in the series desdeof hbo max, the look at normality is misleading. In the anonymous town where the plot takes place, everything seems suspended in a timeless void. The houses with gloomy and decadent aspect, the tired faces of the inhabitants, the forest to the periphery. All the elements are linked into something larger, singular and unpleasant that little by little weaves itself off the screen.
Perhaps, one of the most intriguing points of the production is the possibility that the terrifying hides in plain sight, without being able to be distinguished from what surrounds it. Every item in desde is designed as a trap. But, at the same time, like a puzzle of disparate pieces that is built little by little as the story progresses.
The premise is apparently simple: the dark, silent and disturbing town that the plot explores is a vortex. Anyone who enters it will not be able to leave it again. Without a doubt, a version of the unexplored in fearsome spaces that has already been shown frequently. Nevertheless, desde he makes the wise decision to turn his mystery into a circumstance.
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He does this by allowing his characters to test the limits of this frontier with the unknown. The way they find themselves caught in the middle of a phenomenon that could be both physical and entirely supernatural.
A terrifying maze that leads nowhere
In desde, the script links time and fear in a single line of chilling events. The forest is a deceptively harmless witness to what surrounds each house and character. The darkness, an element that becomes a brutal perception of violence. But especially, isolation and loneliness are scenarios for a type of increasingly brutal and unexplained events.
What makes an old woman capable of killing and mauling like an aggressive predator? What makes the entire town surrounded by a kind of horror that flows in the silence like an infectious thread of events? Little by little, the production shows to what extent the invisible is a border, a condition of fear linked to something more fearsome.
desde nuances the fear from the conception of what could be a sentence, even an ordeal. “Let me in, I’m alone,” begs the old woman who hangs around the windows at dusk and turns out to be a violent murderer. What made her like this? What causes the unbreathable feeling that the town is surrounded by an invisible circle of bloody events?
The series does not hide that its history is brutal. As much as for gore scenes include blood and gore splattered walls that are explicitly shown. What happens in the town does not lend itself to second interpretations and is, in fact, of unknown cruelty.
But, although the scenery changes, it becomes darker, dense and unbreathable, there are no explanations. The premise is kept secret, hidden. In the worst of cases, as an integral part of the town, as a peninsula isolated from the world around it.
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In the same way that the enigmatic island was in the iconic lostIt seems out of time and reality. The circumstance creates the possibility that the great question of the narrative is of unusual simplicity for a complex staging. What is hidden in the midst of the silent facades, the closed windows and the deserted streets of any town?
With a mix between Salem’s Lot of Stephen King (to which he refers directly) and a Lovecraftian story, desde it is terrifying in its simplicity. By the time the argument finds its darkest and most perverse moment, the series reached a dark point, unclassifiable. The slowness of the camera when moving, the way in which the script recounts, step by step, the deaths and the desperation of the victims. Whatever the answer to the lurking evil, the answer is not unique. It is this multiplicity that turns the narrative into an increasingly monstrous, overwhelming and, also, fascinating idea.
desde It has been in the HBO Max catalog for a few months, but, perhaps, in the same way as its history, it needed some time to show its horrors. Turned into a sudden success and a phenomenon of the horror genre, it is a version about fear that exceeds any limit. Like the tiny, dark world it hides, it heralds a new kind of discourse on horror. A mysterious tone that the series makes clear in each of its chapters.