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Soon we will all be able to drink in the Hemlock Grove

One of my favorite bits in film is when Chris Knight in REAL GENIUS (played by Val Kilmer at his smart-assed best) says: I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “I drank WHAT?!?” — that, dear readers is in reference to the most famous act of self-poisoning in history.

If was, of course because Socrates had “defied” both the gods the Athenians believed in, and “corrupted the youth” of the city with his teachings. Drinking a cup of Hemlock was the standard death sentence in Athens, and the great teacher and philosopher was not different than anyone else convicted of a crime.

What on earth does this have to do with the new Netflix show starting in April, you may ask?


Well, instead of January  it seems it is finally coming out in April.

And given that the title of the book and series is HEMLOCK GROVE, I am led to wonder if there is a deeper meaning to it, and not just a clever name for Poison Forest, Pennsylvania.

Does someone in this series (with Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard and Aaron Douglass) have some hidden agendas beyond: Maybe I’m a werewolf…or just crazy…?

Is there corruption among the townspeople… more than what you see on the surface in any city, large or small?

Horror, mystery and gore await us all on April 19th.

With 13 episodes hitting at once (a la HOUSE OF CARDS) — it will be easy to just cram ’em all in at once and anxiously await the next season.

While I kind of wish this were hitting in the fall, when it’s easier to believe in things that go bump in the night, I am glad they’re doing all episodes at once for those of use who like to marathon their television shows.

Though since this takes place in a former steel-town (think District 12, but nicer), maybe the atmosphere will be enough to draw me in to wanting to know why Brooke Bluebell was murdered, and who (or what) is responsible.

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H. Blain lives in America, where this will be available soon, sorry Euro-folk. You can find here on the Tweety where she somehow manages to be witty, urbane, and sometimes full of cussing. Look for her coverage of the Atlanta Film Fest soon!


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