Facebook Watch debuted the limited horror series Kinderfänger from Crypt Monsters on its platform last October, bringing a new twist on the mythical monster to your social media feed.
The series was immensely well-received by viewers, playing out along 10 episodes. Lead actress and co-executive producer of the series, Angel Theory (from The Walking Dead), spoke exclusively with Distractify about why the show is so important to her and if there is a Season 2 in the future.
Angel Theory worked to bring better representation for Hard of Hearing and Deaf viewers.
Kinderfänger brings to the screen a Black, Deaf / Hard of Hearing protagonist, Olivia. The teacher finds herself in conflict with the Kinderfänger, a mythical creature who steals children, and across the duration of the limited series, she tries to save them.
Not only is this horror adaption of Piper's Song brought right to your computer through Facebook Watch, but Angel worked extensively with producers to make sure it was accurate in its portrayal of Deaf / Hard of Hearing people.
"Everyone on the show really made it very comfortable to actually give these ideas throughout filming to make it as relatable as possible," Angel said of filming. "... I was able to tell them things that I would actually do so that way when viewers are watching Kinderfänger they can feel connected to it because it's realistic."
For example, there's one scene where Olivia places her phone on her bed. When the phone receives a text message, she was originally directed to be startled by the notification when it vibrated on the bed.
"If my phone's on the bed and it just vibrates — and I'm nowhere near it and I don't feel it, it honestly wouldn't get my attention at all," Angel said. "In real life, when I get notifications or phone calls, my phone will flash."
So instead, she went to the show's producers to offer some suggestions to make the show more accurate. Now, Olivia's phone flashes when she receives the notification, using the phone's accessible LED flash option for alerts.
"There are so many things we do as [Deaf / Hard of Hearing] people that makes it so much easier for us in our everyday life," Angel said.
Will there be a Season 2 of 'Kinderfänger'?
The series wrapped up the final episode of its first season on Jan. 1, concluding the story in a 12-and-a-half minute finale.
The series has brought in hundreds of thousands of views each episode, and it ended on a note that many commenters believed left more to the story.
Fans have been speculating as to what could be next for Olivia and the children in Kinderfänger, and are wondering if there's a second season on the horizon.
Unfortunately, the tenth and final episode was the series finale, and at this time, there aren't any plans for a second season to come to Facebook Watch. As for Angel, she wouldn't reveal what's next on her agenda just yet.
"I didn't have plans to be an actress when I was 18, and it happened. I'm just taking it one day at a time," she said. "Whatever God blesses me with, I will take that on and do the best thing that I can do. I'm excited for the present and even more excited for the future."