FEAR HAS MANY FACES.
When the mutilated body of a boy is found in a Georgia small town, local detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) finds strong evidence against a little league coach (Jason Bateman)… but that’s only the beginning of a mystery. This adaptation of the Stephen King novel would have been even better as a traditional, much shorter miniseries; the story gets off to a great start and builds a lot of suspense in the final episodes, but lags in the middle. That said, this is a worthwhile supernatural thriller about a group of doubters and a brilliant, eccentric private investigator who go up against a shapeshifting monster. Lots of thrills, even endearing at times; Mendelsohn hits the right note.
2020-U.S. Made for TV. 523 min. Color. Developed by Richard Price. Novel: Stephen King. Cast: Ben Mendelsohn (Ralph Anderson), Cynthia Erivo (Holly Gibney), Mare Winningham (Jeannie Anderson), Paddy Considine, Jason Bateman, Julianne Nicholson.
Trivia: Co-produced by Mendelsohn; co-executive produced by Bateman (who also directed two episodes), Dennis Lehane (who wrote two episodes) and Price. Originally shown in ten episodes. The character of Holly Gibney also appeared in the TV series Mr. Mercedes (2017-2019).
Last word: “It’s this combination of a police procedural that takes this twist into the supernatural without ever quite leaving the police procedural world. The easiest thing for me to write is the police world and ever since I was a kid, I’d always wanted to write a ghost story.” (Price, Variety)