A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Blood and gore, including animal mutilations. Threats of violence made with guns and knives. An attempted suicide is depicted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters wake up next to each other in bed and question if they had sex, used a condom.
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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.
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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.
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.
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