Hulu is making a monthly Blumhouse anthology series, and prepare to be scared
Attention, horror fans — Hulu is gifting us with a horror anthology series from Blumhouse Television, but viewers won’t be able to instantly binge this one or watch a new episode unfold every week. Instead, each episode will stand on its own, with only one going up per month, which is a move Hulu is hoping will get fans to treat each story as a special must-watch event.
Hulu competitor Netflix will be experimenting with its own monthly series starting this month when President Barack Obama appears as David Letterman’s first guest on new talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, but Hulu’s anthology series will be a first in terms of genre — and honestly, we’ve never been more excited to be scared out of our minds.
Horror is definitely having a moment, and weaving a larger web with a different scary story each month could be the freaky format we need.
Hulu’s new chief content officer Joel Stillerman says the project was partly inspired by all the frighteningly good work that’s being done in the genre already:
“At the heart of the deal is an extremely passionate audience and an extremely [activatable] audience in terms of horror, Stillerman told Variety, which broke the series news. “It’s not even the larger bucket of ‘genre.’ I would say this falls squarely into the horror bucket. And it’s brought to us by, I would say in many ways that would be hard to argue, the consummate producers in that genre today.
With a new season of American Horror Story on the horizon (ICYMI: This time, Ryan Murphy’s taking us to the future) and some other like-minded content in the works like Drew Barrymore’s female-centric horror series Black Rose Anthology, this Hulu collaboration with Blumhouse TV — Blumhouse, you’ll recall, is behind hits like Get Out and Split — will be entering a crowded field. But after nabbing the coveted Best Television Drama trophy for The Handmaid’s Tale at the 2018 Golden Globes, Hulu’s rightfully riding high and likely in search of the next big thing.
So far, no writers or producers have signed on to the project (that we know of) and there’s no official name, but we do know there will be 12 episodes in the series’ first year and the first is set to debut in October — plenty of time to work up the courage to watch.