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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published April 13th 2020
Keep your eyes peeled and your knife sharp

Bloodride is a new Norwegian horror series, which began screening on Netflix in Australia in March 2020. It's sort of a Norwegian Twilight Zone, with each of the six half-hour episodes of season one telling a different, spooky story. The title comes from the creepy bus in the introduction to each episode, whose doomed passengers feature in the stories.

For the most part, the campy horror in Bloodride isn't actually very scary, and many of the stories are predictable. However, one or two of them were quite clever. I particularly enjoyed Lab Rats (episode 4), in which a pharmaceutical company owner holds a dinner party and finds that one of his guests has stolen the prototype of a new drug expected to make the company millions. He decides that none of the guests, not even his own wife, will be allowed to leave until one of them confesses to stealing it.

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The dinner party guests being searched in Lab Rats.

In The Old School (episode 5) an idealistic young teacher takes a job at a newly reopened school in the countryside, which seems to be haunted by the ghosts of some former pupils. The ending of this episode actually surprised me. The Ultimate Sacrifice (episode 1) felt like it could have been a great horror story if the writers had had more run time to play with, like a feature film instead of a single episode, to build up the suspense a bit more.

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Ellen Bendu as Sanna in The Old School.

The Elephant In the Room (episode 6) is the absurd, funny (in a very dark way) story of an office costume party, where two new employees try to find out the truth behind a former employee's death.

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From The Elephant in the Room.

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The elephant.

Content warning- There is violence against women in several episodes, especially Three Sick Brothers (episode 2) and Bad Writer (episode 3). There are also several scenes involving the death of other animals, especially in The Ultimate Sacrifice (episode 1) and Lab Rats.

Bloodride is less scary than other contemporary horror series like American Horror Story or Slasher, and contains relatively little gore. It makes a change if you like your horror a little more light and camp, and will probably appeal to fans of the old Lars Von Trier series Kingdom.

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