by Netflix Monsters of Krakow is a Polish supernatural mystery thriller about a young woman named Alex who is caught in a war between supernatural forces beyond her control. The series blends the hustle and bustle of modern Krakow/Cracow with the ancient world of Slavic myth and legend, delivering a dark and gritty series suitable for those who love horror.
For most of her life, Alex has been haunted by the mysteries of her past. At a young age, she miraculously survived a car accident, which resulted in the death of her mother. Since then, she suffers from nightmares involving a faceless woman and has strange visions. As a college student, Alex joined a prestigious research community, quickly discovering that it was a group of paranormal investigators who stumbled upon a plot by the Dark Gods to wreak havoc on the city. With recent series like Peacock’s vampire academy and Mike Flanagan The Midnight Club, there is now a plethora of young adult horror/supernatural content on all platforms. Monsters of Krakow isn’t on the same level as those projects, but it explores similar themes and elements and still offers something unique.
Netflix foreign language series
Netflix has been diligently producing foreign language series and movies for quite some time. Korean dramas, in particular, have seen growing popularity, with shows such as squid game become one of the streamer’s top shows and Money Heist: Korea (based on the original Spanish series) topped its worldwide charts with minimal marketing. Then there are the shows produced in Europe like the German DarkFrench Marianne and the Dutch Areswhich explore sci-fi and horror themes that have enjoyed some success. Monsters of Krakow may not have wide recognition, but the show’s basis in Slavic myth and Polish setting makes it an intriguing watch.
One of the ways in which Krakow Monsters immerses the audience through its use of atmosphere. Where the colors are applied, they are applied in a practical and limited way, such as when used to illuminate green and blue lit student bars and clubs, adding to their impact. This contrasts with the constant grayness and dark lighting that hangs over the city of Krakow. This dark aesthetic helps establish a creeping sense of dread and suspense, setting a darker tone for the series. As a result, it feels more like a grim and dark fairy tale, where each of the characters is faced with the harsh reality of battling mythological creatures.
Krakow Monsters Evoke Slavic Myth and Legend
Monsters of Krakow delves into Slavic mythology, delivering a host of fascinating monsters and deities tied to the country’s culture and heritage. The series goes into great detail, explaining that as part of the mythology, the world was created by Triglav, a three-headed god, and the hierarchy of this divine pantheon. As it progresses, other entities emerge, some of which fit perfectly into modern society and others which lurk in forgotten places and watery depths. These include Pivka, a minor Slavic deity of drunkards who spends his time in bars, and Ded Moroz or Winter Spas, an entity similar to Santa Claus, but in this series he is a demonic creature. working for his dark master.
After investigating the increasing death and destruction, they discover that the city is under a curse, which can be lifted by killing Hvor, the god of the underworld. Although the story provides a lot of information about these deities and demons, it never feels like the series is dumping lore. Clues to the overarching mystery involving Alex are dropped over the course of eight episodes, allowing audiences to solve the puzzle themselves. In the end, all the pieces fit together, with Alex’s identity and abilities being revealed, allowing him to kill Hvor and save the city. Monsters of Krakow may stumble on some aspects, like pacing and storytelling, but its slow-burning mystery and mythology will captivate audiences until the end.
Cracow Monsters is now streaming on Netflix.