Well the week is beginning again today and that means that its time for another full recommendation to help fill some of the void of the week, and this weeks recommendation may not be available to all (dependent on your streaming service of choice) but im sticking to it anyway. So if you get yourself some time this week im going to recommend you take some time to watch Hemlock Grove, and here’s why.
Hemlock Grove is billed as simple mystery show with the synopsis stating: A teenage girl is brutally murdered, sparking a hunt for her killer. But in a town where everyone hides a secret, will they find the monster among them? But there is so much more to the show than this, and I mean lots more as the show contains a host of mythical creatures, a huge mystery to be solved and a soft heart to the show that really makes you care.
The show is a Netflix exclusive and is a really great addition to their staple of independent shows (Orange is the New Black, House of Cards) and is created by Eli Roth of legendary horror movie fame- and there are clear-cut cases within the show where his influence is abundantly evident. The first of these is the great character change that takes place when one of the lead characters transforms for the first time right in full view of the screen and in a huge amount of gory detail- and not only that but on top of the gory change you get a creepy take on the mythical creature too.
The settings for the show are superb as the entire town is creepy and looks like its hiding a really sinister secret, and that’s good for the show as it hinges on a huge conspiracy secret. The shows real show stealing settings are easily the old factory and scientific laboratories, as each of them is so stark and different both in terms of their look and their feel, that they couldn’t be more contrasting or have any more importance on the story and the characters at play. Add to that the households of the two key families and their massive differences, and the differences in their situations and this just further adds to the feel of the shows creepiness and disparity between social classes.
What really makes the show however is the characters and the performances from each of the actors that’s been cast ( Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron) The interaction between these characters and their developing need to get along to catch the killer on the loose. You get to see all of the family backgrounds to both sides, along with an endearing relationship between two siblings that defies the family approach along with watching the entire cast of teenage heroes come together which gives you the hope that they can and will survive and succeed. The dialog in the show is great, albeit very unlikely to be in regular use amongst teenagers as its far too elegant at times but it really works for the characters and the show.
Overall this is a modern take on the horror serial show for television, and like the less recent Harper’s Island, really works because it knows what it wants to do from the beginning and sets itself out to achieve a gory, well shot, dialog heavy mythical mystery of more than must watch proportions.