My wife and I were bummed when Yellowjackets wrapped up. The Showtime original kept us theorizing for weeks and when it all came to an end last month, we felt a little stranded ourselves. What were we supposed to watch now? Sure, we had a backlog of shows a mile long, but none of them scratched the horror/mystery/survival itch quite like Yellowjackets did.
Then my buddy Patrick messaged me with a trailer for a new Epix original series called From. I knew within 90 seconds that I had found something to satisfy the itch.
The setup seems somewhat familiar at first: a family of four takes an unexpected detour and finds themselves stuck in a never-ending loop that leads them through the same small town over and over again.
The “I’m stuck in a loop, and I can’t get out” subgenera has had several quality entries in the last decade or so–including Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium back in 2019. But it’s the town and the people within it that immediately sets From apart. The pilot episode wastes no time getting into the action and, more importantly, setting up threads for viewers to follow throughout the coming weeks.
Another differentiating trait of From is its inability to give any fucks at all about murdering children. Seriously, if on-screen violence to little ones is a trigger, you might wanna avoid this one. If it’s a selling point (ya sick bastards), well, I suggest you cue it up immediately. But beyond the on-screen mayhem (which is excellent) is an incredibly intriguing character drama that may or may not be about vampires. I’m still not sure, and the characters in From don’t seem to be either.
The first three episodes are currently available on Epix, and I can’t think of a better incentive to sign up. That said, the initial trio of episodes is also available on Amazon Prime for members. It’s unclear whether or not the rest of the season will stream there as well, but I subscribed to Epix just in case. It’s that good.
Are you already watching From? If so, hit us up at @modernhorrors on social media and throw your theories at me for the next few weeks. I get the feeling this is going to be a wild one, and I’m stoked to have a new series that is every bit as gripping as it is disgusting. Join me.