3 top whodunit thrillers on Lionsgate Play to binge this gloomy season

The mystery genre has a long, rich history in literature, TV, and film, keeping generations of audiences guessing till the end. With its unique ability to engage audiences with puzzles and intriguing characters, the genre has expanded into sub-genres like noir, supernatural, police procedurals, and psychological thrillers.

People love whodunit stories because they delve into the complexities of human nature, exploring the motives and psychology behind criminal acts and of the people trying to solve them. At the end of the journey, the mystery provides a sense of satisfaction that is both comforting and fulfilling.


To excite Filipino audiences, PLDT Home and Lionsgate Play are bringing the intriguing world of mystery at an affordable price. Starting July 1, existing PLDT Home customers can enjoy access to the best Hollywood and global content on Lionsgate Play for an exclusive rate of only P79 a month.


Looking for new shows to binge with the weather turning gloomy? Put your thinking cap on and explore the top three mysteries on Lionsgate Play. Let the deductions begin!


1. The Rising


The Rising is a British supernatural mystery series that has a unique voice because the story is told from the murder victim’s POV. In this innovative mystery, Neve Kelly (Clara Rugaard, Press Play, I Am Mother) discovers that she is dead. Now invisible to people she knows, Neve witnesses her own autopsy and finds a potential ally to discover who her killer is.


As season one progresses, Neve wants to find if there are others like her and she ventures to investigate a local myth with terrifying consequences and new evidence. The story plays on the darker aspects of the human psyche and the themes of justice, jealousy, revenge, and obsession.


In a feature on Country & Town HouseRugaard says of her character, “She’s the hero of her own story, which is what I think makes this show so interesting. It’s also a show jampacked with brilliantly complex characters, badass action motocross sequences, stunning scenery from the north of England, covering themes of love, family, self-discovery, and adolescence, with a cool and bold aesthetic and a supernatural twist.”


2. One Ranger


British Intelligence meets Texas Justice in this 2023 film starring Thomas Jane (The Punisher, Deep Blue Sea), John Malkovich (Red, Con Air), and Dominique Tipper (The Expanse).


One Ranger is a white-knuckle action-thriller featuring a highly skilled, gun-slinging Texas ranger who tracks a bank robber across the desert and discovers he’s an international terrorist set on detonating a bomb in the heart of London. When the lawman’s partner is killed, he is recruited by a British intelligence agent and her boss to bring the outlaw to justice.


Jane sums it up in an interview on Movie Web, “With characters that are grounded in a sense of reality and real life, you sense that these people are walking around with us, breathing the same air as we do, the same worries, the same emotional challenges and yet at the end of the day, they would never call themselves heroes. They are the first ones there and the last ones to leave. I hope they leave knowing the world is a slightly better place because the Texas Rangers are in it.”


3. Gray


An upcoming mystery series on LionsgatePlay, Gray stars Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Patricia Clarkson (Sharp ObjectsThe Maze Runner). Clarkson plays CIA spy Cornelia Gray, who comes in from the cold after 20 years in hiding and discovers a new mole within her old spy network.


This is bound to be an exciting show as espionage stories are often loosely based on real-world events and historical figures in politics and global conflicts. They never fail to deliver an adrenaline rush from the high-stakes intrigue in the secret world of spies.


Stream unli-entertainment for only P79 a month on Lionsgate Play. Follow the clues and enjoy solving the mysteries, as well as a whole host of content across all genres when you subscribe to the app through PLDT Home. To find out more, visit pldthome.com/lionsgateplay.

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