Your favorite French zombies are making a return to SundanceTV, with the Season 1 marathon airing Novemeber 2 at Noon/11c. We invite old fans and new to save the date with your couch, and check out our fittingly eerie list of marathon prerequisites (quizzes, behind the scene photos and more!) to get ready for the revival of what critics have hailed as an “achingly beautiful” series.
At this point zombies are more than a horror institution. The undead are such a popular subject they’ve become a whole genre in their own right. Whether an outbreak is contained or apocalyptic, whether they shamble in hordes or jump out from dark corners, there’s nothing quite like a good zombie movie.
Quick, name your favorite French horror movie! If you had to think that one over, you aren’t alone. But the country that brought us Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism has another kind of horror besides the usual tales of creaky old houses and axe-wielding maniacs. Here’s a list of ten great French movies that disturb and shock, but not always with a straightforward a menace.
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After having died several years ago, Camille and Simon mysteriously reappear at their homes in a small mountain community, throwing their loved ones’ lives into a state of turmoil. Meanwhile, single nurse Julie receives a visit from a strange little boy.
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Even ten months after its premiere on SundanceTV, THE RETURNED is still earning the undying respect of critics and fans alike. With its admirable restraint and moody depiction of the dead’s complicated return, it’s no wonder that “The Guardian” and “Vulture” have hailed the series as “a class act all the way,” and called it “strikingly beautiful.” Check out why critics keep praising this unique and effecting zombie series below.
With THE RETURNED on hiatus, it’s only natural to miss your favorite French zombies–;and the living who love them. Get your fix by watching these notable French and American films featuring THE RETURNED’s very own.
Here we are with the most “killer” shows ever: killer as defined by body-count, that is. Zombies, murderers, gangsters, vampires, cannibals, drug dealers — they’re all in here. Vote for your top pick in the poll below.
1. The Sopranos
“Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on…”
It’s impossible not to put The Sopranos at the top of this list. The ultimate “killer” show followed the ups and downs of Tony Soprano for six amazing seasons. And even when the show ended… it never really ended. After all the hits and murders, we wound up with Tony and his family sitting in a quiet diner — and then… the screen went to black. Was Tony killed? What happened? Theories abound, but what creator David Chase did with the final episode was allow us to resolve the story in our minds — imagine our own ending for Tony, or our own continuance. The concept of The Sopranos changed TV forever, and the Journey song playing at the diner gives us all a clue: after all, the story never ends. It just goes on and on and on.
2. Six Feet Under
“You only get one life. …And once it’s over, it’s over. Dreamless sleep forever and ever. So why not be happy while you’re here. Really. Why not?”
It’s hard to get more “killer-ish” than Six Feet Under; the show that began every episode with a death, and a caption reminiscent of a tombstone’s epitaph. Following the lives of the Fisher family as they attempted to manage a funeral home, each episode focused on the death of a stranger whose body came to the funeral home. The show’s message: everything everywhere eventually ends. But this is not a reason for sadness, it’s a reason to enjoy life while we have it.
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Twins. We’re fascinated by them, and for good reason. Imagine – someone who looks just like you, acts just like you, has your same DNA and, in some cases, like Lena and Camille in THE RETURNED, even has the same sensations when you decide to get your groove on. It’s eerie. It’s odd… and it’s…
Whether you watched THE RETURNED last winter or caught up more recently on Netflix, you probably still have strong feelings about the younger twin’s trustworthiness and the horde’s motivations. So which episode is your favorite? Is it the pilot, which singlehandedly reinvents the zombie genre? Or maybe the finale, when a horde of undead face off with the living? Vote in the poll below. Need a refresher? Read on.
Episode 1: Camille
Camille returns home four years after her death. Simon, deceased for ten years, seeks out his fiance Adele. Waitress Lucy is stabbed on her way home, and nurse Julie finds herself with a mysterious child who she names Victor.
Episode 2: Simon
Camille rejoins her family and tries to connect with her now-older twin Lena. Police link Lucy’s stabbing to a dormant serial killer. Bar owner Toni is a prime suspect but it’s actually his brother Serge, who’s returned seven years after Toni murdered him. Adele thinks resurrected Simon seeks is just a vision.
SundanceTV’s acclaimed supernatural drama, THE RETURNED, has been honored with a Peabody Award, it was announced today. This is the fourth time that the network has been honored with a Peabody win–the first in 2005 for THE STAIRCASE, the second in 2008 for NIMROD NATION, and the third in 2010 for BRICK CITY. The 73rd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards will be hosted this year by Ira Glass and presented on May 19th at a ceremony held at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria.
Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the second season of acclaimed supernatural drama THE RETURNED from Zodiak Rights. Season one of the French series premiered on Sundance Channel to universal critical acclaim and was hailed by many as one of the best new series of 2013. The Wall Street Journal called it “a superbly stylish and scary French drama with no equal in its genre,” Entertainment Weekly described it as “eerie, tense and highly addictive” and The Hollywood Reporter stated “one of the most intriguing, utterly original offerings of the year.” The eight-episode second season is currently in development and will air on Sundance Channel in late 2014.
Lucy, Simon and the horde of other returned confront the group at The Helping Hand.
Serge and Toni attempt to track down Lena in the woods, where Toni sees a vision of their mother. They swim across the reservoir for a short cut, and Serge disappears.
Lucy comes out of her coma miraculously healed. Simon also wakes up in the hospital, but in the morgue, and he and Lucy leave together.
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Serge suppresses his killing instincts to nurse the ailing Lena back to health, and keeps her in his mother’s old bedroom.
Viewers can still get hooked on the engrossing, stylish eight-part French horror series that Entertainment Weekly gave an “A-” and called “eerie, tense, and highly addictive.” Beginning Sunday December 1st, each week, viewers will have the chance to catch-up on all previously aired episodes during marathons of THE RETURNED in anticipation of each week’s brand new episode on Sundance Channel.
Julie’s ex-partner, policewoman Laure, takes Victor away from her and leaves him at The Helping Hand shelter.
Julie is a former victim of the same cannibalistic serial killer that attacked Lucy, and she fears that he’s indeed returned.
Simon confronts his fiancé Adele, but she thinks he’s just a vision. He is arrested after getting in a violent altercation at a diner.
Teenager Camille wakes up by a reservoir with no memory of how she got there. When she returns home to her family, she discovers that it’s been four years since she died in a tragic bus accident.
Sundance Channel announced today that it would be the first ever TV channel to use innovative ADVNTR technology to stage an interactive digital storytelling ad campaign. Entitled “Choose Your Own Adventure”, users will interact with an online pre-roll ad and select various scenarios to play out based on their preference. The promotion is pegged to the premiere of the network’s new drama THE RETURNED which will premiere on Halloween, October 31st at 9:00PM ET/PT.
Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama THE RETURNED from Music Box Films. The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.
The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “THE RETURNED…is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.”