Netflix continues its exploration of proprietary content with Hemlock Grove, a mystery-horror series from the mind of splatter director Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds). When a teenage girl is brutally murdered in the titular town, two unlikely allies band together to find her killer. Their search will uncover a local band of werewolves and secrets long thought buried by the elite of Hemlock Grove.
Though listed as the primary creative force behind Hemlock Grove, Roth will only direct the pilot and executive-produce the rest of the series. Deran Serafian (House M.D.) and T.J. Scott (Spartacus: War of the Damned) will handle directorial duties for the rest of the series. Hemlock Grove stars Famke Janssen (Taken 2), Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), and Dougray Scott (My Week With Marilyn).
Recommended only for mature audiences, the newest Hemlock Grove preview promises, “Mild fornication, fellatio, lesbian necrophilia, violent hemorrhaging.” Say what you will about said trailer – it at the very least makes good on that promise. It packs in gore both subtle and overt, sex by the bucketful, and even a spate of vomiting. The trailer hammers home that Hemlock Grove will be taking advantage of its censor-free “broadcaster” to maximize the horror (or gross-outs, as it were).
Early reviews of Hemlock Grove have been lukewarm at best, citing low production values and a meandering plot. Obviously, this latest trailer is designed to appeal to horror aficionados, gore-hounds and fans of extremophile cinema. While it may bring in these viewers with its over-the-top grotesqueness, will Hemlock Grove be able to maintain their interest? We have less than a week before we find out.
Hemlock Grove premieres on @12:01am, April 19th on Netflix