Back in 2018, Hulu and Blumhouse Productions partnered up and released Into The Dark, which is a horror anthology series that includes 12 episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday. These episodes feature a horror/suspense/thriller spin on the stories. To me if you’re not into scary movies, I think you could still watch the episodes since they’re not strictly horror. I just started watching Season 1 earlier this year, and of course I’ll be watching season 2. I love the idea of having horror movies/episodes based on holidays, so I was excited when I began watching this series. On this blog post I’ll be ranking the 12 episodes of season 1 from my least favorite to most favorite. The rankings will be based on entertainment (how entertained I was), the storyline/plot, how much the story stuck to the holiday theme, and rewatch ability. These rankings will not reflect my actual ratings of the episodes, which you can see in my monthly watches blog posts. Keep on reading to see my rankings of these episodes.
12. They Come Knocking
Summary: After losing his wife to cancer, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip where he finds his family in the cross-hairs of terrifying supernatural entities. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: The cast does a great job. A father and his two daughters go on a road trip to say goodbye to his wife after she passed away from cancer, so the three of them are still grieving in their own way. “Creepy kids” in hoodies turn this road trip into a nightmare for this family when they start knocking on their trailer. We don’t know much about these kids/beings which would’ve been nice, but they are creepy. I can say that this installment is probably one of the closest to the horror genre than the other episodes I’ve seen. They Come Knocking has its scares, it’s well acted, but the movie’s plot doesn’t fully satisfy me.
Holiday: Father’s Day
11. All That We Destroy
Summary: A geneticist who fears that her son may be becoming a serial killer, creates a group of clones in an attempt to cure him of his psychopathic tendencies by allowing him to relive the murder of his first victim. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: The cast does a decent job with their roles. Getting an explained motive on Spencer’s killing(s), and why he is the way he is would’ve been helpful. But his mother has other plans to “fix him”, by cloning the young lady he killed so that he can have some form of treatment and release of these urges, which is weird and creepy. All That We Destroy is not my favorite of the series but I’d say give it a watch.
Holiday: Mother’s Day
Summary: A group of teenage girls perform a secret ritual at a purity retreat and one of them sees a supernatural entity. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Let’s talk about the cast, they were great and so was the acting. It irked my nerves how much the fathers were controlling, and how they were having double standards about sex and virginity toward their daughters. The fathers were also making this whole purity camp about themselves and it was just creepy and weird. Some of the girls decides to summon Lilith and we see what happens when she arrives. This is meant to be a horror movie about the fear of Lilith but the true horror is how the fathers were towards their daughters about their bodies/sex life. Pure is creepy, unfortunately relevant, and wraps up season 1 of Into The Dark.
Holiday: Daughter’s Day
Summary: Celebrity chef Peter escapes to his family’s vacation home for the weekend. Peter will learn a great lesson about a woman’s place – if he makes it through the trip. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: A jerkish celebrity chef (Peter) goes to his family’s vacation home for the weekend to hang out with his sister, but it turns into a nightmare for him after being hospitable with some ladies staying nearby. Treehouse threw a couple of surprises at me while watching it. Treehouse is one of those movies that reminds you that sexual misconduct is never okay, no matter who you are. And Peter learned his lesson in a scary but seemingly effective way. I enjoyed the pop culture references throughout the movie on films like Psycho and The Witch, I smiled upon hearing them. Also tune in for the twist at the end.
Holiday: International Women’s Day
8. The Body
Summary: A sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body on Halloween night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: A hit man played by Tom Bateman kills a man and wraps him up in plastic, and since it’s Halloween everyone thinks it’s part of his costume and he then gets invited to a Halloween party by a group of friends and that’s when they find out the truth about the body he’s been dragging around. I enjoyed and loved this movie. Tom Bateman was so great as Wilkes. The group of friends were quite the characters, they were funny, and had me laughing quite a bit. The Body has insane kills, funny banter amongst the group of friends, gave Wilkes a partner, and has a twist at the end. This movie is fun, entertaining, hilarious, and is a bloody good time.
Summary: Actor Wilson’s life takes an unexpected turn when he decides to play the mascot for a new toy. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching Pooka but I knew it was a slight chance of something creepy or weird going on . The cast was really good and the performance of Nyasha Hatendi as Wilson was great. Wilson is an actor who gets hired to play a new Christmas toy name Pooka. I wasn’t sure what was going happen to Wilson when he was dressed up in that costume but at times you can sense that something bad was gonna happen. Throughout the movie Wilson is attached and dependent on the costume which is not a good thing. Pooka is a slow burner and psychological thriller with a twist.
6. School Spirit
Summary: A group of students, stuck in weekend detention, find themselves haunted by the school’s legendary supernatural entity. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Upon reading that high school students would be having Saturday detention, I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club lol. This episode of Into The Dark was entertaining to watch. The cast of young actors did a good job and the acting wasn’t bad. Based off the killer’s reveal I can say that I was bit surprised, I had a thought of who could be the killer, but wasn’t fully sure. The killer’s outfit/mask is creepy, and the kills are decent and laughable. School Spirit is a fun high school slasher and a breath of fresh air for the Into The Dark series.
Holiday: First Day Of School
Summary: A pair of office workers get trapped in an elevator over a long Valentine’s Day weekend, but what at first promises to be a romantic connection turns dangerous and horrifying. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: I didn’t know what two expect watching this episode. Two workers that are working late, are the only ones in the building and they get stuck on an elevator together, after it breaks down and I’ll let you guess how it goes from there. The way the movie took a turn was a surprise. I knew something was wrong, but I just didn’t know what. Even though the cast was small, the acting was decent and it was suspenseful. To me the whole situation with the movie is terrifying, because it could happen.
Holiday: Valentine’s Day
4. Culture Shock
Summary: On Independence Day, a young Mexican woman is in pursuit of the American Dream. This causes her to cross illegally into the United States, where she soon finds herself in an American nightmare. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: Mexican immigrants are living in a nightmare after they are caught by the border patrol in this episode of Into The Dark. They wake up in a perfect suburban world, but the audience and Marisol played by Martha Higareda knows something isn’t right and not what it seems. At times Culture Shock may remind you of other films you’ve seen such as Get Out or The Purge, but the fact that this episode centers on immigration and the horrors that immigrants face and can face makes you wonder. And the portrayal of how Americans in this episode felt about immigration is how some Americans currently feel about immigration, so this episode felt a little relatable to today’s time. Culture Shock is relevant, thought provoking, and it’s a must watch.
Holiday: Independence Day
3. I’m Just F*cking With You
Summary: A young man and his sister are forced to experience a series of creepy practical jokes while staying at a secluded motel. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I kind of expected some jokes since the title of the movie implies it. The cast were good in their roles. Hayes MacArthur who plays Chester in the movie is a jokester who constantly plays pranks on Larry (Keir O’Donnell) and you don’t know whether to take them serious or not, which is what makes them funny lol. The tone and pacing of the movie was great. I also thought the music, cinematography aesthetic, and neon lighting went great with the movie. I’m Just F*cking With You is entertaining, pretty insane, refreshing for horror fans, and has some twists. This installment of Into The Dark is one of my favorites.
Holiday: April Fool’s Day
2. Flesh & Blood
Summary: Young Kimberly attempts to overcome her mom’s mystery death to fix her agoraphobia. However, she begins to sense she is in harm’s way as she lives with her dad. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: When a teen’s mother is murdered she develops agoraphobia where she can’t leave the house because the murderer was never caught. The performances of Diana Silvers and Dermot Mulroney (Kimberly and Henry Tooms) were great, but Mulroney really brings it while carrying this caring and creepy dad act. Is the dad a serial killer or not ? Flesh & Blood moves at a decent pace and also keeps the audience in suspense the whole time. This movie gives us terror and tension between Kimberly and her father Henry. Flesh & Blood is suspenseful, tense, and frightening.
1. New Year, New You
Summary: In the era of “self-care” mania, a group of millennial friends gather for a girls’ night reunion on New Year’s Eve to reconnect and reminiscence. But as they begin to rehash old memories and revisit an old party game of “Never, Have I Ever,” gripes and secrets they’ve been harboring manifest in nefarious and surprising ways. (from Rotten Tomatoes)
My Thoughts: The movie’s plot was definitely interesting. The cast was great and so were the performances. You see flashbacks of a childhood incident that happened with the girls, which contributes to the tension that is currently amongst them. And in each scene I wasn’t sure what to expect. This film highlighted on friendship and the social media culture, which were major themes in the movie. New Year, New You took surprising turns, kept me in suspense, and is intense at times.
Holiday: New Year’s Eve
Well this wraps up my rankings on Season 1 of Into The Dark. Have you watched any of these episodes ? I think this horror anthology series that Hulu and Blumhouse has is cool, especially since the episodes are centered around holidays. If you’re into horror, suspense, and thrillers I’d say give this series a watch. Hopefully reading this post will help you decide, if you’d want to check out Into The Dark. I’m also hoping that I will be watching season 2 soon. As always thanks for reading, and see you next time.