'Into the Dark: Flesh and Blood': Dermot Mulroney explains exactly why the episode's take on Thanksgiving is so dark and twisted
Flesh and Blood deals with an agoraphobic teen who is scared to step out of the house following her mother's death, but things get even worse with her dad's suspicious behavior.
It has been over a week since the release of Hulu's new anthology series, 'Into the Dark's second episode 'Flesh and Blood' and fans still can't stop raving about it on social media. And for good reason too, because of just how unique the show's concept is. 'Into the Dark' releases monthly episodes focussing on one particular festival from the month itself, and putting a horror spin on the festivities. The first episode, 'The Body' came out in October and revolved around Halloween, and following suit was 'Flesh and Blood' that released earlier this month, and plays with the theme of Thanksgiving. Starring Dermot Mulroney, the episode centers around an agoraphobic teen (Diana Silvers) who cannot get over her mother's murder, and that forces her to stay confined within her house. Making the whole scenario all the more twisted is her father (Mulroney) whose character has some creepy, suspicious vibes as is obvious from the trailer. Why you ask? Mulroney himself has the answers for you!
Considering the show is a Blumhhouse Productions - from the mastermind of horror, Jason Blum himself - it was quite obvious that it is going to be full of horrifying psychological twists and turns. Referring to the same, Mulroney revealed how he came to be a part of the sinister plot in the first place. "I had made acquaintance with Jason Blum years and years ago on other films, and with Blumhouse with Insidious Chapter 3 about four or five years ago," he told SyFy Wire. "They work really closely with people, and repeatedly. So I was hoping to get some repeat business out of those guys over there at Blumhouse, so I was happy when they called me to be in their second episode of the Hulu series."
But that isn't all, as Mulroney is actually pretty intrigued by the twisted mess that 'Flesh and Blood' turned out to be. "A couple things I like about 'Flesh & Blood': One is that it doesn't really trick you into thinking the culprit is somebody else," he told the outlet. "The pursuit of a plot twist was set aside on this. We didn't really care to have you wonder whether I was the good guy or the bad guy. Just let it reveal itself at its own pace instead of trying to put in red herrings or tricks. This is not a spoiler that I'm crazy as s*** and I'm trying to kill my own daughter."
But viewers and audience both are pretty seasoned with the twists that psychological horrors like these hold. So what sets it apart? For those wondering exactly why this episode is a particularly creepy take on the wholesome vibe that Thanksgiving is, Mulroney explains that "First of all, audiences are way too savvy and if they know they're watching horror, they're looking for whodunnit anyhow. So remove that and it really does honor these people and these characters, who are authentically dealing with real grief."
And added bonus? In his own words, "The family drama part of flesh and blood is just as interesting to me. Of course, we take our story to the insane extreme and it goes into violence and gore and horror, but really its basis is a character study of two people who have no coping skills."