No matter where you grew up, there were probably urban legends around your area about ghosts or haunted places. I can think of at least three of these that were reportedly haunted that caused my friends and me to check out on weekend nights. Quibi is going to bring these stories to the screen as they’ve green lit a Sam Raimi backed horror anthology series called 50 States of Fright. The cast that have already signed on along with Raimi and the concept make this quite intriguing.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the first season looks to be 9 episodes, exploring urban legends from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington. I would have bet that Michigan was going to be featured, as it is the homestate for not only myself, but for Raimi as well. That episode will be called The Golden Arm and Raimi will direct. He also co-wrote it along with his brother Ivan as well.
As I alluded to earlier though, the cast members that have already signed on to be a part of this is quite exciting as well. Rachel Brosnahan (Beautiful Creatures), Travis Fimmel (Warcraft, Needle) and John Marshall Jones (Rust Creek, The Curse of La Llorona) will all appear in The Golden Arm. We will also see Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Sleepy Hollow), Jacob Batalon, Mina-Na Wen, Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, American Horror Story), Asa Butterfield and Ron Livingston (The Conjuring).
I can say that this definitely is intriguing to me. This definitely seems like show that could work with the success of the anthology horror shows American Horror Story, Tales from the Crypt or The Twilight Zone. Now I do know that the latter two were popular some time ago, but I do feel that we are primed for something like this to work, especially with the likes of Sam Raimi and getting the caliber of cast that is already signed on.
What’re your thoughts on this horror anthology show? Will you be checking out 50 States of Fright? I don’t have when this will available and where it can be seen, but stay tuned here at Nightmare on Film Street as well as on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club for more information as it becomes available.