The #4 Show on Netflix Gives a Terrifying Look at a Real-Life Serial Killer

If you're like us, then you probably can't get enough of true-crime thrillers. Luckily, there's a new BBC drama that has just hit the top ten on Netflix and will certainly fulfill all your true crime needs.

We're talking about The Serpent, which has just become the #4 series on the streaming platform. The eight-part miniseries is based on the actual crimes of Charles Sobhraj, a French serial killer who murdered tourists across the 'Hippie Trail' in the '70s.

Talk about a chilling plot. Check out the trailer below.

In Netflix's official synopsis, they say, "Posing as a gem dealer, Charles Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc travelled across Thailand, Nepal and India in 1975 and 1976, carrying out a spree of crimes on the Asian 'Hippie Trail,' becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers."

Fans have already gotten hooked, like one user who said, "So The Serpent on Netflix has me STRESSED but I can’t stop watching." Another tweeted, "Just finished binge watching The Serpent. Sinister, intense, stylish with great acting. Had a little cry at the end. If you haven’t watched it, do. Just brilliant."

Meanwhile, reviews of the series have praised Tahar Rahim's performance as Sobhraj. USA Today wrote, "The gem of the series is Rahim...The actor turns on his charm during scenes of violence and terror, fully embracing the role of an unfathomably cruel monster." Meanwhile, Decider said, "Rahim exudes both the charm and creepiness of Charles Sobhraj, a guy who knows how to lure Westerners into his orbit, kill them slowly, and take their cash to fund more of his murderous ways."

In addition to Rahim, the miniseries stars Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber and Amesh Edireweera. The episodes were directed by Tom Shankland and Hans Herbots, with a screenplay by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay.

We know what we'll be watching next.

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Joel Calfee

Associate Editor, News and Entertainment

Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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