Eerie, chilling and darkly, Hulu’s Into The Dark ticks all the boxes for creepy, terrifying fun dedicated audiences won’t get enough of. The horror anthology web series first aired on the 5th of October 2018 and was the product of a partnership between Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television and the streaming service Hulu.
Blumhouse, who were no strangers to making horror flicks notable of which were Paranormal Activity and The Purge franchise, had approached Hulu with a proposition to make them a horror film they could air to their subscribers. The film in question turned out to be a collection of twelve, 90-minute story-thrillers that would make up one season and fit conveniently into the cycle of a year.
The partnership proved satisfactory and since its launch, subscribers of the show have been treated to a monthly serving of oven-hot, spine-chillers that have satisfied their yearning and have met many expectations.
In August 2019, Into The Dark was renewed for a second season to consist of twelve episodes, which will bring the total number of episodes to 24. It premiered on October 4, 2019, and will run all through to September 2020, meaning ardent followers have almost an entire upcoming year of monthly entertainment to look forward to.
In order to know a little more about the show, here are 5 things audiences will find interesting.
5 Fascinating Things About Hulu’s Horror Omnibus, ‘Into The Dark’
1. Critical response has been mostly positive
Granted, a number of weak spots continue to trail the show which will do well to be improved upon, its reception upon release had been largely warm and continues to be. Season 1 saw a 73% approval rating with an average rating of 5.82. Season 2 holds a 57% approval rating.
For a show with some highs and very obvious lows, seeming hits and misses, these figures aren’t exactly disastrous to go on with.
2. Each episode is inspired by a prominent holiday or event of the month it is released
Not only did the producers of Into the Dark decide on an interesting strategy when putting together the project by agreeing that each season will consist of 12 episodes that will spread evenly throughout the year, they also ensured that each of those episodes will have plots loosely based on the holiday present in those very months. Thus, there is a Halloween-themed episode, an Independence Day and a Daughter’s Day-themed episode. This unique and clever approach was to help keep things exciting.
3. Into the Dark is filled with talent, in crew and cast
Daniel Stamm whose directorial work includes The Last Exorcism, directed the Valentine-themed Episode 5 of Season 1 “Down”. For Season 2 Episode 1 “Uncanny Annie”, have the likes of Adelaide Kane of The Purge, Evan Bittencourt of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Jacques Colimon of The Society and Georgie Flores of Dumplin all starring in it.
Also part of the successful TV project are the crew of rising actors, actresses, established and upcoming directors like Hannah Macpherson. Season 2 is expected to bring in even more talents.
4. One of the show’s episodes is inspired by a true event
The horror web series is entirely fiction, at least it has been for the past 13 episodes. However, Season 2’s second episode titled “Pilgrim” is a slight deviation from the norm.
Based on true events, this Thanksgiving-themed episode centers on a family who invites pilgrims into their home on thanksgiving to help them bond. But as these strangers begin to reveal their true characters, they start wishing they had never allowed them in, in the first place.
Season 2 Episode 2 of Into the Dark is directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by himself and Noah Feinbe.
5. Jason Blum produces every episode
Founder of the successful production house Blumhouse Television is much a part of the show as everyone else. Jason Blum remains the executive producer of every episode of Into the Dark since its inception. Although this may not come as a total surprise considering he has co-produced other Blumhouse productions like Paranormal Activity, the fact that he continues to be heavily involved in projects that originate from his stable says a lot about his passion and love for what he does.
The American movie producer born in Los Angeles, California has been active in film production since 1995. TV series like The Normal Heart and Sharp Objects are just two of the many award-winning shows he has produced.