Are you brave enough to watch the critically-acclaimed horror series everyone’s tweeting about?
2019 has been a golden year for horror fans, thanks to the likes of gross-out horror The Perfection, thrilling horror Us, Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House, blockbuster horror It 2, real-life horror The Great Hack and, of course, break-up horror Midsommar. Now, as we step into autumn, things are only about to get more terrifying, thanks to the likes of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, comedy-horror Ready or Not, and classic haunted house tale Typewriter.
Now, Netflix has served up another scary title for us to sink our teeth into, and this new horror series hasn’t just stolen the hearts of terrified viewers: it’s won critics over, too.
That’s right: this month’s Netflix horror offering is Marianne. The streaming platform dropped all eight episodes of the French series on Friday 13 September (the creepiest day in the calendar) and it’s been slowly climbing in popularity ever since. So much so that, at the time of this article’s publication, the series boasted a flawless 100% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
So what’s it about?
Well, the plot revolves around successful horror novelist Emma (Victoire Du Bois), who has just turned her back on the book series that made her rich. So far, so Misery. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Emma has more than a crazed fan to deal with: the characters she writes into her horror novels also exist in the real world… and they’re not that happy about being brushed to the side, as you can no doubt imagine.
It’s not long before Emma is lured home to the broken-down coastal town she grew up in. There, she and her assistant Camille (Lucie Boujenah) drop by to say hi to her parents – only things don’t go according to plan. At all. We’d explain further but, y’know, spoilers and all that.
Intrigued? Check the Marianne trailer for yourself below:
Creepy, right? A demonic witch named Marianne who enters your soul? That can never end well.
No wonder, then, that viewers who’ve dared to watch all eight episodes have been finding it hard to sleep…
“Just watched the whole season of Marianne on Netflix and it was so good but so scary that I now have to watch a Disney movie to get me to sleep,” wrote one, adding: “I need a season two ASAP!”
“Starting watching Marianne on Netflix with my other half last night,” added another. “I’ve watched loads of so-called scary stuff, but OMG it scared the shite out of me one episode in! I was watching with one eye, then no eyes. That woman is evil! Definitely lives up to the hype!”
Still one more noted: “Horror nerds, Marianne on Netflix is LEGIT. No Hill House heart-warming stuff here. There are demon births and scary voices and bags of teeth everywhere and I am here for it.”
And one piled praised on the series, noting: “Marianne on Netflix is a treat. Like a French adaptation of a Stephen King novel you’ve never heard of before, with a great command of tone. Excellently paced, breathlessly entertaining, emotional, scary, and funny. A great binge, and I’m only halfway!”
Suffice to say, people are loving it – even if it is wreaking havoc with their sleep patterns.
With Halloween on the horizon, now seems the perfect time to get stuck into this terrifying TV series. However, we recommend you don’t watch it alone – especially as psychologists have proven time and time again that watching horror films as part of a group is a surefire route to happiness.
As Jeffrey Goldstein, a psychology professor and expert in violence and entertainment at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, notes: “People who consume violent and scary entertainment rarely do it alone. Going as a group helps ground you in reality, and you can compare your reactions with others and show others that you are strong enough to take it.”
So, call your friends up, get the popcorn in and settle down to watch Marianne. You’ll be ecstatic – even if it does wreak havoc with your insomnia!
Marianne is streaming now on Netflix.