By Kyle Price-Livingston
No genre is better suited to the anthology style than horror. Whether it’s Tales from the Crypt, The Outer Limits or even The Twilight Zone (which was sort of a split between sci-fi and horror) popularity and ratings have repeatedly demonstrated that, so long as you can create an interesting scenario or introduce a relatable group of people, the rest of us are eager to sit back and watch a horrible sequence of events ruin the whole thing.
The Dead Hour now takes its place among the aforementioned excellent shows. Indie directors Daniel B. Iske and Scott Coleman have created a series of 15-20 minute standalone episodes, united only by their overarching creepiness. It’s a great thing to see people with talent and an obvious passion for the genre step up and create something this fully realized. The production values are extremely high and the writing is professional quality (which makes sense, since these guys are pros, but it’s still pleasant). The acting is generally quite good, and the performers seem to have a sense of when to get out of the way and let the atmosphere and storytelling of the directors take over. There is a unity of thought and purpose behind the whole thing that elevates this show far above many of its colleagues in the genre.
Our “Crypt Keeper” is a sultry radio DJ named Raven (Melissa Holder), who sets the tone for each episode through a cloud of smoke and across the rim of a martini. It’s an engaging hook that feels modern while simultaneously tipping it’s cap to its TV and radio forebears. We’re two seasons in, and there’s no end in sight for this excellent and exceedingly spooky series. Check it out now at thedeadhour.com!