Devil in Ohio: Is Netlix’s new supernatural thriller based on a true story?

Netflix devil in Ohio has rocketed into the top 10 titles in 52 countries, leaving many viewers wondering if the supernatural thriller is based on true events.

It is set in a fictional Ohio town believed to be a few hours from Cleveland. Devil in Ohio Stars Bone Actor Emily Deschanel as Suzanne, a mother and psychiatrist who invites her new young patient (Madeleine Arthur) into her home when she is rushed to the hospital after a traumatic episode.

However, as the eight-part series unravels, it turns out that the young girl has escaped the clutches of a satanic cult, putting Suzanne’s family in grave danger.

Now it has become known that the show is inspired by Daria Polatin’s book of the same name, published in 2017. Polatin also serves as showrunner and executive producer of the series.

In conversation with the Columbus Shipping, Polatin revealed that while her young adult novel is inspired by a true story, it isn’t based on the truth.

About the origins of Devil in Ohio, the Boston native told the publication, “When my producer Rachel Miller heard this true story that took place in Ohio, she told it to me. I knew I had to say it. I decided to start with a book.

“I fictionalized the story to free myself creatively and I thought it would be interesting to tell it for a YA (young adult) audience because the girl is in her mid-teens.”

“The gist of the story is true and happened, and I wanted to take that as a starting point.” She continued, adding, “It’s inspired by real events, but it’s not a documentary. It’s just a different kind of storytelling.”

In a separate interview with Netflix TudumPolatin went on to explain that the cult at the heart of the series was entirely “fictional.”

Which helped make the portrayal believable, she told the team behind it Devil in Ohio interviewed former members of various sects and integrated themes and rituals from different religions and ideologies.

Then they created a blueprint for the cult for everyone on set, Polatin said.

“We wrote documents about the cult that we shared with our department heads and creative teams so everyone was on the same page,” she continued, adding, “Our composer came up with this stunning anthem that he wrote [after] we gave it the language of our cult – the morning star, the dawn.

“The costumes are inspired by our backstories: they were from Ireland, they were farmers, they lived in West Virginia, their crops failed, [forcing them to move to Ohio].”

So fact or fiction? That Devil in Ohio is a bit of both.

Devil in Ohio is currently streaming on Netflix. Devil in Ohio: Is Netlix’s new supernatural thriller based on a true story?


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