By Dave B.
Into the Dark (Hulu) is a horror anthology series created by Blumhouse Productions. Each episode has a runtime of approximately 80 minutes or so and they are released monthly. The first episode is The Body. In it Wilkes (Tom Bateman) is a hitman who has four hours to transport a body across town on Halloween night. After finding his vehicle vandalized and its tires slashed, he encounters revelers who mistake his suit and the body he is dragging as an elaborate Halloween costume. After agreeing to go to a party with them for one drink so that they can impress their friends, a series of unfortunate events send the hitman and his newfound admirer, Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) on a race across the city to recover the body before the deadline.
Whether you like Into the Dark: The Body or not will largely depend on if you are more drawn to journeys or to destinations. The episode has some strong elements. It’s often funny (at least if you appreciate a dark tint to your humor). It’s tone is great, incorporating all of the elements that one expects in a Halloween-themed thriller: debauched partying, grimy back alleys, and graveyards/funeral homes. It also contains some philosophical conversations that consist of a blend of nihilism and Nietzscheism that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but are nonetheless fairly entertaining to watch as Wilkes discusses his beliefs with Maggie. Best of all (because I’m a HUGE Ash vs. Evil Dead fan), Ray Santiago has a huge role in this episode!
However, the overall plot of The Body is very predictable. Surprises are few and far between and even when they occur, it’s obvious what the ultimate result of them will be. In some movies and television shows, this would be a huge problem, but with The Body the performances, the humor, and the odd but compelling chemistry between the cast is more than entertaining enough for me to overlook a somewhat uninspired script.
If you need a lot of surprises in your life, you may want to give Into the Dark: The Body a pass. But I found it entertaining on its own merits and a welcome relief from the emotional intensity of The Haunting of Hill House. I recommend it and I’m looking forward to future episodes in the Into the Dark series.
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