Cast of Archive 81,What Is Its Release Date and Much More
The supernatural horror series Archive 81, which is largely based on the podcasting of the same name, debuts on Netflix this week as one of the first major new shows of 2022. The series, which centers on an archivist who falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a mysterious and sad incident that happened 25 years previously, was first revealed by the broadcaster back in October 2020. It appears to be a really intriguing endeavor. The show’s showrunner is Rebecca Sonnenshine, who has written several series of The Boys in the past. Paul Harris Boardman, who created the scripts for The Exorcism of Emily Rose, writes the episodes’ storylines.
And the series also has the stamp of approval from one of Hollywood’s most popular horror writers and directors – with James Wan serving as an executive producer. Read on for everything you need to know.
Archive 81 Release Date
Additionally, one of Hollywood’s most well-known horror writers and directors, James Wan, who serves as an executive producer, has given the series his seal of approval.
Archive 81 Cast
Mamoudou Athie, who starred in Sorry for Your Loss, and Dina Shihabi, who starred in Altered Carbon, play archivist Dan Turner and documentary filmmaker Melody Pednras, respectively, in the series.
Numerous supporting actors, such as Martin Donovan (Tenet), Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black), Julia Chan (Katy Keene), Evan Jonigkeit (Frontier), and Ariana Neal, are there with them (Hidden Figures).
- Mamoudou Athie (Dan Turner)
- Dina Shihabi (Melody Pendras)
- Evan Jonigkeit (Samuel)
- Julia Chan (Anabelle)
- Matt McGorry (Mark)
- Martin Donovan (Virgil)
- Ariana Neal (Jess)
- Daniel Johnson (Visser Tenant)
- Kate Eastman (Tamara Stefano)
- Kristin Griffith (Cassandra Wall)
- Johnna Leary (Visser Tenant)
- Charlie Hudson III (Steven Turner)
- Eden Marryshow (John Smith)
- Trayce Malachi (Young Dan)
- Jaxon Rose Moore (Emily Turner)
- Sol Miranda (Beatriz)
- Shay Guthrie (Callie)
- Hilda Ivette Rodriguez (Bar patron)
- Africa Miranda (Mrs. Turner)
- Emy Coligado (Helen Yung)
Archive 81 Plot
Dan Turner, a historian in the series, was hired to repair a collection of defective videotapes from 1994. He was attempting to locate a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras’ work when he became involved in her inquiry into a potentially hazardous cult at the Visser housing complex. Dan slowly develops an interest in learning more about what happened to Melody, and when the two characters develop a mystical bond, he becomes confident he can spare her from the horrific fate she suffered 25 years before.
We won’t give away the drama’s plot in order to keep you interested. Just to give you a hint, this narrative was influenced by a very popular podcast with the same name. You can hear the original podcast, but we advise waiting for the release to watch the original series if you want the complete experience. If you enjoy watching suspenseful dramas and scary thrillers, you should certainly watch this series.
According to the Netflix official synopsis, “Archive 81 follows archivist Dan Turner as he accepts a job trying to restore a catalog of broken videotapes from 1994. Recreating the work of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras, he is drawn into her investigative process of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment complex.
Archive 81 Review
When it works best, “Archive 81” evokes the feeling that there is something genuinely evil lying in plain sight. A VHS tape collecting dust in a secondhand bookstore’s corner, a space in the basement of your apartment building, or a work of art that has captured something from another realm could all be potential candidates. Most people enjoy a good puzzle, but horror lovers are especially so. We look for alternate versions of our favorite genre masterpieces or spread urban legends.
By the time historical occurrences for then neither Athie’s nor Shihabi’s protagonists were present are depicted late in the series, viewers will either have made the decision to accept “Archive 81’s” method of creating its tale through videography as a tool to pick up and discard at leisure.
In the end, the cult’s goals feel unduly familiar since one would expect a program that is so aggressively committed to doing what it wants at any given time to delve deeper into its main enigma.
Archive 81 Verdict
Although “Archive 81” will satisfy core genre lovers, it’s difficult to help but feel that a tighter version more dedicated to a goal than being disjointed may succeed more widely. Although “Archive 81’s” eight-episode length and propensity to switch up its storytelling techniques can be entertaining, even genre aficionados might start to yearn for some concentration.