The sci-fi/horror anthology series is currently experiencing a renaissance. There’s shows like Netflix’s Black Mirror, Shudder’s Creepshow, CBS All Access’ revival of The Twilight Zone, and FX’s American Horror Story, which is a season by season anthology. Soon we’ll have one more to add to the list. According to Deadline, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty) and Ben and Max Berkowitz, the founders of a one-stop shop for video storytelling called Not a Billionaire, have come together to produce a live action anthology series titled The Forever House.
The titular setting is a mysterious manse which holds a collection of artifacts and objects from around the world that are tied to dark legends and folklore. The series logline is, “Existing somewhere between reality and nightmares, The Forever House will encapsulate the feeling of an ancient tale told by the fire as we explore the disturbing and the macabre from the mind and sketchbook of Mike Mignola.”
One of the things that will set this series apart from other anthologies is Mignola’s expertise on folklore and his ability to weave it into modern day stories. I first learned about things like the Russian witch Baba Yaga and a number of fae and faerie stories from reading issues of Hellboy.
Another element designed to make the series stand out from other anthologies is the involvement of legendary special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic. ILM has been tasked with engineering the conceptual development of the show. The producers have stated that ILM will, “Re-capture the aura of classic Hollywood-style filmmaking through an updated modern lens.” To accomplish that they’ll employ such old school techniques as stop motion animation and a range of animation choices.
So far, each episode of the series will be a standalone, but there will be some connective tissue in the form of familiar faces and story elements that bleed over into other episodes. Plus, archetypical characters will be played by the same actors across episodes.
We have no word yet on when The Forever House will be released, but we’ll be sure to let you know once we do. Until then, head to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. And for all your horror movie news, reviews, and interviews, keep lurking at Nightmare on Film Street.