We here at Gores Truly have varied tastes and interests. It’s one of the things we believe set us apart from most other horror-related sites, and we’re proud of it. Yet one thing we all do have in common is a fondness for the supernatural elements of the horror world. It gets us and we get it. So each of us were pretty darn interested in the new Netflix series Hemlock Grove – it has something for each of us. Werewolves and vampires and demons, oh my! Sure, werewolves may be “Vargulfs” and vampires may be “Upirs” but wtfever that’s our jam.
Let’s be real tho. Hemlock Grove is one of those experiences – you’re gonna love it, hate it, or not give two shits about it – just like us. Hopefully between a few of us, you’ll be able to tell whether or not your personality is one that’ll dig this series or not. Either way – do us a favor and give the show a chance regardless. An episode or two? C’mon you can do that for us, can’t you? Regardless of how you ultimately feel about Hemlock Grove – you’ll encourage more independent, made-for-adults entertainment and there’s never anything wrong with that.
De7en: There’s very little that I’m going to write here which isn’t going to read like OMGWTFBBQBESTSHOWEVAR. I desire greatly to wax poetic about the visual design and artistic aesthetic. . . but all I’m able to muster really is this, “Hot damn, this is what I’ve been missing in my life.” Exaggeration? Only slightly. But Hemlock Grove has my number like no show has had my number since Lost. I do not say this lightly.
Let me be blunt – I didn’t expect to like it because shows about high schoolers have never appealed to me. I gave Hemlock Grove a shot for two reasons – a) Eli Roth and b) the wicked Red Band trailer. Even worse – my hair wasn’t blown back by the first two episodes. That is until. . . the vargulf transformation. I just. . . I. . . holy crap, that scene. It has been forever since I’ve seen anything that exciting as far as lycanthropy goes in movies/TV. It EATS its human form after transforming. WTFBBQ *flail*!!!!
*ahem* Then Hemlock Grove built on that spectacular scene. The atmosphere started to permeate and unexpected relationships started to form. Mythology ham-handedly introduced in the first episodes gave way to strong story arcs and emotional responses. THE FEELS MAN, THE FEELS!!!! It’s safe to say that I fell in love with a few of these characters and am now emotionally invested in them – Roman (*swoon* Bill Skarsgård *swoon*), Shelley, Peter, Destiny, even is-she-doing-that-with-her-accent-on-purpose Olivia. I want more. I want it now. I’m ready to throw money at Netflix for Season 2. (See what I mean? You were warned.)
Ash: Our beloved Ash is somewhere on the West Coast basking in a glorious Goonies vacation. What did she think of Hemlock Grove? Well. . . she couldn’t get past Episode #1. ’Nuff said.
Natazia: I heard all this buzz about this show, so the one weekend I was actually home, I watched all of it in 2 days. It started off a little slow for my taste. Then it became a full-on horror skin-a-max. Some of the plot. . . sex. . . some more sex. . . people going down on each other. I mean, I love me some sexy scenes but it kinda dumbed it down for me. Its like, hey, we don’t have any really content for the next 4 episodes, let’s just have everyone have sex.
Now that I got that out of the way, I’ll tell you what I did like very much, Shelley, I loved her! I loved that she was the “Frankenstein” of the show. She was the glue that kept her crazy family together. She has a relationship where she constantly battles her mother’s over-powering ways. All she wants is to grow up and be independent. She also has a sweet relationship with her brother, Roman. Roman needs her as much, if not more, than she needs him. To me, she grounds him.
All together, if you can get pass all the sex episodes and onto the last 4 episodes it becomes an amazing show. All the twists and turns, WOW! It’s worth it! I hope they do come back with a season 2. I would like to see what happens. They left it with a semi-cliffhanger.