Beauty is immortal, and provisional. Specious, and sensational. Rare, and therefore suspect. Donna Tartt wrote of the condition: “Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”
We are now only a year or so away from the long awaited return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult classic to television screens, and anticipation from Twin Peaks fans all over the world has never been higher. Since the return of the show was first announced last year, we’ve seen Twin Peaks inspired pop-up restaurants in the U.K., a new fan documentary called Northwest Passage, and even Twin Peaks themed nightclubs.
There’s an X-Files movie just sitting out there, ignored and unloved by the fandom because the filmmakers decided to try relaunching the series after 6 years off the air without the alien mythos being the backbone of the story. It’s time to revisit it with a new perspective, knowing there will be no aliens.
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.
Despite only running for two seasons from 1964-66, the classic television series The Munsters became a staple of American pop culture thanks to decades of re-runs in syndication. For those of you out there too young to have ever seen it, The Munsters was a black and white satire centered around an all-American sitcom family—who just so happened to be classic monsters from the Universal horror films of 1930’s and ’40s. Now a Munsters über-fan at Pop Colorture has painstakingly recolored the opening credits to the original show, and it’s great.
Thanks to its arrival on streaming platforms, the classic Robert Stack-hosted “Unsolved Mysteries” experienced something of a renaissance back in 2017, and at the time, creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer had noted (during a Reddit AMA session) that they were pitching networks on the idea of making brand new episodes of the show.
“We are actively talking to a couple of broadcasters who have shown interest, and we’re very optimistic that we’ll have something by way of new episodes by the end of the year,” Cosgrove subsequently told Decider in 2017. “It’s too early to go into much detail, but we’ve had our research producers look into possible stories and they’ve found some excellent ones which can be ready to go quickly.”
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.
Zachary Quinto, is that you, bro? It is indeed the artist occasionally known as Nu Spock. Buried underneath all that old geezer makeup is Quinto in EW’s exclusive first look at AMC’s adaptation of the Joe Hill novel NOS4A2. In the series, which premieres sometime in 2019, Quinto plays the villainous Charlie Manx – a vampire-esque antagonist who basically sucks the souls out of children keep himself looking young and spry. Using his supernatural Rolls Royce Wraith (which has a vanity plate reading “NOS4A2” – like Nosferatu), he takes the kiddos to a hellscape known as “Christmasland,” where they become dead-eyed, murderous little shits that do his evil bidding. Enter Vic McQueen (played in the series by Ashleigh Cummings), a young woman whose wildly creative mind may hold the key to stopping Manx.
Based on Entertainment Weekly’s description of the plot, the series might diverge from the source material quite a bit:
Ashleigh Cummings plays the show’s heroine Vic McQueen, who is about to enter her senior year at a high school in Massachusetts. “She’s a working-class kid who has such a creative mind that it actually gives her a kind of superpower,” says showrunner Jami O’Brien. “Charlie Manx becomes aware of her and realizes that she may be bad news for him, so he has to figure out pretty quickly what to do about her.”
NBC has put in development a supernatural drama based on The Black Tapes podcast, from Emerald City co-creator Matthew Arnold, podcast creators Paul Bae and Terry Miles, Entertainment 360 and Universal TV.
Written and executive produced by Arnold, Bae and Miles, The Black Tapes adaptation follows a journalist’s investigations into the unexplained supernatural mysteries caught on tape by a skeptical scientist. Each week the two of them embark on a journey exploring the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.
Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner executive produce for 360 Productions. Universal TV is the studio.
In the podcast, host Alex Reagan narrates a nonfiction-styled fictional story over multiple episodes, using a format that has been compared to Serial. The story begins as a biography of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand, an “evangelical skeptic” on a mission to debunk all claims of the supernatural. Reagan becomes interested in his collection of unsolved cases, which she begins calling his “Black Tapes,” and the podcast evolves into an exploration of these cases, paranormal culture, and the mysterious life of Dr. Strand.