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Since the entirety of October is officially Halloween this year (shut up, you!), we at Psycho Drive-In have decided to attempt to fill the month with thirty-one recommendations for horror-related movies, comics, books, TV shows, toys, games, and everything in-between. It’s gonna be a grab-bag of goodies we feel you should be exposed to, whether you like it or not! But don’t expect your standard suggestions for Halloween fun, we’re digging into some stuff that we love in the hopes that you might make this October a little bit weirder than usual.

Weirder in a good way. Not like what’s going on outside in the hellscape of 2020.

Talk about horror movies enough, and eventually the conversation will arise: If you were somehow in one, what character would you want with you? An obvious choice would be Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, but the fact is she survives, but nobody around her does. There’s Heston from The Omega Man, but how long would a person be able to hold out against the machismo before getting eaten by a nuclear mutant doesn’t seem that bad? Clooney as Seth Gecko is calm and ruthless but would leave you in a second for making fun of that goofy tattoo. A lot horror protagonists, including Quint, Dr. Loomis, or the Vincent Price or Will Smith versions of Robert Neville might be fun to watch, but leave something lacking in the companionship department.

Truth be told, I’d pick Nick Frost as Ed from Sean of the Dead. From a purely selfish standpoint, I think I could beat him in a foot race, earning me a few more precious moments of life. Really though, I’m basically hamburger for whatever monster, zombie, or vampire is in pursuit. Do I want to spend my final moments watching Heston pick his goblin teeth or having Clooney assault me with cool soliloquies about violence and toes? I’d rather tell a couple of jokes, hoist a few beers and eat some donuts before something really bad happens. Frost, really the best part of anything he’s in, would be the perfect partner with whom to succumb to the inevitable. He just seems like a good hang.

It is an unexpected treat this Halloween season that Frost is in Truth Seekers, a Prime series dropping a first season of eight episodes on October 30. Evil Corp Amazon has played it close to the vest with this one, but Frost plays an IT technician whose avocation is investigating the supernatural. In a turn of events that will surprise exactly nobody but should be good for some laughs, he stumbles upon some actual paranormal goings on that might be tied to the head of his corporation, played by Simon Pegg. The pairing of Frost and Pegg is enough to move Truth Seekers to the top of many watchlists, but the series also stars Susan Wokoma, who has genre experience in Crazyhead and matched wits with another Frost-like presence- Jackie Daytona himself, Matthew Berry- in Year of the Rabbit. Also in the cast is probable actual vampire Malcolm McDowell, who therefore method acted in Tales From the Crypt.

My hopes for the series rest on Julian Barrett, who is listed in the role of Dr. Peter Toynbee. Barrett, in addition to being pretty silly in Mindhorn, appeared in three episodes of my personal holy grail of funny horror, Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place. If the trailer is indicative of the series at large, Truth Seekers will play a lot Dark Place with a budget. This might make it nearly unwatchable to most of the viewing public at large but is something I feel like I deserve after making it this far into the actual Hellscape of 2020.

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