Netflix has released a spine-chilling trailer for miniseries Alias Grace. Directed by Mary Harron, who is best known for the critically acclaimed serial killer film American Psycho, Alias Grace is based on Margaret Atwood‘s 1996 Booker prize shortlisted novel which tells the story of a real-life murder case.
The miniseries takes place in 1843, following the story of two domestic servants in upper-class Canada. House maid Grace Marks and stable hand James McDermott were convicted of the brutal double murder of their employers. Although Atwood’s novel is based on actual events, the author also constructs a fictional narrative about doctor Simon Jordan, who researches Marks’ criminal behavior, and becomes personally involved in her story.
As the trailer depicts, the real-life Marks and McDermott were accused of murder. In the horrific true story, the pair were found guilty and McDermott was hanged. Marks, however, was briefly committed to an asylum before being sentenced to thirty years jail. Following her controversial conviction, Grace Marks became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada. In fact, her story sparked numerous debates over her mental state, and whether she was actually involved in the murder, or if she was merely an unwitting accessory.
There are plenty of theories involving Grace’s case, some of the most common rumors suggested that Grace was pretending to have psychological problems to get into the asylum, that she had Dissociative Identity Disorder, and even that she was possessed by the consciousness of her deceased friend Mary Whitney. Perhaps the most outlandish theory was that Marks had actually died not her friend Whitney, and that Whitney had adopted Marks’ name and identity after her death, in a practice known as Ghosting.
Alias Grace comes shortly after the success of Hulu‘s television series The Handmaid’s Tale which is based on Margaret Atwood’s popular 1985 dystopian novel.
Alias Grace hits Netflix November 3. The Netflix original miniseries will run for six-hours in total.