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Netflix has plenty of chills coming in its 2022 original series

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The streamer has zombies (including the ARMY OF THE DEAD animated series), vampires, a deadly cult and more on tap for next year, along with the next season of STRANGER THINGS.

Netflix has unveiled its lineup of genre series debuting in 2022, including a bunch of horror shows. The details are as follows:

ARCHIVE 81 (pictured above, debuts January 14, 2022): ARCHIVE 81 follows archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), who takes a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994. Reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), he is drawn into her investigation of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment building. As the season unfolds across these two timelines, Dan slowly finds himself obsessed with uncovering what happened to Melody. When the two characters form a mysterious connection, Dan becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago. An original story loosely inspired by the popular podcast of the same name, ARCHIVE 81 is a supernatural horror series executive produced by showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine (THE BOYS, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), James Wan and Michael Clear of Atomic Monster (The CONJURING Universe film franchise, MALIGNANT), Rebecca Thomas (STRANGER THINGS, LIMETOWN), Antoine Douaihy (PANIC, THE GOOD COP) and Paul Harris Boardman (DELIVER US FROM EVIL).

ALL OF US ARE DEAD: A story about people who are trapped in a high school where a zombie virus is spreading and those who are trying to save them as extreme situations riddled with surprises unfold.

ARMY OF THE DEAD: LOST VEGAS: The animated series chronicles the origin story of Scott (Dave Bautista) and his rescue crew during the initial fall of Vegas as they confront the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak. The series will be executive-produced by Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Wesley Coller from The Stone Quarry alongside Jay Olivia and Shay Hatten. Zack Snyder will direct two episodes. Jay Oliva (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, TRESE) will be showrunning as well as directing two episodes of the series. Meduzarts Animation Studio will serve as the animation studio.

FIRST KILL: When it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Imani Lewis). But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter, from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for. Felicia D. Henderson (THE PUNISHER, EMPIRE, GOSSIP GIRL, SOUL FOOD) is the writer, showrunner, and executive producer for FIRST KILL, which is based on the short story by New York Times best-selling author Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, who is also a writer and executive producer for the series. Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss serve as executive producers through Belletrist Productions.

LOCKE & KEY Season 3: The Locke family uncovers more magic within Keyhouse, while a new threat–the most dangerous one yet–looms in Matheson with plans of his own for the keys. From Carlton Cuse (LOST, BATES MOTEL) and Meredith Averill (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE), LOCKE & KEY is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family. LOCKE & KEY on Netflix is the television adaptation of the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Entertainment.

THE MIDNIGHT CLUB: A new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, MIDNIGHT MASS) based on the creative works of best-selling author Christopher Pike. Cast includes Iman Benson, Adia, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Aya Furukawa, Annarah Cymone, William Chris Sumpter, Sauriyan Sapkota, Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, Larsen Thompson, William B. Davis, Crystal Balint, Patricia Drake and Heather Langenkamp.

RESIDENT EVIL: A live-action, scripted series that will tell a brand new story building on Capcom’s legendary video game franchise. Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets. Stars Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, along with Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nuñez.

STRANGER THINGS 4 (Summer 2022): A love letter to the ’80s classic genre films that captivated a generation, STRANGER THINGS is a thrilling drama set in the seemingly normal Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana. After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm. Friendships will be tested and lives will be altered as what they discover will change Hawkins and possibly the world–forever.

For more on the fantasy and other genre series Netflix has coming, head over to their blog.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.