WARNING: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. If you haven’t watched the finale of Big Little Lies, stop reading now.
There’s a reason movie-makers have never quite moved pass their obsession with horror films centred on home invasions and hauntings.
A home is meant to be a sanctuary, a place where you can lock yourself away from the obscene terrors of the world. After all, it’s always so much more unnerving when the evil comes from within.
While not a traditional horror production, it’s this is exact same sentiment that drove the most chilling moments of the extraordinary Big Little Lies.
The small screen adaption of Liane Moriarty’s best selling novel of the same name has been captivating audiences worldwide for the last seven weeks and came to a dramatic conclusion yesterday in one of the best hours of television we’ll see this year.
Listen to The Binge to see why it took something as beautiful as Big Little Lies to show us true terror.
Visually, Big Little Lies is a thing of beauty.
From the stunning beachside mansions and scenic ocean views to luxury cars and the women who waft around in them, Big Little Lies did a good job of drawing audiences in with the promise of opulence and “mummy drama”.
To the uninformed observer, who hadn’t yet read Moriarty’s book, these women were living the kind of beautiful lives we could only wish for.
Yet it was inside these beautiful homes where the most terrifying scenes from Big Little Lies took place.
The finale opens on Celeste (Nicole Kidman) once again suffering extreme physical abuse at the hands of her husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård).
In a series peppered with troubling story-lines, from Jane's (Shailene Woodley) desperate attempt to protect her falsely accused son to Madeleine (Reese Witherspoon) grappling with infidelity and the emotional loss of her daughter, it was Celeste's secret struggle with domestic abuse, taking place in her perfect home at the hands of her handsome husband, that had the power to trouble us most.