‘Darknet’ strays from overdone horror tropes, uses unique scare tactics

By Devon Shuman, Senior Staff Writer

Of all the activities that are most popular during the Halloween season, watching scary movies might be one of the most enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of terror and satisfaction from staying up late, turning off the lights and popping in a horror movie.

In today’s world, when series such as “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead” dominate ratings, horror shows are becoming just as popular as their cinematic counterparts. But, if you’re too busy to binge an entire 13-hour season, or if you’re simply looking for a change of pace, “Darknet” might be a good choice for a spooky screening this weekend.

Due to its short season and episodes, the Canadian anthology series is perfect for watching in quick bursts. Each half-hour episode is separate from the others, so instead of being tied down by long, linear narratives, viewers can pick and choose episodes that sound good.

If a season of “American Horror Story” is a novel, a season of “Darknet” is a collection of short stories.

Each episode features two or three seemingly separate stories involving characters in random horror situations. A female med student living alone begins to suspect someone else is living in her house. A man is led on a grisly scavenger hunt in his building’s mailroom. A woman in a hotel room notices a sinister peeping tom across the street.

Every storyline throughout the season is connected in their relation to the Darknet, a website filled with videos of real life murders and forums regarding malevolent topics such as how to dispose of a body or how to purchase human organs.

One thing that is immediately noticeable about “Darknet” is the acting is horrible.

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