Sam Raimi’s 50 States of Fright Sets Cast for Shortform Streaming Platform Quibi

The show is set to tell scary stories based on urban legends and folktales from across the United States.

By Chris Morse

A new mobile/shortform streaming platform is on the way and Sam Raimi will be producing a horror anthology called 50 States of Fright to help kick things off. The premise is simple: tell horror stories based on local myths, urban legends, and folktales from all across the United States.

For now, each episode will focus on a new story from a different state, with the first season taking on tales from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington.

Additionally, the Season 1 cast and filmmaker details have also been announced, revealing several familiar names. The starring side of this includes Taissa Farmiga, Rachel Brosnahan, and Christina Ricci, while notable contributing writers and directors include Sam Raimi, Alejandro Brugués, and A Quiet Place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.

See below for the full list of episode details, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

"Golden Arm": Brosnahan, Fimmel and John Marshall Jones (Grand Hotel, Bosch) star in the tale based on a famous urban legend from Michigan. Sam Raimi and brother Ivan Raimi, natives of the state, are writing, with Sam Raimi directing.

"Red Rum": Ricci and Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) star in a telling of Colorado's scariest story from writers Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber (Cam); Goldhaber directs.

"America's Largest Ball of Twine": Wen (Agents of SHIELD) stars in an installment based on a myth from Kansas. Yoko Okumura (Kimi Kabuki, Fed Up) directs and Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse) writes.

"Almost There": Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Livingston (A Million Little Things) star in the Iowa-set story, written and directed by Hawkeye State natives Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).

"Grey Cloud Island": Butterfield (Sex Education) stars in a chilling tale from Minnesota, written and directed by Adam Schindler and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within).

"13 Steps to Hell": The story, set in Washington, is written by Sarah Conradt-Kroehler and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground).

"Dogwood – Azalea": It's set in Missouri, and written and directed by Missouri native Cate Devaney (Doctor Strange).

"Santeria": This Florida story is written by Greg Hale (Mindhunter, The Avengers), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), with Brugués to direct.

"Scared Stiff": It's set in Oregon and written and directed by Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Stories).

Short for “quick bites,” Quibi is designed for on-the-go viewing, featuring shows with episodes running only seven to ten minutes in length. This mobile video subscription service will cost you $5 per month with ads and $8 without. All in all, this is an intriguing new format to bring horror to that has plenty of relevant names coming on board, including Steven Spielberg and Alexandre Aja, just to name a couple.

The platform is set to launch on April 6th, 2020, but it’s unknown at this time whether 50 States of Fright will be available from day one. As usual, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with all the latest information right here on Dead Entertainment.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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