited guest won’t rest until his tormentors have all died horribly.
Freida Pinto stars in this upcoming Netflix thriller as Meera, a woman looking for a fresh start with her husband Henry (Logan Marshall-Green) by moving to a small town and a new home. But this attempt at bliss comes crashing down when their home gets broken into, leaving Meera traumatized and increasingly suspicious of everyone around her. Directed by Adam Salky, Intrusion is sure to be full of secrets, surprises and nail-biting suspense.
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‘What If…?’ (Disney+)
The very first animated series from Marvel Studios, What If…? runs wild and plays loose with the sprawling cinematic universe that everyone knows. The series dives into the multiverse to show a variety of different timelines where major moments from the MCU play out differently, such as Agent Carter receiving the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers, Killmonger rescuing Tony Stark before he’s ever kidnapped by terrorists, and even an episode that involves superhero zombies. With a gorgeous cel-shaded animation style and an infinite amount of exciting and weird directions the show can go in, it’s sure to be a hit for Marvel fans. The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘Reservation Dogs’ (Hulu)
Created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, Reservation Dogs details the lives of four Indigenous teenagers – played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Deverey Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor – in rural Oklahoma. The kids steal, rob, and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious, and faraway land of California, where they hope to find better lives. It’s consistently hilarious, moving, and eye-opening. All eight episodes of the first season are now streaming.
‘Only Murders in the Building’ (Hulu)
A wonderfully timely take on our nation’s ongoing obsession with true crime, Only Murders in the Building has been receiving glowing reviews since its first episodes aired. The series stars Steve Martin (who created it alongside John Hoffman), Martin Short and Selena Gomez as three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another. Soon, the endangered trio comes to realize a killer might be living among them as they race to decipher the mounting clues before it’s too late. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Y: The Last Man’ (Hulu)
Adapted from the hit comic book series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, this series from Eliza Clark expands and even challenges to source material to create something even greater. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a man named Yorick Brown (Ben Schnetzer) is the last surviving male human on the planet. The series follows Yorick as he traverses the new world, as its survivors struggle with their losses and attempt to restore world society—led by Yorick’s mother, who is the new U.S. President Jennifer Brown (Diane Lane). The first four episodes are now steaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Grown Ups’, ‘Bangkok Breaking’, ‘Blood & Water’, ‘Ganglands’, ‘Jailbirds New Orleans’, ‘Venetta: Truth, Lies and the Mafia’
Hulu – ‘An American Haunting’
Shudder – ‘The Devil’s Rain’, ‘Extraordinary Tales’, ‘13 Cameras’
HBO Max – ‘The People v. The Klan’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, ‘Official Secrets’, ‘Destination Wedding’, ‘Smaller and Smaller Circles’
Hulu – ‘Gemini’, ‘Minor Premise’, ‘New Order’
Shudder – ‘Phantasm’, ‘Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead’, ‘Phantasm IV: Oblivion’, ‘Phantasm Ravager’, ‘Seance’
HBO Max – ‘Promising Young Woman’, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’
Amazon Prime Video – ‘Despicable Me 2’, ‘Sorry to Bother You’
Disney+ – ‘The Simpsons (Season 32)’