The Third Day

TV review by
Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media
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Unsettling folk-horror series has blood, gore, language.

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some subtle messaging about doing the right thing in the face of significant risk and consequence. 

Positive Role Models

Characters are deeply flawed, but also display occasional acts of kindness, bravery, and courage. 

Violence

Blood and gore, including animal mutilations. Threats of violence made with guns and knives. An attempted suicide is depicted.

Sex

Characters wake up next to each other in bed and question if they had sex, used a condom. 

Language

Foul language includes the use of "s--t," "f--k," "c--t," "balls," and "pissed."
 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink frequently, sometimes excessively in a pub and at a party. Some smoking scenes. References to drug addicts. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Third Day is a mystery-thriller series containing a number of unsettling horror elements. It features blood, gore, and plenty of disturbing scenes and imagery, including a young girl attempting to hang herself, mutilated animals, and characters threatened with extreme violence. Language includes "f--k," 's--t," "c--t," "balls," and "pissed." Excessive drinking and some smoking happens in a pub, at a party, and at other social gatherings. Drug addiction is referenced. A couple wake in bed together and question if they had sex and used a condom. This mature show also contains scenes of disturbing rituals and cult-like behavior with some religious overtones. 

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What's the story?

THE THIRD DAY is a six-part mystery-thriller series that borrows heavily from the folk-horror genre. It tells a pair of three-chapter, interconnected stories starring Jude Law in the first, and Naomie Harris in the second. While the protagonists change half way through the series, the secluded setting -- Osea Island, an actual place located off the coast of England -- and its creepy inhabitants remain mostly the same. 

Is it any good?

Mysterious villages populated by unnerving characters are nothing new to the horror genre, but The Third Day's unique setting raises the bar -- and plenty of goosebumps. For starters, the eerie destination is located on Osea Island, an especially secluded spot only accessible by a causeway that disappears when the tide rises. Toss in unreliable phone reception, crazy locals in creepy masks, cult-like rituals, and the likelihood you'll step in carefully arranged animal entrails, and this place isn't exactly Disneyland.

While the aforementioned nightmare fodder feels a bit like it fell off the folk-horror assembly line, a well-paced mix of engaging mysteries, absorbing atmosphere, and a sense of dread that rarely dissipates keeps even the most familiar tropes from feeling stale. Jude Law and Naomie Harris also deliver the goods, playing complex protagonists navigating the island and its disturbing denizens for very different reasons. The Third Day may be a bit much for the faint of heart, but horror fans craving their next Midsommar-flavored fix, will want to cross the causeway before it closes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the series' setting. Where is the real Osea Island? How does the show depict the island? What is the island's history and what is it actually like?

  • What is a subgenre? What folk-horror elements does this series leverage? How is it different from other horror series?

  • What are the main characters' motivations? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? 

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