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.