Netflix series apparently pushed some viewers to their limits

Deepak Gupta February 18, 2022
Updated 2022/02/18 at 8:48 PM

In mid-January, Netflix released a series whose horror and mystery apparently not all fans could withstand. Others praise the new Netflix seriesbut others criticize the ending.

What is Archive 81 about?
Archivist Dan (Mamoudou Athie) takes a job in a remote house, incommunicado. There he is supposed to restore damaged video tapes and quickly recognizes from the recordings that terrible things have happened…

Netflix Series: Creepy, Terrifying, Intense

“I started watching Archive 81 with my boyfriend yesterday and the spooky vibes still make me want to hide under my covers,” writes such as the Twitter user Viktoria Olmo. She’s not the only viewer who’s getting shivers down the spine of the Netflix series.

Nightfallrose said on Reddit last month that she finished the first episode and couldn’t watch any more. “There’s something about this show that I find really terrifying (I’m a 32-year-old woman…). Am I the only one?” Other users revealed that they could only watch the series in daylight. Some write that the soundtrack has an extremely strong impact.

Twitter user and author SDFoik compares the Netflix series, among others, with horror films by Ari Aster: “If you like creepy and scary films à la Midsommar, Hereditary and The Ring, look at Netflix ‘Archive 81’.” The user rarely has something so intense and scary seen.

Already knew?
Archive 81 is based on a found footage podcast of the same name by Marc Sollinger and Daniel Powell. This is about rituals, stories and sounds. You can listen to it on numerous platforms including Apple Podcast, Spotify and Soundcloud. You can also easily listen to the episodes on the website. There are also transcripts of the episodes.

That’s what the reviews say

The reviews of “Archive 81” are almost entirely positive. With 34 reviews on the review collection site Rotten Tomatoes, 85 percent of the votes are positive.

“Like a jigsaw puzzle that gets more intriguing as each new piece is revealed, it’s the kind of show that the ‘next episode’ button was invented for.”

Keith Phipps in TV Guide

“Those looking for quick answers won’t find them, but the eight episodes plant enough bizarre seeds to effectively drag the audience through its fun-house mirror.”

Brian Lowry at

“This is one of those series where the best thing you can do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.”

Luc Mangan in the Guardian

“While I found the last few episodes of Archive 81 to be silly, the series builds up pretty well.”

Dan Flenberg at The Hollywood Reporter

A similar picture can be seen at IMDb: More than 33,400 users give an average of 7.4 out of 10 stars.

However: Some critics and viewers are not very satisfied with the end of the first season. On Reddit, numerous users write that everything is good up to the fifth episode, but the end is a disappointment. The series begins differently than other comparable shows, but only ends with conventional horror.

“Archive 81”: Who is playing?
: Mamoudou Athie
Melody: Dina Shihabi
Samuel: Evan Jonigkeit
anabella: Julian Chan
Jess: Ariana Neal
mark: Matt McGorry
Virgil: Martin Donovan

For the week of January 24-30, 2022, Archive 81 was number three on the Netflix global series charts. The week before, the series made it to #2.

series weeks in the top 10 hours streamed
1 Ozark Season 4 Part 1 2 96,340,000
2 The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window Season 1 1 40,080,000
3 Archive 81 Season 1 3 36,270,000
4 “Ozark” Season 1 2 35,230,000
5 “Hands off” Season 3 2 31,740,000
6 “In From The Cold” Season 1 1 24,720,000
7 “Ozark” Season 2 1 21,540,000
8th The Sinner Season 4 1 21,320,000
9 “Ozark” Season 3 1 20,280,000
10 Riverdale Season 5 1 16,460,000

However, the Netflix series did not last long in the top 10. It has not been in the streaming charts since January 31. Instead, only a satirical series starring Kristen Bell made it to first place. And currently the mini-series “Inventing Anna” is number 1.

These are the “Archive 81” episodes

The eight episodes are between 45 and 58 minutes long. If you want to stream them offline on the go, you can download them in the Netflix app.

Follow German Follow English length
mystery signals mystery signals 58 minutes
Wellspring Wellspring 57 minutes
Horror in the nave Terror In The Aisles 45 minutes
Spring receivers Spring receivers 57 minutes
Behind the mirrors Through the Looking Glass 52 minutes
The Circle The Circle 55 minutes
The Ferryman The Ferryman 46 minutes
What is hidden What Lies Beneath 56 minutes
Archive 81 episodes

So if you like horror mysteries and don’t shy away from sleepless nights, it might be worth taking a look at “Archive 81”. Here’s how likely it is that there will be a second season of Archive 81.

By the way: A Netflix series from South Korea has dominated the streaming charts for all non-English-speaking series for three weeks.

Source: Twitter/Victoria Olmo, Reddit/nightfallrose, Twitter/sdfoik, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, TV Guide,, Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix,

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