Hemlock Grove: Season 1 2014

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All 13 episodes from the first season of the Netflix horror series starring Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. Based on the novel by executive producer and writer Brian McGreevy, this series follows the lives of the inhabitants of Hemlock Grove. The two main sources of employment in Hemlock Grove are Hemlock Acres Hospital and Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies, where it is rumoured mysterious experiments are conducted by Olivia (Janssen) and Norman Godfrey (Scott). When two teenage girls are brutally murdered it falls to the accused 17-year-old Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) to seek out the real killer and save the town from further devastation. The episodes are: 'Jellyfish in the Sky', 'The Angel', 'The Order of the Dragon', 'In Poor Taste', 'Hello, Handsome', 'The Crucible', 'Measure of Disorder', 'Catabasis', 'What Peter Can Live Without', 'What God Wants', 'The Price', 'Children of the Night' and 'Birth'.

Starring:
Famke Janssen, Landon Liboiron
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 50 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Landon Liboiron, Lily Taylor, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Dougray Scott, Bill SkarsgåRd
Director Eli Roth, Deran Sarafian, David Semel
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Rental release 21 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 50 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Landon Liboiron, Lily Taylor, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Dougray Scott, Bill SkarsgåRd
Director Eli Roth, Deran Sarafian, David Semel
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Rental release 21 April 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2014
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Oh dear, yet another high-school vampire / werewolf genre series, you might think. On the surface you’d be right but this show’s weirdness takes it way off the well trodden genre trail pioneered by the still unrivalled Buffy.

Set in the fictional Pennsylvania (again – a lot seems to happen there at the moment) town of Hemlock Grove though actually filmed in Canada, this season follows the hunt for the beastly perpetrator of a series of grisly murders which start, coincidentally, with the arrival of a gipsy boy and his mother. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of strange goins-on, centred mostly around Peter, the aforementioned gypsy and Roman, the spoilt rich-kid son of the most peculiar Olivia Godfrey.

Much death, mayhem and general oddness ensues while they track down the mythical beast, mostly driving about in Roman’s lovely red car (a 1961 Jaguar XK150 as it turns out). Confounding their efforts along the way is the slightly bonkers Van Helsing-like Dr. Chasseur as she conducts her own werewolf hunt under the auspices of a shady secret religious order not entirely unlike the Iluminati.

While the main plot lines progress we learn more of Roman’s Upir (a mythological Russian part witch, part daemon with some very unpleasant habits) heritage, his Lurch’esque utterly likeable sister, Olivia’s beginnings and hints of the dubious moral nature of the work of the Godfrey institute headed by the odd (everybody in Hemlock Grove is odd…) Dr. Johann Pryce.

It is a peculiar, improbably successful, blend of almost every element from the genre, standard fantasy themes, some Grimm-like mythology and bits of sci-fi held together by sharp writing and solid performances from the main cast.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naomi_B on 8 Sept. 2014
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Hemlock Grove has a lot of potential, story wise it is written well and they do keep you wanting to know more about each character and their heritage as well as who is the killer involved in the main story arc could be. For me I would of preferred the adults being the main focus rather than the dour teens. The show is certainly gory enough for lovers of horror and the series itself is well written but everything just seems to take too long to happen, playing more like a teen soap with the supernatural horror element playing second fiddle; it was just too much like The OC with wee beasties. I liked its potential and I hear that the second series is far superior so I will continue to give it a chance but it is found somewhat lacking at the moment for me as a cult series. Famke Janssen does steal most of the scenes she is in and I really do feel the adult element would of provided a much more competitive series for the supernatural genre.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2014
Format: DVD
'Hemlock Grove' is an excellent addition to the 'Netflick Original' series of programmes. I hadn't seen, or even heard of the show until I bought the DVD on the off chance when it caught my eye. I thought that it looked interesting, and that it is.

Unlike a lot of shows on the television at the moment, this is something different, and very creative. The production values are actually quite good, and the setting manages to create a genuinely Gothic, almost dreamlike atmosphere, combining bloody violence and gore. When a young girl is brutally murdered, her dead body found in a playground in a horrible state, we are able to follow the whole investigation in the small town outside Philadelphia. Suspicion immediately falls on the new boy in town, gypsy Peter Rumancek (played by Landon Liboiron), who is also a werewolf.

The town is home to many other interesting characters, few of which appear to be ordinary, and most seem to be hiding something. We get the know more about the characters gradually after each episode, and it seems almost impossible not to like at least a handful of them. My personal favourite is the wealthy and controlling Roman Godfrey, played by Bill Skarsgård, who I believe is one to look out for in the future. The bromance between Roman and Peter is quite endearing, neither have had a real friend, but now they confine in each other, smoke together, and they join forces to discover the identity of the girl's killer, which will probably come as a surprise to the viewer, or at least it did to me.

Every actor seems to fit their role perfectly, and if you can look beyond the sometimes occasional 'overacting' from a few players, I think you'll agree that it is excellent casting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2014
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Curiously named Hemlock Grove has distinctive features, ranging from the large derelict former steel works to the towering medical centre (where all is not as it seems). Both are brainchilds of the powerful Godfrey brothers, one of whom is now deceased.

Gypsy Peter and his mother's arrival in the town coincides with the gruesome slaying of female teens. Rumours abound he is a werewolf. He is actually, but not the culprit. He and new mate Roman Godfrey, son of evil manipulative Olivia, try to track down the killer. Both seventeen year olds have very dark histories which may be about to cause them grief.

The creator aims for a startling change from other shows about vampires, monsters and werewolves. (Just see what is on offer when Peter transforms!) Roman himself has powers only gradually revealed (nosebleeds a hint all is not right). Especially intriguing is his enormous clumping disfigured sister, medical treatment when young having gone horribly wrong. (Actually I rather took to her, which must make me seem very odd.) Burly Sheriff Tom offers a touch of normality, but all too soon is tragically out of his depth.

Films, television and books abound with variations of such themes - charismatic characters and sly humour helping make them a hit with fans of the genre. Unfortunately here there is nothing to lighten. All is gloom and unappealing, the emphasis on shocks. Admittedly there are effective moments of horror, but much boredom in between.

The show may become cult viewing. Not for me though, it simply proving rather nasty and a bit much.

13 episodes. Lengthy bonuses. "Making Hemlock Grove" is quite interesting. "Behind the Screams" (over an hour) could have done with a major edit.
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