The Witching Season is our new favorite web series, a wickedly atmospheric celebration of everything we love about Halloween, handed out in fun sized tasty treats as a horror anthology of short films.
Released on YouTube as a free web series, The Witching Season is inspired by classic anthology shows like Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone, delivering originally produced tales of terror, all set during the Halloween season.
Fueled by nostalgia, the series pays special attention to the spirit of Halloween and reminds us of the magic that exists during our favorite time of year.
The first three episodes of the series are available online now, and while none are especially gory or over the top, they each invoke a creepy, late ’70s to mid-’80s vibe that brings back childhood memories of Halloween (the best kind) in my old neighborhood. The series as a whole never loses sight of its overall mission of giving viewers enough October-flavored tricks and treats within each episode to keep them coming back for more.
The cinematography is great throughout, often focusing on the subtle details that color a typical autumn day in middle America, and the writing and editing are much better than that of many other web series made on such an obviously meager budget. The acting is also better than many series made at this level, as the performers are mostly likable and their actions believable.
And in the tradition of all the best anthologies, there’s always a delicious twist to blow your mind and leave you thinking, and wanting more.
We highly recommend that you take some time to sit down and enjoy watching all three current episodes of The Witching Season, which we have embedded for you in the players below, following a brief description of each!
After you watch these episodes, be sure to subscribe to the official Witching Season Films channel on YouTube here, where you can see trailers, episode commentaries, and more Halloween goodness.
Taking a familiar scenario and effectively flipping it upside down, the first episode, Killer on the Loose, is obviously an homage to some of your favorite slashers, as an escaped killer lurks in the shadows of an isolated home on Halloween night, written and directed by series creator Michael Ballif.
In the second episode, Princess, written and directed by James Morris, Kendra and her daughter Jamie move to a new home in the quiet suburbs in search of a new beginning. But something evil lurks in the basement and it isn’t looking for roommates.
In the third episode, Not Alone, also written and directed by James Morris, Kyle wakes from a horrific nightmare, struggling to bridge the gap between his dreams and reality in the darkness of his room. But then, he notices something. An ominous figure is standing silent in the darkness. He is not alone.
So what do you think? Which episode is your favorite?
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