In the Flesh and The Secret of Crickley Hall Coming to DVD on October 8th

by Rob Caprilozzi

Two horror series from BBC, In the Flesh and The Secret of Crickley Hall are coming our way on DVD on Ocotber 5th.

In The Flesh, BBC AMERICA’s three-part series that WIRED called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community that rejected him and the family he chose to leave behind. Can Kieren’s neighbors forgive him for what he did in his untreated state? More importantly, can Kieren forgive himself- for his life as a zombie, and for the things he did before? This three-part mini-series about feeling ‘other’ explores how chaos is born, and the destructive effects it can have on both the individual and the community. A second season of this critically acclaimed series, created by Dominic Mitchell, has already been confirmed.

Based on the novel by best-selling author James Herbert, The Secret of Crickley Hall begins a year after the disappearance of 5-year-old Cam Caleigh. Cam’s parents, Gabe (Tom Ellis, The Fades) and Eve (Suranne Jones, Doctor Who), seek a new start for their family by moving to Crickley Hall – a seemingly perfect countryside house. But when Eve begins to hear Cam’s cries and a frenzied cane-wielding specter goes after their terrified daughters, the Caleighs realize that the house comes with a lot more than they bargained for… The story shifts between the present day and 1943, when the house was an orphanage for children who had been evacuated from London during the war and run by the frightening Augustus Cribben (Douglas Henshall, Primeval). As past and present come together, the Caleighs desperately race to unravel the mystery of the house and its connection to their missing son before the evil that stalks Crickley Hall claims their other children. Also starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), BBC AMERICA’s classic haunted house thriller is full of scares, yet underpinned by the heartbreaking story of a family that needs to heal, and ghosts who need to be laid to rest.

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