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New mini-series The Outsider, based on a Stephen King book, is seriously creeping out viewers.
The new ten-part show from HBO and Sky Atlantic aired its first two episodes last weekend and has already got a hard-to-beat rating of 9.1 on IMDB.
The series starts off looking pretty much like your standard murder investigation show, with all the grimness that entails, as the body of an 11-year-old boy is found horribly mutilated in some woodland.
Suspicion instantly falls on little league baseball coach Terry Maitland (played by Jason Bateman) but as cops dig into the case it takes on a supernatural twist and things start to get pretty bloody creepy.
The Outsider was developed by Richard Price (who previously worked on The Wire and The Night Of) and alongside Bateman stars Ben Mendelsohn, Julianne Nicholson and Brit actor Paddy Considine (who does a pretty spot-on American accent).
An official synopsis reads: "This dark mystery follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. The crime, however, leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case."
Sounds good, eh? Despite only being treated to a couple of episodes so far, viewers are already gripped.
One person wrote on Twitter: "The new show The Outsider by Stephen King on HBO is pretty freaking amazing. If you have not had the time to check it out, I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed."
A second posted: "Well, so far the HBO series The Outsider is one of my favorite Stephen King adaptations ever. It is played for high drama, emotion and dread. Jason Bateman is a wonderful actor and a brilliant director!"
A third chipped in: "Anyone else watching HBO's The Outsider? It's f***ing excellent, with some insane twists and turns in its first two episodes. Bone-chilling."
And it turns out that Stephen King is also a fan:
High praise indeed.
The next episode of The Outsider will air on Sky Atlantic on 20 January at 2am and a more civilised 9pm. You can catch up with all episodes so far on NowTV.
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