Now that the rush of overblown, mass-produced, artificial holidays have run the gamut, we often find ourselves in a lull until the change of spring comes upon us. Blumhouse and Hulu, however, have other sinister plans. Surprisingly, the holiday horror series Into The Dark is not taking a spin-off of leprechauns and pots of gold next month. It looks like March will be coming in like a lion bent on collecting debts as the Ides of March loom ahead in the release of the newest episode, Treehouse.
Starring Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Mary McCormack (The West Wing), Treehouse focuses on celebrity chef Peter Rake as he “tries to escape a recent wave of negative tabloid exposure by retreating to his family’s vacation estate in the woods, but the ghosts of his past are everywhere and debts will be settled.” As the Ides of March roll in around the 15th in alignment with the lunar cycle, writer and director James Roday (A Million Little Things) seems to have a few horrifying tricks up his sleeve to celebrate this unique, yet neglected holiday. This ancient Roman celebration marks the first day of spring as well as the famous warning heeded by soothsayers to Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March”. It is also commonly known as the Roman deadline for collecting past debts. Caesar was not a very good listener and we all know how that day ended for him, so be sure to file your taxes in a timely manner this year.
Like a fever dream fresh off the heels of David Bruckner’s The Ritual and a familiar darkness akin to the content of the trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us, Treehouse is not above overlooking the debts of the past as they promise to be one hell of a worthy haunting. Complete with monsters, lore, and sex, Treehouse looks like it may be Into The Dark’s most terrifying episode yet. The trailer is nothing short of intriguing with plenty of ceremonial influenced imagery, vividly drawn threats, and eerily morbid doom awaiting Peter Rake upon his return home. The Ides of March seems to mark the day for him to pay up on whatever otherworldly settlement he’s been bound to.
Treehouse will be released through Hulu on Friday, March 1st. Catch up on all of the terrifying holiday episodes since we’ve now been given a taste as to what happens when the past comes back to bite you where it hurts!
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