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What to watch this week: From a horror origin story to an intriguing Swedish drama

Here’s a rundown for this week

What to watch this week: From a horror origin story to an intriguing Swedish drama
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This week, dive into the story of a grieving puppeteer with Eric, follow the heartbreaking story of teenager Agnes in A Part of You, watch on as the origins of one of the most iconic horror films is unveiled in The First Omen, and go behind-the-scenes of one of children’s television’s most celebrated personalities with Jim Henson Idea Man

Here’s a rundown for this week: 

Eric (English)

This thriller-drama series follows the story of Vincent, a puppeteer living in New York in the 1980s, with his wife and his son, Edgar. His world crumbles around him when Edgar disappears without a trace. He finds solace and a source of comfort in a monster puppet called Eric, that he had designed with his missing son. Gripped by the grief of losing his child, a disturbed Vincent distances himself from those closest to him and convinces himself that if he can get Eric on TV, his son will come back to him. 

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ivan Morris Howe, Gaby Hoffmann

Where to watch: Netflix

A Part of You (Swedish)

This Swedish drama follows teenager Agnes as she navigates the complexities of coming-of-age. Agnes idolizes and envies her vibrant older sister Julia because of her popularity and a successful social life. When an unexpected tragedy shatters their world, Agnes is left with no other choice but to reinvent herself. Forced to navigate this path, she makes choices fraught with consequence.

Starring: Felicia Maxime, Edvin Ryding, Zara Larsson, Ida Engvoll, Alva Bratt, Nikki Hanselblad, Olivia Essen

Where to watch: Netflix

The First Omen (English)

A chilling prequel to the 1976 classic, The First Omen delves into the origins of the story. Arkasha Stevenson directs this American supernatural horror, co-written by himself, Tim Smith, and Keith Thomas based on a story by Ben Jacoby. 

The story follows a young American woman, who arrives in a Roman church to dedicate herself and her life to faith. Her story, however, takes a horrifying turn when she stumbles upon a sinister plot: the birth of the Antichrist. 

Starring: Nell Tiger Free, Tawkeef Barhom, Sonia Braga

Where to watch: Disney Plus Hotstar

Raising Voices (Spanish)

17-year-old Alma is just on the verge of finishing high school with her two best friends, Greta and Nata. The three of them have grown up together, feeling the anxieties of their teenage years as a trio. Then comes a day when a profile publishes a photo with a disturbing caption about a possible sexual assault. Their world turns upside down as questions arise about the assault, the mysterious account posting the image, and about the real victim of the whole ordeal. 

Starring: Nicole Wallace, Clara Galle, Aïcha Villaverde, José Pastor

Where to watch: Netflix

Jim Henson Idea Man (English)

A biography of Jim Hensen — a local puppeteer turned global name in children’s entertainment — two-time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard’s captivating documentary immerses you in a world filled with child-like wonder. 

Through a treasure trove of archival footage and heartfelt interviews with those who knew him best, the film unfurls the mastermind behind shows like The Sesame Street and The Muppet Show

The film explores Henson’s groundbreaking puppetry techniques and celebrates his lasting influence on pop culture. 

Starring: Fran Brill, Bernie Brillstein, Jennifer Connelly

Where to watch: Disney Plus Hotstar

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