Launched earlier this Summer, The Witching Season is a new web series whose sole purpose is basically the celebration of Halloween. Inspired by anthology series such as Tales From The Crypt, The Twilight Zone and Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, The Witching Season sets a very specific tone for its tales thanks to a subtle synth intro theme by Slasher Dave and grainy film effects. The overall effect is a show that could have stepped straight out of the late 70s or early 80s.
While none of the three shorts released to date are especially gory or even frightening, by today’s standards anyway, they all capture a certain spirit of Halloween that I think similar series fail to pick up on…it’s an atmosphere of dread punctuated by creative storytelling, confident cinematography, solid sound design and subtle flourishes of Halloween in the set designs. Naturally, each episode in the series has its own unique twist ending which series to subvert viewer’s expectations and, for the most part, does a good job at it. Directed by series creator Michael Ballif, the first short film (see below) is perhaps my favorite so far:
The other two shorts, both by Writer/Director James Morris, are equally entertaining and Ballif says we can expect a fourth entry in the series from him soon. At any rate, if you’re looking for something new to watch that will get you in the perfect mood for this October The Witching Season is definitely worth checking out. Here’s hoping that the team at Witching Season Films keeps the haunts coming this Halloween season.