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: Into the Dark Hulu & Blumhouse Series Ep 1 "The Body" Review
On Episode 335 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Episode 1 of Blumhouse's new series for Hulu, Into the Dark, "The Body".
In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.
"The Body" is inspired by Halloween, written by Paul FIscher and Paul Davis, directed by Davis, based on their short of the same title. A sophisticated hitman (Tom Bateman) with a cynical view on Los Angeles and modern society selfie culture, finds himself in a difficult situation when a group of party goers, thinking the body he's carrying is part of a costume, insist he accompanies them to a Halloween party. Unbeknownst to the group, particularly Maggie (Rebbecca Rittenhouse) who has become enamored with him, this Killer doesn't have a change of heart.
"The Body" lacks any of the standard elements that excite even casual horror fans. There's no intrigue or mystery. The plot is silly and confusing, at one point The Hitman is separated from The Body and the group decides to transport it themselves, all over the streets, for what reason? No idea. The acting is mediocre. Bateman is the most reconizable most recently seen in Kenneth Branagh's remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. His performance is not convincing. Alfie Allen aka Theon from Game of Thrones played the part in the original short and was far superior in the role. There are episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that are much better than this film. There is very little payoff in terms of gore, only at the end do we get anything resembling classic horror gore. If this is the best of the series, it's not likely to entice new Hulu subscribers. We will reserve judgment as we haven't seen all of the episodes yet and some of them have some name stars like Dermot Mulroney. It feels a bit like Jason Blum had a bunch of scripts and none of them were quite good enough to greenlight as features on their own so they put together this anthology. Here's hoping we're wrong.
"The Body", Ep 1, Into the Dark, is available to stream on Hulu beginning October 5, 2018.
Additionally in this episode we highlight the top Halloween Haunts in the US 2018, Netherworld, The Queen Mary, Salem's Haunted Happenings and more!
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