THE DEVIL’S HOUR on Prime Video is a new thriller series with six episodes. A woman wakes up at 3:33 AM every single night. And that’s the least weird thing. You’ll need to pay attention to keep up. Read our The Devil’s Hour series review here!

THE DEVIL’S HOUR is a new Prime Video thriller series that offers quite a few serious mindf*cks along the way. Over the course of six episodes, a story is told. But you’ll hear it from more than one side and with various characters interacting. In other words: Pay attention or you won’t be able to keep up!

At times, this series feels more like watching a horror series than “just” a thriller, but the intensity and mystery is certainly extremely thrilling. For the record, you’ll know much more about the core story by the end of episode 2. This should keep you going – especially cause it’s also big on cliffhangers!

Continue reading our The Devil’s Hour series review below. Find it on Prime Video from October 28, 2022.

Waking up at 3:33 AM

At the heart of this story, we have a young woman who wakes up at 3:33 AM every single night. Basically, in the middle of the so-called “Devil’s Hour”, so that’s where the title comes from. And yes, of course, I did wake up at this exact time myself after watching the screeners for this series the night before.

Not freaky at all or anything!

Anyway, her waking up at 3:33 AM every night was far from the weirdest thing in The Devil’s Hour. There are many characters to keep track of during the beginning, but it is far easier than many other series out there. I’m looking at you The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

In any case, you do need to really pay attention while watching The Devil’s Hour, if you want to keep up. Especially since we also see the nightmares (as well as visions or hallucinations) of the woman who wakes up at 3:33 AM every night.

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Jessica Raine shines in the lead

As the woman waking up at 3:33 AM every night, we see Jessica Raine (Carmilla) delivering a very powerful portrayal. The name of her character is Lucy and Jessica Raine breathes life into her in the most wonderful way. Lucy is funny, loving, depressed, desperate, and never stops fighting.

Lucy also has a son, Isaac, who struggles with his own issues. He doesn’t have any of the normal diagnoses such as autism or schizophrenia. However, he is unable to show or feel any emotion and does always seem to be talking to people who aren’t there.

Importantly, Isaac isn’t scary. You feel for this poor kid who just does what he’s told and can’t seem to enjoy anything. Nothing at all. He appears to be haunted but not in any traditional sense. Isaac is portrayed so wonderfully by Benjamin Chivers. What an amazing talent!

Also, it should be mentioned that Lucy (Jessica Raine) has a mother struggling with schizophrenia and is having hallucinations of her own. If that’s what they are?! Basically, she’s terrified of what might be happening.

Other key characters are played by Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, World War Z) who we see face-on by the end of episode 1. A doctor working on helping Isaac is portrayed by Meera Syal (The Sandman), while Lucy’s mother is played by Barbara Marten (The Twin) who just breaks my heart here.

Also, Alex Ferns (The Irregulars) and Nikesh Patel (London Has Fallen) play two detectives working on a case involving missing children. A story that collides with Lucy very early on. Though probably not in the way you might expect.

Watch The Devil’s Hour series on Prime Video

Tom Moran is the creator and writer of The Devil’s Hour which is truly a mindf*ck in so many ways. I love this kind of story, but it’s not one you watch to relax. It keeps your mind in high gear trying to figure out how it’s all connected and just what is going on.

Previously, Tom Moran also wrote on the Amazon Original The Feed (2019), which is a sci-fi drama series. The directors on the six episodes of The Devil’s Hour are Johnny Allan (The Irregulars) with four episodes and Isabelle Sieb (The Athena, Vigil) with two episodes.

I think horror fans will enjoy this Prime Video series as much as fans of crime shows. There is an added element of something that isn’t normal or straightforward. The visions are hallucinations are clear indications of this. However, figuring out how it’s all connected is where the real mystery lies!

The Devil’s Hour is on Prime Video from October 28, 2022.

This review is based on the first two episodes.

Details

Creator: Tom Moran
Cast: Jessica Raine, Peter Capaldi, Nikesh Patel

Plot

The series follows the story of Lucy, played by Jessica Raine, who is woken every night by terrifying visions at exactly 3.33am: the devil’s hour. Her eight-year-old son is withdrawn and emotionless. Her mother speaks to empty chairs. Her house is haunted by the echoes of a life that isn’t her own. When Lucy’s name is inexplicably connected to a string of brutal murders in the area, the answers that have evaded her all these years will finally come into focus. Peter Capaldi plays a reclusive nomad, driven by a murderous obsession. He becomes the prime target of a police manhunt led by compassionate detective Ravi Dhillon, played by Nikesh Patel.

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!
Karina