The rise in popularity of horror films has ushered in a new type of auteur, the kind who can think up really terrible ways to kill people and create exactly the right viscosity for red-colored corn syrup splatter to mimic freshly spurted jugular juice. But the 90-minute(ish) limit on feature films only allows these depraved minds to give moviegoers the gore they want, and that's why Saw: 49 and the 17th remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre are substance-free snuff films.
But now horror has found a home on television, where the sick and twisted can add a story to their nightmarish images. Eli Roth (the great Cabin Fever, the bad Hostel) is taking a stab (GET IT!?) at television with the Netflix original Hemlock Grove, and the video-streaming service has just released the series' first trailer. And you know what? It looks like a good time.
The super-bargain basic synopsis of Hemlock Grove is a small-town girl gets murdered, and the cops have no idea who or what (monster!) did it. Two young men, one a gypsy drifter and one an heir to a family fortune, decide to find the killer themselves. Horror ensues! And yes, that's Josh from Terra Nova (Landon Liboiron) as the gypsy teen.
This is a Netflix production, so all 13 episodes will be released to Netflix subscribers at once, on Friday, April 19. I can't wait!