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The Handmaid’s Tale episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor May 28, 2017

Bruce Miller's chilling adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopian novel hasn’t softened a thing for TV…

This review contains spoilers. A spoiler-free review of the first three episodes is here.

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Opening with sirens, a chase, gunshots, a woman and her child being kidnapped… The Handmaid’s Tale gets our attention as a thriller, but does its real damage as a horror - not just an intellectual what-an-existential-nightmare horror, but also the look-out-you’re-in-danger kind.

In this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, director Reed Morano makes the nation of Gilead—the radically oppressive social experiment that’s replaced modern-day America—every bit as threatening as a haunted house or serial killer’s lair. Something monstrous lurks around every corner.

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