Hemlock Grove, Netflix’s gothic horror series, returned for a third—and final season on October 23, just in time for you to indulge in a TV marathon session for Halloween.
As far as Netflix shows go, Hemlock Grove has flown under the radar. Perhaps that’s because it boldly eschews moderation, which may have made it appealing to a wider audience. It goes straight for the jugular, offering a healthy portion of gory, eerie horror.
Set in a small Pennsylvania town, the series is populated with strange beasts, including a teen vampire and werewolf. You’re thinking Twilight, but don’t. Hemlock’s are monsters of a different kind. In the first season, blue-blooded upir (vampire, basically) Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård) and gypsy werewolf Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) bond over their hidden identities and set out to find out who’s been attacking the young girls of Hemlock Grove. In episode 2, you’ll experience the most gruesome and fascinating wolf-to-human transformation scene to ever appear on screen. There are bones crunching, eyes popping, and blood dripping everywhere. Shapeshifting in Hemlock Grove is not for the faint of heart.
Added to this paranormal core is a layer of arcane medical science. Within the ivory tower of the Godfrey Institute, owned by none other than Roman’s family, a brilliant doctor works in secrecy to perform experiments that go every bit against his Hippocratic Oath… If you’re thinking Frankenstein, you’re on the right path.
Like the first, the second season is shrouded in mystery, chipping away at the truth to arrive at a big, shocking revelation. And as if the show could have gotten any weirder, it ends with the appearance of a giant, flying lizard.
What else can I say about Hemlock? It’s the Addams Family meets Edgar Allan Poe. It’s poignant and at times romantic. It’s graphic and scary, and even a bit campy—basically the perfect show to binge watch this weekend.
For an idea of what to expect from Hemlock Grove’s final chapter, watch the season 3 trailer.