Netflix is turning Joe Ballarini’s three-book series A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting into a family film, Deadline reports today, with Rachel Talalay (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl) set to direct. Ballarini himself will be writing the adaptation.
We’re just over a month away from the return of Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,“ which is being referred to not exactly as “Season 2” but rather “Part 2.” In any event, all that really matters is that we’re getting brand new episodes, and Netflix’s @SeeWhatsNext Twitter account today provides us with the very first images from those new episodes.
It’s happening. Haunting of Hill House is officially returning to Netflix for a Season 2. The streaming service announced the news on Thursday, Feb. 21, with a creepy new Haunting Season 2 teaser that confirmed that Season 2 won’t continue the story of the Crain family. In fact, it seems like it won’t even continue the story of Hill House at all. Instead, Haunting of Hill House Season 2 will be known as The Haunting of Bly Manor. Fans of gothic literature will recognize Bly Manor as the location of the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw. And, if you’re sad to see Hill House go, rest assured that Bly Manor is just as terrifying of a place.
I am such a fan of Shirley Jackson’s book The Haunting of Hill House, it’s required reading for any self-respecting horror fan. So when I heard that when a TV show adaptation was happening, I was excited. Until I saw that it wasn’t an adaptation it was a remake, a complete re-imagining of the original book. I resentfully watched the show and in what must have been 20 minutes, I was hooked. There were so many easter eggs for fans of the original 1959 movie and the book, that I was satisfied the filmmakers cared for Jackson’s vision and weren’t trying to disrespect her.
By episode 6, I was so invested in the show and the characters, but also the filmmaking which was so much more in-depth than most tv shows. The movement backward and forward in time in a narrative sense is hard to do, nonetheless with child actors. See the video below for how the cinematographers and filmmakers pulled it off.
Black Panther. If Beale Street Could Talk. Blackkklansman. Widows. Sorry to Bother You. Kin.
2018 was a GREAT year for black led, directed, and produced works, but 2019 looks like it’s going to be an even BIGGER year. Here are some of the movies that I’m most looking forward to in 2019.
2019 may be shaping up to be one hell of a year for horror on the big screen, but what about the small screen? Though not as stacked as the slate of feature films heading our way, there’s still a lot of new and very intriguing horror TV series on the horizon. Book and comic adaptations, new seasons of beloved Netflix series, and more. Here are 10 horror series we’re looking forward to this year.
Everyone thought it would be Bird Box’s crown, but actually Netflix’s first triumph of 2019 is the bingeable, creepy, Gossip-Girl-gone-wrong series, You.
Originally released on the Lifetime entertainment channel last September, You’s 10-episode series follows handsome Joe Goldberg as he meets Guinevere Beck by chance in the bookstore he manages, before pursuing her and eventually falling in love. It sounds like your average indie-movie meet cute, but this one comes with a twist. Told from Joe’s perspective, You is actually the story of a psychopathic, emotionally abusive, murderous (sorry, spoilers) stalker, who will stop at nothing to make Guinevere totally dependent on him.
The decision to narrate You mostly from the abuser’s perspective is clever — it invites the viewer into Joe’s mind from the beginning, showing us how he can rationalise his awful behaviour with inner monologues that sound increasingly like something you’d read on an incel subreddit or in 4chan’s darkest neckbeard corners. The result is part Gone Girl, part American Psycho, all horrifyingly disconcerting because of how easily it is to slip into Joe’s way of thinking and even to sympathise with him. Horror really takes on another layer when it makes you complicit with a killer, and that uncomfortable complicity is deliberate, according to author Caroline Kepnes, who wrote the novel on which You is based.
“We relate to [Joe’s thoughts] because we all get that way. We all feel like the world is against us. Unlike Joe, we don’t act on it,” the author told Refinery29 last year.
On the Solstice, after finally becoming an official member of the Church of Night, Sabrina decides to continue to flaunt her lack of respect for authority by seeking to summon the spirit of her mother. Diana was established to be stuck in mortal limbo last season.
A Midwinter’s Tale does the work of a Christmas special in the sense that the storyline is not too heavy, but it does carry on some important plot elements and works as a bridge for the upcoming season two of the series. Mostly through exploring what the status quo for all of Sabrina’s relationships shall be.
The Dark Crystal first entered the pop-culture fray as a fantastical theatrical offering during the 1982 Christmas season.
Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, featuring then-groundbreaking animatronics and imaginative creatures from Henson’s Creature Shop, the Tolkien-esque fantasy film earned its share of fans, but was hardly a box-office smash. However, its fandom has apparently endured enough to warrant Netflix’s greenlight for offshoot series The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance.
Netflix has given a 10-episode series order for The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, which will serve as a prequel, set, as they put it, “many years” before the events of the original 1982 movie, and a new behind the scenes pic shared by creature designer Tim Clarke reveals that this thing is going to be as old school as it gets…