Monsterland (TV series)
Monsterland is an American drama anthology horror streaming television series created by Mary Laws, based upon the short story collection North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud. It consists of eight episodes and premiered on October 2, 2020, on Hulu.
|Created by||Mary Laws|
|Based on||North American Lake Monsters: Stories|
by Nathan Ballingrud
|Music by||Gustavo Santaolalla|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||42–53 minutes|
|Original release||October 2, 2020|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Port Fourchon, LA"||Anne Sewitsky||Mary Laws||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Keilly McQuail, Megan Byrne, Matthew James Ballinger|
|2||"Eugene, OR"||Kevin Phillips||Scott Kosar||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Charlie Tahan, Ben Rappaport, Sherry Ward, Nadia Alexander, Jack DiFalco|
|3||"New Orleans, LA"||Craig William Macneill||Mary Laws||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Kaitlyn Dever, Marquis Rodriguez, Lauren Bittner, Matty Cardarople, Cheryl Freeman, Anthony Hervey|
|4||"New York, NY"||Eagle Egilsson||Wesley Strick||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Tina Benko, Teresa Avia Lim, Tony Crane, Nicole LaLiberté, Julie Dretzin|
|5||"Plainfield, IL"||Logan Kibens||Emily Kaczmarek||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Eva Jette Putrello, Angela Grovey, Laura Jordan|
|6||"Palacios, TX"||Nicolas Pesce||Mary Laws||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Tyson Ritter, Alfredo Narciso|
|7||"Iron River, MI"||Desiree Akhavan||Emily Kaczmarek||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Kelly Marie Tran, Joy Osmanski, Sarah Catherine Hook, Susan Pourfar, Alice Kremelberg, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Henry Ayres-Brown|
|8||"Newark, NJ"||Babak Anvari||Mary Laws||October 2, 2020|
|Cast : Mike Colter, Adepero Oduye, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Chernus, Vanessa Aspillaga, Scott Nicholson|
In May 2019, it was announced Hulu had given the series an eight-episode order, with Mary Laws creating the series and serving as an executive producer based upon the short story North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud, with Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh serving as executive producers with Anvari set to direct an episode of the series, and Annapurna Television attached to produce. The series was released on October 2, 2020.
In November 2019, it was announced Kaitlyn Dever and Jonathan Tucker had joined the cast of the series, appearing in the first episode. In February 2020, Mike Colter joined the cast of the series. In July 2020, it was announced Kelly Marie Tran and Taylor Schilling had joined the cast of the series. In August 2020, it was announced Nicole Beharie, Adepero Oduye, Roberta Colindrez, Charlie Tahan and Hamish Linklater had joined the cast of the series.
For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 72% based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 6.71/10. The website's critics' consensus reads, "Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 63 out of 100 based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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