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 seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
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 that premiered on October 5, 2018, on Hulu. The series consists of twelve feature-length episodes, each released a month apart, that center on a holiday found in the month they are released. 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, Patrick Casey and Josh Miller contributing installments.

Premise[edit]

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

The first episode 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 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] The third episode follows "Wilson, an actor whose life turns upside down when he agrees to play the mascot for a popular new toy."[2]

The fourth episode centers on "a group of old high school friends who reunite in a house for New Year’s Eve, where they’re forced to confront traumas from their past."[3] The fifth episode begins when "a pair of office workers get trapped in an elevator over a long Valentine’s Day weekend, but what at first promises to be a romantic connection turns dangerous and horrifying."[4] The sixth episode tells the story of "celebu-chef, Peter Rake, who tries to escape a recent wave of negative tabloid exposure by retreating to his family’s vacation estate in the woods. But the ghosts of Peter’s past are everywhere and debts will be settled. Soon, he realizes that a woman’s place is anywhere that she chooses to be."[5]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleHolidayDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Body"HalloweenPaul DavisPaul Fisher & Paul DavisOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)

On Halloween, a professional hitman kills his target and wraps it up like a mummy to dispose of it. On his way to dispose of the body, he finds himself dragged to a Halloween party.


Cast: Tom Bateman as Wilkes, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Maggie, Aurora Perrineau as Dorothy, David Hull as Allan, Ray Santiago as Jack, Harvey Guillen as Nick, Max Adler as Officer Freer
2"Flesh & Blood"ThanksgivingPatrick LussierLouis AckermanNovember 2, 2018 (2018-11-02)

On Thanksgiving, an agoraphobic girl gets suspicious of her father's dark motives involving missing girls.


Cast: Dermot Mulroney as Henry Tooms, Diana Silvers as Kimberly Tooms, Tembi Locke as Dr. Helen Saunders, Meredith Salenger as Rose Tooms
3"Pooka!"ChristmasNacho VigalondoGerald OlsonDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)

On Christmas, an unemployed actor is offered to be the mascot for the Pooka toy. Though the costume starts to affect him on it's "naughty" mode.


Cast: Nyasha Hatendi as Wilson, Latarsha Rose as Melanie, Jon Daly as Finn, Dale Dickey as Red, Jonny Berryman as Ty
4"New Year, New You"New YearSophia TakalStory by : Sophia Takal & Adam Gaines
Teleplay by : Adam Gaines
December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)

On New Year's Eve, a babysitter plans revenge on a content creator for bullying a girl enough for her to commit suicide.


Cast: Suki Waterhouse as Alexis, Carly Chaikin as Danielle, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Kayla, Melissa Bergland as Chloe
5"Down"Valentine's DayDaniel StammKent KubenaFebruary 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)

In a high-rise office on Valentine's Day, a male and female office worker are stuck in an elevator after working late as the woman discovers that the man is actually the building's security guard that has been stalking her.


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
6"Treehouse"Ides of MarchJames RodayJames Roday & Todd HarthanMarch 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)

On the Ides of March, a bullying celebrity chef evading bad press is targeted by a group of "witches" who seek to punish him for his crimes against women with photo evidences of him inside an old treehouse.


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
7"I'm Just F*cking with You"April Fools' DayAdam MasonGregg Zehentner & Scott BarkanApril 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)

On April Fool's Day, a young man and his sister stay at a secluded motel where they endure a series of practical jokes that are frightful.


Cast: Keir O'Donnell as Larry Adams, Hayes MacArthur as Chester Conklin, Jessica McNamee as Rachel Adams
8"All That We Destroy"[6]Mother's DayChelsea StardustSean Keller & Jim AgnewMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)

On Mother's Day, a geneticist discovers that her son has the tendencies of a serial killer. In order to find a cure, she creates clones for him to release his violent urges.


Cast: Israel Broussard, Aurora Perrineau, Dora Madison, Frank Whaley, Samantha Mathis
9"They Come Knocking"[6]Father's DayAdam MasonShane Van Dyke & Carey Van DykeJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Cast: Clayne Crawford, Josephine Langford, Lia McHugh, Robyn Lively
10"Culture Shock"[6]Independence DayGigi Saul GuerreroJames Benson, Efren Hernandez and Gigi Saul GuerreroJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)
Cast: Martha Higareda, Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton, Creed Bratton
11"School Spirit"[7]First day of schoolPatrick Casey & Josh MillerPatrick Casey & Josh MillerAugust 2, 2019 (2019-08-02)
12TBATBATBATBASeptember 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)[8]

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 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.[9][10][11][12][13]

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 announced as producers and Alexa Faigen executive producer. 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][14][15] 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, that an episode centered on Christmas titled "Pooka" would air in December, and that an episode centered around April Fools' Day titled "I'm Just Fucking with You" would air in April.[16] That same day, it was reported that "I'm Just Fucking with You" would be directed by Adam Mason from a script by Gregg Zehentner and Scott Barkan. It additionally reported that an episode titled "School Spirit" would premiere in August 2019 and be directed by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller.[7] On November 27, 2018, it was reported that an episode titled "New Year, New You" would air in January 2019, an episode centered on Valentine's Day and titled "Down" would air in February, and that an episode titled "Treehouse" would air in March.[17] On December 7, 2018, it was reported that Sophia Takal had directed "New Year, New You" from a script written by Adam Gaines. The episode was now expected to premiere on December 28, 2018.[3] On December 18, 2018, it was reported that Daniel Stamm would direct "Down" from a script written by Kent Kubena and that it would premiere on February 1, 2019. It was also announced that James Roday would write and direct "Treehouse" and that it would premiere on March 1, 2019. [18][5] On February 11, 2019, it was reported that an episode centered on Mother's Day and titled "All That We Destroy" had been directed by Chelsea Stardust from a script by Sean Keller and Jim Agnew and that it would premiere on May 3, 2019.[19]

Casting[edit]

Simultaneously with the announcement of the series premiere, it was confirmed that Tom Bateman, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Aurora Perrineau, David Hull, and Ray Santiago would star in the series' first episode and that Dermot Mulroney, Diana Silvers, and Tembi Locke would star in the second episode.[1][14][15] On November 12, 2018, it was announced that the third episode would star Nyasha Hatendi.[20] On December 7, 2018, it was reported that the fourth episode would star Suki Waterhouse, Carly Chaikin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Melissa Bergland.[3] On December 18, 2018, it was reported that the fifth episode would star Natalie Martinez, Matt Lauria, Arnie Pantoja, Diane Sellers, and Christina Leone and that the sixth episode would star Jimmi Simpson, Mary McCormack, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Maggie Lawson, Stephanie Beatriz, Julianna Guill, Michael Weston, Amanda Walsh, Sutton Foster, and Cass Bugge.[18][5] On January 16, 2019, it was announced that Keir O'Donnell, Hayes MacArthur, and Jessica McNamee would star in the seventh episode.[21] On February 11, 2019, it was reported that Samantha Mathis, Israel Broussard, Aurora Perrineau, Dora Madison, and Frank Whaley would star in the eighth episode.[19] On April 12, 2019, it was announced that Martha Higareda, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton, Felipe de Lara, and Creed Bratton will joined Richard Cabral in the tenth episode Culture Shock.[22]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On September 13, 2018, the first trailer for the series was released, advertising the premiere episode "The Body".[23] On October 1, 2018, a second trailer for the episode was released.[24] On October 24, 2018, a trailer for the episode "Flesh and Blood" was released.[25] On November 26, 2018, a trailer for the episode "Pooka!" was released.[26] On December 6, 2018, a clip from "Pooka!" was released.[27] On December 12, 2018, a series of images from "New Year, New You" were released.[28] Five days later, the official trailer for the episode was released.[29] On December 23, 2018, a series of still images from the episode "Down" were released.[30]

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.[31] The episode "I'm Just Fucking with You" is scheduled to hold 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.[21]

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.[32]

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 67% approval rating with an average rating of 5.65 out of 10 based on 7 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."[33]

Into the Dark (season 1): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 1 (2018–19): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[34]

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