Last Updated on December 28, 2023
2023 was another thrilling year in TV and film for fans who enjoy the darker side of stories. Whether you took a trip to the cinema, streamed your favourite show at home, or even went out and bought a physical copy of your latest fix (remember having to do that?), there was a wide variety of brilliance in the darker realm of media. The year started with a bang with HBO’s The Last of Us setting the standard in video game adaptations. The Boys continued its disgusting excellence joined by spin-off Gen V, Mike Flanagan created yet another piece of greatness in his adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, and the year finished with another stunning animated show from Netflix with Blue Eye Samurai coming out of nowhere and amazing audiences. We had all that and more with Silo, Alice in Borderland, The Wheel of Time S2, and The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die all scratching that grimdark itch.
2024 can’t top that, can it? Only time will tell, but here’s my most anticipated TV shows and movies for 2024 as we welcome in a new year.
Based on the hugely popular videogame, Fallout is looking to be 2024’s version of The Last of Us. In a post-apocalyptic LA, citizens live in underground bunkers following nuclear decimation. There’s mutants, bandits, and more from this series that will be released in April and from what we have seen so far, this is looking like a faithful adaptation of the game so fans will be salivating for the chance to enter this world filled with radiation and brutality!
Not much is known so far about the latest dip into the world of the terrifying xenomorph. Apparently, this was due to be a TV release before strong early viewings forced producers to give it a summer theatrical release. Hopefully they have learnt from the success of the brilliant Prey set in the Predator universe and will attempt to keep the core of the brilliance of the original films whilst bringing something fresh for an audience ready to be terrified once again.
3 Body Problem
From the creators of Game of Thrones, a fateful decision in the 1960’s echoes across space and time to present day, forcing scientist to face humanity’s greatest threat. Based on the Hugo award winning novel by Liu Cixin (called China’s Arthur C. Clarke), this sci-fi series full of intrigue and adventure has huge potential and we’ll be able to watch the first episode when it drops in March.
House of the Dragon S2
House of the Dragon S1 was an absolute delight thanks to its tight story, great cast (Matt Smith, perfect.) and stunning use of dragons. Learning from the mistakes made in the final seasons of Game of Thrones, it brought viewers back to the world of Westeros and it was like we had never left. The battle for the Targaryean throne continues and in House of the Dragon S2, it is time to see more of that fire and blood as dragons wage war and families and friends are torn apart forever. This will be a bloody treat.
This gothic tale is written and directed by Robert Eggers (The Norseman, The Witch). With an excellent cast (Bill Skarsgard, Emma Corrin, Willem Defoe, Nicholas Hoult), this latest version of the vampire tale linked with Dracula will no doubt bring the visceral brutality and horror that the director is best known for. Be ready to be scared when this hits the big screen at the end of the year.
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Set before George Miller’s Mad Max (2015), this prequel tale tells the story of Furiosa before she met Max in what many view as one of the greatest action movies of all time. The world looks just as beautiful and dangerous as ever and in the hands of the genius of Miller, this film will be nothing but an absolute delight for fans as we return to the wasteland.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
The most recent Planet of the Apes delivered three increasingly dark films as we were able to witness the fall of humanity and the rise of the apes, all with stunning CGI and a wonderful performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar. This latest offering looks to continue that tale 300 years later as Caesar’s teachings are twisted and the divide between humans and apes is greater than ever. But through the darkness, there is hope as a young chimpanzee befriends a human.
Dune: Part 2
Dune was an absolute masterpiece. Denis Villeneuve knows what he’s doing when it comes to making beautiful, grim, sci-fi films (The Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) and Dune: Part 2 looks as though he will be continuing that journey with a stellar returning cast (Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Mamoa) and new additions such as Florence Pugh. Paul Atreides with Chani and the Fremen as he seeks revenge for those who destroyed his family. You won’t want to miss this on the big screen.
A Quiet Place: Day One
A Quiet Place arrived on cinema screens in 2018 rather appropriately, quietly but with a huge impact. The horror has spawned one sequel already and this year sees a prequel released set around day one in the post-apocalyptic world as the terrifying creatures arrive on Earth and destroy all in their path. There’s high expectations for this horror following two brilliant films in the series so far.
Based on a popular videogame and directed by Eli Roth (Inglorious Basterds, Hostel), this film follows a bunch of misfits on the fictional planet of Pandora as they search for a mysterious relic. If this film is as wild and fun as the game, there’s a strong chance of it being a favourite in 2024.
So we have a lot to look forward to in 2024 and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s bound to be more news on the Henry Cavill led Amazon Warhammer series (please be good), Best Served Cold written by Joe Abercrombie (how can this not be good?), and Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim, as well as the latest seasons of The Wheel of Time, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Silo, Arcane, and Blue Eye Samurai. If you’re a dark SFF and /or grimdark fan, 2024 is looking bright.