Parents' Guide to

The Third Day

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unsettling folk-horror series has blood, gore, language.

TV Max Drama 2020
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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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