Netflix's "Haunting" New Original Series Is The Perfect Post 'Stranger Things' Watch


 If you’re anything like us here at The Hook, you’re in something of a post-‘Stranger Things 2’ funk. 

Having binge-watched it quicker than is healthy, you’ve found yourself with nothing to watch, and nothing to look forward to (that is, at least until Netflix drops supernatural thriller Dark – aka Germany’s answer to Stranger Things – in December).


Well, here’s something that might snap us out of it. Generously not wanting us to wait a whole month for something new to watch, Netflix have just released a new murder mystery series that looks like it might have what it takes to entertain us.

Called Alias Grace, it’s adapted from the Margaret Atwood novel, and is based on the true story of housemaid Grace Marks, who in 1843 was imprisoned for the murders of her employer Simon Kinnear, and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery.


Alias Grace takes place ten years after the murders, and sees a doctor visiting Grace in prison.

She has no memories of the crime, and he’s concerned that she might actually be innocent.

The cast is pretty strong (it stars Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 11.22.63), Zachary Levi (Tangled, Thor: Ragnarok),  Anna Paquin (True Blood, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Edward Holcroft (Gunpowder, Kingsman: The Secret Service)) and reviews have been exceptional.

One critic suggested, “If Mindhunter and The Handmaid’s Tale had a baby… you would get Alias Grace”, which is high praise indeed.


It has 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a Metacritic score of 82.

The reception on Twitter has been pretty strong as well:

You can check out the trailer for Alias Grace here:

If period pieces aren’t really your thing, Netflix have also just dropped a murder mystery so haunting, some viewers are finding themselves unable to even get through the first episode.

Called The Sinner, it stars Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott (Girls) and Bill Pullman, and is more of a “why did she do it” than a “whodunnit”. It sees a young mother suddenly, inexplicably and very publicly commit a violent murder, leaving an investigator to figure out exactly what she was thinking.

THE SINNER -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Jessica Biel as Cora -- (Photo by: Brownie Harris/USA Network)

We don’t know if it’s just us, but Netflix’s shows seem to be getting a whole lot darker… (That’s definitely not a complaint…)

What are you watching on Netflix at the moment? Let us know in the comments!

Images via Netflix / Twitter

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