It’s a great night for horror as 67% of our Scholarly recs go to that genre–including a classic video game-inspired series’ latest iteration and a darker, more psychologically thrilling South African feature about institutional racism. The third title is a goofy travelogue that’s (ideally) nowhere near the horror zone.
Resident Evil [Netflix]
Inspired by the famed videogame series (and second television series adaptation), this dramatic thriller stars Lance Reddick, Ella Balinsk,a and Adeline Rudolph. Set in 2022 and 2036, twin sisters struggle to adapt to the planned community run by a sketchy company employing their father–and later, the zombie outbreak that has turned them into refugees.
Good Madam [Shudder]
Apartheid as a specific law may be a thing of the past, but it really isn’t given the state of the world these days. This is what makes Shudder’s latest horror flick such a powerful film. A daughter tries to free her mother from the influence of a mysterious employer in South Africa. come for the horror stay for the timely metaphors.
101 Places to Party Before You Die [TruTV, 10:30p]
This title would instantly turn me away if not for reading that its hosts are the always funny (if a bit oversilly at times) Jon Gabrus and Adam Pally. If you have any doubts about Pally, check out this clip of when he guest hosted The Late Late Show pre-Corden–everything goes wrong, but he and Ben Schwartz create an even more memorable sort of funny.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight brings Jack Black’s voice back to the franchise about the martial arts adept endangered species called Po. Dreamworks produces and the series debuts on Netflix today.
- Titles don’t come more direct (or ho hum) as FBOY Island. Going into its second season, the HBO Max series is pretty much exactly what you might expect.
- Not to be confused with the 1980s action series starring Robert Wagner and Stefani Powers, Hart to Heart is a new talk show with Kevin Hart at its helm. So, again, you can get the basic idea of this Peacock series right away.