Curon is Netflix’s latest offering combining elements of the supernatural and horror with an engaging thriller mystery. It looks at how relationships and bonds develop in a small town and the secrets that people hide.
A hidden underlying curse puts the protagonists in danger as they try to figure out their family’s hidden past. Unraveling secrets that will change relationships forever and haunt the upcoming generations Curon is streaming now for your binging pleasure.
1. Quick Review
CuronAir Date: June 10, 2020 Status: Finished Studio: Indiana Production No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 7
Curon manages to create a fantastic atmosphere of horror and suspense. With excellent cinematography and score, it keeps the viewer wondering about the mythology and the curse overshadowing the town.
It doesn’t reveal its hand early on, and the family drama in the initial episodes is under-developed, which tests your patience. The series doesn’t focus on enriching and developing the mystery of the town, which could have made Curon one of the best horror shows on Netflix.
2. Is it Worth Watching?
Written and Created by Ezio Abbate, Ivano Fachin, and Tommaso Motano Curon is another international instalment on Netflix.
The 7-episode series will keep you engaged, and while not exceptional, it works because it offers a new mythological legend to the people. Read on for a spoiler-free review.
The series revolves around Anna, who moves back to her small hometown of Curon with her twins Daria and Mauro. She had been forced to leave the town due to mysterious circumstances when she was 17 years old. Her mysterious past and the circumstances which forced her to leave will come to light later in the series.
They should have stayed away because as it turns out, the town is cursed. Anna remarks that “it’s all the same, just like I remember,” and her dad mentions, “you know you can’t stay here right,” immediately creating an atmosphere of mystery.
When Anna disappears, the twins start to investigate and discover that the tranquil exterior of the town hides a lot of secrets inside. They unearth a side of their family they weren’t aware of and find out about the origins of the curse.
II. Cast & Performances
We follow the story from the viewpoint of the twins investigating the disappearance of their mother. Both Mauro (Federico Russo) and Daria (Margherita Mauricio) give strong performances, which make the show engaging and fun to watch.
Daria is a fearless girl, always rushing to the protection of her mother and brother. She’s the bold adventuress who tells Mauro on the first day of school that “High School is like Prison. You either assert dominance or be dominated.”
Mauro, on the other hand, is a gentle, soft-hearted boy who is close to his mom. He is nearly deaf and wears a hearing aid for which he gets constantly bullied. His character offers a contrast to Daria’s, and he displays maturity in playing the role of the handicapped gentle boy.
The duo has natural chemistry as siblings- teasing and fighting but always having each other’s backs. Valeria Bilello of Sense 8 fame plays Anna.
III. Visuals & Setting
Curon pays homage to The Shining with multiple similar shots. The setting of the show in an abandoned family hotel is the biggest resemblance.
Curon is filled with disappearances, visions, and shadows. The location and cinematography make you feel that there are secrets lurking around every corner. The references to shadows and the theme of the family’s shadowy past are supported by several dimly- lit shots.
A bell tower in the center of the lake catches your eye immediately. It is a striking structure that emerges as a central part of the story. ‘When the old church bells ring, repressed feelings come to light’… this creepy announcement hooks you immediately and you’re sucked into the mystery.
Like Dark and Ragnarok, the show is set in a small town and explores the relations people have and how they evolve. It also has teenage protagonists and is a foreign language show like Dark. The character design and CGI on some of the monsters also look good.
3. Final Thoughts
The show shoots itself in the foot, diverting attention from the central underlying supernatural element. It instead makes an effort to develop a teenage drama or a family crisis that works against it.
The horror and mystery are well written, and the acting by the twins keeps the show going at a nice pace. Curon starts out well but dips in the middle episodes. The series ends on a cliffhanger, and a second season looks likely.