The Whispers (2015 series)

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Summary

"Not all imaginary friends are imaginary." When children across Washington, D.C., all start talking with the same imaginary friend named Drill, who persuades them to play dangerous games, the FBI calls in child specialist Claire Bennigan -- whose deaf son has been speaking to Drill, unbeknownst to her -- to investigate. Meanwhile, the defense department sends Wes Lawrence to the Sahara Desert, where he encounters a strange geological phenomenon. As puzzle pieces come together, creating a frightening picture, humanity must wage a battle against unseen forces if it hopes to survive.


Details

  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour commercial television slot)
  • Starring: Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia
  • Creator: Soo Hugh, Ray Bradbury (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: Clickety-Clack Productions, Amblin Television, ABC Studios
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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-14 (Violence, mild Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not directly "Lovecraftian", but based on one of Ray Bradbury's more vaguely "Lovecraftian" stories about an invasion of a race of disembodied aliens manipulating and possessing a sort of "cult" of children to do the physical work of preparing the way into this world.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

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When children across Washington, D.C., all start talking with the same imaginary friend named Drill, who persuades them to play dangerous games, the FBI calls in child specialist Claire Bennigan -- whose deaf son has been speaking to Drill, unbeknownst to her -- to investigate. Meanwhile, the defense department sends Wes Lawrence to the Sahara Desert, where he encounters a strange geological phenomenon. As puzzle pieces come together, creating a frightening picture, humanity must wage a battle against unseen forces if it hopes to survive.


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Keeper Notes

  • A party of investigators researching seemingly unrelated cases becomes aware of a mysterious and unsuspected worldwide "cult" of children following the instructions of an "imaginary friend" they call "Drill", apparently a disembodied extra-terrestrial influence that only the children can hear....
  • Perhaps "Drill" is named for the buzzing alien voice of the Mi-Go....
  • "Drill" might be a projected mind of the Great Race of Yith, sent through time and space to influence children to maintain a time-line comfortable to their planned mass exodus to Earth in future....
  • "Drill" is, perhaps, a disembodied human or alien "wizard", a spectre or ghost, or the buzzing insect voice of a Crawling One, influencing children from beyond the grave...
  • "Drill" might be an otherwise undocumented mythos being, an invisible entity made of "different matter" invisible to human beings, or perhaps in a plane or dimension outside the material world (the Other Side or Dreamlands), which has gathered a cult of children around itself to be its hands in the material world to achieve its own mysterious purposes....