Into the Dark (TV series)

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Into the Dark
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Genre
Composer(s) The Newton Brothers
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John Hegeman
  • Paul Davis
  • Paul Fisher
  • Alexa Faigen
  • Jason Blum
Producer(s)
  • Jeanine Rohn
  • Tevin Adelman
Cinematography Scott Winig
Editor(s) Nathan Easterling
Running time 82 minutes
Production company(s) Blumhouse Television
Release
Original network Hulu
Original release October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Into the Dark is an American horror anthology web television series that premiered on October 5, 2018 on Hulu.

Premise[edit]

Each episode of the series is inspired by a holiday from the month in which it is released.[1]

The first episode, "The Body", is set in "the selfie culture of Los Angeles on Halloween night" and follows "a sophisticated, overconfident hitman who always carries out his work in style."[1]

The second episode, "Flesh & Blood", takes place on Thanksgiving when "a year after her mother's death, Kimberly begins to suspect that she is in danger in the home, but she can't leave and doesn't know whom she can trust."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episode: The Body[edit]

Episode: Flesh & Blood[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Body"Paul DavisPaul Fisher & Paul DavisOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
2"Flesh & Blood"Patrick Lussier[1]Louis Ackerman[2]November 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)

Production[edit]

Development[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 is set to be released one month apart beginning in October 2018. The series does not currently have writers or producers attached yet. The show's first twelve episodes are expected to function as standalone stories though some narrative device or structural device is expected to connect them.[3][4][5][6][7]

On May 2, 2018, it was announced that the series had been titled Into the Dark and would premiere on October 5, 2018 with an episode entitled The Body, directed by Paul Davis who co-wrote the script with Paul Fisher. Davis and Fisher were also expected to produce and Alexa Faigen to executive produce. Additionally, the series' second episode was announced as well with the title Flesh & Blood, Patrick Lussier directing, and a release date of November 2, 2018.[1][8][9]

Casting[edit]

Simultaneously with the announcement of the series premiere, it was confirmed that Tom Bateman and Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau, David Hull, and Ray Santiago would star in the series' first episode and that Dermot Mulroney, Dana Silver, and Tembi Locke would star in the second episode.[1][8][9]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On September 13, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released, advertising the premiere episode "The Body".[10] On October 1, 2018, a second trailer for the episode was released.[11]

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.[12]

Reception[edit]

The series was met with a positive response upon its premiere with most critics reviewing the first and/or second episodes. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 80% approval rating with an average rating of 6.78 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.[13]

In a positive review, Screen Rant's Kevin Yeoman praised the first episode saying, "The pacing is swift, the action is bloody and well choreographed — especially the showdown in a funeral home — and the characters (i.e., the victims) all have just the right sort of personalities that make them feel relatable and somewhat likable, but watching them be picked off one by one is still a lot of fun."[14] In a more mixed assessment, Variety's Daniel D'Addario criticized the series, calling the premiere "not good", and panning the acting, over-reliance on gore, and ineffectual twist ending. However, he did concede that the series might appeal to its intend fanbase saying, "But its willingness to play its own game, to be tawdry and cheap in a streaming landscape in which bigger and bolder statements are made, generally, over the course of stately 10- or 13-episode seasons, feels like something unusual, something worth noting even as only diehards may delight in it."[15]

In a more outright negative critique, Paste's Jacob Oller gave "The Body" a rating of 3.7 out of 10 and said, "The fundamental problem is that overwritten dialogue has been brought in to compensate for the simple, clever, yet underwritten premise to eat up time. It all adds up to boredom when the potential scenarios to come out of said premise—or the settings—aren't explored."[16] In another unfavorable evaluation, The Los Angeles Times's Lorraine Ali referred to the series as more "chill than chilling" and stated that the first episode "quickly devolves from creepy to irritating thanks to 80 long minutes to fill, a plot with few surprises and an overwrought love affair with B-movie horror."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Sprague, Mike (May 2, 2018). "Must-Read: Hulu and Blumhouse's Year-Round Horror Series Gets Tons of New Info - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (August 13, 2018). "[First Look] Hulu's Anthology Horror Series "Into the Dark" Premieres October 5th - Bloody Disgusting". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Holloway, Daniel (January 9, 2018). "Hulu Orders Monthly Horror Anthology From Blumhouse TV (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Mudano, Mike (January 9, 2018). "Hulu Orders New Monthly Horror Anthology Series From Blumhouse Television". Paste. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan (January 9, 2018). "Hulu and the Studio Behind Get Out to Haunt You With New Horror Anthology Series". Vulture. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Baxter, Joseph (January 9, 2018). "Hulu Orders Horror Anthology Series from Blumhouse Productions". Den of Geek. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Squires, John (January 9, 2018). "Hulu and Blumhouse Partner for Unique Monthly Horror Anthology Series - Bloody Disgusting". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Patterson, Adreon (May 2, 2018). "Hulu Renews The Handmaid's Tale, Announces Three New Shows". Paste. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Villarreal, Yvonne (May 2, 2018). "Hulu gives series order to Mindy Kaling's 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' TV adaptation — and unveils other programming news". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (September 13, 2018). "'Into the Dark' Trailer: Blumhouse Teases A Year's Worth of Horrific Holidays on Hulu — Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Griffin, David (October 1, 2018). "Hulu's Into the Dark: 'The Body' - Exclusive Trailer Debut for New Horror Anthology Show". IGN. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (August 22, 2018). "Tiffany Haddish-Ike Barinholtz Comedy 'The Oath' to Premiere at LA Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Into the Dark: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  14. ^ Yeoman, Kevin (October 5, 2018). "Hulu Get Into the Horror Business With Into the Dark". Screen Rant. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  15. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (September 21, 2018). "TV Review: 'Into the Dark: The Body' on Hulu". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  16. ^ Oller, Jacob (October 5, 2018). "Into the Dark Gets Off to an Embarrassingly Bad Start with "The Body"". Paste. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Ali, Lorraine (October 5, 2018). "Review: Hulu's monthly horror anthology 'Into The Dark' is more chill than chilling - Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2018.

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