In what can only be be described as the best new teen series since “Stranger Things”, Hulu’s “Into The Dark” is a crafty, year-long anthology series that is frightfully rich in fun horror hijinks. It’s another terrific addition to a beautiful assemblage of TV originals on the streamer.
This Friday’s episode “Crawlers” sets the bar high for the rest of the season. A fun mish-mash of “Critters” and “Gremlins”, the St Patrick’s Day themed telemovie sees a group of youngsters pausing from partying and debauchery to battle a bunch of shape-shifting E.T’s.
While his episode – largely due to the young cast and tongue-in-cheek time – is reminiscent of Netflix’s biggest ticket right now, director Brandon Zuck’s “Crawlers” is also welcomingly reminiscent of some of the better episodes of Spielberg series “Amazing Stories”. A filmmaker with flair and an uncanny ability to draw magnetic turns from his ensemble – particularly, Jude Demorest, who is dynamite here – the “Goodbye Blue Sky” filmmaker proves himself a slick fit for the genre.
While most anthology series are hit and miss when it comes to the various eps within it, there’s not a sour apricot amongst the juicy offerings here. Each episode is uniquely different yet sublimely captivating and. These episodes, particularly “New Year, New You” and “Culture Shock” are a masterclass of acting from the young performers too.
Blumhouse has breathed new life into the horror genre, and after “Crawlers” you’ll swear they’ve reinvented TV too.