Stranger Things show-runner Shawn Levy has embarked on a brand new venture, alongside original creators Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove with this modern reboot of the 90’s crime documentary series Unsolved Mysteries, a show where dramatic reenactments and chilling interviews take you on a trip around some of the eeriest, well, mysteries that are unsolved.
Covering crimes, tales of lost love, unexplained history and paranormal events, viewers are encouraged to provide information that might solve each mystery, and it’s all coming back for another round in July 2020.
Originally announced in early 2019, Netflix teased that “This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series. Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases.”
While we’re excited as hell for the resurrection of a great show, we can’t help but bite our nails in hope that the 6-part series does its due diligence, and that Levy, along with a host of amazing directors like Marcus A. Clarke (who’s recent works include the documentary THE WIZRD, graphing rapper Future’s life on and off the stage).
Here’s a list of episodes to get you hyped (via iHorror)
• “Mystery on the Rooftop” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
The body of newlywed Rey Rivera was found in an abandoned conference room at Baltimore’s historic Belvedere Hotel in May 2006, eight days after he mysteriously disappeared. While the Baltimore Police maintained that the 32-year-old committed suicide by jumping from the hotel’s roof, the medical examiner declared Rey’s death “unexplained.” Many, including his devastated wife, Allison, suspect foul play.
• “13 Minutes” directed by Jimmy Goldblum:
Patrice Endres, 38, mysteriously vanished from her Cumming, Georgia, hair salon in broad daylight, during a 13-minute timeframe, leaving behind her teenage son, Pistol. Patrice’s disappearance intensified the existing tensions between Pistol and his stepfather as they dealt with the loss and searched for answers.
• “House of Terror” directed by Clay Jeter:
In April 2011, French police discovered the wife and four children of Count Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès buried under the back porch of their home in Nantes. Xavier, the family patriarch, was not among the dead and nowhere to be found. Investigators gradually pieced together clues and a timeline that pointed to Xavier as a devious, pre-meditate killer. For instance, they now know that shortly before the crimes occurred, Xavier inherited a gun that was the same model as the murder weapon.
• “No Ride Home” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
Alonzo Brooks, 23, never returned home from a party he attended with friends in the predominantly white town of La Cygne, Kansas. A month later, a search party led by his family locates Alonzo’s body — in an area that law enforcement had already canvassed multiple times.
• “Berkshire’s UFO” directed by Marcus A. Clarke:
On September 1, 1969, many residents in Berkshire County, Massachusetts were traumatised by a sighting of a UFO. Eyewitnesses — many just children at the time — have spent their lives trying to convince the world that what they saw was real.
• “Missing Witness” directed by Clay Jeter:
At age 17, a guilt-ridden Lena Chapin confessed to helping her mother dispose of her murdered stepfather’s body four years prior. In 2012, Lena was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother in court, but the authorities were never able to deliver the summons — because Lena had disappeared, leaving behind a young son.
All we can do is wait and see what’s in store for the modern revival, but for now we’ll be adding July 1st to our calendars and stocking up on snacks for the inevitable binge-session to follow.