• 08 Feb - 14 Feb, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

For horror movie freaks, this is definitely a good watch.

Ares is a new horror series that deals with both a co-ed fraternity and some kind of demonic world. This is the first Dutch Netflix original series, a hard-working pre-med student wants to get ahead, and when she meets a group of people that will help her do that, she quickly realises she had no idea what she was getting herself into. In the opening shot, we see a montage of a young woman going off to college in Amsterdam, being happily hazed and initiated into an elite society. Rosa Steenwijk (Jade Olieberg) is studying pre-med at the University of Amsterdam, and she has a keen interest in the country’s social differences. When a guest lecturer talks about deep brain stimulation, Rosa asks her pointed questions about the fact that the procedure is only available to the rich. Her life at home, in a massive apartment complex, is rough. Her mother Joyce (Janni Goslinga) is schizophrenic, and despite being on medication, needs to have someone keep an eye on her at all times; her father (Dennis Rudge) works varied shifts as a nurse. Ares does a fine job of amping up the creepiness and tension. Created by Pieter Kuijpers, Iris Otten and Sander van Meurs, the episodes are only around 30 minutes. But the writers pack more than enough in that short time to move their story along at a rapid but not overwhelming pace. It is carried by a strong lead performance that roots the craziness going on around that character in some emotional reality. And that’s always the key to horror shows like this.