Skip Nav
Drake
Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards!
Celine Dion
Celine Dion Hated "My Heart Will Go On" at First, and 13 Other Wild Facts About the Song
The Keepers
The Keepers: 6 Theories About What Really Happened to Sister Cathy

TV Tonight: Fear Itself

Making a horror series to the standards of network television can't be an easy task — but NBC has put some of the genre's best on the case. Fear Itself, the network's horror anthology series, premieres tonight, with the directors of films such as American Psycho and Bride of Chucky taking turns creating spooky one-hour episodes for the next 13 Thursdays.

There's nothing overly gory about these episodes — in part because that kind of thing would never make it past broadcast censors but also because the producers (who also did Showtime's Masters of Horror) thought that those R-rated elements had been pushed as far as they could go in films and on cable. The result is a series that's reaching for a more psychological sort of horror — spooky, not gross.

Tonight's first episode, "The Sacrifice," is a pretty straightforward take on the genre. Four fugitives — including one played by Jesse Plemons, Landry of Friday Night Lights — turn up at a cabin in the middle of nowhere. At first it seems like a safe, comfortable place (stocked with beautiful women, no less), but of course it's anything but. The story isn't terribly complex (it could be a slightly more adult take on something from Are You Afraid of the Dark?), but it's well-directed by Breck Eisner, who's currently remaking The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the acting is sufficiently creepy. For more on the series and to see a preview, just

.

Later episodes go heavier on the psychological elements; while I still haven't seen either of the two I'm most highly anticipating, the second episode — in which a bad cop stages a stakeout at what turns out to be a haunted house — has a very different feel from "The Sacrifice." I'm curious to see where the series goes; its format seems perfect for Summer, since viewers can pop in and out without missing plot.

Will you be checking in to see if Fear Itself spooks you? Here's a look:

Photo courtesy of NBC

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Meka_suga Meka_suga 8 years
Creepy...especially Eater & Sacrife. A must see.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Omg, Brandon Routh !!!!! (aka Superman) I'm gonna check that one out....
Tech Tech 8 years
Ok, I thought I could make it through that promo. I was wrong. I'm a weenie!
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
hmm i might have to check this out
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I will have to check this out!
nimue nimue 8 years
chilly
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Oh, yeah, dude, I've been waiting for this one. I have high expectations. Let's hope it does not disappoint.
Friday Night Lights Recap: Episode 13, "Tomorrow Blues"
Guys You Meet at Bars
Telenovelas on Netflix
Who Killed Ruth Davenport on Twin Peaks?
Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 2, "Bad Ideas"
Who Is the Narrator on Jane the Virgin?
Why Saturday Night Live Parodies Trump
The Best Telenovela Theme Songs
Jersey Shore Season Finale Sneak Peek
Sasheer Zamata Is Leaving Saturday Night Live
From Our Partners
Latest Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds