NOS4A2, The Denomic Review


To act as the driving force of this series, presently on Prime Video, there are several interesting factors.

The faces of Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx who, in their own way, they set the atmosphere of the story. He with a penetrating look and a perfect melancholy for this character (we also remember him as impeccable Spock in Star Trek). She with her restless attitude and her expressions capable of profound tension.

Another factor is a vague and pervious supernatural power of objects (remember that the author of the novel from which the story is based is Joe H, son of Stephen King), which reminds us of much more famous horror stories.

Then there is the contrast between the light-heartedness of the holiday season and an evil darkness, perhaps referring to consumerism and the falsity of conventions. The innocence of children and the lurking monster. The irrepressible attraction towards sweets and colours, which was already in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and evil hidden in the shadows ready to take advantage of it.

The choice to represent abducted children (of the species of lost children of the island that does not exist) with sharp teeth and ready to devour adults, also closely remembers the refusal to grow up. The fight against the passage of time that was Captain Hook.

In short, elements of classic black fairy tale and the modern techniques of storytelling, they complement each other and complete a successful story with strong colors. Notes of originality lie in the affective story of the protagonist, in the concept of personal imaginary world that becomes a real place, in the description of a form of superpower bound to objects and the presence of a young ogre who alternates murder with childish coaxing.

In all, except for a few moments, it’s well told.