The Eli Roth co-produced TV series, Hemlock Grove, is due to start on Netflix on April 19th. Like House of Cards before it, Hemlock Grove will release the entire thirteen episode series in one go. The series just made its way to the WonderCon festival, and the cast and crew were there to answer questions and give fans a tasty treat.
The treat was the first clip from the series, and instead of holding back the good stuff, the clip goes right for what we are all hoping to see, and boasts a rather cool werewolf transformation. Eyes pop out, teeth fall out and the transformation has a very cool finish by the wolf itself, so best you watch the clip to see what all the fuss is about.
Some information shared by the panel has been put together in an easy to read almost bullet point list by Collider, so those of us who couldn’t attend can at least get an idea of what was discussed. Check out the list next, and you will find the clip at the bottom of this post.
- Eli Roth has always been interested in the TV medium, but found it difficult to reconcile his horror writing tendencies, wherein he kills a character at every opportunity, and TV writing which demands the return of beloved characters week to week.
- Roth was drawn to the source material because of the story’s roots in monster mythology.
- Brian McGreevy and writer/producerLee Shipman have been talking about the possibility of a televised version of the story since they knew each other in grad school.
- Bill Skarsgard described Roman and Peter’s relationship as a bond formed by the mutual respect of outsiders.
- Fans of the novel can expect some small surprises throughout the show and one “enormous surprise”.
- Before the start of filming, Daran Sarafian, who directed six episodes of the show, talked extensively about the visual style and themes of the show with Eli Roth. Roth told Sarafian to think of it as not looking at the rock, but what’s underneath, finding the hidden decay and ruin that lives beneath the beauty of the town.
- The writers approached the show with the idea of binge watching in mind, crafting the series as one long 13 hour story, rather than 13 one-hour stories.
- Because the episodes will be airing all at once, the writers were in a unique position to have the majority of the episodes scripted before they started filming.
- The cast and creators cite Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks as influences on the show.
- Though they co-starred in Battlestar Galactica for a number of years, Aaron Douglas and Kandyse McClure share their first scene together on this show.
- The creators cite one central theme of the show: outsiders finding a sense of community.
- Sarafian, who has directed a number of TV shows including House, M.D. and CSI:NY , learned the ropes working under Dario Argento andLucio Fulci.
- Peter’s transformation into the wolf is a major selling point of the show. The transformation is unique to what’s been seen before on film. Roth described it as being a combination of birth and orgasm, calling it a “were-gasm”.
- The transformation was designed by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger. Roth considers practical effects an art form and uses practical over digital whenever possible.
- Each episode was shot over the course of 8 days; the transformation itself would have taken 8 days on its own so they shot it bit by bit throughout the filming of the series.
- Though parts of the series were filmed in Pittsburgh, “bureaucratic malfunctions” regarding state refunds and tax credits prevented the show from filming there in its entirety. The rest of the series was filmed in Toronto.
From the press release:
The Netflix Original Series “Hemlock Grove,” a riveting and eerie mystery from executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, will be available for members to watch instantly and in its entirety beginning April 19, 2013.
All 13-episodes of the series, which stars Famke Janssen (“X-Men”), Bill Skarsgård (“Simon & The Oaks”), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), Penelope Mitchell (“6 Plots”), Freya Tingley (“X”), and Dougray Scott (“Mission Impossible II”) will debut concurrently in all territories that Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and Scandinavia.
“‘Hemlock Grove’ is unlike anything else in its genre,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “It’s sexy, gripping, emotional and twisted, and we’re certain viewers are going to be captivated by its intensity.”
The series revolves around the eccentric residents of a dilapidated former Pennsylvania steel town and the murder of 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell. Through the investigation, the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing that nothing is what it seems.
“Hemlock Grove” marks the first foray into television by internationally acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Cabin Fever”), who also directed the first episode. The series is executive produced by Roth, McGreevy & Shipman, Mark Verheiden, Deran Sarafian, Eric Newman and Michael Connolly. The series was developed by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman. This one-hour murder mystery is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.