Requiem (2018 series)
An ambitious musician and talented cellist has her life suddenly turned upside down when her mother commits suicide, leading the musician to Wales with her trusted friend to find out how her mother's suicide is related to a cold case of a missing girl; the dark secrets she uncovers lead her to question her own identity and reality.
- Release Date: 2018
- Country/Language: UK, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, miniseries
- Setting: Modern Wales
- Runtime: 6 hr
- Starring: Lydia Wilson, James Frecheville, Sian Reese-Williams
- Creator: Kris Mrksa
- Producer/Production Co: Netflix, All3Media International, BBC One, New Pictures
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- Rated: TV-MA (mild Profanity and Adult Content, and probably Violence)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SSs__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: Almost Lovecraftian; similar in tone)
The gothic secrets at the heart of the plot hinge upon a group of cultists practicing Enochian magick to contact a strange race of alien/supernatural "angelic" beings from another dimension.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Eric Cotenas at DVD Beaver (link) - "Not so much Hammer-esque as another stab at British folk horror along the lines of THE WICKER MAN and the more recent resurgence like Wake Wood and A Field in England; however, this dreary and drawn-out attempt throws in every cliche it can and builds up to a rushed and disappointing finish after six hours of eerie voices, billowing curtains, flashes of nightmare images, and our heroine stumbling around looking progressively paler and sicker..."
- Sue Millinocket at Movie Rewind (2/5 Stars) (link) - "Requiem does a number of things right. It gets rolling quickly – we know there was something unnatural about those suicides – and the pace is pretty steady through the six episodes. Matilda at first is quite sympathetic, grieving and finding herself adrift without a family, and with increasing episodes of lost time and other strangeness. Also, Hal. He’s wonderful and helpful and it is his character that drives quite a bit of the narrative in the first few episodes. The setting is also wonderful – lovely but creepy, exactly as it should be. And it is really scary in places – a few jump scares, but mostly delicious atmospheric creepiness. However, Requiem also sadly falls short in some key areas. As the plot thickens, Matilda becomes less likeable. Her relentless drive to find her truth is hurting people and she’s fine with that... he peripheral characters ... all start out as interesting and we want to know more about them. ...vaguely involved in Matilda’s mystery in one or more ways, but we don’t really ever learn how or why. And that, my binge loving friends, is really frustrating. That is the crux of what I didn’t like about Requiem. It’s more of a sketch than a drawing – filled with holes and glossed over plot lines. It’s definitely interesting and creepy, but as we approach the end, we realize that there is more atmosphere than substance to this story."
- Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3.5/5 Stars) (link) - "Requiem is more of a smalltown mystery than it is a horror show, even though it has definitely pushes over into genre territory by about Episode 4. Mahalia Belo provides a series of eerie presentiments – it is often a ghost story that hovers almost beyond one’s fingertips but not quite. The script eventually segues into the oft-used occult conspiracy theme."
- Ian Smith at Ghostof82 (link) - "Subtlety is not this shows finest asset. Something I’ve criticised modern television of before, and to which I attribute Game of Thrones as the chief blame. In a need to grab viewers attention modern television feels that it has to shock and throw everything but the kitchen sink into shows now. Its not that Requiem is bad, its quite enjoyable really, but why so much has to be hurled into its six episodes is hard to fathom. ... ts all very lightweight and lacking in any emotional depth or impact that perhaps a similar show from the BBC in the ‘seventies might have had. Frustrating really."
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
An ambitious musician and talented cellist, has her life suddenly turned upside down when her mother commits suicide. While going through her deceased mom's possessions, the cellist finds an old box filled with newspaper cuttings about the disappearance of a young girl from a small Welsh village more than 20 years ago. With her trusted friend by her side, she travels to Wales to see if the case of the missing girl and her own mother's death are in any way related. What she finds out, however, leads her to question her own identity and reality. The gothic secrets at the heart of the plot hinge upon a group of cultists practicing Enochian magick to contact a strange race of alien/supernatural "angelic" beings from another dimension.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- The symbol carved on the stone in episode 2 is the Monas Hieroglyphica (or Hieroglyphic Monad), an esoteric symbol invented and designed by Dr. John Dee, the Elizabethan Magus and Court Astrologer of Elizabeth I of England.
Associated Mythos Elements
- tome: if the shoebox of clippings doesn't count after a fashion, then at least the walls of unearthly music/ritual recordings in the hidden room should
- artifact: black mirror
- symbol: Monas Hieroglyphica, an invention of John Dee