Netflix’s new French horror series (and its first specifically French horror series) Marianne acts as the perfect reminder that summer’s almost over, and that fall is lurking in wait like a shadowy figure at the end of a dark hallway. The trailer serves up tons of atmosphere, from dead leaves and dark holes to creaking doorways, and a healthy dose of occult imagery.
The series follows horror novelist Emma (Victoire Du Bois, Call Me By Your Name) who returns to her hometown to confront the crone-like witch (the titular Marianne) that haunted her nightmares since childhood. From Emma‘s dialogue in the trailer, it seems like Marianne might be a villain born of Emma‘s imagination taken physical form to latch onto her into adulthood. She’s been inspired to write to deal with her demons, but now that her stories are coming true and she’ll have to uncover how to finally defeat what has haunted her for so long.
When a novelist realizes her terrifying stories are coming true, she returns to her hometown to face the demons from her past that inspire her writing.
Marianne is penned and directed by Samuel Bodin (T.A.N.K.), and also features Lucie Boujenah, Alban Lenoir, and Tiphanie Daviot (Daviot may be the most familiar to Netflix-watchers as Camille Laugier from the French-Belgian thriller series Black Spot). I’m stoked to see that Netflix has been bringing on more international horror projects lately.
You can binge all eight episodes of season 1 of Marianne on Netflix September 13th (And, yes, it’s a Friday).