Netflix’s Hemlock Grove Tops Amazon’s ZombieLand Series

Herner Klenthur

I for one thought that the Zombieland TV Series première on Amazon was top-notch and that Netflix’s Hemlock grove was a bit of a miss. Seems I was the only one as most our readers thought Hemlock Grove was outstanding and the Zombieland Series première a bust.

Hemlock Grove has gotten rave reviews from our readers with literally 30 new reader reviews pouring in over night praising the series and near begging NETFLIX to do a second season . Zombieland on the other hand has gotten very little positive response from our readers.

This morning I checked the Trending data for what people are searching for online and Hemlock Grove is far and away beating the Zombieland series. There are a few reasons for that and I think they are;

  1. Amazon Did nothing to promote the series with horror fans. I did not receive so much as a press release announcing the première of Zombieland. Like most of you I found out it was available to watch when Halloweenie wrote about it on site. 
  2. Netflix has 24.3million US subscribers who all have free access not to one episode but the entire season. NETFLIX also put a massive landing page image on every Netflix subscribers homepage to lure them to the show.
  3. Hemlock Grove has a larger fan base then Zombieland does because it is based on the book by Brian McGreevy which has a built-in audience.
  4. Hemlock Grove appeals to a more diverse teen and adult audience where as Zombieland in my view appeals to a more mature niche horror fan.

I for one feel that Zombieland can still find success with fans but so far it would seem if we only look at what is trending on Google that fan interest is definitely leaning towards Hemlock Grove. You can see the trending data below. Hemlock Grove is in RED and Zombieland is in BLUE.

You can see that Google Trending data shows that Hemlock Grove started building momentum on the 19th and just kept on climbing. Zombieland’s started on he 19th but not to the same extent or interest level as Hemlock Grove. If you throw in all the glowing fan reviews for Hemlock Grove its clear that fans enjoyed it and want a second season …. even If I found the series a bit ho-hum myself.


As far as the reviews for Zombieland and Hemlock Grove Halloweenie reviewed Zombieland on our site writing;

Overall they managed to keep the general tone of the movie intact.  There’s a strong comedic charm embedded in this first episode.  It’s not “laugh out loud” funny, but it does enough to keep you entertained and amused for the half-hour.  It’s not something that was inherently clear to me at the onset of the episode, but as it went on I really began to appreciate what it was trying to do.

Considering that they had a half-hour to convince me that this was a good idea, I think they made an admirable effort.  At some point my mind stopped making comparisons to the movie and instead focused in on and enjoyed what I was watching.  I could easily imagine a world where this series grows and becomes an entity worthy of the name Zombieland.

It’s free and only 30 minutes long, there’s no excuse not to watch it.  For my money though, I think it’s a good attempt at tackling a nearly impossible challenge.

As far as Hemlock Grove goes I think that DirtyGirl probably said it best in her review which identifies the flaws but also praises the high points writing in part;

Well, I just finished watching all 13 episodes, and I want more! Yes the show is not perfect… It suffers from stiff dialogue at times but it also has some really great lines every episode!

The story gets more involved and interesting as the season goes, so I wouldn’t judge the show by just two or three shows. I think the reason the show is getting poor reviews by critics is that they keep comparing it to House of Cards. Personally, I didn’t care for House of Cards that much and lost interest about half way through the season. So to each their own. And genre fans keep comparing it to True Blood or American Horror Story and it just doesn’t hold up to those shows at all.

I think a better comparison is to Vampire Diaries. But to compare it to Twilight? No way. It is not even similar at all. There is a love triangle but every Vampire movie or show has a love triangle these days. Actually, Bram Stoker’s Dracula had a love triangle as well. So I guess they can all be traced back to that one in one way or another.

My major complaint about the show is that it needed more killings and gory scenes. even when a character died they would show it off screen and then flash to the bloody aftermath. maybe this was because of budget constraints? I keep hearing how so many people love the transformation scene in episode two. it was good but not great. Seriously, those who think it was great or awesome need to watch An American Werewolf in London again! Anyway, I hope Netflix gives us a second season because I am completely hooked on this show!

You can read dozens of fan reviews both good and bad for Hemlock Grove right here.  Did you watch Hemlock Grove or Zombieland this weekend? Hit the comments below and tell us what you thought.



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      1. Greg April 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        I think it all comes down to your first point. I wouldn’t have even known about Zombieland if it wasn’t for this site.

        I’d be interested in seeing poll results of how many people knew Hemlock Grove was a book before watching and how many people actually read it. Zombies have been the bigger “thing” lately over werewolves and I think Zombieland has a much more recognizable name. I didn’t know Hemlock Grove was a book until I read about it on here. If Zombieland was advertised just a little bit, I think it would win.

        • Herner Klenthur April 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          Well said Greg. I own the site and like to think I know wth is going on within our genre and the way I FOUND OUT was when Halloweenie announced it was now available to watch.

          I agree if it had been promoted it could have been a bigger hit.

      2. donecia porch April 28, 2013 at 6:34 am

        i never saw any advertising for hemlock grove just browsing one day and ran across it so very exciting hope there will be a season 2 I love it so much great job netflix

        • Herner Klenthur April 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

          Me neither but we did get alot of info on it from various PR outfits leading up to it. Amazon’s Zombieland series was a complete black out no info shared at all.

      3. Chrissy Sue Stucky April 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        I am hooked on Hemlock Grove, I love that the keep the suspense peaked and don’t let you know everything right away. Also very awesome idea to release the whole season at one shot as I am a binge season watcher. I did see advertising for Hemlock Grove on netflix before its release and was so excited to watch it. and until now have not heard of Zombieland, but I will check it out. Bring on Season 2 of Hemlock Grove!!

      4. babigirl May 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

        Me, My mother, and my boyfriend and my 2 year old daughter love this show, we sat down every single night and watched it all before it was done, we would like to see a second season come through, even tho some of it didnt make sense we still got hooked into the show. we are hoping that the second season will show more and answer all our questions that we have about the people that are on there. so to me i would be happy with another season. keep them coming.