I’ve watched all 13 episodes of NetFlix’s Hemlock Grove, and there’s only three words for my first comment, “I love it!” It’s a little creepy, a little bit like an old horror movie, and the families at the center of the story are both eerie & mystical. It centers around two teenage boys, Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard) & Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) who form a strange type of friendship that is an instant bond. But there’s only one scene I detest in the entire series, where Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) kills his cat. It was unnecessary to the plot, it could have gone on without that!
Hemlock Grove stars Bill Skarsgard as Roman Godfrey, Landon Liboiron as Peter Rumancek, Famke Janssen as Olivia Godfrey, Roman’s mother Penelope Mitchellas Letha Godfrey, Roman’s cousin, Nicole Boivin as Shelley Godfrey, Roman’s sister, Dougray Scott plays Norman Roman’s uncle. Lili Taylor plays Peter’s mother, Kaniehtiio Horn as Destiny, Peter’s cousin.
The two teens are investigating the grizzly murders of several women in town, which have the towns people up in arms. Many blame Peter because he is a Gypsie and new in town, but the culprit is none other than a regular person whom you would never suspect.
There is a bit of Hitchcock in this series with a true supernatural feel to it with the regular townspeople reacting to the supernatural currents flowing through Hemlock Grove. And of course being human, these people do very wacky things. On top of the list of wacky is an inspector from Fish & Game played by Candyse McClure, who has the Sheriff (Aaron Douglas) running around town on wild goose chases.
Yet it becomes the trio of Peter, Roman and Leta who are drawn into the investigation, with Leta’s father Norman coming to the rescue. Something he has done for his family since he was a young man just starting out with his career.
At firs you think Norman Godfrey is a totally normal guy, until you see some of the horrific things he’s done in the past. Yet you think of Shelley as a monster, until she opens up.
Roman’s mother is a scheming drunk with her claws in her children, never wanting them to venture outside of a certain point. On the other hand Peter’s mother is completely different. She is loveable, and cares for her son, she is his anchor who wants her son to grow.
This show is clearly a mystery of opposites that draws you right in. And if I continue I’ll end up giving away spoilers, which I do not want to do. If you don’t have Netflix, I highly suggest doing the two week trial just to see this series.