DEADWAX is a mindbending neo-noir set in the obsessive world of vinyl collecting. Etta Pryce, a vinyl tracker, is hired by a rich collector to hunt a legendary rare record that has driven its owners mad and killed anyone that has dared to play it. The more she learns about how impossibly dangerous, and real, this record may actually be, the more seduced she becomes by the temptation of hearing it herself - no matter what the cost. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES.
Deadwax Part One
Etta Pryce, vinyl tracker, is hired to find a legendary rare record that kills anyone who hears it and drives its owners mad. Len Perry, an evidence handler, investigates a mysterious death.
Deadwax Part Two
On the hunt for the Lytton Lacquer, Etta visits an old friend. Perry is questioned about a bloody incident. Lana scares up a lead.
Deadwax Part Three
Etta visits the scene of the crime. Lana is worried about Etta’s investigation. Perry, suffering from strange symptoms, has a visit from a very unexpected guest.
Deadwax Part Four
A college radio DJ, Tuck Weston, spins records and takes calls the night before his radio station gets rid of their vinyl archive. He receives a strange call that changes the course of his life.
Deadwax Part Five
Rhodes confronts his suspects. Perry confides in Etta. A trip is made to Big Bear, and Etta and Perry find themselves in way over their heads in the middle of nowhere.
Deadwax Part Six
A mess is cleaned up. A suitcase is opened. Perry tries to make sense of what is happening to him. Etta makes a grisly discovery and questions her dedication to the case.
Deadwax Part Seven
Etta and Perry meet Lily Child. The three long lost pieces of a puzzle come together and Lily Child offers a way to help Perry, but Etta isn’t so sure it’s a good idea.
binged so hard
Not even done with episode 1. Five skulls.
I was intrigued by the concept, possibly as a sucker for vinyl records, but also as a mark for ethereal cosmic horror. That's one aspect the show delivers on for me; I totally dug the ultimate weird audio resonance/mad scientist stuff. Outside of that the show mostly falls flat for me. There's a very crisp, digital feel to the visuals that at times are very cool, but mostly detract from the otherworldly nature of the story. Actually, the absolute digital nature of the audio and visuals constantly distract from the idea of an analog recording being tangible. The actors are all doing their very best with the material, especially the lead Hannah Gross, although her character doesn't have much an arc. Chester Rushing basically steals the whole show in one episode. What sinks it for me is the writing. The dialog is forced and unnatural. The plotting is rote. If you've ever seen a detective in too deep into the cosmic underworld this is easily the most boring version of events possible. I would absolutely watch Graham Reznick's future projects and I'm glad he got the chance to do this. The short length of the episodes had an experimental feel, and I was happy to go along with the experiment even though it didn't really work for me in the end. Cheers to Shudder for providing a platform for new artists.
Liked it! Entertaining. Worth the watch.
My husband and I compared this to the masters of horror Cigarette Burns. It also has similarities to The King in Yellow.