Netflix recently debuted Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove and it has been a great success for them according to their CEO Reed Hastings. Being candid I dont understand the appeal of Hemlock Grove. For me it was Twilight meets American Horror Story with a twist of True Blood. Unfortunately the whole Twilight angle came through to strong for me was a huge turn off.
I honestly think in fairness that Hemlock Grove is probably just not for my demographic. Namely a 30 year old male who likes horror films and is more likely to watch paint dry then suffer through Twilight.
Regardless of how I feel about the show our readers have weighed in that they loved the show which to me was equally surprising. Where as I expected most of our readers to declare 'what the hell was that' they have instead commented in droves declaring how much they love the Hemlock Grove.
You can read most of those comments from our readers here : Hemlock Reader Reviews Chrissy Sue Stucky sums up how most of our readers feel and she writes;
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.
Hemlock Grove which I felt was nowhere near as good as Netflix's House of Cards also had more viewers in the first few days then House of Cards did. Netflix also announced that the show saw a nice up tick in subscriptions to their service so people could watch the show.
Netflix saw a massive increase of 2million subscribers thanks in no small part to original programming like Hemlock Grove and House of Cards. With Arrested Development also coming very soon on Netflix I am sure that number will just continue to rocket up.
Honestly as much as Hemlock Grove was not my cup of tea I am happy to see Netflix redefine themselves and start developing original content. I think that their format of releasing all the episodes of once is fantastic and they also have the freedom to develop more genre bending content. Netflix has proven that they are not afraid to gamble some serious money on original content. Hemlock Grove for example had a budget per episode estimated to be around $4million. This is twice the budget that AMC reportedly committed to The Walking Dead last season.
For those of us who cant afford HBO but can afford NETFLIX we will hopefully eventually get something on the level of HBO without the added expense. So good on Netflix and I say bring on some more original horror themed TV shows!
Did you watch Netflix's Hemlock Grove? Did you love it ? Did you hate it? Sound off in the comments.