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‘Helstrom’: Everything You Need to Know about Hulu’s Marvel Horror Show

You can tell Halloween’s around the corner because all the streaming services are teasing their upcoming spooky content. For Hulu, that means dropping the first trailer for their new supernatural series Helstrom (which you can watch above!). The series seems guaranteed to give you thrills and chills, but that’s not all! Did you know that the series is based on a pair of Marvel Comics characters? Yeah—we’re not getting Black Widow, Eternals, or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2020 like we thought, but we are getting Helstrom.

But what is Helstrom? And how closely tied to Marvel is it? Here’s everything you need to know about Hulu’s horror show.

What is Helstrom about?

Helstrom focuses on siblings Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a vile serial killer who live in the shadow of their father’s deadly legacy. While Daimon tries to instill good in those around him through his work as an ethics professor, his sister Ana actively hunts people who do harm unto others. But now a new tragedy has brought the Helstroms back together: their institutionalized mother Victoria has been possessed by something truly demonic.

Who is in the Helstrom cast?

Tom Austen plays Daimon Helstrom. You may recognize him from his roles as Jasper on The Royals, Guy on Grantchester, and Raffaello on The Borgias. Ana Helstrom is played by Sydney Lemmon; her previous credits include guest star roles on Succession and Fear the Walking Dead. Elizabeth Marvel plays their mother. She’s had recurring roles on Person of Interest, Fargo, House of Cards, Law & Order: SVU, Homeland, and Manifest.

Helstrom -- "Viaticum" -- Episode 102 -- A horrific accident leads Daimon and Gabriella fighting to save a man's soul, while a dark force attempts to stop them. Meanwhile, Yen's relationship with his work takes a dark turn towards obsession, and a discovery leads Anna back to St. Teresa's. Victoria Helstrom (Elizabeth Marvel), shown. (Photo by: Katie Yu/Hulu)
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The cast also includes Robert Wisdom (Ballers) and Ariana Guerra (Raising Dion) as fellow demon hunters. June Carryl (Mindhunter) plays the head of the psychiatric hospital, and Alain Uy (True Detective Season 2) plays Ana’s surrogate brother Chris.

Also is it Hellstrom or Helstrom?

It’s Helstrom—with one L. Although in the comics, it’s Hellstrom. Yes, the comics—this is a Marvel Comics TV show, although you can’t tell from the trailer or any of the official synopses!

How is Helstrom related to the Marvel Comics character?

The show is loosely based on the characters Daimon Hellstrom and his sister, Satana. Their names have been changed for Hulu, dropping an “L” and shortening “Satana” to “Ana.” Both characters were created by writer Roy Thomas, with artists Gary Friedrich co-creating Daimon and John Romita co-creating Satana. Daimon debuted in 1973’s Ghost Rider #1, and Satana followed a month later in Vampire Tales #2. Hellstrom, whose codename was basically “Son of Satan,” had the headline story in Marvel Spotlight for a few years. In the ’80s, he joined The Defenders and eventually married Hellcat. Satana has more or less been depicted as a villain, although her most notable starring role came as a member of the Thunderbolts, a series about villains-turned-heroes.

The show, however, has… almost nothing to do with that. Helstrom was originally titled Marvel’s Helstrom, but Disney reportedly dropped the “Marvel’s” part because the show is way too spooky to be closely associated with the more family-friendly Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show’s also traded hands a few times, as Marvel Television was ultimately folded into Marvel Studios.

Helstrom -- "Viaticum" -- Episode 102 -- A horrific accident leads Daimon and Gabriella fighting to save a man's soul, while a dark force attempts to stop them. Meanwhile, Yen's relationship with his work takes a dark turn towards obsession, and a discovery leads Anna back to St. Teresa's. Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon) and Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen), shown. (Photo by: Katie Yu/Hulu)
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There are some similarities between the show and comic, though. Both Daimons worked as professors. Victoria Hellstrom was also institutionalized after finding out her family’s dark secret. And June Carryl’s character, Louise Hastings, was a member of Marvel’s occult team the Darkhold Redeemers.

When does Helstrom come out on Hulu?

Helstrom premieres on Hulu on October 16.

How many episodes are in Helstrom Season 1?

There will be 10 episodes in Helstrom Season 1, and all 10 of them will premiere on Hulu on October 16.

Is there a Helstrom trailer?

You bet there is! You can watch it above, at the top of this very article.

Helstrom premieres on Hulu on October 16.

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