The chilling reconstruction of The Staircase goes a step too far

Say what you like about Antonio Campos’ The Staircase (Sky Atlantic/Now), but it probably wasn’t made for Binging. Taking a cue from the award-winning true-crime documentaries of the same name, this dark and startlingly grisly drama has haunted me all week. Much of this stems from a spooky sequence from episode two, which is perhaps the most disturbing thing I’ve seen this year.

Fortunately, this is not a homicide, but an imaginary reconstruction – courtesy of a coroner – that suggests that North Carolina native Kathleen Peterson’s death may have been an accident and that her husband Michael is about to to be tried for her murder is innocent. As if it weren’t enough — and it should be — to describe how the incident might have happened, Campos and colleague Maggie Cohn have Toni Collette (great, as always) portray it. The chilling reconstruction of The Staircase goes a step too far

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