It’s not every day you see a horror movie or show which is based on Māori myth, legend, history and tradition, which is surprising because of how rich that source pool is! But, here we have one – and it looks like it’s going to be a good one! How’s that for something you never knew you were missing from your life.
It’s going to be exlcusively streaming on the Shudder network as of 23rd January 2020:
Judging by the trailer it uses these new concepts and mashes them up with the tried and tested recipe for a successful series as developed by the likes of Game of Thrones these days… Fantasy – Violence – Sex… done!
But in all seriousness it does look like something I’d be able to get my teeth in to, and because of where and in which culture it is based it does look like it’s going to be something which doesn’t actually repeat every other fantasy show out there at the moment, having something very original to share. It must also be pretty good at showing the true nature of the legends it is based on because it involved Māori creative control throughout for authenticity.
One thing I did notice about the trailer was that it did feel a bit Ash vs Evil Dead in places, especially when it comes to how the (I guess) possessed and dead act and look, and of course the camera work – quickly coming in on characters from a sort of first person perspective. I actually had to go back to see if Sam Raimi had anything to do with the show. It doesn’t look like it, and the above is by no means a criticism – Ash vs Evil Dead is easily one of my all time favorite shows.
The trailer doesn’t delve too much in to the background of the story, instead showing off what look like absolutely stunning visuals – it’s amazing the quality we are receiving these days thanks to these online streaming services! As such I thought how better to explain what the story is about than to show you what Shudder wrote on their blog, with the link to this being at the bottom of the page:
“The series, which premieres January 23 on Shudder, features a murdered Māori warrior, Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who’s sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins. But the world Waka returns to is ravaged by a breach between Life and the Afterlife as the spirits of the newly dead now stalk the land and hunt the living. “
“Waka encounters a determined young woman, Mehe (Darneen Christian), who becomes both his protégé and moral compass. Together, they navigate tribal politics, the unsettled ghosts of Ancestors and other forces both natural and supernatural, on a quest to discover who “broke the world” and how to repair it—if it’s not too late.”