Netflix has released a trailer for a great and fascinating-looking supernatural mystery series titled Archive 81. The story centers on a video archivist who is hired to restore damaged videotapes from the ‘90s. During this job, he falls into a strange rabbit hole and finds himself investigating the secrets behind the videotapes which were destroyed in a mysterious fire.
This trailer sold me on the series, and it looks like it will tell a chilling and interesting story, which “follows archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), who takes a job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994. Reconstructing the work of a documentary filmmaker named Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), he is drawn into her investigation of a dangerous cult at the Visser apartment building. As the season unfolds across these two timelines, Dan slowly finds himself obsessed with uncovering what happened to Melody. When the two characters form a mysterious connection, Dan becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.”
The story seems to involve an evil cult, and investigating evil cults is always a fun hobby! This series comes from showrunner, executive producer, and writer Rebecca Sonnenshine, who has worked on projects such as The Boys and The Vampire Diaries. She shared in a statement:
“I’m obsessed with mystery box shows, the kind that lead us down a rabbit hole into a strange, dark world. Archive 81 is a character-driven, deeply emotional story about the nature of art, faith, and the search for identity — all wrapped up in a frayed blanket of existential dread. The show also gave this film geek the chance to unearth all sorts of forgotten media formats as found footage, which results in a unique, visually-textured story that is both beautiful and terrifying.”
Sign me up! Archive 81 hits Netflix on January 14, 2022.