Honestly, anything Sarah Paulson related, I am watching. What better category does she nail her talents in other than horror? I mean, don’t get me wrong, she’s an incredible actress across the board, but, have you seen Paulson in “American Horror Story”? That alone solidified her skills for me in that genre and also made me more intrigued.
So, of course when Netflix dropped the teaser trailer of horror story “Ratched” I was immediately obsessed. Like I said before, it’s Sarah Paulson in her element. How could I miss it? After reading more news about it on social media and seeing more of its origin story coming up, I found that the series is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In Kesey’s novel, Nurse Ratched is heavily presented as gruesome and cruel towards her patients, who she treated for medical care and psychological manipulation. Despite this original projection, in Netflix’s adaptation Nurse Ratched wasn’t as gruesome. Honestly, I was expecting Ratched to be much more horrific than I predicted, but it wasn’t near as bad as I originally thought. Yes, the show definitely has scenes where you want to cover your eyes and drop your mouth in shock, but it’s not the scariest thing you might’ve seen. (However, that’s just me. Don’t take my word for it if you easily have nightmares!)
One of the first things that I loved about Netflix’s adaptation is that the colors of the scenes were so prominent and rich. This added to the element of the odd setting of Lucia State Hospital where the majority of the drama took place. I also had an appreciation for Paulson’s wardrobe stylist who dressed her in iconic, showstopping pieces of that decade. The music was an interesting choice as it wasn’t your typical cliche suspense theme, but interesting twists of melodies. There’s another thing that’s important to note (Small spoiler coming!). I loved that whenever the scene transitioned into a greenish tone, that’s your indication that something suspenseful was coming.
I would definitely recommend binge watching this series during your quarantine semester, because each episode gets even more captivating as viewers continue to piece together the story of Nurse Ratched. Paulson did her thing once again with her starring role in this adaptation and because of the twisted ending, I’m intrigued to see if there will be a second season in the future.
If you have watched, let me know what you think of the series.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV