Monsterland: Mike Colter to star in Hulu anthology series

Not much has been revealed about Hulu’s Monsterland series, but we know it will feature Mike Colter, along with a few other details.

According to Deadline, Mike Colter will be appearing in Hulu’s Monsterland anthology series. While not much has been disclosed about Monsterland yet, we know it’s based on Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters: Stories. As Show Snob has noted beforeNorth American Lake Monsters: Stories was nominated for various awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection. Monsterland was created, written and executive produced by Mary Laws, who wrote the stylish horror film, The Neon Demon, as well as the AMC series, Preacher.  She also wrote the 2019 Succession episode called Dundee.

As for Mike Colter, comic book fans may recognize him from Marvel’s Luke Cage, The Defenders, and Jessica Jones. Also, gamers might know him as Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise. He’s also appeared in films such as Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Black and Blue. Other upcoming projects for Colter include Fatale, as well as Aharon Keshales’ upcoming thriller, Till Death.

Regarding Monsterland itself, IMDb’s summary promises “Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves,” and stories highlighting “a thin line between man and beast.” The three top-billed stars are Mason Schneiderman, Cat Ascienzo, Vanessa Aspillaga. Deadline says “[Mike Colter] will play Brian in the episode, titled ‘Newark, New Jersey.'”  Executive producers of Monsterland include Laws, Babak Anvari, Lucan Toh, Megan Ellison, and Sue Naegle.

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Hulu has had success with horror/spooky series like Castle Rock, Light as a FeatherInto the Dark, and Freakish, among others. Monsterland seems like it has potential, though it will have a tough time competing with other series (including, of course, Shudder’s Creepshow anthology series, which was objectively a huge hit among horror fans).  If Hulu can be less quick to cancel shows than, say, Netflix, it may end up enjoying an edge in its expanding lineup.

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