Marianne: Marianne
September 23, 2019 4:48 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Lured back to her hometown, a famous horror writer discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams is now wreaking havoc in the real world.
posted by MaritaCov (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Some really fantastic performances here. The actress playing Mme. Daugeron should get a fistful of awards--she is terrifying.
posted by orrnyereg at 8:11 AM on September 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I finished watching this last night. It's feels like a very long French love letter to Stephen King, though it never gives him a quote IIRC.

Doors opening sllowwwly, and scary faces, will get you like 80% (90%?) of the way towards effective horror, and this show is full of those things.

It's fun but it's also kind of a big mess. Like Hill House, it feels a bit incoherent and a couple episodes too long. Cam-cam just disappears for a long time .. Nono's fate is weird and despite the Wreck kids' friends 4 ever ethos they sure don't spend much time mourning him. Holy water seems effective as a Marianne detector/annoyer but they don't gear up with it. And really, those two priests were standing right over the grave and didn't confirm the paper was burned up? Etc., I mean, it's silly fun a lot of the time.

So in that spirit, some of my own jumbled thoughts: I liked the hinting of the city over the hill in the final episode, I suppose it is a Lovecraftian element though not quite decoupled from Catholic horror. I like that our heroine slightly realizes there is no spoon, but there can be a bat. I liked the "flip wipe". I have questions about building your school out on a tidal island. I think the casting of young Emma was one of the worst castings I'd seen because not only did she look nothing at all like anyone who could grow up to be Victoire Du Bois's Emma, but she also looked a bit like the two other actresses with straight hair and a very French nose.
posted by fleacircus at 2:07 PM on September 24, 2019 [4 favorites]

Oh! Also the scene with the phone call from the security company is great, my favorite part I think.
posted by fleacircus at 1:05 PM on September 25, 2019

The scares were really effective for me. But the rules were a little wishy-washy for a really memorable story. For instance, the necklace seemed like it wasn't do anything until the end when it suddenly protected Emma. Was Marianne convincing them to take it off somehow? I didn't quite understand. And the limits of the witch's power seemed to change depending on what the story needed. I think I'm going to remember the creeps more than I remember the plot. I did really love Aurore running away and then turning around to go back.
posted by MaritaCov at 8:41 PM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

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