AMC+’s Ragdoll is coming to AMC, and there’s no doubt about it. I’ll definitely be tuning in. The trailer’s got me hooked already. But this suspenseful serial killer thriller looks dark, so if you’re planning on tuning in like me, you might want to brace yourself.
Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body suspended from the ceiling in a block of London flats – nicknamed the ‘Ragdoll.’ Assigned to the shocking case are newly reinstated DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes); his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Lucy Hale). The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name among them. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. A gruesomely imaginative serial killer thriller, Ragdoll captures the fascinating but flawed friends struggling with the consequences of institutionalization and trauma.
If the premise doesn’t seem macabre enough, there’s the trailer, with the series stars chatting nonchalantly over an eerily posed body. I always appreciate when shows understand the way darkness – and carefully but not overly lit set pieces – can add to a scene’s ambiance and horror. In the trailer, you see just enough of the “Ragdoll” body in question to know you really probably don’t want to see more. And that’s as it should be.
But a good suspense thriller wouldn’t be quite complete without drama surrounding the main characters. The trailer hints that there will be plenty of that to be had, as Lloyd-Hughes, who plays DS Nathan Rose, remarks, “You wanna know what a psychotic liability like me is doing back at work. Huh. That’s fair.” Around shots of him displaying some pretty serious anger management issues inside a courtroom. So we’ve identified the “dark and tortured” character in the series, straight off the bat.
Oh, and did I forget to mention his name is on the “kill list?” And Hale’s rather ominous voiceover, “Whatever he’s got planned, it ends with Rose.”
Cliche? Maybe. But it’s effective, because I have no doubt I’ll be planted in front of my television when each episode drops.
View the trailer here:
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