Teen horror shows have become a trend of late and ‘Freakish‘ is one such show which perfectly captures what a teen horror show is all about. Created by Beth Szymkowski, the show, which airs on Hulu, boasts several social media stars among its cast, and follows a group of high school students who get trapped inside their school following a nearby chemical explosion that turns humans into horrific mutated creatures.
Season 1 of ‘Freakish’ aired on October 10, 2016, and it created a lasting impression among teenage audiences, despite poor reviews by critics who criticized it for its tone and unoriginal ideas. However, Hulu renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on October 18, 2017, and was again loved by its teenage fan base. If you fall among fans of the show and are wondering whether ‘Freakish’ will return for a third season, there’s bad news for you. Read on to know more.
Freakish Cast: Who is in it?
‘Freakish’ features a predominantly young and inexperienced cast that has created a cult following. In the show, several high-profile social media stars and celebrities play the main characters.
Leading the pack is martial artists Leo Howard as Grover Jones, one of the students of the school who becomes a survivor after attending detention to be with his crush, Violet Adams. YouTuber Liza Koshy, meanwhile, plays Leo’s crush Violet, who lands up in detention owing to her lack of patience and tendency to lash out.
Adam Hicks plays school bully Diesel Turner, who also lands up in detention owing to his tendency to bully juniors. Other main cast members who play the roles of the other survivors include Aislinn Paul as Natalie Callaway, Meghan Rienks as Zoe Parker, Melvin Gregg as Lashawn Deveraux, Tyler Chase as Barrett McIntyre, Hayes Grier as Noodle Nelson, Niki DeMartino as Sadie, Saxon Sharbino as Anka Keller, and Jordan Calloway as Zane Hiatt.
Apart from the main cast members, ‘Freakish’ has several recurring cast members playing the roles of minor characters who make episodic or short-lived appearances in the show.
Freakish Plot: What is it about?
The show takes place in the fictional school of Kent High, and the apocalyptic events in the show start off on a Saturday. Several students of the school report on Saturday for detention, while many others also go for other activities like basketball coaching, debate preparations, music practice, etc. However, this very ordinary Saturday takes a turn for the unimaginable when a bell rings out, signalling a containment drill and evacuation. Not uncommon for a town that has a large chemical plant, some heed the call while others don’t. When the students who heeded the call and closed themselves off in a protected shelter head back out into the school, they see that the fallout from a chemical explosion has completely decimated their town. Not only are the townsfolk dead, they have also mutated into predatory zombie-like creatures, referred to as “freaks”. Left with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, the survivors must bunker down in the now dark and creepy school building and they have to fight for survival to keep themselves alive as the apocalypse wages outside. As the show progresses, a new batch of survivors arrive at the school, thereby making the fight for survival even more complex, owing to conflicts between the groups and a paucity of resources.
Being a teen horror drama, ‘Freakish’ is partly a zombie survival show, and partly a teen soap. It has all the elements that characterize a teen soap, including romantic relationships, high school rivalries, strategic alliances, clique warfare, and the like, all of which collectively serve to complicate the already difficult task of surviving and weathering a zombie apocalypse. The show is there as replete with teenage drama as it is with multiple survival strategies. That being said, if you’re neither interested in a low-budget zombie show, nor interested in teenage drama, then ‘Freakish’ is probably not your cup of tea.
In terms of reception, individual critics have criticized the show for its lack of originality and its temperament, but we don’t know what critics as a whole feel about it as no aggregated critic reviews exist on websites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. What we do know is that the show enjoys mediocre popularity among viewers, and has an average rating of 6.6/10 on IMDb. This is perhaps understandable, as a teenage zombie survival show is unlikely to attract or entertain viewers of all ages.
Freakish Season 3 Release Date: Renewed or Canceled?
Season 2 of ‘Freakish’ premiered on October 18, 2017, but since then no official announcement has been made pertaining to the future of the show. However, in July 2018, several publications reported that Hulu had pulled the plug on the show, which is not surprising at all given the show’s lack of mass appeal and its poor performance in terms of critical appraisal. So, if you’re looking for teenage drama set amid a zombie apocalypse, it’s best that you start looking elsewhere, because ‘Freakish’ will most likely not be coming back for Season 3.
Since Hulu has canceled ‘Freakish’ there’s no new season or trailer to look forward to. However, here is the trailer for Season 2 to give you a glimpse into the show and what transpires in the second season.
Read More: Best Horror Movies on Netflix