Hemlock Grove Review (Some spoilers below)
Netflix brings us another original new series and this time at the hands of Eli Roth (Hostel) and is based on a novel by Brian McGreevy. So far the show has been met with pretty harsh critical review. I’m here to say that while it does need some improvement, the show isn’t all that bad.
Hemlock Grove starts you off with the murder of a young girl in a town occupied by werewolves and vampires. Typically the people in this town are left with lots of questions surrounding the murder as well as the strange characters that live there.
Actor Landon Liboiron, who was recently seen in the short-lived series Terra Nova, plays Peter who is a gypsy teen that arrives in town with his mother not long before the murder occurs. Also Peter happens to be a werewolf. I actually like the scruffy Landon Liboiron as Peter, but sorry ladies he doesn’t rip off his shirt to show you washboard abs.
Famke Janssen (X-men, Nip/Tuck) plays the wealthy immortal mother of our other lead, Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard) who is the dark broody vampire who thankfully doesn’t sparkle. Roman clearly has issues which include the fact that he definitely has a thing for his cousin. Also his sister Shelley is a giant girl who is deformed and well there’s this weird glowing thing she does.
The biggest problem is that the storyline seems to branch off with all the different characters, which at times makes the story feel a little muddled. The cast is good and there remains potential for lots of cool stories in this town if the writers can get a little more organized with it. The story does seem to get off to a slow start, but that’s not always a sign of a failed show. If horror and supernatural genres are your thing, then I would suggest giving this show a try.
While it’s definitely not a Twilight teen fest, this show does lack the charm and polish of True Blood. It does get bonus points for one hell of a werewolf transformation! I give it a 3 of 5 stars and I’ll keep watching hoping for the show to improve.
[Pic soures from movieline.com and tv.com]