The camcorders, the videotapes, the big Visser building, the Kaelego world, and everything in between. Archive 81 surely was a mind-blowing, blood-curdling mixture of our favorite genres. Within a short period of time, the show had gained such popularity and fanbase. We were sure that a second season will soon be on its way to satisfy our yearning. But Netflix is sometimes unpredictable. Archive 81 season 2, along with its videotapes, is officially off the radar.
Just in case you didn’t know, this intriguing blend of horror and noir follows Dan Turner, played by Mamoudou Athie, as he sets his life on a horrific adventure. Virgil appointed Turner to restore damaged videotapes that contain the footage of everything that happened in the Visser building. What follows are eerie voices and horrific allusions that snatch away Dan’s sleep and peace in the dark, gaudy-looking place where he is quarantined.
The show has achieved such a fanbase and viewership that it’s almost impossible to believe that we won’t be able to see more of it.
Here’s why Netflix canceled the second season of Archive 81
Netflix has this unique strategy of analyzing its contents and deciding whether to continue or conclude a show. It uses viewership cum budget ratio to take the decision. Yes, we know, Archive 81 broke Netflix’s weekly Top 10 charts and broke the records on Netflix US, until Ozark stole the show. But the number of viewers the horror drama gained was still inefficient to meet the budget Netflix set for it. Hence, exit Archive 81.
Notably, the show’s producer, Rebecca Sonenshine, earlier hinted at the renewal of the show and she sounded really optimistic and hopeful about it. But this news shattered our hearts. However, the good news is, there’s always something we can turn to that can probably ease our pain a little. And we will tell you where to go when you miss Archive 81 and its addictive supernatural thrills that are haunting in the best way possible.
Here are the substitutes for the show
We all know by now that we can always turn to the podcast the show is based on. It is as horrific and interesting as the show and will keep you glued to your phones and headphones. Here, we have extensively covered everything about this podcast.
However, to give you a gist of the podcast, it is created by Daniel Powell and Marc Sollinger. It was originally released on April 16 and comprises 3 seasons, 35 episodes of 15 to 30 minutes each. The podcast is as much horrific and won’t let you be lost in the show’s memory. Instead, it will grow on you and prove to be more captivating.
Moreover, you can also binge watch movies like The Shining, Suspiria, and Rosemary’s Baby as well as TV shows like The X-Files, Twin Peaks, and Fringe, as these are the dramas our beloved show took inspiration from.
Have you already started listening to the podcast? What are your thoughts about it? Let us know in the comment section.