John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams Season 1 Review – A thrilling and gruesome true-crime series

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1: Kelly
Episode 2: A Killer Comes Home
Episode 3: House Next Door
Episode 4: Bunny Man
Episode 5: Cursed Neighborhood
Episode 6: Phone Stalker 


Horror fans have been waiting years for a project with John Carpenter’s name on it, and they finally have it with this new anthology horror, true-crime series. Each episode of John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams starts with a chilling introduction by Carpenter himself. “In our suburbs, evil lurks behind closed doors. True stories so terrifying because the horror is real. You’ll never look at your neighbours the same way again.” It grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let up for six blood-curdling episodes. 

The format of true-crime documentary series is tried and tested, and Suburban Screams does follow this particular format, but that’s not a bad thing. Each episode starts with a talking head interview with the real person at the heart of the mystery, and then it uses photographs, dramatic re-enactments and archive footage to tell the story. Some episodes have a resolution, and some don’t, but this is true crime, so this is to be expected. 

There are some episodes that fit into the horror genre we have come to expect John Carpenter to be involved in, like “Cursed Neighborhood,” with the investigation into an urban legend that sees a family move into a new place and experience evil entities. Then there are episodes about genuinely evil people, like ”Phone Stalker” and “A Killer Comes Home,” which will satisfy the more true crime oriented audience. 

Overall, there’s something for everyone in this entertaining six-part series, but don’t go into it thinking this is John Carpenter’s next great horror project, as you will be disappointed. It caters to the horror and true crime audience in equal measure, and tells some truly horrific stories that would put Michael Myers Halloween crimes to shame. 

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  • Verdict - 8/10

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