Available on Prime Video, Chapelwaite is a horror series adapted from a short story by Stephen King. The atmosphere is grayish in impressive and terrifying settings at the same time. Everything is run by an inhabited Adrien Brody.
What is it about ?
Adaptation of the short story “The one who keeps the worm” in the collection Dance of Death (1978) by Stephen King.
Captain Charles Boone moves in with his three children to a mansion he inherited in a small town in Maine after the death of his wife. Soon mysterious noises appear. Charles will have to face terrible family secrets in order to end a curse that has plagued the Boones for generations.
Chapelwaite, a series created by Jason Filardi and Peter Filardi with Adrien Brody, Emily Hampshire… Available on Prime Video. Episodes viewed: 3 out of 10
Who is it with?
We no longer present Adrien Brody who stunned the whole world with his moving interpretation in The Pianist by Roman Polanski. Wes Anderson’s favorite actor, who plays wonderfully with his tall, elegant figure, he uses his almost ghostly allure to deliver a tortured interpretation of Captain Charles Boone, a widowed father who must face the demons of his past.
At his side, we find Emily Hampshire in a rather radical change of register for the one who played Stevie Budd in Schitt’s Creek for six seasons. But the series is above all a great opportunity to discover young talents. Jennifer Ens, Sirena Gulamgaus and Ian Ho all play the Boone Children and are all remarkable.
Well worth a look ?
There is a sort of curse that runs around serial adaptations of Stephen King’s works. They would often be missed. Maybe because they miss the depth of Stephen King, who basically talks about America and his society in a disenchanted way.
Here, Chapelwaite, the adaptation signed Jason Filardi and Peter Filardi breaks the rule. We are immediately caught by the dreary atmosphere that emerges from the series from the first moments. Shortly after the death of his wife, Captain Charles Boone moved with his wife to Chapelwaite, an imposing and superb building which he had just inherited.
And the large houses lit with oil lamps always have that disturbing charm that makes you want to look a little further. What do these houses contain? What are their secrets ? and the traumas they close? This is the heart of Chapelwaite.
Charles Boone is the heir to a house from a cursed family rejected by the community of the small town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine. Her family secrets could even cost her and her children’s lives.
This translates to onscreen disturbing noises roaming the walls of Chapelwaite, characters who aren’t strictly speaking zombies but who are suspected to be dead, and some very bloody, self-explanatory scenes that we wouldn’t recommend. not to everyone.
There are also verses, those of the title of the short story in French (“The one who keeps the ver”), which come to haunt the hallucinations of Charles to better lead him towards the madness promised to his line… and a baby who is born without eyes and no nose. (Better not to be too sensitive to watch Chapelwaite.)
The plot advances slowly but applies to take a step forward in each episode. We can guess the intentions of the authors, who conspicuously squint at The Haunting of Hill House. To see if the sequel is up to its ambitions.