I have just finished watching this new ten part Netflix series and i have to say it is one of the best told horror stories i have ever seen. Watching the Bates Motel and now this i feel it is clear that Tv shows are going to overtake Hollywood movies mostly because they have much more time to unravel the story and for character building so you feel much more attached. Tv shows are essentially more like books while movies are essentially short stories in comparison.
Anyway back on topic i loved this series and highly recommend it, it’s quite a deep story about family, love, trust, etc and the Horror element is intertwined in that, nowhere do you feel it is just another lackluster story that is there to drive the horror element. Because i love how well presented this was and the fact it is one of the most frightening horror shows i have ever seen there was a few elements that just broke the immersion for me. Essentially there is a large amount of supernatural activity that happens to the characters in this show but how they react makes no sense. They are for the most part in complete denial that what is happening is actually supernatural, they continuously see and experience things that frighten them so much it plagues their lives for years and tortures them but they just flat out reject that it’s anything more than delusions of the mind. This is actually the case right up till the last few episodes.
The acting is amazing, the story-line is extremely well done but take for example the youngest family member, she see’s things throughout her life that torture her yet she only tries to get help from naturalists who don’t believe in a supernatural element in the first place so their narrow world-view will never allow them to believe or help her. I just think we are so used to seeing in modern day horrors especially with demonic possessions where Catholic priests or even mystics being called upon to help them. If there is clearly a supernatural element then surely seek out those who understand it rather than those who will brush it off. The other family members are also plagued with visions but continue to brush them off as being some mental illness even though they never try to get help for them. Even one family member has the ability to see things when she touches something but brushes it off for the most part what supernatural elements there are. It’s just very hard to absorb how silly the characters behave by being unable to accept this reality over and over and over again, they only do so right towards the end. Anyway while i highly recommend this show i feel it needed to point out a flaw in it’s characters in an era of horror that accepts this reality. What do other posters think of this show?