Horror is well represented on the web, and this Halloween, there are a load of choices for those looking to find daily doses of the scary leading up to the big day. There are a bunch of web series currently playing and even more that have yet to launch, some taking advantage of the month of October, and many playing in the months beyond. A diverse group of individuals are currently bringing or will be dishing out horror this month, including a former L.A. Lakers forward, a punk rock musician, and a teenage girl with a cult following on YouTube.
New Horror Web Series Coming Soon
On Monday, October 24, G4tv.com will release the first of three video game/horror movie mash-ups. The first is The Hunt, a combination of the old Nintendo Entertainment System's Duck Hunt and Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The other two will be Kart Driver (Mario Kart and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver) and The Birds of Anger (Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds). The series is directed by Joe Lynch, who currently does a segment on the network's Attack of the Show called "Body Count," in which he offers his suggestions for horror movies, and the director of next year's The Knights of Badassdom, a funny look at "LARPers," or Live Action Role Players. Here's a trailer for The Birds of Anger:
Even with the fame, money, and resources that come with being a well-known NBA player, former L.A. Lakers forward Rick Fox found distributing his new horror movie, Hysteria, to be a challenge. So he decided to re-cut the movie into 26 episodes on YouTube and release one a day until Halloween. Starting October 6, Fox began showing his movie this way and is halfway through it. Here's Episode 1:
The popular YouTube music channel VEVO will release their first scripted series on October 21 called Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater with the help of Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen. It's a musical horror series that will hopefully be a lot better than The Rocky Horror Picture Show, combining rock and roll and Twilight Zone-style horror. Here's a trailer for the series' first episode, Dante:
Koldcast.tv is getting into the spirit of Halloween with the animated Grimm Endings, an anthology of nursery rhymes given twisted new endings to such classics as Rock-A-Bye Baby, Mary Had A Little Lamb, The Three Bears, Hansel & Gretel, and Little Jack. Here's a trailer for the show that will premiere the week before Halloween:
Horror Web Series Now Showing
Today, Magnum Pictures unleashed season 2 of their Dead Hour web series. The program is unique in that it uses social media to try get people to write and direct their own episodes and work on the production of the series. And it looks really slick, too. A new episode will be released every two weeks. The first, Fright Fest, is available now. As the site says:
WHAT SCARES YOU? DJ Raven wants to know. She hosts The Dead Hour, a weekly radio program devoted to the shadows just beyond the streetlight's reach, the bumps you hear as you drift off to sleep, the nightmares that wake you up in a cold sweat. She brings these to you, one horrifying tale at a time.
There's a new sort of "Lonely Girl" getting some buzz on YouTube, called "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl." Although the show sets itself up like Paranormal Activity, with its characters trying to capture spooky things on video, and tries to make it all seem real, the authenticity has already been blown to bits, and well, it's going to be awfully hard for anyone to pull a major "false document" style of horror story on YouTube without a bunch of people doing some digging and exposing it. Still, the show has over 10,000 subscribers and will soon have a couple of spin-offs before all is said and done. Hey, Paranormal Activity is effective even when you know it's all fake, and even "Lonely Girl" stayed a hit even after it was exposed, so this is still fun. Here's a sample episode:
Maybe you'd like a discussion of the all-time horror movie monsters. The very entertaining Cinemassacre puts on a show every year that spans all 31 days of October called "Monster Madness" that before used to exist on YouTube. Cinemassacre and this year's "Monster Madness" is now on Blip.tv, and the best horror movie sequels involving Frankenstein, Freddy Krueger, and Dracula are all being touched upon:
We talked about the horror anthology series from Ted Raimi called "Morbid Minutes" before. Hopefully we'll be seeing new episodes soon. The series, which has that Twilight Zone-style feel to it, is playing exclusively on Break.com. In case you missed it, here's a trailer showing what Raimi plans for the future of the series:
We've also discussed AMC's The Walking Dead and how they provided a web series focusing on the show's iconic "first zombie," Bicycle Girl. The six episode series launched to get people excited for Season 2 of the show, which just got underway this past Sunday. Here's episode 1 of The Walking Dead web series:
There are tons of other independent horror web series currently playing almost everywhere else on the web. If the shows above don't do anything for you, I suggest you go seek them out. All the monster favorites are represented. People looking for scares this Halloween won't have to look anywhere but the web to get a good horror fix.
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