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“Drill made me do it!” “Drill told me it was a game!” “Drill wanted me to do this” – three children, one imaginary friend who’s convincing them to do very, very bad things. That’s what parents and the FBI are fighting against in single-season paranormal thriller The Whispers (2015 – all 13 episodes were added to the Showmax line-up this week). Watch now »
“It’s chilling to say the least,” explains Barry Sloane, who plays high-ranking military man Wes Lawrence – he heads up the Department Of Defence’s elite Special Projects Division. “And I knew we had to cast the children correctly from the start … which we did! They bring this show alive!”
His character Wes has just broken off his relationship with FBI child behavioural specialist Special Agent Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe) but they’re going to be brought back together thanks to Drill, an imaginary friend that Claire’s deaf and mute son Henry (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) has started communicating with. And Henry’s not alone…
“You don’t have to be a parent to get it. We’re jealous of children’s innocence and when we see something – an entity, a person, whatever it is – trying to take that innocence away, we get very protective,” adds Sloane.
The kids are drawing pictures that they can’t know exist – one is of a fire, another of a plane crash on the other side of the world. They’re hacking into top-secret government websites. The kids are committing murder and even building bombs. How do they know to do these things? Drill is telling them to! But the children hearing these Whispers aren’t the only creepy kids you’ll find on the Showmax catalogue!
I see dead people… and everything else!
Game of Thrones (2011-current; the first six seasons are on Showmax)
Young Brandon “Bran” Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) might not be able to walk, but he is able to warg! That’s when Bran’s eyes glaze over and he transports his mind into another being to control it or see what it sees – and nothing’s safe from Bran’s warging: he’s taken control of everything from eagles and dire wolves to giants fighting White Walkers. Plus, Bran’s “condition” means that he knows everything about everyone in Westeros … including his bastard brother Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) little cave shenanigans with Ygritte (Rose Leslie). Watch now »
Lips that lie
Big Little Lies (2017; all seven episodes will be coming to Showmax in September)
Single-mom Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) is taking her problems with her when she moves her young son Ziggy (Iain Armitage) to an upmarket coastal town. Something’s not right with the boy, who’s blamed for attacking a little girl on his first day of kindergarten. The kids are keeping quiet and Ziggy’s got anger issues. But there’s far more to the boy’s story … and it’s got something to do with the way he was conceived. Watch the trailer »
Guess who’s back, back again!
Resurrection (2014-2015; both seasons are on the Showmax catalogue)
Jacob Langston (Landon Giminez) is an eight-year-old with a problem. While he’s walking and talking and finally back home in Arcadia, Missouri, Jacob died more than 30 years earlier. When he’s found lost in a Chinese rice field, Jacob can’t remember how he got there, who he is or what’s going on. All he knows is that he needs to go home to his parents, who almost have a heart attack when the boy is dropped on their doorstep by investigating immigration officer J Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps). Watch now »
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