October is here and, for many people, that means it’s time for horror. For those looking for a new horror series to watch this Halloween season, Hulu has you covered. The new series, Light as a Feather, turns an innocent, albeit very creepy, game into an absolute nightmare.
Light as a Feather tells the story of a group of teenagers who invite a new girl in their school to a cemetery where they play a game of “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” with a bit of a twist. Each girl hears a prediction of their death during the game, which they find fun, until they start coming true.
In case you don’t already know, I personally am not a big fan of horror. Anything involving the supernatural, in particular, tends to keep me up at night. I will warn you, there are a few moments in this series that creeped me out a bit but as a whole it’s very tame.
That being said, there is a fun creepy vibe throughout the series that keeps you on edge. The story, while at times falls into the same tropes of your typical teen drama, keeps you guessing right down to the last scene. Each cliffhanger ending to an episode will force you to come back for more. Once you start watching, you’re not going to want to stop so be ready to binge.
The cast does a great job of getting you invested in their characters. Again, it’s a teen drama, so you’re not going to see Breaking Bad performances, but they give you genuine reactions that will keep you in the story. Liana Liberato, who plays McKenna, does a great job as the lead protagonist while Haley Ramm, who plays Violet, does a great job of balancing misunderstood villain and ruthless antagonist.
One thing about this series that really stood out to me was the pacing. Where a normal horror series or film will see the main characters watch their friends or family die, be sad for a moment, then simply move on to continue the story. Light as a Feather does not do that. When a character dies in this series, the characters spend a significant amount of time grieving while the story either progresses elsewhere or becomes a sort of subplot. That made the series feel more real and helped to get me invested in the characters.
If you’re like me, while you’re watching this series you will attempt to make predictions as to what is going on and what’s going to happen next. I’m here to tell you now: you will be wrong. Every episode adds a new layer or wrinkle to the story that keep altering your predictions like a bad game of telephone, to the point where you’re guessing something completely different each time.
All ten episodes of Light as a Feather will premiere on Friday, October 12 on Hulu.