As a fan of the gothic genre, Requiem is exactly what I didn’t know I needed. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie or series that so perfectly both hides and explains the mysteries in it. It has all the makings of a good gothic fiction. A small town that looks more innocent than it actually is, shifty locals who raise more questions then they answer a protagonist who doesn’t know who to trust and an old mansion with perhaps a dark secret.
Matilda Grey is a talented cellist with a bright future ahead of her. She has a performance coming up and a tour to New York on the way. Her life, however, is brought to a sudden halt with her mother’s shocking death. Soon after she finds a box that her mother left for her, a box containing newspaper articles about a girl who went missing 20 years back. Grappling with her pain and confused by the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death, she decides to go to the town where the disappearance took place. However going there brings more questions than it answers. With unhelpful and suspicious locals, and the missing girl’s mother only wants to move forward, Matilda soon realizes finding the girl or her connection to her mother’s death won’t be easy.
This series was honestly an amazing blend of mystery, suspense, and horror. Matilda doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. And we, as an audience, question not only the locals but Matilda herself as she slowly comes up with theories, each more unbelievable than the last. The pace of the story was also extremely well suited. It’s quick enough to not be boring and keep us interested but slow enough to keep the mystery alive and thriving. Each episode answers one question but raises two more.
Another thing that I like about the series is up until the end it could’ve gone anyway. There was no way of predicting what would be the end or of figuring out what’s actually going on. The possibilities of what actually happened to the missing girl are too many. And each time we feel like we know what’s going on what we are unceremoniously shown, how in the dark we actually are. The series never gives us too much information, and we spend more time wondering then knowing. Which to be honest I’m not complaining about. I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing until the end.
I was also very satisfied with the ending. Which isn’t something I can say about most horror or mystery works. Most of these tend to have a lot of buildups but ultimately the final reveal is a bit of a letdown or they don’t answer important questions and we are left with more loose ends than we started with. But this isn’t like that at all. The buildup is perfect and not exaggerated. It slowing goes from asking questions to answering them. Each character holds a clue and slowly with each episode we start to put the puzzle together. Each episode reveals something and by the end, we know exactly what is going on. Even though that doesn’t really prepare us for the ending.
If you are a fan of the gothic genre or of mysteries in general then I highly recommend it. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of mysteries I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. With six episodes each an hour long, it’s the perfect series to binge on a lazy day.
Written by Zuyairia Moslemeen Khan