16 September 2020 | chrisstetz
Ignore the extreme reviews, but it is a mess
As usual with IMDB we have a bunch of idiots scoring a piece of entertainment either from their political viewpoint or just plain stupidity.
The 10/10 reviews are completely over the top, overcompensating for the other extreme reviews or championing a show because it aligns with their side of the political divide splitting the western world just now.
The low reviews are pushback on the irritating, delirious and frankly lunatic woke internet - or idiots turning up expecting a Lovecraft adaptation, then spitting the dummy out because it's not what they were expecting.
To filter out the noise and find a middle ground somewhere in the reviews is not easy, so let me help you out with an objective summary of the show;
Updated upon finishing season 1:
The bottom line is, this is a badly written show. It's a mess. Lacks cohesion, structure, quite often any sort of plot and the characters are underdeveloped and become hard to care for because the is very little in the way of consistent internal logic.
However can be fun B movie horror-lite escapism. It has a bunch of brilliant actors, exploring various horror tropes through the eyes of a group of characters played as best they can be, because actors embody the roles so perfectly, even if the writing serves them poorly.
If you like b movie horror you'll enjoy this as the production values are high.
The period setting, sets, locations, probs, the hair & make up and wardrobe are all of an incredible and authentic feeling standard.
A major issue with the show is the CGI. CGI in horror rarely works well and this is a particularly poor example. The show would have been much better served hiring practical effects people.
If you are going to come on here and claim you did not feel this suspense in the first episode in the sundown towns, or the raw emotion of episode two, then you are either a liar......or you are just a dick. There's no getting away from that, so get a grip. However subsequent episodes cause the show to lose its way as the politics completely take over and the show gets heavy handed and stupid. It starts off dealing with racism, which is what we expect coming in but then branches out to gender and sexuality and before we know it you feel like you are suffocating in politics. Stuff I happen to agree 100% but I don't need constantly hammered over the head with it. Give us break ffs.
Pre internet, pre woke social media we would have been able to enjoy a show like this for what it is, with no agendas attached.
Sadly escapism really doesn't exist any more, between snowflakes wanting to cancel everything, politics infiltrating almost all sources of entertainment and the right wing reaction to them. It's very difficult to get an objective review anywhere.
The vitriol aimed at the show is ridiculous. The 10/10s are equally as eye roll inducing.