Netflix certainly knows the power of a good scare and is teaming up with one of the best directors for creepy thrills, Guillermo del Toro, to deliver the new series Cabinet of Curiosities. Dropping 25th October, the show arrives just in time for Halloween – if you want even more spooky TV, try The Midnight Club, or for something slightly more light-hearted, try the new Addams Family reboot Wednesday.

Cabinet of Curiosities is an eight-episodes-long title anthology series, telling a different story in each episode. Unlike the majority of Netflix’s shows, this won’t be released all at once either: two episodes will be released across four days, so you can watch two spooky stories back to back. It boasts a solid cast, with actors including F. Murray Abraham, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Andrew, Nia Vardalos, Andrew Lincoln, Essie Davis, Crispin Glover, Peter Weller, Rupert Grint, and many more. It’s not just the cast members who are notable though, with the stories written and directed by some of the minds behind horror hits like The BabadookMandy, and Cube.

While there’s not a lot of info on what the stories will be about (which is a good thing for twists and turns), you can an idea of what they might cover from the episode titles, with names like “Graveyard Rats” and “Dreams in the Witch House” to whet your appetite. Devoted horror fiction fans out there might recognise some of these already, with several being based on short horror stories from the 20th century – including two by the master of weird horror writing, HP Lovecraft. Two of the episodes use stories written by del Toro himself.

Netflix have shared the trailer, with del Toro appearing to show some of what you can expect: while the director isn’t personally directing any of the episodes himself, fans of his work like Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water will be able to spot his fingerprints all over the its look and feel, with unearthly creatures, dark forests and a general Gothically creepy atmosphere. Summing up the series, del Toro stated that “with Cabinet of Curiosities, what I’m trying to say is, ‘Look: The world is beautiful and horrible at exactly the same time’.”

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities releases on Netflix on 25th October.

Want more great shows to watch this month? Check out our Best of Streaming for October guide.


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