Netflix seems to be a hot bed for fucked up sci-fi/horror and I love finding the diamonds in the rough. This is more cubic zirconia than diamond sure, but it still has a certain shine.
A brilliant man marries a beautiful woman and shows her his home, stating that it’s all hers – except a room she can’t enter…
Elizabeth (Lee) has just married the brilliant (and very rich) Henry (Hinds). The happy couple have just returned to his impressive home and Henry gives his lovely young wife the full tour. Everything in the home is hers for the taking except for one room, which she is forbidden to enter. So far so Bluebeard, eh?
As Elizabeth acclimatises to her new environment, including Henry’s spiky assistant Claire (Gugino) and blind Oliver (Matthew Beard), her husband is called away on unavoidable business. What’s a girl to do when she’s home alone and bored out of her mind? You got it.
But Elizabeth’s snooping lands her in hot water and so begins a horrific cycle of marriage, sex and murder as Henry deals with his duplicitous wife/wives. Can the next Elizabeth break the pattern by fighting back? Whaaaat?
I’m trying so hard not give the game away but it’s all about cloning. Henry and Claire have been working for years on a way to bring back Henry’s late wife who died in childbirth and had a rare generic condition.
After multiple attempts, most of which were not a success, Henry has grown tired of the project and his (somewhat) noble motivations have take a sinister turn. In short, he’s getting a kick out of reliving his wedding night and then murdering his new wife, over and over.
Once Claire realises this, even her devotion to Henry is shaken while there’s a terrible history between Oliver and Henry. This entire back story is uncovered by Elizabeth #5 who is guided to Claire’s secret diary by Oliver, who is also after some information from within its pages. Is he who he thinks he is?
#5 is shocked to learn the truth but hasn’t much time to digest it when Elizabeth #6 (the last Elizabeth from a batch of six) wakes up. Shit, son.
I liked this actually. I had no idea what it would entail but it has me at its premise. The setting is cold yet glamorous and from the get go Henry is not to be trusted. He’s already icky by default for having such a young, hot wife and referring to her as a ‘good girl’.
You need to suspend your disbelief to stomach pretty much all of it but it was kind of cool. I really like Abbey Lee, who always plays the sexy ingenue but brought a vulnerability (and subsequent strength) to what could have been a pretty 2D part.
It’s all fucking creepy though. Imagine six copies of you? Available on UK Netflix if you fancy it.