‘Archive 81’ was originally in a popular fictional podcast with the same name, which was created by Marc Sollinger and Daniel Powell and is currently in its third season before it was adapted by Netflix. It's a suspense-mystery-horror series with eight episodes.
It debuted last January 14, 2022 and it has gained positive ratings from both critics and viewers. In fact, ‘Rotten Tomatoes’, a prestigious review aggregator, gave them a very high rating of 94%.
It is under the direction of Rebecca Thomas and executive produced by Rebecca Sonnenshine who wrote and who also serves as showrunner.
Sneak Peak Of The Story
A mysterious billionaire Virgil Davenport (Martin Donovan) hires Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie) who is a film restoration expert to restore a collection of videos damaged in a deadly 1990s NYC apartment building fire. With the flourishing offer, Dan accepts it.
Dan moves to the abandoned facility upstates Davenport where the savaged cassettes are stored. It’s a creepy ’80s-era compound with no internet or cell signal and filled with locked rooms and empty corridors.
He finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi) and her investigation into a dangerous cult. As Dan is drawn into Melody’s story, he becomes convinced he can save her from the terrifying end she met 25 years ago.
‘Archive 81’ Ensemble
Mamoudou Athie is a Mauritanian-American actor and producer. He is best known for his roles in the films The Circle (2017), The Front Runner (2018), Unicorn Store (2017), Underwater (2020), and Uncorked (2020), as well as the television series The Get Down (2016–2017) and Sorry for Your Loss (2018–2019). Meanwhile, Dina Shihabi is a Saudi Arabian actress working in the United States. She joined several films such as Jack Ryan (2018), Cigarette Soup (2017), Dare Devil(2018), and Altered Carbon (2020).
‘Archive 81’ also features Martin Donovan as Virgil, Matt McGorry as Mark, Julia Chan as Anabelle, Evan Jongikeit as Samuel, and Ariana Neal as Jess.
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