The series makes you feel that you will experience a story like Serverbut instead, you get a run-of-the-mill horror thriller.
This review of the Netflix limited series Devil in Ohio is spoiler free.
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It’s extraordinary that Netflix premieres this series the day Amazon launches it The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. I’m not saying that everyone watches the aforementioned series, but the streaming market is so saturated these days that punctuality is essential. Devil in Ohio, a limited series, it launched with barely a finger lifted, with slimmer-than-usual marketing. Based on the book of the same name by Daria Polatin, the series was not given a fighting chance, so it seems deliberate.
Devil in Ohio follows psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis (played by Emily Deschanel, animal Kingdom), which is home to a scheming cult runaway named Mae (played by Madeleine Arthur – To all the boys I’ve loved before), which threatens the safety of his family. Her husband, Peter (played by Sam Jaeger- The Handmaid’s Tale), is a real estate developer with a bankrupt business. The family is relatively ordinary, but her world is turned upside down by Mae’s introduction. The story comes with light mystery and horror as the world of satanic symbolism, and religious imagery becomes a terrifying concept.
The premise has everything you would expect. With a few minor twists along the way, Devil in Ohio is a relatively predictable limited series that single stimulate the brain. The horror moments are too bland for what they’re worth, and the twists and turns are predictable.
Supporting the series are the tropes of teen drama. While the trailer and opening premise want you to think of this as some serious horror, it does have that YA feel as Suzanne’s daughter Jules Mathis (played by Xaria Dotson) becomes significantly involved with her personal life at school, along with Mae apparently affects her social life.
That’s not to say that the secondary characters aren’t interesting, but something is wrong. The scenes with Suzanne and Mae are much more interesting than the invading cult and the other characters’ problems. The scenes showing how Mae’s presence impacts their lives are just as interesting. When Devil in Ohio focuses on subplots, feels like a formulaic adaptation of Netflix.
The series seems to have promised more than it sold. Without familiarity with the book, it’s hard to make a clear judgement, but the generic character makes for a shallow experience, dogged by intriguing mysteries. The series makes you feel that you will experience a story like Serverbut instead, you get a run-of-the-mill horror thriller.
But, confusingly, it’s worth a punt. Devil in Ohio it’s not for the trash can, and there’s plenty to enjoy in the performances here, even if the characters could use more depth. Netflix has put a lot of money into its limited series, but this isn’t the best of the bunch.
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