Anthology horror shows have a soft spot in my heart. I devoured Tales from the Crypt, Monsters, and Masters of Horror as they lit up the small screen. You give me a werewolf Jerry Stiller, and I’m hooked for life. There’s something comforting to the mix of horror and humor, camp and art that an anthology series can create. Sure, the spikes in quality can be abrupt, but how else do you get Meat Loaf skinning himself, because the vengeful spirits of a family of dead raccoons that haunt the fur coat he gave a stripper demand it? You don’t, that’s how.
With the Tales from the Crypt TNT reboot dead, Netflix is poised to be the only player in the anthology horror game. The streaming service has just announced that it’s teamed with Guillermo del Toro to produce a horror anthology series titled 10 After Midnight.
Del Toro promises that the show will be “equally sophisticated and horrific,” which are words that sound fine but don’t really mean anything. Del Toro will curate the episodes while writing and directing some of them. There’s no more information beyond this. One can probably assume that each season will have ten episodes, given the title, but we’ll have to wait and see what other directors del Toro will enlist and when we’ll get to see the show hit the service.
Let’s just hope that we’ll see something on par with Ron Perlman storming an abortion clinic with a shotgun, because the devil told him to stop his daughter from getting rid of the antichrist.