HemLOCK grOVe Sea­son Three

A bloody end

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Re­views -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | N/a | avail­able to stream

Showrun­ner Charles H eglee

Cast Famke Janssen, lan­don li­bo­iron,

Bill skars­gard, Joel de la Fuente

Re­newed and ef­fec­tively can­celled at the same time, Hemlock Grove ar­rives for its third serv­ing of hor­ror, gore, se­crets, sex and vi­o­lence. And, as has been the norm for this se­ries born from Brian McGreevy’s book, it’s an un­wieldy mess.

The big prob­lem is the tone, which wa­vers be­tween campy Grand Guig­nol and quiet, doom-laden char­ac­ter work. Like some su­per­nat­u­ral crea­ture caught in the mid­dle of a trans­for­ma­tion, it ends up twisted, but un­able to gen­er­ate much in the way of scares or em­pa­thy. And even with the knowl­edge that this is the fi­nal chap­ter, and there­fore al­lows the writ­ers to det­o­nate plot bombs as they please, the end is a whim­per rather than a bang.

We’re back in the mys­te­ri­ous small Pitts­burgh town where mon­sters lurk and weird­ness is an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence. As usual, vam­pire-like Upir Ro­man (Bill Skars­gard) and were­wolf Peter (Lan­don Li­bo­iron) con­tinue their bro­mance as they hunt for Ro­man’s baby Na­dia, snatched at the end of last sea­son by a winged crea­ture that had been mas­querad­ing as the town’s doc­tor. Their sto­ry­line seems to wend through the same old cor­ri­dors, with lots of ar­gu­ing but lit­tle sub­stance.

If there’s a true bright spot, it’s Madeleine Mar­tin as Ro­man’s trou­bled sis­ter Shel­ley, who’s al­ways been the real heart of the show. She fi­nally gets to en­joy a taste of true hap­pi­ness, and even ro­mance, as all around her col­lapses into chaos. Ev­ery­thing else ei­ther falls into vague fun or laugh­ably dumb. Over­all you feel rather more glad than sad that it’s all com­ing to a close. James White

New cast mem­ber Camille De Pazzis be­gan her ca­reer as a model, dis­cov­ered on the streets of Paris by Jean Paul Gaultier.

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