This pulled me in, then ended up as a train wreck. I actually stopped watching the last episode. I am walking away from this, without understanding the conclusion, BECAUSE I DON'T CARE. Seriously, the last two episodes became idiotic.
"Sophie" is NEVER particularly "interesting." She is supposed to be some "Lolita." She's basically an annoying "millennial."
It really angers me, when I waste my time watching a series like this. It started out fantastic, then just butchered it all.
"Harry" keeps doing idiotic things. It's distracting. And Pullman's mannerisms have become far too exaggerated. This newest season feels like a mimic of NBC's "Hannibal."
I like the previous two runs.
But THIS one? In each episode, Harry just screws up. I realize, obviously, that the plot is intentional. But it's impossible to become "invested" with a character who acts illogically at almost every turn.
And it's not just Harry. I just keep thinking to myself, "Hey, that person would NEVER do that!" And I'm not discussing "Jamie," who is unbalanced.
I have made it through two episodes, after binge-reading the novel.
WHAT? The ballpark arrest...the exterior courthouse shooting? SO inept. Two AMAZING scenes in the novel. Two horribly directed episodes. I was hoping for some amazing Brian De Palma stuff - slow motion, spilt screen amazing-ness. JUST TOSS-OFF scenes! WHAT?????
Bad script, inept direction, awful "acting," etc. This was obviously written around the location, in the hometown of the producer. The "house" isn't frightening, in the least - just a decades-old "Federal" styled mansion, next to a freeway. (The property is apparently being converted into a business, housing, and retirement complex? I found a few old articles on Google, but didn't explore further.)
How this kind of stuff makes it onto a major streaming entity, is puzzling. It was aired on a cable channel originally.
I read an interview with the producer, and it is cringe-worthy.
By the final fifteen minutes, I was laughing, and not in a "Plan 9" kind of way.
Season 1 hooked me, and I binged on N-flix, which recently "dropped" it. Then I started Season 2, which became increasingly annoying as #$%%. But, I held on. Now I am in the Bryan Fuller pablum, that is Season 3. Style over substance. A Fuller Fault. He never knows when to stop.
GOD, this show is annoying. And repetitive.
And it LOVES the gore. HOW did this air on NBC?
SO many pointless scenes. Over and over again. Yes, the critics LOVED it!!!!
SO, Fuller is trying to get another season, STILL, on N-flix - rethinking "Silence of the Lambs," now???? In 2020????
Again, I am a MAJOR "binger" - I watched ALL of "Breaking Bad" one weekend in late 2013. And I've binged it two more times.
I am having to FORCE myself to get through Season 3, and I won't make it. I just don't @#$#^% care.
I am a big fan of "Manhunter." Fuller, stop with your pretentious garbage. You're fooling some people, but not everyone.
Seriously, how can you actually believe any of this scripted garbage?
I have been thirty-three years in the industry, and in the past twenty, have turned down every "reality show" inquiry as a crew person. Do you honestly believe that Nev (and whatever co-host) show up at some stranger's home, without a producer first obtaining an NDA/release form? You don't think that they carefully mold the scenario? PLEASE.
Notice that a van or two of crew people are ALREADY at each location.
True, they are likely not getting "location" permission to film at most of the sites (reality shows are VERY cheap).
By the way, they pay their crew at a miserly rate. I can make professionally in a DAY, what they offer for ten days.
It's "Jerry Springer" for the current age.
They take advantage of very unstable people, for your pleasure (?). These "victims" will have this on their backs, for life.
OK, the "lead actress" character lost her entire family, so nobody will look for her. But the OTHER visitors? None of them shared with family/friends where they were going? Nobody mentioned their "friend" who took them there? Nobody bothered, in 2019, to find out ahead of time, if there was a wireless connection?
None of these "visitors" high-tailed it out of there after the "cliff scene"?
Why make the "visitors" clichéd, stupid people?
If you want to see a more satisfying "cult horror" flick, check out the "found footage" 2013 film, "The Sacrament." A riff on Jim Jones.