A new Netflix serial killer drama is getting some seriously good reviews, including a recommendation from horror legend himself, Stephen King.
La Mante is a mini-series about a psychopath whose murders are believed to be inspired by Jeanne Deber, known as ‘The Mantis’, a famous serial killer who terrorised the country 20 years ago.
The police, believing the motto ‘takes one to know one’, ask Deber to help them hunt the copycat killer.
I'm two episodes into #LaMante and it is one of the best shows I've ever seen. Chilling, disturbing, beautiful. Carole Bouquet gives one hell of a performance.
— Octopi With Hats (@OctopiWithHats) January 23, 2018
In solitary confinement, ‘The Mantis’ agrees at one condition – and that is that she will only deal only with detective Damien Carrot, who just so happens to be her son, who had broken ties with his mother a long time ago.
Damien has no choice – a serial killer is on the loose and could strike anytime, anywhere in Paris.
The New York Times went as far as comparing the series to Luther.
This French series (in French, with subtitles) is as dark as they come — think Bron/Broen or Luther, a bleak serial-killer show with disturbing visuals and stylish misery.
Carole Bouquet stars as Jeanne, a vigilante-style serial killer serving a life sentence when a copycat murderer begins imitating her crimes.
The show is only six episodes, so even if you binge it, its chilling darkness won’t take over your life
And the show has impressed Stephen King, who sent out a tweet saying he was ‘enjoying the programme’, adding:
It is surveying previously unexplored realms of gruesomeness. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a man slowly drowning in an industrial washer before. Not even in a Rob Zombie picture.
I'm enjoying LA MANTE (Netflix). It is surveying previously unexplored realms of gruesomeness. I don't believe I've ever seen a man slowly drowning in an industrial washer before. Not even in a Rob Zombie picture.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 27, 2018
Others are equally as impressed as well, with some people making mention of the fact they’ve watched in on King’s recommendation.
Alice Catherine wrote:
Started watching La Mante – hooked already, and picking up more French words. Basically whatever Stephen King tweets about, we start watching.
And Harriet Sadler added:
La Mante was phenomenal. Just when you think you’ve figured it out.. it whacks you with a whole new plot twist can’t cope
— Alba Arango (@AlbaArango007) January 30, 2018
Never usually a fan of subtitled shows but La Mante really is so interesting so far!!
(I mean it was recommended by @StephenKing so that doesn't surprise me…)
— Taylor? (@txylortxylor) January 29, 2018
#lamante was phenomenal. Just when you think you've figured it out.. it whacks you with a whole new plot twist ? can't cope
— harriet (@Harriet_Sadler) January 26, 2018
#LaMante awersome series! Finished binge watching last nite. Terrific acting…. particularly Pascal Demolon. well worth taking in.
— Michael Bone (@bonem1963) January 29, 2018
— CinnamonSpark (@SparkCinnamon) January 25, 2018
And if I may be so bold as to pass on Stephen King's suggestion La Mante? It's fantastic. I binged it in two days.
— Angie (@GiantSlayer38) January 29, 2018
La Mante was one of the best shows I’ve watched in a very long time. Dark, gruesome, and gut wrenching. 10/10 do recommend as long as you can deal with subtitles ?? https://t.co/zgSCZv9s5E
— Natalie Gaynor (@n_gaynor17) January 28, 2018
Other reviews include:
I’m two episodes into La Mante and it is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Chilling, disturbing, beautiful. Carole Bouquet gives one hell of a performance.
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La Mante was one of the best shows I’ve watched in a very long time. Dark, gruesome, and gut wrenching. 10/10 do recommend as long as you can deal with subtitles
La Mante (the Mantis) on Netflix. French serial killer show. Carole Bouquet with a Meryl Streep-esque performance here. Amazing and haunting.
Ok, it looks like a definite ‘one to watch’. I guess I’ll have to add it to my already very long list of recommendations.