2017 was arguably one of the most politically relevant years for horror we’ve seen for a while. Motion pictures such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out have highlighted the way for a fresh socio-political uprising in horror. In the midst of big screen releases, The Handmaid’s Tale has made its own movements on Channel 4 and Hulu.
Based on the patriarchal novel written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale paints an uncomfortable picture of a dystopian world. The series is set in the totalitarian state of Gilead, a once bustling urban town in the USA, now a regimented battery farm for rape and reproduction. Fertile women are banished from society, isolating from their families, friends and freedom.
The women, known as “handmaids”, are stripped of their identity and forced to reproduce for families who are barren. Our female protagonist, only known as Offred, is determined to survive the world of horror she has been subjected to. Offred’s bid to escape her capturers is not only for her own sanity and freedom, however – she also plans to find and save her daughter from a life of sexual exploitation that she will also one day face.
Series two of The Handmaid’s Tale will star Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Clea DuVall, Marisa Tomei, and Samira Wiley. It arrives on Hulu on 25th April 2018.