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Welcome to Horrorscope, a monthly column keeping horror nerds and initiates up to date on all the genre content coming to and leaving from your favorite streaming services. Here’s a guide to all the essential horror streaming in April 2021.


Spring has sprung!

Dead foliage has given way to eager flowers, budding shrubbery, and all manner of hideous pastoral displays. Some of you may have noticed that your sense of smell has returned to greet you with olfactory delights such as: grass. Oh look, what’s that? Forgotten trash, emerging like some frozen leviathan out of a melting snowbank. How nice. 

But look: April is only the cruelest month if you want it to be. Screw your head on straight and all those breeding lilacs and stirring dull roots take on a more tantalizing aspect. We’re out of winter, friends. Time to greet a new season with open arms. 

In that spirit, this month’s horror highlights are all-new, from either this year or the last. This is something of a departure for this column, which usually tries (an operative word!) to strike a balance between new fare and ye old spooks. But it’s spring, damn it! So brace yourselves for round two of a record-breaking anthology series, a marital nightmare, an explosive coming-of-age horrorshow, and an insightful documentary about how indie horror gets made.

Be sure to peruse the complete list below, calendar in hand, for a full picture of what horror flicks are coming and going from your favorite streaming services this April.


Pick of the Month: Creepshow Season 2 (2021)

Creepshow Season horror streaming april 2021

Synopsis: A revamp of the classic George A. Romero and Stephen King horror anthology films of the same name, Creepshow delivers bite-sized spooks of murder, monsters, and cosmic comeuppance. WIth a pulpy, comic-book gait and an episodic zing, the popular series is back for a second season.

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: there can never be enough horror anthologies.

When Shudder’s reboot of Creepshow debuted in 2019, it broke viewership records and quickly carved out a name for itself as one of the streaming service’s big draws. After the first installment’s runaway success, Shudder enthusiastically greenlit two more seasons. I had the pleasure of reviewing Creepshow‘s first go-round with Rob Hunter. We’re both excited to see what Shudder cooks up for Season 2. 

Executive produced by The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero, the series features two ooky-spooky stories in each episode. This is the great boon of horror anthologies: if something doesn’t turn your crank before you know it, you’re on to the next nightmare. 

This new season’s guest stars include Kevin Dillon, Iman Benson, Josh McDermitt, Keith David, Molly Ringwald, Barbara Crampton (!), Justin Long, and D’Arcy Carden, among others.

Arrives on Shudder on April 1st (new episodes every thursday).

Haunted marriage? Haunted marriage.

Heard And Seen

Synopsis: After moving from Manhattan to a peaceful hamlet in the Hudson Valley, a married couple begins to suspect that their idyllic new home is haunted by its dark past. Soon enough both their house and relationship begin to rot and crack, with one dark secret after another peeling away to reveal generational scars and sinister longings.

Now, look. When it comes to sussing out “what is and isn’t horror,” I’m not above a little semantics here and there. How else am I going to claim historical dramas like The Devils? Or more noir-heavy fare like The Leopard Man? Semantics should be used to enrich a genre, not to gatekeep it. So forgive me for raising a suspicious eyebrow at Things Heard & Seen‘s directors claiming that the film “isn’t a horror film; it’s a supernatural thriller.”

Is “horror” really such a dirty word? In any case, even if this is more of a thrilling spooky experience than an outright gorefest, I’m including this “literary ghost story” on a horror round-up. Fight me in the comments (we don’t have comments, haha!).

Things Heard & Seen is based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear. You might remember writer-directors-spouses Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman from their fantastic Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor. Headlining with Amanda Seyfried and James Norton, Things Heard & Seen‘s cast also includes Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Indiana Jones legend Karen Allen, and F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus).

All told: Things Heard & Seen sounds like a compelling portrait of trouble in paradise that promises to be haunting in more ways than one. In any case, we’ll have to wait until the end of the month until we get to…hear and see it for ourselves.

Premieres on Netflix on April 29th.

A coming of age romance about growing up…and blowing up

Spontaneous

Synopsis: A teenage dream with an explosive twist, Mara’s senior year was supposed to be full of romance and plans for the future. Then, on an otherwise boring day, one of her classmates explodes, coating the walls with gore and viscera, dashing Mara’s dreams of a totally chill final year. Then, before the authorities can get a grip on what’s happening…another kid goes kaboom. Suddenly small-time annoyances (like that weird kid having a crush on her) are the least of Mara’s troubles.

Genuinely horrific horror comedies are hard to come by. And genuinely horrific romantic comedies are harder still. Which makes Brian Duffields debut feature, Spontaneous (2020), all the more of a hat-trick. A darkly sly examination of explosive grief, Spontaneous agrees that all coming-of-age stories should be a little messy. For all the pep in its step, Spontaneous never lets the other (more horrific) shoe drop.

And yet, faced with the reality of gruesome, sudden death, Mara (Katherine Langford) chooses to cherish life and fall in love (with the aforementioned weird kid, played by Charlie Plummer). I’ve been waiting with rocks in my stomach to see how genre…

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