The Week In Horror: ‘Mindhunter’ Returns to Netflix and More

Happy Sunday, fiends! Who started the new season of Mindhunter? I watched the first episode last night and it’s great to have it back. No, not much happened. It was mostly an episode reacquainting us with our main characters and setting up some new faces. The performances are so great, though; it didn’t feel slow at all. As Holden Ford, Jonathan Groff continues to evolve mightily with a convincing performance as a man on the verge of drowning in panic attacks within a prison of his own making: the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI. Holt McCallany as Bill Tench and Anna Torv as Wendy also continue their solid work, but Torv really took a back seat in this episode as we are introduced to Director Shepard’s (Cotter Smith) replacement, Director Ted Gunn (Michael Cerveris). Though we say goodbye to Smith in the first episode, I feel like the closing moments of episode one might be my favorite performance of his. We know we will continue to deal with BTK, that Manson is coming, and Kemper will be back (side note: between Mindhunter and Umbrella Academy, Cameron Britton is becoming one of my favorite actors). It’s not exactly horror, but it’s certainly horror adjacent. Whether you’re into something classier like Silence of the Lambs or Seven (in case you didn’t know, Mindhunter is created by David Fincher, based on the book by the real-life Holden Ford) or something a little more fucked up like Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Mindhunter should appeal to a wide swath of horror fans,

It’s the eve of Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival is in town for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, has been hired as one of the freaks in the event’s main attraction, “Dr. Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular.” When a group of bullies target Jacob for their annual hazing, things go too far and he winds up dead. Now, Dr. Death has resurrected Jacob as an unstoppable killer to seek revenge on those who wronged him.

Starring Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination), and PJ Soles (Halloween, Rock and Roll High School), Josh Hasty’s Candy Corn looks like it could be a blast and a new Halloween season staple. Check out the really cool trailer below and watch for it to hit VOD on September 17th.

Mike Flanagan’s Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, is coming to Blu-ray in an extended director’s cut. I’m not sure how much more of each episode we need, but I’m intrigued. This fall, Flanagan is also giving us The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep. The second season of Hill House, this time based on Henry James’ The Turning of the Screw, is also in the works.

 

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