The fantastic and horrifying series
has been available for a week on Netflix and has been placed at the top of the Top 10 France.
She follows Dan, an archivist, who must restore tapes, on which he discovers the fate of young Melody who was investigating a strange building.
Rosemary's Baby, The Shining, The Blair Witch Project
… The series evokes many genre cinema references, we can even have fun counting them.
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, a new horrifying curiosity has slipped into the Netflix catalog, to the point of earning a place at the head of the Top 10 France. So you're all watching Dan on your screen, watching Melody on his screen. Adapted from a podcast and produced by James Wan (
follows, over eight episodes, archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie) hired by the mysterious Virgil Davenport (Martin Donovan) to restore a series of damaged tapes. following a fire in the 1990s. He discovers the images shot by student Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), who was investigating a New York building and its tenants.
This article is not intended to spoil the rest of the series, but the evocation of the references that dot it and feed it can spoil the element of surprise.
It is therefore more prudent to have seen it in full before reading the rest… at your own risk.
“Cannibal Holocaust”, “Sinister”, “Ring”
Found footage in all its forms
By its very device,
refers to the form and genre of
, already deciphered on
and whose best known representatives are
The Blair Witch Project
. But the series is not 100%
and even features the discovery of videos, as the pioneer
Cannibal Holocaust could do,
where a rescue expedition goes in search of reporters in the jungle and comes across the films of what they filmed.
took up the concept and saw Ethan Hawke, author of novels inspired by real events, settling in a house with a tragic past and discovering a box of 8mm reels and, on it, horrible murders. With the idea that the film, the screen, is a border, a door, between reality and fantasy. Also like the cursed
tape . Moreover, the viewer very often finds himself, like Dan, scrutinizing the images shot by Melody on the lookout for the slightest clue, the slightest manifestation. An attitude, an investment, typical of Kiyoshi Kurasawa's films in general, and
's in particular.
is never far away, and
also takes hold of the subject, like the films
by Alejandro Amenabar and
with Nicolas Cage.
“Rosemary's Baby”, “Shining”… Welcome to the haunted house
If form is important in
, so is location. Or rather the places. The old building, "The Visser", where Melody settles, is a character in its own right and recalls that of
by Roman Polanski, with its tenants with strange behavior and perhaps all accomplices of a plot. Seeing the inhabitants of “Visser gather to pray to a statue straight out of
is the beginning of an answer. Similarly, by chance and this is one of the facilities of the series, Dan quickly finds himself isolated in a research center lost in the middle of nowhere, perfect for freaking out like Jack Nicholson at the Overlook Hotel in The
Sect, witches, demon, exorcism, parallel worlds…
juggles with several other figures of the genre.
Maybe all of them.
He even ends up evoking other Netflix series, themselves under influence, such as
Its originality, and its success, is due to its characters and their reactions, and to an unwavering belief in genre cinema, and in the power of images.
made you think of which horror films and series?
Horror movies, teen comedy, gang wars… Can we tell it all in “found footage”?
“Nightmares with wet awakenings”, “delusions between friends”… Your best (and worst) horror movie memories
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