Requiem (S01E01) "Matlida"

Review:

Requiem is one of the newest series to hit Netflix. Promising to be a dark unraveling with supernatural edges is sure to pique the viewers interest. In fact within the very first sequence we are met with disembodied voices and an unsettling feeling, especially when a man unceremoniously jumps to his demise.

The viewer is left with very little to speculate on, but as the first episode unfolds we are given a view into a more sinister world. We are introduced to Matilda (Lydia Wilson), an accomplished musician. They waste no time for her world to be turned upside down with the untimely death of her mother.

A mysterious box full of secrets lures Matilda into an unknown part of her mother’s life. Her mother seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with a missing child’s case over 20 years prior. This is the door which cannot be closed, something wants to be heard and Matilda is willing to listen, even if it means losing everything else in the process. With the grief of her mother’s death still fresh, this distraction is just what she needed.

Uncovering the case of a missing child, Carys Howell (Emmie Thompson), the mystery box brings Matilda and her companion, Hal (Joel Fry), to a tiny welsh town called Penllynith. They are met with hostile push back from Rose (Claire Rushbrook) who happens to be Carys mother and her husband, but it’s not enough to scare them from town, especially when another man, Nick (James Frecheville), is so welcoming. The pieces seem to be pulling themselves together, especially when Matilda finds herself at a house that seems too familiar for comfort.

The first episode pulls you into the darkness with subtle undertones, leaving you with more questions than answers. There is something going on in that old estate, something not of this world. And as the secrets slowly reveal themselves, it will surely cause an unraveling of epic proportions within Matilda.

Could she be this missing child? Was her mother really who she thought she was? As the nightmares become more vivid, there is no running anymore. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this story will unfold. We have had the supernatural element slowly creeping onto the screen, it will be great to see more of this unsettling horror. 

Photo: Screenshot taken by author of review.

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