13 bone-chilling selections for your Halloween watch list

It’s spooky season: Time to curl up on the couch, turn down the lights, turn up the volume and settle in for a scare. Before you push play, check out our list of frightening film and television selections that feature the work of UNCSA alumni.

"The Unholy"

UNCSA Drama alumna Cricket Brown takes the lead as Alice in “The Unholy,” a supernatural horror film about a hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. “The Unholy” is available with a Starz subscription, or for purchase.

"American Horror Story"

This long-running anthology series is currently airing its tenth season, “Double Feature.” Drama alumnus Isaac Powell stars as Troy Lord — a college student who takes a fateful desert camping trip with friends. Design & Production alumnus Tanase Popa has served as assistant producer on previous seasons, and season eight, “Apocalypse,” featured the work of Film alumna Lorr Volatier, who worked as an art department assistant. Seasons 1-9 are available on Netflix, and current season 10 episodes are available on Hulu.

Bonus: Watch spin-off “American Horror Stories,” executive produced by Tanase Popa, on Hulu.

"The Hunt"

Film alumnus Craig Zobel directed this controversial 2020 film, adapted from famed short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” and has described it as a satire on the political divide in America. Drama alumnus Steve Coulter stars as the doctor in the film. “The Hunt” is available with an HBO Max subscription, or for purchase.

"True Blood"

Drama alumni Dane DeHaan and Anna Camp both made guest appearances on this fantasy horror television series, which ran for seven seasons: from 2008-14. Watch the 80 original episodes on HBO Max, before the rumored reboot hits screens.

"Halloween Kills"

Now in theaters, the latest installment in the “Halloween” slasher franchise is directed by Film alumnus David Gordon Green. The script was co-written by Green and fellow alumnus Danny McBride, and the film is produced by Rough House Pictures — the company Green and McBride own with alumnus Jody Hill. Drama alumni involved in the film include Dylan Arnold as Cameron Elam and Will Patton as Officer Hawkins. Additonal Film alumni who were a part of this production include Richard A. Wright (production designer), Elliott Glick (art director), Scott Clackum (associate proucer) and Christof Gebert (production sound mixer). “Halloween Kills” is also available to stream with a Premium or Premium Plus Peacock subscription.

Bonus: “Halloween” (2018) is available with a Premium Hulu subscription, or for purchase.

"She Follows Close Behind"

2019 fourth-year film “She Follows Close Behind” follows the story of a woman seeking closure, who questions an old neighbor about an unsolved mystery from her past. Written and directed by Aidan Weaver, the full UNCSA cast & crew credits are available on IMDb. Watch the short film for free, below:

"Lovecraft Country"

Inspired by the work of famous horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and developed for the screen by Misha Green, “Lovecraft Country” follows a man’s search across dangerous 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. Drama alumni involved in this Emmy-nominated series include Jonathan Majors starring as Atticus and Jon Hudson Odom as “Sammy.” Film alumna Victoria Rupert served as production assistant for the show, which is available with an HBO Max subscription.

"The Walking Dead"

The eleventh and final season of post-apocalyptic horror series “The Walking Dead” is currently airing on AMC, and has featured the work of many UNCSA alumni during its successful run. Watch from the beginning to see the work of Film alumni Brittni Moore (camera PA), Julia Festa Hobgood (producer), Emilee Milhouse (PA), Parker Womble (PA) and Spencer Jarvis (AD) throughout the seasons. Drama alumnus Steve Coulter stars as Reg during the fifth season. Past seasons of “The Walking Dead” are available on Netflix. Watch the current season on AMC+.

Bonus: See Drama alumna and newest member of the UNCSA Board of Trustees Rhoda Griffis as Viv in the spin-off show “Fear the Walking Dead,” available on AMC+.

"The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

A dark, supernatural horror series based on the Archie comic of the same name, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” ran for two seasons (split into four installments) as a Netflix original. Film alumnus Jason Dickason served as a post VFX coordinator.

"Come Be Creepy With Us"

A “millennial nightmare,” this short film made by UNCSA alumni follows a young woman experiencing a quarter-life crisis while dealing with a sinister past. Written by Drama alumnus Michael Calciano and directed by Film alumna Beth Fletcher, the full cast and crew — featuring many Fighting Pickles — is available on IMDb. Watch the short film for free, below:

"The Keepers"

If documentaries are more your style, add “The Keepers” to your list to learn more about the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik. Two Film alumni worked on the Netflix docuseries: Matthew Goldberg as co-executive producer and Zach Seivers as re-recording mixer, sound designer and supervising sound editor. “The Keepers” is available with a Netflix subscription.

"You"

Psychological thriller series “You” premiered in 2018 on Lifetime, before moving to Netflix, and follows serial killer Joe Goldberg through his life in New York and, in subsequent seasons, California. Season one stars Drama alumna Elizabeth Lail in a lead role as Guinevere Beck, and the recently-released season three stars alumnus Dylan Arnold as Theo Engler. Design & Production alumna Lisa Merik has worked on the show as an assistant art director.

"Stranger Things"

Though you’ll have to wait until 2022 for the next season of this beloved supernatural horror series to premiere, you’ll spot the work of several Fighting Pickles in the first three seasons. Drama alumnus Brett Gelman stars as Murray Bauman, and three Film alumni have worked on the series: Will Files as sound supervisor and re-recording mixer, Meredith Hannah as production assistant and Joseph Blankinship as libra head technician.

by Hannah Callaway

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October 15, 2021