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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Murder, Monsters and Cronenberg: 10 Genre Series We Can’t Wait to Watch in April 2023

April officially marks the Halfway to Halloween point, and this month’s brand new TV series debuts definitely reflect that. It’s a packed month for genre television, from horror-inspired documentary shows to contemporary reboots of ‘80s genre classics.

From Horror to Thrillers and all the genre-benders in between… April has it all. 

Here are 10 genre TV series we can’t wait to see in April 2023.

Hell’s Paradise – Crunchyroll (April 1)

Hell's Paradise anime

This brand new anime series by MAPPA, the creators of “Attack on Titan,” debuted on Crunchyroll over the weekend. In the series, “Gabimaru reigns as the strongest and most ruthless assassin in his village. But now finds himself on death row—with only one way out: retrieve the Elixir of Life from a sinister island. Longing for freedom, he accepts the challenge.

“But with fellow convicts vying for the same prize and demonic beasts lurking, how will Gabimaru and his handler, the executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri, survive this harrowing quest?”

In other words, things will get very bloody very fast in this one.

Reginald the Vampire – Hulu (April 5)

Reginald the Vampire bares fangs

If you missed SYFY’s horror-comedy series when it aired last October, here’s your chance to catch up on Hulu ahead of season two. The Jacob Batalon-starring series follows unlikely hero Reginald Andres as he navigates love, a bad boss, and a head vampire that wants him dead. It’s a good thing that Reginald has vampiric powers of his own.

Slasher: Ripper – Shudder (April 6)

Slasher Ripper season 5

The Widow in Slasher: Ripper (Season 5, Episode 1). Photo Credit: Nikki Ross/Shudder

The latest season of this slasher anthology arrives this week, with the first two episodes premiering on Shudder and AMC+ on April 6. This time, the series head to the past to explore the terrors of a ruthless serial killer. The season’s killer, The Widow, borrows a page from infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. The Widow eschews Jack the Ripper’s victim of choice in favor of doling out punishment to the rich and powerful. That’s bad news for Eric McCormack’s (“Will & Grace”) Basil Garvey, a charismatic tycoon whose success is only rivaled by his cruelty as he oversees a city on the cusp of a new century.

Mrs. Davis – Peacock (April 20)

Betty Gilpin in Mrs. Davis

Mrs. Davis is the world’s most powerful Artificial Intelligence. Simone is the nun devoted to destroying Her. The premiere episode that was recently screened at SXSW revealed a surreal genre-bender unafraid to get bloody. Betty Gilpin (The Hunt) stars in “Mrs. Davis,” which will premiere with four episodes on Thursday, April 20, only on Peacock.

Sweet Tooth Season 2 – Netflix (April 21)

Sweet Tooth Christian Convery

Sweet Tooth. Christian Convery as Gus in episode 201 of Sweet Tooth. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

This series, based on the comic by Jeff Lemire, is back! Gus (Cocaine Bear’s Christian Convery) and his fellow hybrids must find a way out of captivity before General Abbot (Neil Sandilands) can destroy them forever in his bid for a world cure. We can expect the apocalyptic tale from showrunner Jim Mickle (Stake Land) to wedge itself further into our hearts this season.

Catch up on season one now, or read our review.

Dead Ringers – Prime Video (April 21)

Dead Ringers

A new, modern reimagining of David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller starring Jeremy Irons, “Dead Ringers” will feature Rachel Weisz playing the dual roles of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twins who share everything. That includes drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes for women’s health. All six episodes will premiere on April 21 exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Amityville: An Origin Story – MGM+ (April 23)

Amityville: An Origin Story

Amityville: An Origin Story Season 1 Episode 101

From Director/Executive Producer Jack Riccobono, Amityville: An Origin Story tells the story behind the world’s most infamous haunted house tale: the Amityville murders. This one is for true crime fans that love a horror crossover. The four-part docuseries premieres at 10 pm immediately following the Season 2 premiere of “From.”

Speaking of which…

From Season 2 – MGM+ (April 23)

FROM Season 2 Episode 201: Strangers in a Strange Land

The propulsive mystery box horror series is back this month with season two. Expect the mysteries and conspiracies to deepen as more answers get revealed for the residents trapped in a strange town with monsters that threaten their existence once darkness falls. Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) leads this series created and executive produced by John Griffin (Crater), directed and executive produced by Jack Bender (“Lost,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Mercedes”), and executive produced by showrunner Jeff Pinkner (“Fringe,” “Alias,” “Lost”).

Love & Death – HBO Max (April 27)

Love and Death HBO

The limited true crime series “tells the true story of Candy and Pat Montgomery and Betty and Allan Gore — two churchgoing couples enjoying their small-town Texas life… until an extramarital affair leads somebody to pick up an axe.” If this doesn’t seem horror enough, then perhaps this might help: the series is based on the nonfiction book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs by John Bloom, also known as horror host Joe Bob Briggs!

Fatal Attraction – Paramount+ (April 30)

Fatal Attraction

Dead Ringers isn’t the only ‘80s genre gem getting a contemporary update this month. “Fatal Attraction” will recontextualize the thriller’s villain, which sees a man whose one night stand comes back to haunt him. Lizzy Caplan (“Castle Rock”) is starring as female lead Alex Forrest in the Paramount+ reboot series, with Joshua Jackson (“Dr. Death”) playing Dan Gallagher.

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