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Movie review: Hemlock Grove, Season 1

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Movie review: Hemlock Grove, Season 1


When the mangled body of a teenage girl is found near a Pennsylvania steel town the resulting manhunt explores every possibility. And as the residents dark secrets are revealed, evidence begins pointing to a killer who isn't even human.

Famke Janssen (Olivia), Bill Skarsgard (Roman), Landon Liboiron (Peter), Penelope Mitchell (Letha), Freya Tingley (Christina), Dougray Scott (Norman), Nicole Boivin (Shelly), Ted Dykstra (Francis), Aaron Douglas (Tom), Joel de la Fuente (Dr. Pryce).

Hemlock Grove, Season 1 begins by jumping straight into the plot. Though this seems backwards in some ways, the series is really about the characters rather than the horror. As the story develops, so do the characters. And while the story seems almost inconsistent at times, the characters are wonderfully quirky and unpredictable right to the end. The end which of course leaves us hoping for another season.

Acting was interesting with Janssen delivering coldly as usual. Skarsgard and Liboiron were a strange match but worked great together and brought the series to life a lot of the time. Scott, Boivin, de la Fuente and the remainder of the cast did nicely and projected good energy.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are all reasonably well done with a realistic feel. Effects, both CGI and physical, are nicely done and fit the series well. Dialogue was good and explained much of the storyline twists. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Hemlock Grove is a well done crime series with a supernatural side that keeps things interesting for the teen crowd. Adults who enjoy more character focused supernatural crime will likely enjoy this one as well.

With some foul language, sexuality, violence, gore, drug use, and adult situations save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 2.18.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, Crime TV Shows, TV Dramas

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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