MARIANNE is a new Netflix horror series from France. The story features a horror writer, and we’re dealing with pure evil and darkness. Even if you don’t usually watch foreign horror productions, you should definitely give this Netflix series a shot. Read why in our Marianne review here!

Marianne is a new Netflix horror series with a very dark visual style that perfectly matched the story. It’s from France and even if you tend to shy away from foreign language productions, you shouldn’t rob yourself of this one!

It’s about a famous horror author and the witch that has haunted her nightmare (and inspired her stories) for the longest time. Yes, it does deal with supernatural elements, but so did the brilliant The Haunting of Hill House. No, I’m not comparing the two in terms of liking Marianne as much as I did Mike Flanagan’s brilliant horror series.

But I am saying you should enjoy this one if you liked The Haunting of Hill House. Also, we still have to wait quite a while for its sequel The Haunting of Bly Manor. Basically, you might as well check this out in the meantime.

Read the rest of our Marianne review below to learn more about the new Netflix horror series. 

“You’re scared. I’m filthy” 

Yes, that’s one of the lines in the first episode of Marianne and I absolutely love it. Especially because it’s said by an older lady who is acting quite strange. To say the least!

Basically, Netflix has just released a horror series perfect for Friday the 13th. This is pure horror and while it takes place in the small town Elden in France, this might as well have been in Stephen King’s Derry or Castle Rock.

In fact, episode 1 of Marianne alone has several scenes that are reminiscent of a scene in the new IT Chapter 2 movie. An old lady running around naked is just one aspect that comes to mind.

Also, the story is told rather brilliantly through chapters in a book (the main character is an author, afterall). When a new episode begins, we skim through the chapters with flashes of scenes that were shown previously. Just like that, we’re up to speed without a lengthy “previously on”.

This new French Netflix horror series has a lot of amazing “WTF?!”-moments that will keep you hooked.

For me, this was just one of the things that made Marianne an extremely bingeworthy horror series. I could not stop watching! I think many viewers will feel the same way which means there’s no need for long recaps of the previous episodes.

Marianne Netflix Series Review

French Horror is pretty awesome!

If you’ve never watched any French horror movies, you really have been robbing yourself of some awesome experiences. If you watch just two horror movies from France, you should probably check out Pascal Laugier‘s Martyrs from 2008 (which was got a US remake) and High Tension (org. title Haute Tension) by Alexandre Aja.

Both have very intense plots and feature quite a lot of blood. Of course, there are many more French horror movies to check out, but those two tend to satisfy most people.

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When it comes to Marianne, you will also be seeing a lot of intensity and blood. Mostly, you’ll probably just love all the horror!

The casting of this French Netflix horror series is perfect. The lead character, Emma, is portrayed by Victoire Du Bois. Her character acts in a very cold, distant and typically male way. And yes, she does also look rather androgynous. When we hear that she has about to marry “Pierre”, it wasn’t what I expected. Then again, not everything is as it appears at first.

Watch season 1 of Marianne on Netflix now!

Each episode of the new Netflix horror series Marianne is 45 minutes and season 1 has 8 episodes. Obviously, that means you could spend Friday the 13th bingewatching the whole thing. Afterall, this is the horror series that Netflix decided to release on this classic horror day.

When you watch Marianne (and you really should), you’ll realize how appropriate this date is!

Samuel Bodin is the creator of Marianne and he has also taken part in both directing and screenwriting for the episodes of season 1. Previously, Samuel Bodin wrote and directed for the TV Series Lazy Company – Band of Losers which is actually a War Comedy. In other words, something very different from this new Netflix horror series.

However, when watching the Netflix series Marianne there is nothing funny going on. Well, except if you watch it with someone who’s afraid of scary movies. Because this one is definitely capable of scaring a lot of viewers!

If you want to watch something new that has all the elements you love, then do check out Marianne on Netflix as soon as you can!

MARIANNE Season 1 is out globally on Netflix from Friday the 13th of September.

Season 2 of Marianne coming soon?

Will there be a season 2 of Marianne? This is most likely the question you’re left with after watching the final scene in the last episode of season 1 of Marianne. According to lead actress Victoire Du Bois, who plays Emma, she is more than ready to continue with this new Netflix horror series.

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for Netflix to announce a season 2 of Marianne. Both critics and audiences alike are loving this new series, so it should just be a matter of time.

Also, with the extremely open ending which makes Marianne season 2 very easy to build on, we will be very disappointed if we’re left hanging. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with news on a season 2 for Marianne on Netflix.

UPDATE: Netflix has cancelled French horror series Marianne

As of January 2020, Netflix has officially cancelled the horror series Marianne. In other words, we will not be getting a season 2 of this awesome Netflix series!


Director: Samuel Bodin
Stars: Lucie Boujenah, Tiphaine Daviot, Victoire Du Bois, Alban Lenoir


When a horror novelist takes a break from writing, she discovers the demon from her book exists in the real world. This malevolent spirit named Marianne draws her home and insists she continues writing… or else.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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