Is German series Dark the new Stranger Things?

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netflix-dark-trailer-00We’re preparing ourselves for series two of Stranger Things later in the year, but Netflix has announced that it has picked up a series from Germany that’s already being dubbed as a ‘scarier, German version of Stranger Things’. Which basically means that it’s another heady mix of crime story and supernatural goings on. There’s a trailer after the jump.

Dark is the first-ever German Netflix original, and yesterday news hit that it would emerge on the streaming site this winter, and a tantalising trailer accompanied the news. “A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Their search for a culprit unearths a small town’s sins and secrets.”

But as ever with the Netflix publicity, details are slightly vague at the moment. The Netflix site itself says: “A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Their search for a culprit unearths a small town’s sins and secrets.”

The website Slashfilm reveals more details:

Dark is a procedural mystery and a supernatural thriller about occult kidnappings and, from the look of things, a conspiracy that spans decades. Set in the German town of Winden, the 10-episode series kicks off with a child kidnapping before vanishing down a weirder, more horrifying rabbit hole. It looks promising!

The site also says the streaming service also has Italian-language Mafia drama Suburra and Spanish-language period drama Cable Girls waiting in the wings. Over on the Hollywood Reporter, it says: Dark comes from acclaimed Swiss director Baran bo Odar (Sleepless, Who Am I?) and the producers of Oscar winner The Lives of Others.

Judging by the trailer below, Dark won’t be the next Stranger Things – it looks to be devoid of the sentimental post-modernism the American series revelled in. It looks good though..

 

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