NOS4A2: What do you think?

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Screen Capture: Zachary Quinto and Asher Miles Fallica as Charlie Manx and Daniel Moore, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Zachary Quinto and Asher Miles Fallica as Charlie Manx and Daniel Moore, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2



NOS4A2 is arguably the first new must-see supernatural horror series of 2019. It is one of those television productions that immediately pulls you into the action.

NOS4A2 promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
NOS4A2 promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

What is NOS4A2 about?

The AMC series NOS4A2 revolves around high school senior Victoria “Vic” McQueen. Vic discovers she possesses a significant supernatural power that allows her to unlock portals that help her recover lost objects.

As Vic explores this newfound ability, she encounters other so-called ‘inscape travellers’ like herself. While there are some travellers that are benevolent, there are those which have been corrupted by their power.

Charlie Manx, corrupt by his powers, is a traveller. Manx is an immortal who maintains his immortality by feeding off the souls of children. After crossing paths, it does not take long for Vic and Manx to become sworn enemies.

Vic is every bit as intelligent as her friends but because her mother is struggling to make ends meet, the high school senior’s chances of getting to college are remote. Vic wants to go to college to study art not clean houses with her mother.

Image Credit: Amazon.com
Image Credit: Amazon.com

What is NOS4A2 Based On?

NOS4A2 is based on the Joe Hill written NOS4A2: A Novel. Hill’s book, his third offering to readers, first hit bookstore shelves on Tuesday, 30 April 2013. The book is also available from Amazon Audiobooks. Interestingly, possibly because the pronunciation differs in the British Isles to that heard in these United States, Hill’s novel is titled NOS4R2 in the U.K.

Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Image Credit: Amazon.com
Image Credit: Amazon.com

A Different Beginning

Unlike the book, the AMC series does not open with a hospital scene set in 2008. Hill’s narrative shows convicted child abductor Manx in a coma. Manx briefly awakens from his coma and threatens a nurse. Because Manx only exhibits brain functionality, the nurse’s colleagues do not believe her claims.

Instead of this hospital set scene, the series opens with something completely different. A child, Daniel Moore, awakes from his sleep. There are sounds unfamiliar to his ears. At the door to his mother’s bedroom, the child begs to be allowed to sleep in the same bed. Because she is occupied with a male presence, Daniel’s mother has not time for him. Consequently, she sends him back to bed.

Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Before Daniel hears Christmas-music emanating from outside, there is a brief scene reminiscent of the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist.

Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: A scene in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

A strange looking car, at least from the child’s perspective, is outside. It is filled to the brim with gift-wrapped packages ready for Christmas morning. With a child’s curiosity, Daniel climbs into the back of the vehicle but before he knows it, he’s trapped. Manx has the boy where he wants him.

Screen Capture: Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Daniel’s mother, Karen Moore (Megan McQuillan), is too late to save him. She and the man she was with is a victim of Manx’s servant.

Screen Capture: Megan McQuillan and Michael Maize as Karen Moore and Ives, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Megan McQuillan and Michael Maize as Karen Moore and Ives, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Who is in the NOS4A2 Cast?

The series stars Ashleigh Cummings and Zachary Quinto as Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx, respectively. Further to the lead actors, NOS4A2 also features Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Darby Camp, Andresito Germosen De La Cruz, Rarmian Newton and Dalton Harrod.

Is there a Trailer for NOS4A2?

World Premiere

Even though the series premiered on Sunday, 2 June 2019, the NOS4A2 saw its world premiere at Texas’ 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival. Contrary to what people might think of film festivals, while some events typically only cater to big screen productions, this is not the case with the Austin festival. A section of the South by Southwest Film Festival entirely revolves around the screenings of ‘Episodic Premieres.’

First Thoughts

Everything about Quinto’s character screams sinister. Manx, an immortal that preys on the souls of children, drives a classic 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. The vehicle not only has suicide doors, but it also bears the licence plate NOS4A2. The licence plate is easy to read. The pronunciation is Nosferatu.

Classic horror film buffs, especially those with an interest in the vampire genre, will immediately recognise the significance of Nosferatu. There is no escaping how synonymous Nosferatu is with vampires.

Nosferatu, an archaic Romanian word, is synonymous with the vampire film genre. In 1922, the F.W. Murnau directed silent German Expressionist horror film Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens hit movie theater screens. The boldness of the production, especially considering the period in which the film was made, is apparent. Consequently, movie going audiences found their expectations challenged.

A New Take on a Classic Genre

Once the vampiric connection to Manx’s car licence plate is known, there is an immediate expectation of classic vampire lore to become more significant. While you’ll find vampire-like references throughout the series, NOS4A2 does not indulge in tired tropes.

The monsters most people are familiar with, the ones of yesterday, are castaway. Hill’s narrative favours an immortal man that nourishes his being with children’s souls. After Manx is done feeding, he quickly tosses away the remaining husks. Manx’s version of a landfill is the Christmas village Christmasland. This vile place only exists within Manx’s mind.

Whenever Vic crosses the covered bridge, Manx is aware of the unfamiliar presence. It’s almost like there is a disturbance within the force that gives Manx his ability to drain children’s souls.