NETFLIX’s Hemlock Grove Early Review: Not Good!

Herner Klenthur

The first red flag for me with the upcoming show on NETFLIX called ‘Hemlock Grove’ is the fact that Eli Roth’s name has been coined along side it every time.

The problem I have with Hemlock Grove is no different then all the horrible movies that were released under ‘Quentin Tarantino presents’. How much involvement does Eli Roth really have with the writing and direction of the series?

If a talented filmmaker produces or puts their name on a project that does not make it good. It would seem based off one early review that this is true with Netflix’ Hemlock Grove which Eli Roth did direct the pilot of. Those expecting something along the lines of HOSTEL will be sorely disappointed it seems ( Unclear to me how many other episodes he worked on )

Hemlock Grove is a murder mystery that has a True Blood twist to it that will air in its entirety on NETFLIX. In Hemlock Grove a young girl is brutally murdered and found near the former Godfrey steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing–Peter Rumancek, a 17-year-old Gypsy trailer trash kid rumored to be a werewolf, and Roman, the heir to the Godfrey estate–decide to find the killer themselves.

Interesting side note the Hemlock Grove series reportedly cost more to make than The Walking Dead per episode which is pretty staggering. Hemlock Grove was $4million per episode where as The Walking Dead was $2.3million according to an early post by Sam on our site.

Tim Goodman who writes for the trade paper The Hollywood Reporter has harsh things to say in his review of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove series saying that it wouldn’t even be enjoyable if you were smoking a bong. Here is the closing points of his review he says;

Hemlock isn’t scary. It isn’t creepy. It barely makes sense, much less sense you want to decode.

It’s apparently a very poorly written, badly acted, unintentionally campy affair that is downright ridiculous according to Tim.

I have never been one to listen to trade reviews of films or TV shows since what us die-hard genre fans like and what real critics enjoy is rarely the same but Tim Goodman has picked up on some key things that are beyond taste.

The story is crap, the acting is crap, it is unintentionally campy and as I noted he says even if you smoked a bong full of weed you would not like it. The fact I love horror and perhaps he has different tastes wont make the acting better, the story good or the weed less required.

I for one was not overly impressed with the trailer for the NETFLIX Hemlock Grove series but I like the idea of Netflix making their own shows and I think focusing on content that other studios do not will be a win for them. Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards was a great example of that and if Hemlock Grove can come close to that Netflix will have a win.

What are your thoughts on Hemlock Grove are you excited for it to debut on Netflix on April 19th? I assume you will all watch it despite this early negative review? Hopefully Netflix reads this post and gives some of us ‘influential’ horror bloggers an early shot at the show so we can really see if it’s the crap we hear it is.

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      1. femwa April 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        The only reason i will watch this is for Famke Janssen…..

        • Herner Klenthur April 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

          I am also a big fan of Famke Janssen

      2. bob101910 April 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        Because you can watch them whenever and wherever you want, I’m sure people will at least watch a couple episodes for the hell of it even if all the reviews are terrible. Unlike traditional TV, where you have to watch it on a certain device at a specific time, so you probably wouldn’t even try watching something that you weren’t interested in.

        I’m still looking forward to it, but mostly because I really like how Netflix is making their own shows and reviving old ones. More viewers for their new stuff probably equals more new shows and revivals.

        • Terry April 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

          Everyone should watch this and any new series that comes out…all episodes…and then critique it!

        • Herner Klenthur April 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

          well put Bob!

      3. Terry April 13, 2013 at 6:37 am

        I think it is so terrible and unfair to the actors who probably worked very very hard to be put down on reviewing the whole 13 series by watching 2 episodes…I think it is going to be amazing…people there are 13 episodes…not 2 3..give it a chance and watch all 13 episodes! GEEZ these bad reviews can affect the future of some of these young actors! Give them a break!! They are young!

      4. Terry April 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

        You are saying to be polite and nice when writing a comment…well you guys should maybe mention this to the people who are writing such horrible assumptions that hemlock grove is so bad..give it a chance..it maybe weird..but reviewing. 2 3 episodes…simply not fair…it’s not like you are reviewing a 2 hour feature film…it’s a bloody series…13 episodes…watch all of them and then critique!!!

        • Herner Klenthur April 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

          Hey Terry is your comment directed at me ? ( the author of the article ). I did NOT attack the filmmakers I am sharing somebody elses view and I happen to think that Bob is right. EVERYONE will see this show because they can so easily and will judge it on their own merits.

          I know I will still watch it and am curious to see if its any good. I have always been a fan of Eli Roth and the last NETFLIX original series House of Cards was awesome.

          Tks for commenting :)

      5. BP April 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        Having worked on the show, and therefore having read all the scripts, I do know it gets better as the story progresses. I think it deserves a chance

        • Herner Klenthur April 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

          I think anyone who doesnt give it a chance frankly is a fool. Most of us have NETFLIX which means it costs us nothing to see it and we have really nothing to complain about.

          Now Walking Dead on the other hand I pay a lot of money to see that show and as it gets worse and worse it will loose viewers because people will loose interest. I think all shows on Netflix will do well so long as Netflix is doing well. Thanks for commenting BP. Be sure to email us all kinds of juicy insider tidbits :)

      6. Fools2234 April 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Sorry son but another review gives 3 out of 4 star. And as pointed out in comments the hollywood reporter guy also gave American Horror Story a bad review.

        Sorry son

      7. Maria April 23, 2013 at 7:52 am

        Just watched the entire show, and it’s not bad at all.
        Sure, it lacks meaning at some points, and, in my personal view, more gore. However, the acting is good, especially the guy who portrays Peter, is great and does not deserve being categirized as “bad acting”.

      8. DWeb April 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        Just watched the entire series. Found it immediately addicting. (fan of horror and gore).
        The creature transformations were better than most I’ve seen. Use of believable wolves helped you not lose focus at climactic parts of the storyline. (REAL IMPORTANT FOLKS…)
        Loved the eye makeup on Shelly. REALLY eerie without being cheesy.

        The story was well woven and even better acted by most of the actors.
        (Also good to see some of my old BSG stars in here)

        I can also agree with the earlier comments on watching a show through to the end, but there are some shows that make this impossible. But, thankfully, in my opinion, this isn’t one of them. Once you get past the first episode character introductions, its pretty non-stop from there. I was initially intrigued after one or two, then hooked after episode 4 and had an HG marathon all weekend.

        The season finale cliffhangers also gets high marks.

        While I LOVED the transformations and Shelly’s freaky blinking eye, my SOLE criticism would have to be the wound make up. If someone is bleeding from a head wound, of which in this series there were many, in most cases, visible wound makeup is required. Not just a dollop of watered down ketchup. :-) But, I can forgive that based on all the other outstanding work.

        Overall, I’d give it a 8.5 out of 10. Really well done.
        Looking forward to season 2.