The CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories Anthology Series Debuting In August
Contemporary tales of horror and haunting for the diverse and digital age. Inspired by the viral fan fiction of two sentence horror stories, this anthology series taps into universal primal fears, filtered through the anxieties of the most connected and racially diverse generation. Despite dizzying advancements in technology, inequality, social progress, and environmental degradation…the things that haunt us are still the same.
The series will consist of eight singularly themed half-hours featuring Nicole Kang (Batwoman), Jim Parrack (Suicide Squad), and Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), among others.
The first episode, titled “Gentleman,” centers around a serial killer with an obsession for single moms who stalks a young mother who rejected him. Kang stars as Hana with Parrack portraying Ken in the episode written by C.S. McMullen and guest-directed by Natalia Iyudin.
This episode is a two-hander about how far someone will go to achieve their ideal or “right” notions of family. Our ideal man, Ken, is the one focused on the traditional elements of the feminized sphere of domesticity – baby, nursery, breastfeeding, staying at home, and good mothering. Hana is the one more intent on achieving her perfect life and family through the traditionally masculine spheres of work and new technology, even though we see how both are broken.
The second episode, titled “Squirm,” was written and directed by creator Vera Miaho and follows a low-paid office assistant who wakes up naked in her own bed after the office holiday party with no idea how she got there. Who was it and what did he put inside her?
This episode is firmly grounded in the horror of not only not feeling in control of your own body, but also of literally not knowing what happened to you. The violation is twofold: 1) the possible sexual assault and the torment of not knowing what was done to you and 2) the economic desperation that forces you to stay at a job with your assaulter because you cannot prove anything, and you cannot risk losing your job. Inside/outside is a critical theme in this episode, both from a physical body perspective and most importantly, how the viewer will experience Keisha’s journey.
Created by writer/director/producer Vera Miao, each half-hour episode offers a distinct and popular horror subgenre experience while tackling today’s most relevant and topical social issues. Developed from the award-winning digital short-form series, Miao assembled an impressive writers room for the half-hour version with a creative team who found a personal connection to her vision of refreshing the horror genre.
The series is executive produced by Miao (Best Friends Forever), Emily Wiedemann (Creative Control), and Chazz Carfora (Stories From the Felt).