Release Date: September 20th, 2019
MPA Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 8 episodes
Created By: Vera Miao
Starring: Guillermo Arribas, Pepper Binkley, Jim Parrack, Nicole Kang, Greta Quispe, Kate Jennings Grant, Jaiden Smith, Uly Schlesinger, Zaria Degenhardt, Tara Pacheco, Melinda Mo, Christopher Shyer, Wai Ching Ho, Kimberley Wong, Mikelle Wright-Matos, and Aleyse Shannon.
Two-Sentence Horror Stories are a series of short stories that present us with various creepy scenarios. At approximately 22 minutes per episode, the series follows in the path of shows such as The Twilight Zone. The dilemma and characters of each show are different but they all have one thing in common. Each episode ends with two sentences appearing on the screen, which in turn summarize what just happened.
The following are short summaries of each episode from IMDB.com.
Episode 1 (Gentleman) – A serial killer with an obsession for single moms stalks a young mother who rejected him.
Episode 2 (Squirm) – A low-paid office assistant wakes up naked in her own bed after the office holiday party with no idea how she got there. Who was it and what did he put inside her?
Episode 3 (Legacy) – The ghost of an abusive husband continues to torment his family even after his death.
Episode 4 (Hide) – A devoted nanny fights to protect the autistic child in her care during a horrifying home invasion.
Episode 5 (Scion) – When a rebellious teen is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his family’s legacy and wealth ensure him a place in an exclusive, experimental treatment center that has a far more sinister transformation in mind.
Episode 6 (Tutorial) – A beauty vlogger records a complex makeup tutorial as the camera catches someone slipping into her room when she’s not looking.
Episode 7 (Only Child) – When an elderly Haitian grandma is forced to move in with her estranged son, she begins to suspect something is very wrong with his perfect family.
Episode 8 (Little Monsters) – A monster adults can’t see hunts the vulnerable children of a housing project.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of the original Twilight Zone series, as well as the movie. With this in mind, I would expect Two-Sentence Horror Stories to be comparable to its predecessor. Unfortunately, I did not feel it accomplished this. The plots were a bit boring and predictable at the same time. It did not feel as if the writers placed their whole effort in writing these short stories.
Even so, if I had to recommend at least one episode, it would be episode 6, Tutorial. The turn that this show took was unexpected and brutal. I was surprised and interested. It also has an element of gore that modern horror fans will enjoy.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars