Jun/2018

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

 

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If you haven’t watched ‘Hemlock Grove‘, yet, you’re missing out…or you just don’t have Netflix, either way, you’re missing out!  This series grips you from the first scene and it’s not let up in the two seasons it’s been exclusively on Netflix. In an unsurprising turn, the VOD company has renewed the original series for a 10-episode third season that’s heading out way in 2015.

The twice Emmy nominated thriller has some pretty decent star-power filling out its ranks. Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard and Dougray Scott are all featured. Janssen, best known from her days as Jean Grey in the original ‘X-Men‘ franchise, but has come into her own, shall we say, inner-bitch. Her characters are always underhanded, evil or they just want to eat children as in the case of ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters‘ Oh! Don’t forget her absolute lack of concern for her daughter in ‘Taken‘. I adore Liam Neeson, but that movie-wife wanted to carry the testicles of every man she hooked up with in her perfect designer bag.

 

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Now Bill Skarsgard should look incredibly familiar to you…besides just from ‘Hemlock Grove‘ of course. I mean, he comes from a family that has the acting bug in their DNA. His father is none other than Stellan Skarsgard. The elder was Bootstrap Bill in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ movies, ‘Thor‘ and ‘The Avengers‘. Try having that to live up to! However, his family is not just that small. Older brother Alexander Skarsgard is easily recognized for several of his films and projects, like ‘Battleship‘ (Yes, it bombed bigger than Pearl Harbor at the box office). One of my personal favorites of his was in the remake of ‘Straw Dogs‘ and how could we forget that he played the brooding, yet charismatic Eric Northman on HBO’sTrue Blood‘.

 

 

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Now we’re down to Dougray Scott. He’s got one of those faces that you know you’ve seen everywhere, but can’t place as easily. He was in an episode of ‘Doctor Who‘, so that gives him some bonus points from this Whovian, but he was also in ‘Desperate Housewives’ for 18 episodes. He redeemed himself in my eyes by performing an amazing rendition of Arthur Miller in ‘My Week With Marilyn’. That couldn’t have been easy.

While we have the good news that ‘Hemlock Grove‘ is being renewed  for another season, this will also be the ending for the gothic thriler. Much of the same production crew is coming back to send the final season out on top .Charles H. Eglee, who was showrunner for season 2 is returning. The source material is still being taken from Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and executive producer Eli Roth. “We are so grateful to the fans of Hemlock Grove who have championed the series so intensely over two seasons,” said Roth. “We are looking forward to taking the last and final season into some dark and unexpected places, and to giving viewers the killer finale you’d come to expect from Hemlock Grove.”

When HG launched in 2013 it blew Netflix’s only other original programming, ‘House of Cards‘ out of the water. They were able to draw in younger audiences that HOC was incapable of. So the way things stood at the ending of last season was that the town of Hemlock Grove continued to come to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman (Skarsgard) and Peter (Landon Liboiron) faced all new responsibilities and faced the realities that come with adulthood. Roman struggled with his relationship with his mother (Janssen) as he wrestled with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley. Peter moved in with a friend and was forced to get a job after his mother was sent away. As new characters are often introduced to a dedicated cast, newcomer Miranda Cates is in search of a new life. Her presence has caused a profound effect on both Peter and Roman. While Norman (Dougray Scott) is still reeling from the loss of his family, faced the harsh truth about those he loved. Horror-meister Eli Roth (‘Hostel’) did a great job first two seasons and I’m hoping we can expect some massive explosions in the third and final season

 

 

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