John Carpenter Explores ‘Suburban Screams’ in New Peacock Series

Horror master John Carpenter returns to the director’s chair for the first time in more than a decade this fall when Peacock debuts “John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams,” a new true-life horror series from the minds of Carpenter and Sandy King.

The six-episode limited series will premiere on Friday, October 13, on Peacock and combines real-life horror with cinematic vision — creating a uniquely unsettling experience for viewers. The series conveys the aching terror and unbearable suspense faced by the survivors of real crimes, underscoring the painful truth that they endured crimes in what should have been the safest places of all.

“I always say, ‘Nothing we create is as scary as reality,’ and that’s been the guiding philosophy for the series, which shows that your ‘safe zone’ is never truly safe,” says Carpenter.

Carpenter directs one episode of the series, which weaves together archival footage, personal photos, news clips, and cinematic-level dramatic production. Additional episodes are directed by Jordan Roberts, Michelle Latimer, and Jan Pavlacky.

“Victims of these crimes are never the same afterward. What they have lived through is true horror — worse than movies, and too often told from the perspective of the heinous murderers and stalkers,” says King. “No one talks about the wreckage left behind, and that is truly where the drama and the terror lie. We want viewers to come away from Suburban Screams unnerved and frightened, but also filled with immense sympathy for the brave souls whose lives were endangered and all too often lost.”

As a blend of reality and scripted programming, “John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams” captivates viewers by capturing real stories through the eyes of those who lived through these horrifying experiences while lauding both survivors and victims as true heroes.

“John Carpenter’s Suburban Screams” is from Storm King Productions and DIGA Studios.

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