Netflix Review: Marianne

September 17, 2019

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]



You know the drill, sign on to Netflix and spend hours looking for a good horror movie to watch. But here’s a surprise, the scariest thing on Netflix isn’t a horror movie, it’s a French (English dubbed) series, titled “Marianne” and it was released on Friday the 13th.


I know what you’re thinking, ‘How scary can a show called ‘Marianne’ be?’ As a hardcore horror fan whose next to impossible to scare, I can honestly say “Marianne” is downright chilling. But that’s not all, at its heart the series about a messed-up woman returning to the place and family that she pushed away years ago. It’s about people growing and becoming a better version of themselves and conquering their demons.


In the series, a well-known horror author Emma (Victoria Du Bois) returns to her home town after a childhood friend reaches out to her asking for help. She believes that her mother is possessed by the witch from Emma’s novels, inspired by nightmares. What Emma finds is far more frightening than any dream could be.


Emma’s life is a wreck, even before she comes back to town. She gets dumped, she’s clearly an alcoholic, and every time she lays down she’s plagued by terrible nightmares, however, by writing them down she’s found a way to silence them while making serious bank. The moment she stops writing, things go to Hell. If seeing her old friend commit suicide isn’t enough, her parents disappear.  As if that wasn’t enough, suddenly everything Emma writes comes true, including children committing suicide and cows jumping from cliffs, and that’s just the start.


The show is balls to the walls crazy, intense, and creepy as shit! Just when you think you are about to shut off your TV and be productive, the show drags you kicking and screaming into another episode. You have to know what’s next.


I watch a lot of horror movies (like a lot, a lot) but I haven’t been this excited in a long time. Between the fantastic, unique storyline, the amazing special effects, the talented cast, and the sheer creepiness of it, “Marianne” is, in my opinion, maybe the best thing in horror to happen to Netflix in years.


Victoria Du Bois’s character Emma really goes through the wringer. Just when her character is established as a selfish, shallow, cold woman the truth is revealed that makes you question everything that you thought you knew.


Mireille Herbstmeye absolutely crushed it as Marianne. She really brought the character’s outrageous creepiness to life. Marianne is the most disturbing character I’ve seen in ages.


The cinematography is fantastic. The series is set with a backdrop of the sea and features remarkable, rustic buildings and homes with great architecture.


The pacing is dead on. There are no lulls or episodes being stretched out for time. “Marianne” is never slow or dull. The story never suffers from being rushed either. They take their time telling the story, but do so without filler.


And the ending! I swear if we don’t get another season I will lose my mind! I NEED to know how the rest of the story plays out, and judging by the response on social media, I’m not alone.


I hope that one day I can sit across from director Samuel Bodin and co-writer Quoc Dang Tran, buy them a drink, pick their brains, and say thank you. I have not been scared or truly freaked out in so long. “Marianne” reminded me of the feeling I got while watching scary movies as a kid, the very sensation that made me fall in love with the genre, that feeling in your gut that you get while watching something from between your fingers on the sitting on the edge of your seat.


This is the easiest scoring decision I’ve made in months, “Marianne” gets 5/5. If I could give it more I would. It’s simply brilliant. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing and binge the hell out of it. But I will say this, I don’t advise that you watch it alone, in the dark, at night (you’ll thank me later).


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