Red Rose review: The well-made app horror series is a ring for the smartphone generation


There are only two types of TV shows in this world: the good ones and the bad ones. That is completely up to the individual.

It’s not a matter of personal preference. But as everyone knows, the trouble with personal preference is that it’s completely unpredictable – and if there’s one thing broadcasters hate, it’s unpredictability.

It makes their job a lot more difficult. If only they had some magical way of reading viewers’ minds to figure out what kind of show they liked to watch.

Enter demographic “experts” who divide people into groups, target them by age (12-17, 18-34, 35-49, 50-64) and provide patronizing assumptions, all in vain to understand something that, in the entire history of television, has never made sense.

The truth is that these geniuses have no clue as to what will impress viewers of all ages more than the rest of us. Because demographic targeting in broadcast doesn’t work. It’s an asshole. Nonsense. Dammit.

If not, I will have three daughters in their 20s who are addicted Love Island. Instead, I have three daughters in their 20s who can’t stand Love Island and won’t watch it if you pay them (me too and i do get paid to watch TV).

Also, I’m in the 50-64 category and therefore not out of the target audience for Normal person and Fleabag. So why do I love both?

Because they are good television, and the appeal of good television has nothing to do with the age of the viewer. By the way, suggesting that it is insulting people at both extremes of age.

Which brings us – and apologies for the detour – to the subject of this review, the horror series. Red rose (BBC3, Monday & Tuesday).

If Tuesday’s episode and the six-to-two-weekly episode after that were as smart and engaging as the first episode, we’d be in for some very good TV shows.

I’ve seen this series for a number of quarters be seen as a “teen drama”, which is inaccurate and extenuating. Yes, the core group of characters are teenagers, but Red rose – like a short BBC3 series before it, sadly Fear two – Should wire to anyone of any age who loves a good chiller.

Written by twins Michael and Paul Clarkson, who used to work on Netflix The Haunting of Bly Manor, it carries a similar theme to the famous 90s Japanese chiller Ring.

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That movie involves teenagers exposed to seemingly cursed technology – a videotape that seems to kill anyone who watches it within seven days. In red rose, it’s a phone app.

After a dramatic pre-credits scene set in a Manchester house, the story jumps a few miles to Bolton – home of the Clarkson brothers – where best friends Rochelle (Isis Hainsworth) and Wren (Amelia Clarkson) (no relation to the writer) and their schoolmates just finished their final exams and are starting up again and sometimes on the run in the local moors.

Their immediate concern is whether they will receive an invitation to a posh party thrown in by a pretentious rich girl in the group (£10 entrance fee) and find work to see them off. summer.

The second question is out of the question for Rochelle, who lives with her widowed father, who is struggling to find work and make ends meet, and has to spend his free time taking care of his twin sisters. me. When the need arises, she also has to join the queue at a food bank, which she does with shame, pulling down her hood to cover her face.

So far, so – until Rochelle downloaded a strange app called Red Rose, which seemed almost sentient, prompting her to voice how she felt and ask if she was need help or not. She was first intrigued, then mesmerized and obsessed.

Before long, Red Rose will fulfill her wish. An empty power meter is suddenly full of credits. A dress and sneakers come true in her house.

But it started doing other things, like sending text messages she didn’t write, creating conflicts with others, showing her creepy images of her dead mother, and giving orders. let her do things she doesn’t want, like kiss Wren’s boyfriend by surprise. at the party.

So far, a well-executed, highly effective blend of old-school chills and the unsettling deal we make with technology. Red Rose review: The well-made app horror series is a ring for the smartphone generation

Fry Electronics Team

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