The kids are back in school. Labor Day is over. Pumpkin spice has permeated the air. I turned off my air conditioner for two whole days. Fall is here! And Netflix has promised a few new additions to the Halloween season — which starts September 1, I don’t make the rules — to make things a little spookier.
The first, The Imperfects, is optimistically described by Netflix as “The Umbrella Academy meets The Boys.” I doubt that it’s accurate, but this series about a teen chupacabra, a banshee, and a succubus suffering medical experiments at the hands of an evil scientist does give off vibes like The Order and The Magicians, exactly the kind of cheesy fun for which I am the target audience. Sometimes good and bad take a backseat to “entertaining.” It comes from the mind of Kim Garland, one of the writers on the surprisingly great Chucky series with Devon Sawa.
It comes out tomorrow, which is a pleasant surprise.
Further out but more exciting is a new film by Henry Selick (Nightmare before Christmas, Coraline) and Jordan Peele (Nope, Us) called Wendell & Wild. Peele and longtime collaborator Keegan-Michael Key reunite as the titular demons haunting Kat (Lyric Ross, This Is Us) a teen struggling to make a new life in her old hometown. It looks appropriately spooky from the man who brought Neil Gaiman’s creepy Other Mother to life and will probably give a few children nightmares. Good.
Wendell & Wild drops October 28, the Friday before Halloween.