Hulu is starting the Halloween month off right with the next installment of the anthology from Blumhouse Productions, Into the Dark, set to premier on October 4. According to the newly released trailer, the feature-length episode titled Uncanny Annie answers the question, "What if Jumanji was a horror film?"
On Halloween night a group of college students get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life, where they must play to escape...and win to survive.
Per Hulu, "Into the Dark is a monthly horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum's independent TV studio. Each feature-length installment is inspired by a holiday and features Blumhouse's signature genre/thriller spin on the story."
The series, which has one season under its belt so far, contains 12 episodes a season, and each one is released during the month of the holiday that inspired it. Yes, each month has a holiday that Blum-supported creators can derive inspiration from. Even May got the horror treatment last year when writer and director James Roday (Psych) did his best to channel Mother's Day.
Director Paul Davis is kicking off a season of Into the Dark for the second time with Uncanny Annie. The episode's trailer opens as most horror flick trailers do: a group of friends with nothing to do on Halloween put themselves in peril. Naturally, they decide to play a board game called "Uncanny Annie," with instructions that state, "You are now in Annie's box of fun where you must play along to see the sun." Once the first player takes a turn, the game begins with a cloaked figure in a dark hallway, knife in hand. They try to leave the house, but the outside has become a void of pure darkness. They are trapped in the game. The friends quickly realize it is probably "like Jumanji" where they have to keep playing in order to win and be free. We catch glimpses of the various monsters the college students must survive while Annie keeps time with the ominous "tick tock tick tock."
The event series' second October episode stars Georgie Flores (Dumplin), Adelaide Kane (The Purge), Jacques Colimon (UglyDolls), Dylan Arnold (Halloween), Evan Bittencourt (After) and newcomer Paige McGhee. The young cast is working from a script written by first time feature-length writing duo James and Alan Blake Bachelor.
Into the Dark is a joint production between Hulu and Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum is the man behind some massive success over the past few years. The low production cost of Blumhouse Productions and creative freedom has led to critical acclaim for projects Blum joint produced such as Jordan Peele's Get Out, Paranormal Activity, Whiplash and Blackkklansman. It has also seen some massive box office successes with its The Purge and Insidious franchises. Into the Dark is just another venture for Blumhouse that hopes to fall in one of these ranks.
You can check out the trailer for Uncanny Annie at Hulu's Youtube Cannel.