Sharp Objects (Season 1), 2018
Signed up the 28/03/2017
If you're up for a moody whirlpool of a saga then Sharp Objects should be at the top of your list. Be prepared though, this is a murder mystery slash psychological thriller that fully embraces its goth and sadistic side. This is a show filled with sorrow and silent, creeping darkness that will send your skin crawling every second scene.
The show follows a journalist, Camille Preaker (played by multiple Oscar nominee Amy Adams), as she journeys back home to the small town she grew up in to cover a story surrounding the shocking murders of two young girls. Camille is no ordinary, chappy journo chasing a story, though. The deeper we delve into the show the more we realise just how much the town of Wind Gap is cursed, and how its demons fester in the very cores of its townfolk, especially Camille's; who seems to be dealing with inner demons that could devour a whole city were they to be let out into the light.
The show is watche almost as a lucid dream where Camille recalls her traumas and has a little too many dark nightmares for any audience to not begin to feel like they're trapped in a neverending menacing tragedy.
The town of Wind Gap sure has buried secrets, and it's here where the writers of the show excel in pumping slow-burning adrenaline into the sub-plots for extra kicky mystery. The characterisation is also another aspect of the show to clap for, and the cast comes into their characters as though they were born to solely bring these people to life. Aside from Adams' brilliant haunted/sad-girl performance, Eliza Scanlen (who plays Camille's crazed little sister, Emma) gives one of the most chilling and laud-worthy debut performances.
The technical side of the eight-part mini series is a little too perfect for TV, but this is standard for most HBO shows. The inter-cutting between dreams, flashbacks and the present moment is flawless and such a thrill to watch; also serving as an allegory to how Camille's childhood traumas still haunt her to this day, which ultimately explains her staggering mental health and ultimately why she self-harms and turns to alcohol more often than not.
If you haven't heard of or seen this show as yet, you have to start it a-sap!
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