Every upcoming horror TV show is slated for release in fall 2021, including a new Chucky series, a Day of the Dead show, and a new season of Dexter.
Just in time for the Halloween season, there will be plenty of new horror TV shows to hope to debut in the fall of 2021. Not that long ago, especially in the 2000s, this horror didn? didn’t have a strong TV presence. While there have always been a few horror-based hits, like X files and Buffy the vampire slayer, floating in the television landscape, the genre was still very niche. That changed a lot in the 2010s, with AMC’s gargantuan mega-hit The walking dead leading the charge.
Then came the runaway horror anthology show train that started with FX american horror story, Netflix’s pop culture juggernaut Strange things, the much appreciated renewal of Twin peaks, and acclaimed cult shows like Annibal and Ash vs. Evil Dead. Still, these shows barely scratch the surface when it comes to the amount of quality horror TV content released in the 2010s. Fortunately for fans, the horror TV boom also seems to be sticking around in the years. 2020s, at least so far.
For all of those who can’t wait to fall, and with it the general interest in all things scary, there are plenty of new horror TV shows expected to debut as the leaves fall and the nights get colder. Soon it will be time to grab a blanket, curl up in front of the TV and be afraid.
Midnight mass (September 24, 2021)
Over the past decade, writer / director Mike Flanagan has become one of the fastest rising horror names, thanks to acclaimed films like Oculus and Doctor Sleep, and his hit shows on Netflix The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion. Now Flanagan brings Midnight Mass to Netflix, a seven-episode limited series that, as usual, will see him reunite with his favorite former collaborators like Henry Thomas, Annabeth Gish, and of course, his wife and seeming muse Kate Siegel. Midnight Mass focuses on a small island community that quickly falls under the influence of a mysterious but powerful preacher (Hamish Linklater), with the exception of a disgraced returning resident who does not adhere to the religious leader’s shtick.
Chucky (October 12, 2021)
After a long franchise of seven films – eight if you count the contested remake of 2019 – Child’s play heads to the small screen on Syfy with the simply titled show Chucky. History resumes after the events of 2017 Cult of Chucky, with series creator Don Mancini returning as a writer and director, and horror legend Brad Dourif once again voicing the titular killer doll. Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany, Chucky’s fiancée, Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce, Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay and Christine Elise McCarthy as Kyle, Andy’s adopted sister from Child’s Play 2. Season 1 of Chucky will consist of eight episodes, all written by Mancini, and will see the doll make its way through a small town after being bought at a garage sale by a bullied and grieving teenager.
Day of the Dead (October 15, 2021)
While this Syfy series is named after the classic 1985 film by zombie master George A. Romero, it appears to have no other connection to Romero’s work other than involving a zombie uprising. That doesn’t necessarily mean the series will be bad, but anyone who expects it to be tied to the Romero franchise should know what it’s really getting. The The day of the Dead The TV show, as it is, focuses on a group of six strangers as they are forced to band together if they are to survive the first days after the resurrection of the dead. Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes. Considering how many other non-Romero The day of the Dead projects have turned out however, there are reasons for fans to proceed with caution.
I know what you did last summer (October 15, 2021)
i know what you did last summer, directed to Amazon Prime, is ostensibly based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 book of the same name, but based on what has been seen so far, also seems to draw a lot from the successful film adaptation of 1997 with Jennifer Love Hewitt. The movie changed a lot about the book, to the point that Duncan hated it, so it’ll be interesting to see what this Amazon show ends up close to. Unsurprisingly, the story again sees a group of teenage friends accidentally kill a man with their car, cover him up, and then begin to be targeted a year later by an unknown assailant. Madison Iseman from the Jumanji franchise and Annabelle comes home plays the main role.
Dexter: New Blood (November 7, 2021)
While this is of course a revival of the long-running Showtime serial killer drama, Dexter: new blood is treated as its own new entity by the network, hence its different title. New blood offers Dexter fans have a chance not to say goodbye on a bitter note like last time, picking up a decade after Dexter resumed a new life as a lumberjack, with him living under an assumed name in the upstate from New York. Dexter has somehow suppressed his urge to kill, but local killings threaten to wake his dark passenger. Dexter’s son, Harrison, is also older and possibly a killer himself. Clancy Brown joins the mix as the new villain, while Jennifer Carpenter returns as Debra’s ghost, and John Lithgow’s Arthur Miller, aka the Trinity Slayer, appears in flashbacks.
Just beyond (fall 2021)
While the series covered above are primarily aimed at an older audience, Just beyond is designed to be a taste of terror that the whole family can enjoy. On the way to Disney +, Just beyondThe first season of s will feature eight episodes and, while currently undated, is slated to air in fall 2021. The Haunting of Hill House‘s McKenna Grace, who has popped up absolutely everywhere lately, will star in one of the first episodes, but Just beyond is an anthology show, which means each episode will tell a new story with new characters. Just beyond is based on stories from RL Stine’s graphic novel series of the same name Boom! Studios, with writer and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith as showrunner.
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