“The Nun” runs on HBO. And Christina Applegate stars in “Dead to Me,” a darkish comedy on Netflix.
What’s on TV
THE NUN (2018) eight p.m. on HBO. In an interview with The New York Times final yr, the director Corin Hardy described the idea behind a very memorable scene on this horror film. “I wanted to use this scene to maximize and amplify the tension around the concept of being buried alive in a coffin,” Hardy mentioned. Those are the sorts of tense thrills discovered on this spinoff of “The Conjuring,” which facilities on Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga), a younger nun assigned by the Vatican to help in an investigation of mysterious issues. Spearheading that investigation is Father Burke (Demián Bichir), whose wheelhouse consists of probably paranormal actions. “The franchise has proved to be a reliable if variably elegant ‘boo’ machine,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his assessment for The New York Times. “The same applies here.”
DATELINE 9 p.m. on NBC. The reporter Dennis Murphy hosts this episode of NBC’s long-running present, which this week focuses on a financial institution heist with surprising ties to social media.
DEAD TO ME Stream on Netflix. In this darkish comedy, Christina Applegate stars as a comically cynical actual property agent who says issues like, “I’m not defensive, O.K.?” She can be a sufferer of tragedy. Applegate’s character, Jen, was just lately widowed by an unsolved hit-and-run, so she units out to remedy it. Meanwhile, at a assist group, she meets the idiosyncratic, freewheeling Judy (Linda Cardellini), who quickly turns into her shut good friend — and who has one thing to cover. The present was created by Liz Feldman, who additionally created the short-lived NBC sitcom “One Big Happy.”
SUSPIRIA (2018) Stream on Amazon; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. This reimagining of Dario Argento’s highly stylized 1977 frightfest was something of a departure for its director, Luca Guadagnino. A follow-up to Guadagnino’s romantic “Call Me by Your Name,” the horror remake stars Dakota Johnson as Susie, an American dancer who arrives at a dance school in 1970s Germany to find an exacting instructor (Tilda Swinton) and increasing levels of mystery. Susie begins to pull at the threads of a dark, hidden side of her new institution — which leads to an extremely violent climax. Guadagnino fills the movie with primped set pieces and a score by Thom Yorke, but “what precisely he wants to say amid all the carefully choreographed bloodletting and disembowelment chic is unclear,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times. “Other than some women are beautiful and erotically beguiling but also mysterious and murderous.”
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE (2019) Stream on Netflix. Zac Efron plays the serial killer Ted Bundy in this biographical crime drama. Directed by Joe Berlinger (no stranger to crime as a director of HBO’s “Paradise Lost”), the film follows Bundy from the perspective of Liz Kendall, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, played here by Lily Collins.