Why NOS4A2 could be the TV horror event of 2019

Last week Entertainment Weekly revealed the first image from the TV adaptation of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2.

With Zachary Quinto (pictured above) playing the villainous Charlie Manx, the show has serious potential to be the best horror TV show of next year.

Quinto dabbled in horror in the Asylum season of American Horror Story as the twisted Bloody Face and for the role of Manx he’s masked by plenty of prosthetics to show the villains age. Although in the novel, as Manx takes the souls of children, his look changes, so expect him to undergo this transformation.

Manx has mannerisms of Freddy Krueger and flits between horrifying to sincerely creepy.

The novel clocks in at a shade under 700 pages with plenty to explore with Manx, his nemesis Vic McQueen and Christmasland.

This isn’t the first Hill novel to get the adaptation treatment, but hopefully NOS4A2 fares better than the Daniel Radcliffe fronted Horns.

It will be interesting to see how faithful AMC will be to the book, which touches on Manx’ vampire like tendencies, Vic’s troubled life and lest we forget the detestable Bing Partridge.

Bing will be played by Olafur Darri Olafsson who featured The Meg, and it will be intriguing to see how demented he will be, given he is the Yang to Manx’ Ying. The book version of Bing has shades of the Yellow King from True Detective, but also comes across as an unhinged man child desperate to go to Christmasland.

Joe Hill also told EW that if the show is a hit, there is potential for further seasons beyond the source material. Given that the story takes place across two different timeframes as we see Vic as a child then evolve into a broken mother after her first encounter with Manx, there is a host of unexplored themes to explore.

Channel Zero has become the purists new favourite horror series, but if it gets renewed for a 5th season next year, NOS4A2 could give it a run for its money as top dog.

NOS4A2 will debut on AMC in summer 2019.

Are you looking forward to NOS4A2? Let us know in the comments.

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