Into the Dark's 'Pooka': Trailer for December episode promises healthy servings of horror, social satire
Every monthly episode centers around a festival representative of the particular month it's released in. No prizes for guessing what December's episode is will be centered around.
With just two days to go for the release of Hulu's anthology horror series Into the Dark's third episode, 'Pooka,' both excitement and anticipation have built up. And, that was fueled by the new trailer, which arrived a couple of days ago, weeks after a teaser snippet was released during one of the commercial breaks on the streaming network.
Coming from Blumhouse Productions, it is not surprising this monthly episodic anthology series is a mix of equal parts of comedy and horror, with satire playing a major role in how the events of each episode are played out. That was been established by the past two episodes of the series, and by the looks of it, 'Pooka' will be no different.
As per the show's protocol, every monthly episode centers around a festival representative of the particular month it's released in. So, 'Pooka', releasing December 2, will inevitably be a classic Christmas horror. The name of the episode reveals what viewers should look out for the most, because the specific element of horror in the upcoming episode is a costume based on the Pooka toy - which seems like a must-have item for the kids.
The official synopsis describes the plot: “A struggling actor gets a holiday season job as a Christmas character in a plush suit to promote the hottest toy of the year, 'Pooka.' At first it’s a fun and friendly distraction, but he slowly develops two personalities – one when he’s in the suit, and one that’s outside it – as Pooka slowly starts to take possession of him. This unconventional monster movie is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, the visionary behind the acclaimed 2016 Kaiju film 'Colossal.'”
The trailer hints at the underlying prospective takeaways and subplots that will have viewers talking about the episode for days after the next installment of the debut season. It starts with the introduction of the protagonist, Wilson, and him taking up the job of wearing the Pooka costume for kids' parties and such. Right at the beginning, it is established Pooka is 'pretty unpredictable.' Soon we are shown the craze around the toy with kids and parents going berserk about acquiring one.
Humongous in size and with blue-lit eyes, Pooka is quite unsettling. It's not exactly the toy you want to cuddle to sleep with. But kids are obsessed with it and their parents would seemingly do anything in their power to get their children one of them. Things soon start taking a sinister turn as Wilson claims he's finally settling into the job.
He talks about how things are finally going his way because he has a job, there's a girl he has met, but there's also something else. It is at this point that he speaks about a danger surrounding him. Wilson admits there's something wrong with him and soon the situation takes a 180-degree turn with people turning against him and mysterious murders happening around town.
People tell him he needs to leave because of all the pain he's causing. Wilson feels like he's losing track of time with time lapses and crazy visuals zooming into the screen as he stands there looking paranoid and seeing dead people coming alive. The trailer ends with Wilson announcing he's losing control and that's cue for all the creepy, socially satirical horror that's about to unfold.