Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A group of teenagers gets unintentionally involved in a conflict between Japanese Shinto ghosts and Brazilian witchcraft.
Review: Oooh boy! I wanted to like this one guys, I really did, but what I initially thought would be a fun foreign language ghost-hunting adventure, turned out to be a series plagued by problems that are really hard to overlook.
The story isn’t overly complicated and is simply a tale of three people from different backgrounds who end up forced to work together when they run smack dab into a terrifying supernatural situation. Young actors Claudia Okuno, Danilo Mesquita and Mariana Sena play Mila, Pardal and Carla respectively, and to their credit, they try to make the wooden dialogue and cringe-worthy material work. By the way, I recommend watching this in its native language as the dubbing is AWFUL and does nothing to improve the already painfully stilted dialogue.
When it comes to television series there is a certain level of patience that’s required. Sometimes the first couple episodes can be lacklustre but the show eventually finds its footing, and before you know it you’re having a ball. Sadly that’s not the case with Spectros, which drags on and on and on, with only a few cool moments that jump out at you, but not enough to make watching to the finale bearable. For instance there was this very cool visual choice to tell the backstory of “the evil” and where it originated from by using a mix of wooden puppets and a sort of stop motion art style. I really liked that and wished there was more of it. The practical effects aren’t half bad either, with bloody scars and gory bits looking quite real. But that’s all the good stuff to be found as Spectros fails to entertain, either as a horror, fantasy or thriller.
Maybe if this was cut as a movie it would’ve worked because the premise could make for an entertaining story. But the episodic pacing just sucks the energy out the room and the interest out of the viewer. I recommend skipping this one, hard! There’s just not enough here to make Spectros stand out in any way. And with so much better genre content available on Netflix, all you would be doing is wasting precious time with this one.
Sommer’s Score: 4 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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