“50 States of Fright”: Sam Raimi Brings Cross-Country Horror to Quibi

This Supernatural fan is so game for Quibi‘s new horror anthology series! Sam Raimi will produce 50 States of Fright for the mobile-only network. Each short chapters focuses on any given state’s urban legend and folklore. Considering the loads of spooky stories sprawling across this great country – as fans of the supernatural and horror genre know very well – the possibilities are endless.

“50 States of Fright”: Killer Cast

The anthology has already nabbed an impressive collection of stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Christina Ricci, Ron Livingston, Travis Fimmel, Jacob Batalon, Ming-Na Wen, Taissa Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, and John Marshall Jones are set to headline the first season’s slate of stories.

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Season 1’s Haunts

Here’s a look at the episode overviews, which offer up just enough of a tease:

“Golden Arm”: Brosnahan, Fimmel and John Marshall Jones (Grand Hotel, Bosch) star in the tale based on a famous urban legend from Michigan. Raimi and brother Ivan Raimi, natives of the state, are writing, with Sam Raimi directing.

“Red Rum”: Ricci and Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) star in a telling of Colorado’s scariest story from writers Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber (Cam); Goldhaber directs.

“America’s Largest Ball of Twine”: Wen (Agents of SHIELD) stars in an installment based on a myth from Kansas. Yoko Okumura (Kimi Kabuki, Fed Up) directs and Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse) writes.

“Almost There”: Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Livingston (A Million Little Things) star in the Iowa-set story, written and directed by Hawkeye State natives Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).

“Grey Cloud Island”: Butterfield (Sex Education) stars in a chilling tale from Minnesota, written and directed by Adam Schindler and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within).

“13 Steps to Hell”: The story, set in Washington, is written by Sarah Conradt-Kroehler and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground).

“Dogwood – Azalea”: It’s set in Missouri, and written and directed by Missouri native Cate Devaney (Doctor Strange).

“Santeria”: This Florida story is written by Greg Hale (Mindhunter, The Avengers), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), with Brugués to direct.

“Scared Stiff”: It’s set in Oregon and written and directed by Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Stories).

As we can see, the first season explores tall tales from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington.

Looks like we’ll have to do a bit of research on those episode titles to get a better idea of these urban legends. If only they came with a synopsis.

Ready For Scares

Gunpowder & Sky CEO Van Toffler discusses his intentions and hopes for the series:

“The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators…With 50 States of Fright we sought out a diverse group of breakthrough performers and fearless horror visionaries and partnered them with Sam Raimi to oversee the creative process. This winning formula ensures we’ll get a shitload of scares.”

Bleeding Cool thrives on a “shitload of scares,” so sign us up for 50 States of Fright!

Raimi and Debbie Liebling (Pen15) executive produce through their company, Pod 3. Tony DiSanto, Cody Zwieg, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale, and Chris Mangano are also executive producers. Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand Alter is set to co-produce alongside DIGA Studios.

The Hollywood Reporter

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