Marianne Season 1 Review: Writing Your Own Horror Story

September 13, 2019
Daniel Hart 10
Netflix, TV Reviews
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Marianne Season 1 has the strength of a firm lead character and a steady premise, and while the horror elements are not scary, the story progression is effective.

If anything, Netflix series Marianne Season 1 makes up for that thrill-less ChambersWe’ve needed a new, original horror series for a while, and with Light as a Feather not cutting it on Hulu, this French series is what we needed. Season 1 is only 8 episodes and rarely provides an overlong chapter, ensuring the investment is worth it.

The lead character, Emma Larsimon, is enticing. She’s a best-selling author that hides alcohol in soda drinks and coolly blackmails her assistant to follow her wherever she goes.  Emma is confident in who she is, reading the last lines of a chapter in a book opening, while at the same time announcing she is done writing horror. Emma is the Doctor House of authors, and it’s abundantly clear that the story is setting up Emma for a reality check. Marianne never attempts to keep the mystery at bay, flashing horror images on the screen from the offset, setting the scene, and presenting Emma’s original material.

And that’s crucial to the plot — where does Emma get her ideas from? The entire premise is that Emma has written the books based on her nightmares. In the opening episode, she describes how she used her writing as a tool to fight the nightmare witch Marianne, and created a new character to fight the evil. It’s all ironic that as soon as she decides to stop writing horror, her stories become a reality.

Marianne Season 1 is well-written, and although the “shock value” is predictable (like Chambers), the jump scenes are there to provide value to the plot. Emma’s first venture is to visit her home town, which becomes more of an investigation after an old friend unnerves her. The music is loud in parts, minimally reminding me of the original Suspiria, where the soundtrack takes hold of the scene.

Marianne Season 1 is hardly ground-breaking horror for Netflix, but it is directed with imagination and well-cast. I doubt horror fans will grumble, and it’s worth the binge over the weekend.

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9 thoughts on “Marianne Season 1 Review: Writing Your Own Horror Story

  • September 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve made it through 3 episodes & I quit. The tragically bad & cheesy dubbing is impossible to get used to. There are multiple story lines that end up being meaningless & random. No character development except the VERY cliche main character. I find myself fast forwarding through film cliches I’ve seen 100x – so cliche that it’s impossible for the character doing it to not be aware of it – so really I just want to see what happens next, then it ends up also being cliche. Nothing has been actually spooky yet & the main character is stupid & boring. I was really looking forward to Marianne’s story… or any kind of story… but I don’t see it. The Autopsy of Jane Doe had more story than this.

    • September 16, 2019 at 5:06 am

      Hi Lauren. Really sorry that you didn’t like it. In terms of dubbing, I always opt for subtitles. I cannot stand the dubbing.

  • September 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    So far I have watched 2 episodes and I will give the 3rd one a chance but it really has to step up. I know it’s horror but most scenes are played in rooms that are so dark you can’t see all and it takes too long. What I would like to know is the title of that beautiful (opera like) song played in that church when they walked towards the coffin.

    • September 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      Hey Anna, that is an Ave Maria from Franz Schubert 🙂 ‘Franz Schubert, Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria!), Op. 52, No. 6, D. 839, “Hymne an die Jungfrau” ‘ to be exactly.

  • September 17, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Oh thanks so much! I struggled to find it.. this made my day ?

    • September 21, 2019 at 12:27 am

      Great series and your review is right on the money. Thank you!

  • September 19, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Does anyone know what song is in season 1 episode 5. When the priest lets the dog off and they jump in the lake at the very beginning

  • September 24, 2019 at 3:56 am

    All i have been looking for is the Title track of Marianne which plays at the starting of the Season1 Ep 1 at around 2.22 & also towards the end , can anyone on this earth help me please ???

  • September 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Watch the french original with subtext. The english dub is just horrible

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