First Trailer for Chilling Netflix Supernatural Thriller Series 'Archive 81'
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2022
"There's something… in this place." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an eerie supernatural thriller series titled Archive 81, produced by James Wan and showrun by Rebecca Sonnenshine. The mysterious horror series is about an archivist hired to restore a collection of tapes, who finds himself reconstructing the work of a filmmaker and her investigation into a dangerous cult. Sonnenshine explains her inspiration for the premise: "I'm obsessed with mystery box shows, the kind that lead us down a rabbit hole into a strange, dark world. Archive 81 is a character-driven, deeply emotional story about the nature of art, faith, and the search for identity -- all wrapped up in a frayed blanket of existential dread. The show also gave this film geek the chance to unearth all sorts of forgotten media formats as found footage, which results in a unique, visually-textured story that is both beautiful and terrifying." Starring Mamoudou Athie as the archivist, with a cast including Dina Shihabi, Martin Donovan, Matt McGorry, Julia Chan, Evan Jonigkeit, and Ariana Neal. Oh damn this looks very good. And a nice MoMI cameo at the start. I need to watch this.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Netflix's series Archive 81, direct from YouTube:
Follows archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), who takes a job restoring a collection of damaged video tapes from 1994. Reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker (Dina Shihabi), he is drawn into her investigation of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment building. As the season unfolds across these two timelines, Dan slowly finds himself obsessed with uncovering what happened to Melody. When the two characters form a mysterious connection, Dan becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago. Archive 81 features episodes directed by filmmakers Rebecca Thomas (101- 102, 107-108), Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (103-104), Haifaa Al Mansour (105-106). With an original story loosely inspired by the popular podcast of the same name, Archive 81 is a supernatural thriller series executive produced by showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine (The Boys, The Vampire Diaries), James Wan & Michael Clear of Atomic Monster (The Conjuring Universe film franchise, Malignant), Rebecca Thomas (Stranger Things, Limetown), Antoine Douaihy (Panic, The Good Cop) and Paul Harris Boardman (Deliver Us from Evil). Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine (101 -102, 107), Paul Harris Boardman (101), Michael Narducci (103, 108), Evan Bleiweiss (104, 108), Bobak Esfarjani (105), Helen Leigh (106). Netflix will debut Archive 81 streaming on Netflix starting January 14th, 2022 coming up this winter. Intrigued?
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