Ares opens to the scene where we see a young woman going off to college in Amsterdam, being happily hazed and initiated into an elite society, fall hard for an older professor, get jealous of him, then walk up to him and gouge out her own eyes and slit her own throat with a shiny pair of scissors. Yikes!
Ares is the story of Rosa, a medical student. She works hard and takes care of her mother who suffers from schizophrenia, while her father works the night shifts as a nurse. She is clearly frustrated with her life. She wonders if her hard work and dedication would ever bear fruit. One day, her best friend, who has been missing for three months, comes back. Through him, she comes in contact with a group of people who tell her about a secret society ( a demonic cult) that is responsible for making their country so successful and powerful. When they invite her to join them, she accepts, out of sheer curiosity. Slowly, the layers start peeling off and the truth of Ares is revealed to her.
Touted as Netflix’s first Dutch original series, Ares does a fine job of adding up to the creepiness and horror, which was clearly missing. Created by Pieter Kuijpers, Iris Otten and Sander van Meurs, the episodes are only around 30 minutes. But the writers have packed more than enough story in that short time to move their story along at a good pace. There are some power-packed and strong performances from the lead Jade Olieberg who plays Rosa.
We strongly suggest you stream it for some spine-chilling thrills.