Hidden in the catalog of Netflix, Bloodride is a Norwegian production that can be found in the catalog with the national title of Terror Collective and consists of 6 isolated stories of super short horror, but that guarantee twists to hook the viewer.
Terror Collective puts all the characters on a school bus, in which each episode the camera follows one by one, where we will find out more about these apparently normal figures that divide the collective space.
And so, in the first episode, the series shows what to expect from these 6 stories that are completely different from each other, and that do not connect at any time. We have a father and daughter with a pet, a blonde girl, a black girl, and in the back seats a boy, and a group of people without clothes, and a boy in an elephant costume.
What does this very different group have in common? Basically nothing. They are just together on this supernatural bus, after all, the stories told do not mix with each other, where the viewer can watch the episodes out of order, or even those that the synopsis makes him more curious.
Of course, the series does not reach the same level of depth as Black Mirror, and follows the primer of the new The Twilight Zone without sounding so pretentious. Terror Collective it relies much more on telling a lean and cohesive story that goes straight to the point, without worrying about putting known actors and actresses to give life to their characters. Like this, Terror Collective manages to create an inviting atmosphere for the viewer to realize that some things are quite wrong with what happens to their characters, as is the case mainly of three episodes (A great sacrifice, Three Mad brothers, and Writer of Evil) that really play with the notions of reality, deliver a little more fantasy plot, and with twists that really bring more impact to the plot.
In A great sacrifice we have a family that moves to a small country town and that realizes that its neighbors are very cordial and solicitous than usual, with one more detail, they are all very attached, for some reason, to their pets. For fans of Midsommar – Evil Doesn’t Wait at Night, the episode fits like a glove with its plot involving this type of sect. Without many spoilers, but really a well-constructed plot that goes straight to the point with good surprises and a macabre dose of suspense.
Already in the Three Mad Brothers and Writer of Evil we see protagonists that are not very reliable and that the plot makes us question our perception of them. In the first, we have a young man who has just left a psychiatric institution where he receives a visit from his brothers who convince him to go to the family cottage to spend some time. On the way there they meet a girl, and that’s when the story takes shape and a very curious tone, that as we said it is noticed that things are quite wrong.
The episode Three Mad Brothers, for those who write it, it is perhaps the most impactful and favorite chapter. The same goes for Ma Writerl, who puts Olivia in a very strange parallel reality mix, where the character lives in an idyllic world where everything goes very well for her, the girl is loved by her roommates, has a caring boyfriend, and even drives a sports car, but things change when she starts a creative writing class. Writer of Evil it holds its turn until the end, and perhaps, it is the episode with the largest number of them, which makes it very good.
The other three episodes (Guinea Pigs, The Old School and The Elephant in the Room) may not have the same narrative impact as the other three, but they deliver good stories where the disturbed game that a pharmaceutical company’s president plays with his guests at a dinner party to try to find out who stole a prototype delivers a ununit a little bit without salt, and that is sure to make the spectator join the clues and find out who is responsible. The grace of Guinea pigs it ends when the information is revealed well before the episode ends.
Already in The Old School, the story of the teacher who arrives in a country town to give some to a school does not get to be excited at any time, like, as The Elephant In The Room which puts company employees at a costume party dressed up as animals and creates a weak and uninteresting mystery, which makes these two the weakest this year.
Terror Collective is right to deliver these little tales of terror in small doses, the episodes are not scary or scary, they just hold on to the plot twists with a dose of more graphic moments almost a slasher well dosed. For those who are fans of the genre Terror Collective makes a good bet for a marathon on a quiet day.