Archives 81 is Netflix’s newest horror series, following a movie archivist who agrees to restore damaged videotapes and soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery involving a missing director and a demonic cult. (Netflix loves cults!)
Whether you’ve already binged it or not, you should return to the podcast of the same name it’s based on.
After Back home, limetown and dirty jeanspodcasts turned into TV shows is nothing new, but Archives 81 is perhaps the first notable example of this happening in the horror genre.
I’m not here to compare which version of the story is better or worse, as the formats work with different settings, but I will say that the podcast is a pristine example of audio storytelling, with ultra chilling sound production and a creeping and totally enveloping skin-story.
The podcast ran for three major seasons, followed by a related three-episode miniseries. Its big thing is the way it’s told as a found footage story, but in podcast form; it’s all delivered with a sincerity and realistic style that makes its scares all the more supernatural and chilling.
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country of disgrace
The first season of Disgraceland was a fascinating look at the intersection of music and true crime, delving into the stories of famous musicians throughout history who may or may not have gotten away with murder, and the stories of sons often shocking behind tragic events involving well-known artists.
For his new season, host Jake Brennan takes country of disgrace on a new road, and this time it’s all about Taylor Swift. Specifically: The incredible number of stalkers who have harassed Swift throughout her career, including a man who traveled 900 miles to deliver love letters to her former record label, and others who showed up at her house . Such is the number of stalkers she receives that Swift’s security department once used facial recognition software at venues where she performed in order to spot offenders in crowds.
While there are just as many salacious details in this season as in the first, this one ventures down a slightly more thoughtful and empathetic path, given what Taylor Swift and her stalkers can tell us about how men feel entitled to women’s bodies. Whether you love Swift or hate her, it’s hard not to understand how difficult it must be to be one of the most recognizable people in the world, and the added danger that comes with being the most recognizable person in the world. one of the most recognizable women in the world.
The New York Times’ modern love needs no introduction.
The podcast, based on the column of the same name, is one of the newspaper’s most popular accomplishments, telling real-life love stories in all their wondrous, euphoric, heartbreaking, miraculous and messy glory (the anthology series of ‘Amazon is also based on the column).
The show enters a new era as producer Anna Martin becomes the show’s new host. The podcast reportedly aims to ramp up production and release more episodes per year. The show is as charming and beautiful as ever, telling a wonderfully diverse array of love stories: it’s hard not to find something to connect with in every episode.
This is another show that I love for its brevity, with each episode only lasting 20 minutes, offering cute little vignettes that explore what it means to love in the modern world.