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The Head

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood, booze, profanity in classic horror-inspired mystery.

TV Max Drama 2021
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Many people, when they find out a story is set at an Antarctic research station, will immediately think of John Carpenter's The Thing, in which a team of researchers are attacked by a shapeshifting alien being that picks them off one by one. The Head wastes no time in admitting to being inspired by Carpenter's film -- the inhabitants of Polaris VI ritualistically watch it on the first night of their long winter.

But The Head isn't just some self-referential Scream-like series for Carpenter fans. It cleverly uses the audience's presumed familiarity with its iconic predecessor to create a deeper sense of mystery once things inevitably go sideways at Polaris VI. Part of the fun of The Head is trying to figure out if it's a pure locked-room mystery or if something supernatural is going on, and it even has the episodic advantage of getting to dig into the characters' relationships and backstories. Using such iconic source material for inspiration could be either brave or misguided, but The Head smartly realizes that any premise as good as this one doesn't need to be confined to one story.

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