Marianne – season 1

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Finally another fantastic gem from Netflix!

Marianne is a French horror series written and directed by Samuel Bodin. It tells the story of the young horror author Emma Larsimon.

Emma is a smart, cocky and rebellious autnor who has written the best-selling series about a witch called Marianne and the hero who battles her Lizzie Lark. During one of her fan meet ups she tells her audience that she is done with this series and wants to move on.

While at that event, she gets a visit from one of her oldest and closest friends, Caro, who she has not seen in more than 15 years. Caroline tells her that her mother is obsessed with her books, so far that she even has more than ten copies over all of them. She explains that her mother even thinks that she is Marianne. Scared by this and a few more spoilerish events, Emma has no other choice than to return to her hometown and face her demons.

I can’t believe this show, it really, really surprised me. It’s been such a long time since I last felt creeped out like that. It reminded me of my childhood days when I used to stay up late and watch scary movies. It started from the first few minutes of the series, although that just might be me since there is a scene with some teeth pulling and that’s one of the rare things that I can’t stand to watch. But there was much more than that.

Although I am rarely a fan of jump scares and this series had it’s fair share of them, they were done so extremely well and were accompanied with a fantastic dark atmosphere and disturbing and well executed acting from the cast, especially Mireille Herbstmeyer, who played Caro’s mother. She was without a doubt the best part of the show stealing every scene that she was in. You could really feel her presence on the screen, almost as if she was real. Definitely one of the better performances that I have seen.

Now it wasn’t really perfect, there were a lot of cliches and some characters felt dull, but most of the main cast was fantastic. The characters really felt real and you really connected to them. They were unique, and well written (well most of them not all, as I said). It was also obviously influenced by King’s work and I am a bit bored of those same formulas even though this did have a fresh-ish take on it and it did really keep me invested in the story.

Unlike the haunting of hill house which focused much more on the family trauma and dramatic part of horror, this had a heavier focus on the supernatural and more disturbing aspect while still having great moments between the cast, especially the main character. We got to follow Emma’s complete psychological breakdown and it was fantastic.

This was definitely one of the best horror shows that I’ve seen in a while and I highly recommend it.

Final verdict: 9/10

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