**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**
Sometimes less is more and Two Sentence Horror Stories delivers with its short episodes, bringing us just the right amount of unnerving moments for these compelling female protagonists. Real life horror lurks in the shadows, seeping into our doubts, which creates a unique take on psychological horror, while touching on social concerns seamlessly. If you are looking for some chilling fun with some terrifying twists, you are in the right place!
Two Sentence Horror Stories is a horror anthology series based on the popular fan-fiction that emerged on Reddit. Each episode is about 30 minutes in length and follows a different creepy story, somewhat similar to the approach of Hulu’s Into the Dark and The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.
The series will feature 8 episodes for season 1 and the first 2 episodes premiered on The CW on August 8th 2019. While I have been underwhelmed by some of the other horror anthology series currently airing, Two Sentence Horror Stories genuinely surprised me and captured my undivided attention, but will the rest of the episodes be able to measure up? I’m hoping so!
Genuinely satisfying twists.
I don’t know about you, but I love playing Nancy Drew when it comes to figuring out any type of mystery and I have to say that both episodes kept me guessing. The reveals were shocking and unsettling.
Strong female protagonists.
These interesting female characters will immediately draw you in. I absolutely love that the majority of the episodes will feature women of color and I really thought that the performances were believable and spot on. There are so many real life dangers that women have to face and this series has successfully brought some of these social concerns to light without hitting you over the head with them like some other series.
The episodes are the perfect length and really pay tribute to where Two Sentence Horror Stories originated.
I mean, it would probably be silly to have a series based on horror stories consisting of two sentences airing for an hour, but is 30 minutes enough time to truly make an impact? Yes! While I have been previously bored by some other horror anthology series, I really appreciated the short length of the episodes of Two Sentence Horror Stories. The creepy background music and the simplicity of it all just works somehow and it doesn’t drag anything out.
I also love that each episode starts off with the first sentence of the horror story and then once the twist is revealed, it ends with the second sentence, really reminding you what this show is based on and proving that something genuinely terrifying and unique doesn’t have to be long and drawn out.
Maybe not the type of horror you are expecting.
I honestly really can’t come up with a con for this series yet, as both episode 1 (Gentleman) and episode 2 (Squirm) deliver. The only thing I would say is if you are expecting something supernatural or a slasher gory massacre, this is not for you. It has more of a dark psychological vibe, but the real life terror works just as effectively in my opinion. We’ll have to see if the remaining 6 episodes can hold up to the first 2, but I have high expectations now.
So am I in or out?
I am in 100 percent! I have to admit that I didn’t really expect much going into this series. The CW added it to the summer line-up, which made me hesitate slightly, but I am so glad that I gave this series a chance because it is unique, smart, and scary! I can’t wait to watch the next episodes and I definitely recommend it!
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Two Sentence Horror Stories in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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