Into the Dark (TV series)

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Into the Dark
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Genre
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John Hegeman
  • Alexa Faigen
  • Alexander Koehne
  • Lauren Downey
  • Jason Blum
Producer(s)
  • Tevin Adelman
  • Scott Fort
Running time81–93 minutes
Production company(s)Blumhouse Television
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Into the Dark is an American horror anthology web television series produced for Hulu. The first season premiered on October 5, 2018, and consists of twelve feature-length episodes. Into the Dark was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 4, 2019, and also consists of twelve episodes.

The series is produced by the television branch of Blumhouse Productions, with founder Jason Blum executive producing every episode. Each episode features its own ensemble casts and director, with directors including Patrick Lussier, Nacho Vigalondo, Sophia Takal, Daniel Stamm, James Roday and Gigi Saul Guerrero contributing installments.

Into the Dark was ordered in January 2018, and has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. Each episode has starred different actors, including Tom Bateman, Dermot Mulroney, Nyasha Hatendi, Suki Waterhouse, Matt Lauria, Jimmi Simpson, Keir O'Donnell, Israel Broussard, Aurora Perrineau, Clayne Crawford, Martha Higareda, Corey Fogelmanis, Jahkara Smith, Adelaide Kane, Reign Edwards, Britt Baron, Giorgia Whigham, Felicia Day, Tina Majorino, Judy Greer, and Barry Watson.

Premise[edit]

The theme of each episode is inspired by a holiday during the month of its release.[1]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018–19)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleHolidayDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Body"HalloweenPaul DavisPaul Fisher & Paul DavisOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
A professional hitman transports his latest victim in plain sight, assuming that Halloween revelers will think that the body is part of an elaborate costume. On his way to dispose of the corpse, however, the killer becomes involved with some admirers.[1]
Cast : Tom Bateman as Wilkes, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Maggie, Aurora Perrineau as Dorothy, David Hull as Alan, Ray Santiago as Jack, Harvey Guillén as Nick, Max Adler as Officer Freer
22"Flesh & Blood"ThanksgivingPatrick LussierLouis AckermanNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)
One year after the murder of her mother, an agoraphobic girl begins to believe that danger lurks within her house.[1]
Cast : Dermot Mulroney as Henry Tooms, Diana Silvers as Kimberly Tooms, Tembi Locke as Dr. Helen Saunders, Meredith Salenger as Rose Tooms
33"Pooka!"ChristmasNacho VigalondoGerald OlsonDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
An actor takes a job as the mascot for a toy called Pooka, until discovers a malevolence side effects within the costume that begins to affect him and those around him.[2]
Cast : Nyasha Hatendi as Wilson, Latarsha Rose as Melanie, Jon Daly as Finn, Dale Dickey as Red, Jonny Berryman as Ty
44"New Year, New You"New Year's EveSophia TakalStory by : Sophia Takal & Adam Gaines
Teleplay by : Adam Gaines
December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)
A group of former childhood friends get together, and find that they have not left their past behind entirely where one of them plans revenge on the other for driving a babysitting client of hers to commit suicide.[3]
Cast : Suki Waterhouse as Alexis, Carly Chaikin as Danielle Williams, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Kaela, Melissa Bergland as Chloe
55"Down"Valentine's DayDaniel StammKent KubenaFebruary 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)
Two office workers become stuck in an elevator. Romance appears ready to blossom, until events take a dark turn.[4]
Cast : Matt Lauria as Guy / John Deakins, Natalie Martinez as Jennifer Robbins, Arnie Pantoja as Eddie, Christina Leone as Ruby, Diane Sellers as Jennifer's Co-Worker
66"Treehouse"International Women's Day
Ides of March[5][6]
James RodayJames Roday & Todd HarthanMarch 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)
Faced with a wave of bad press, a bullying celebrity chef retreats to his remote vacation home, where he finds the debts that he has incurred by his mistreatment of women will be repaid by those who know them.[5]
Cast : Jimmi Simpson as Peter Rake, Mary McCormack as Lilith, Shaunette Renée Wilson as Marie, Maggie Lawson as Becca Wheeler, Stephanie Beatriz as Elena, Julianna Guill as Kara Wheeler
77"I'm Just F*cking with You"April Fools' DayAdam MasonGregg Zehentner & Scott BarkanApril 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)
A traveler, who is secretly an Internet troll, encounters a motel manager who torments him with escalating practical jokes.[7]
Cast : Keir O'Donnell as Larry Adams, Hayes MacArthur as Chester Conklin, Jessica McNamee as Rachel Adams
88"All That We Destroy"Mother's DayChelsea StardustSean Keller & Jim AgnewMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
In an attempt to prevent her son from becoming a serial killer, a geneticist creates clones in order to allow him to repeatedly experience the same murder.[8]
Cast : Israel Broussard as Spencer Harris, Aurora Perrineau as Ashley Prime, Dora Madison as Marissa Cornell, Frank Whaley as Parker, Samantha Mathis as Dr. Victoria Harris
99"They Come Knocking"Father's DayAdam MasonShane Van Dyke & Carey Van DykeJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
A man and his two daughters take a road trip, and are attacked by inhuman forces.[8]
Cast : Clayne Crawford as Nathan, Josephine Langford as Clair, Lia McHugh as Maggie Singer, Robyn Lively as Val
1010"Culture Shock"Independence DayGigi Saul GuerreroJames Benson, Efren Hernandez and Gigi Saul GuerreroJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
A young woman illegally crosses the border from Mexico into the United States, where her American Dream turns into a nightmare where she is unaware that she and her fellow illegal immigrants are in a simulation.[8]
Cast : Martha Higareda as Marisol Ramirez, Richard Cabral as Santo Cristobal, Shawn Ashmore as Thomas, Barbara Crampton as Betty, Creed Bratton as George Atwood
1111"School Spirit"First day of schoolMike GanPatrick Casey & Josh Miller and Mike GanAugust 2, 2019 (2019-08-02)
A group of social outcasts earn themselves weekend detention, during which they discover the truth behind urban legends that haunt their school.[9]
Cast : Corey Fogelmanis as Brett, Annie Q. as Erica, Jessi Case as Lizzy, Julian Works as Vic, Philip Labes as Russ, Hugo Armstrong as Mr. Armstrong
1212"Pure"Father–Daughter DayHannah MacphersonStory by : Paul Fischer and Paul Davis
Teleplay by : Hannah Macpherson
September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
In this female coming-of-age horror story, several teen girls perform a secret ritual at a "purity retreat" and, when one of them begins to see a supernatural entity, the terrifying question emerges, what is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations.[10]
Cast : Jahkara Smith as Shay, McKaley Miller as Jo, Scott Porter as Pastor Seth, Annalisa Cochrane as Kellyann, Ciara Bravo as Lacey, Jim Klock as Kyle, T.C. Carter as Gabe

Season 2 (2019–20)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleHolidayDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
131"Uncanny Annie"HalloweenPaul DavisAlan Blake Bachelor and James BachelorOctober 4, 2019 (2019-10-04)
A group of college students become trapped in a board game that brings forth their darkest secrets and fears. To escape, they must play; to survive, they must win.[11]
Cast : Georgie Flores as Eve, Adelaide Kane as Wendy, Paige McGhee as Grace, Jacques Colimon as Craig, Dylan Arnold as Michael, Evan Bittencourt as Peter, Karlisha Hurley as Annie
142"Pilgrim"ThanksgivingMarcus DunstanMarcus Dunstan and Noah FeinbergNovember 1, 2019 (2019-11-01)
So that her family may better appreciate each other and their privilege, a woman invites historical re-enactors playing Pilgrims to spend Thanksgiving with them. However, the re-enactors may be too dedicated to their characters. Inspired by actual events.[12]
Cast : Kerr Smith as Shane, Reign Edwards as Cody, Peter Giles as Ethan, Courtney Henggeler as Anna Baker, Taj Speights as Finn, Antonio Raul Corbo as Tate
153"A Nasty Piece of Work"ChristmasCharles HoodPaul SoterDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
After a businessman discovers that he will be receiving neither a Christmas bonus nor a promotion from his corporate employer, his boss offers him an alternative opportunity for advancement—one that involves a violent competition against a rival employee.[13]
Cast : Kyle Howard as Ted, Julian Sands as Steven, Dustin Milligan as Gavin, Angela Sarafyan as Tatum, Molly Hagan as Kiwi, Natalie Hall as Missy
164"Midnight Kiss"New Year's EveCarter SmithErlingur ThoroddsenDecember 27, 2019 (2019-12-27)
A group of male, gay friends, along with a female friend, gather to a beautiful desert resort on New Year's Eve, and play a game called Midnight Kiss, as is their tradition. The purpose of the game is for each of them to find someone with whom to start the new year. When a killer tries to join in, relationships that are already stressed are further tested, and life itself becomes the prize.[14]
Cast : Augustus Prew as Cameron, Scott Evans as Joel, Ayden Mayeri as Hannah, Lukas Gage as Logan, Chester Lockhart as Zachary, Adam Faison as Dante
175"My Valentine"Valentine's DayMaggie LevinMaggie LevinFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Three people—a pop singer, her former manager/ex-boyfriend, and his new protégée/girlfriend—are locked in a small concert hall together. An airing of the grievances and emotional abuses of the past… until things turn violent.[15]
Cast : Britt Baron as Valentine Fawkes, Anna Lore as Trezzure, Benedict Samuel as Royal Briggins, Anna Akana as Julie Voccola, Ally Maki as Allison, Sachin Bhatt as Eddie
186"Crawlers"Saint Patrick's DayBrandon ZuckStory by : Catherine Wignall
Teleplay by : Catherine Wignall and Mike Gan
March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
Three unlikely friends try to work together to save a college town from a dangerous horde of body-switching aliens.[16]
Cast : Giorgia Whigham as Shauna Shore, Pepi Sonuga as Misty Carpenter, Cameron Fuller as Aaron Hampton, Olivia Liang as Yuejin, Jude Demorest as Chloe Willis
197"Pooka Lives!"Easter
Pooka Day[a]
Alejandro BruguesRyan CoppleApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
As part of a sequel to "Pooka!", a bunch of friends who knew each other from high school create their own holiday and a viral challenge revolving around the toy Pooka, the history of its creation, and the urban legend revolving around the homicide of its creator who was fired from the toy company that she worked at. When Pooka Challenge goes viral on the internet, until events turns into a living nightmare as a murderous versions of Pooka start to come to life.[17]
Cast : Felicia Day as Molly, Wil Wheaton as David, Malcolm Barrett as Derrick, Rachel Bloom as Ellie Burges, Jonah Ray as Matt, Lyndie Greenwood as Susan, Gavin Stenhouse as Bennie
208"Delivered"Mother's DayEmma TammiDirk BlackmanMay 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)
A mother-to-be's life is turned upside down when she comes to realize that somebody she knows has terrible plans for her unborn baby.[18]
Cast : Tina Majorino as Jenny Booth, Natalie Paul as Valerie Coates, Michael Cassidy as Tom, Micah Parker as Riley, Rosslyn Luke as Instructor
219"Good Boy"Pet Appreciation WeekTyler MacIntyreAaron Eisenberg and Will EisenbergJune 12, 2020 (2020-06-12)
A woman fed up with dating around decides to get an emotional support dog to help with her anxiety, but when she takes the dog home, people who are mean to her start turning up dead.[19]
Cast : Judy Greer as Maggie Glenn, Steve Guttenberg as Don, Ellen Wong as Annie Powell Morris, Elise Neal as Dr. Linda Johnson, Maria Conchita Alonso as Bea Rodriguez, McKinley Freeman as Nate, Chico the Dog
2210"The Current Occupant"Independence DayJulius RamsayAlston RamsayJuly 17, 2020 (2020-07-17)
An amnesiac man who is trapped in a psychiatric asylum suspects that he is actually the President of the United States and plans to get out.[20]
Cast : Barry Watson as Henry Cameron, Sonita Henry as Dr. Larson, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Orderly, Lilli Birdsell as Helen, Kate Cobb as Eliza, Ezra Buzzington as The Administrator, Joshua Burge as The Emperor

Production[edit]

On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Hulu had given the production a series order to consist of a first season of twelve episodes. Each episode was set to be released one month apart beginning in October 2018. The series' first twelve episodes were expected to function as standalone stories though some narrative device or structural device was expected to connect them.[21][22][23][24][25]

On May 2, 2018, it was announced that the series had been titled Into the Dark and would premiere on October 5, 2018. Davis and Fisher were announced as producers and Alexa Faigen executive producer.[1][26][27] On October 11, 2018, production designer Cecil Gentry revealed in an interview with Dead Entertainment that he was working on ten out of twelve episodes of the series.[28]

In August 2019, Into the Dark was renewed for a second season.[29] Hulu ordered nine further episodes in addition to the fifteen already ordered, bringing the total to 24 episodes. Alexander Koehne and Lauren Downey were announced as the co-showrunners and executive producers. The twelve-episode second season premiered on October 4, 2019, and was originally scheduled to run through September 2020, after the first season concluded in September 2019.[30]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On September 13, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released.[31]

Premiere[edit]

On September 21, 2018, the series held its world premiere during the annual LA Film Festival in Los Angeles, California with a screening of the episode "The Body" at the Writers Guild Theater.[32] The episode "I'm Just Fucking with You" held its world premiere during the 2019 South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas as a part of the festival's "Narrative Spotlight" series of screenings.[33]

Distribution[edit]

On October 11, 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television had acquired the international rights to the series. Sony was expected to take the series out for sale internationally and begin its sale effort at the Mipcom market in Cannes the following week.[34]

Reception[edit]

The series has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 73% approval rating.[35]

The first season holds a 73% approval rating with an average rating of 5.85/10 based on 8 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Into the Dark is a worthy horror anthology, offering viewers a selection of frightening and witty gothic tales like a tray of cobwebbed bonbons, making for a spooky Halloween treat."[36] The second season holds an 73% approval rating with an average rating of 5.91/10 based on 104 reviews.[37]


Into the Dark (season 1): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 1 (2018–19): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[36]
Into the Dark (season 2): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 2 (2019–20): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[37]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An in-universe holiday started by Pooka's cult that mirrors the Easter miracle.

References[edit]

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