This Friday, another episode of Into the Dark will drop on Hulu and I had the opportunity to interview the lead, Nyasha Hatendi (Casual, Black Earth Rising, The Front Runner), who plays the character of Wilson.
“Pooka”, the Christmas episode of the holiday-horror anthology series, is about a man struggling to find himself and turning to a new mascot job for the hottest toy of the season, only to get roped into a much darker turn of events than he could have ever anticipated.
Delving inside the mind of a teenage boy with psychopathic tendencies, Born to Kill is an unsettling Channel 4 miniseries that may have flown under your radar.
With the bountiful amount of media available across all streaming services on a monthly basis, it’s easy to miss a few diamonds in the rough. Born to Kill is an excellent psychological thriller I missed out on when it debuted this past spring, but thanks to Shudder, I was able to binge all four episodes in one sitting.
Previsouly on All American, Coop and Spencer butted heads about Sean and how Coop is changing and being affected by running with him. She moved out of the James’ household and into Sean’s house. Due to Coop’s motivation though, Sean has begun to grow and change, he seeks out a job opportunity.
Back in Beverly, Layla and Asher have hit a rough spot in their relationship. Layla doesn’t like being complicit in Asher’s lies in regards to his family’s money problems. Jordan found out about Olivia and Asher’s past fling and it put a rift in their relationship, although they were able to overcome it. Layla also found out about Olivia’s feelings for Spencer but was unable to put her own aside and she and Spencer shared a steamy kiss, one that Olivia witnessed.
So we’ve tackled Halloween and Thanksgiving, up next for Hulu’s holiday horror anthology series, Into the Dark, is Christmas.
I’ll admit this episode did, at times, feel like a discarded Black Mirror script, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. Actually, this episode, film, whatever you want to call it, is, by far, my favorite of the three to air thus far. It’s a mixture between the dark cynical nature of Black Mirror and society’s addiction to technology, or in this case, toys (and Pooka is a technological based toy), that people relate to so well, a cerebral experience, absurdism, and a splash of B-movie antics and camp.
The Cabin is a moody suspense film with surprisingly bold artistic choices that gets bogged down by weak dialogue, one-dimensional characters, and a thin plot.
Lush evergreens line miles of sparse highway as a couple drive to a family cabin. Said cabin is nestled deep in the woods, as demonstrated by several overhead shots of serpentine roads winding through fields of trees. The place they’re headed is the sort of place hidden from civilization, one hundred miles away from the nearest motel.
Previously on The Gifted, Reed’s powers manifested and quickly got out of control. He, Lauren, and Caitlin, desperate for answers, sought out the scientist from Reed’s childhood, Madeline Risman, for answers. Risman claims that if Reed is treated with a permanent fix, he’ll die. Lauren is horrified when she gets more details from Madeline’s assistant, Noah, that she aims to create a “cure” for the X-gene.
The Inner Circle infiltrated the bank that had been their target for months and everything went according to plan, until the end when a vindictive Rebecca took out her anger on every civilian inside and slaughtered over 30 people. Lorna was faced with the difficult decision of taking Dawn somewhere safe to keep her out of the line of fire, much to the chagrin of Marcos who wasn’t happy with having her taken from him once again.
After Rebecca’s actions, she goes on the run but the Inner Circle is able to track her down and bring her back into captivity.
This week, the gang pursues their passions, Angie with her love of death metal music and desire to learn guitar, and Will with his urgency to rediscover what made him love weather and chasing storms. Plus Douglas gets another chance with Big Red and Poppy tries to find love with a musician!
This week’s episode was written by Lamar Woods and directed by Josh Greenbaum.
This is a great episode for fans of Angie and Will, both if you ship them romantically or just as friends. Leighton and Taran get to have so much fun and in turn, I had just as much fun watching them.